International Football

The World Cup With Blood On Its Hands

By on Sep 27, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

There comes a point at which the rotten core at the heart of football will become too much for most to take. We have come to accept the greed and the avarice as a part of life, as if there is no other way in which these people behave, and we are pacified only, it seems, by the collection of three points on a Saturday afternoon. Perhaps, though, for the corrupt...

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England Shoot Blanks In Kiev

By on Sep 10, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Repeat the mantra after me. It’s a results-based business. It’s a results-based business. Roy Hodgson must be thanking his lucky stars that this is the case this evening after England misplaced, mistimed and misadventured their way to a goalless draw in Kiev this evening, a result that does leave their qualification for next summer’s World Cup...

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The 2013 Under-20 World Cup: Final Days & A Final Say

By on Jul 17, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

FINAL: France 0 Uruguay 0 (AET, France win 4-1 on pens) 3RD PLACE PLAY-OFF: Ghana 3 Iraq 0 The best team over the whole tournament won. The two teams who beat pre-tournament favourites Spain contested the final. And the tournament entered the final with a three-goals-per-game average, almost unheard of in modern times. So the fact that said final was one of the...

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The 2013 Under-20 World Cup – The Semi-Finals

By on Jul 13, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Results: France 2 Ghana 1; Uruguay 1 Iraq 1 (AET, 90 minutes 1-1, Uruguay win 7-6 on penalties) So, faced with all the exotic possibilities produced by an eclectic final 16, not least that of a Ghana v Iraq final, an extraordinary Under-20s World Cup tournament got ordinary at the semi-final stage and left us with a ‘traditional’ Europe v South America final. Two...

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The 2013 Under-20 World Cup: The Quarter-Finals

By on Jul 10, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

If you thought last Sunday was all about some Scots bloke with a stubble you weren’t watching the Under-20s World Cup quarter-finals. Mark Murphy was watching. And he was glad he did. Quarter-final results: Ghana 4 Chile 3 (AET, 90 mins, 2-2); Iraq 3 Korea Republic 3 (AET, 90 mins, 2-2, Iraq won 5-4 on pens); France 4 Uzbekistan 0; Uruguay 1 Spain 0 (AET) The final...

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The 2013 Under-20 World Cup: Seconds Out, Round Two

By on Jul 6, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Results: Spain 2 Mexico 1; Uzbekistan 3 Greece 1; Uruguay 2 Nigeria 1; France 4 Turkey 1; Chile 2 Croatia 0; Ghana 3 Portugal 2; Iraq 1 Paraguay 0 (AET, 90 minutes score… well… 0-0, of course); Korea Republic 1 Colombia 1 (AET, 90 minutes, 1-1, Korea Republic win 8-7 on pens) It’s  a near-tradition of international football tournament finals that at least one team...

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The 2013 Under-20 World Cup: A Group Stage Overview

By on Jul 2, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Football tournament overviews in my name must always come with the same health warning. My ability to see good in such events is razor-sharp. My optimism during recent African and Asian Cups, and this event in Colombia in 2011, has survived some pretty mediocre football. So I understand if readers have pinches of salt at the ready when I declare the group stages in...

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Fireworks Both Inside & Out: The 2013 Confederations Cup In Review

By on Jul 1, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

So, farewell to the 2013 Confederations Cup, that dose of methadone for the football junkie which has broken up a summer that might otherwise have been notable for Sky Sports News switching to live coverage of the tumbleweed blowing around the Premier League’s London headquarters, then. This isn’t to say that tournament has no uses. As Queens is to...

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