International Football

The 2013 Under-20 World Cup: Groups E & F – And England’s Screaming… Again

By on Jul 1, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

Ooops. England played well in this tournament. No, they did. And yet…and yet… Anyway, more of them later. Group E Results: Croatia 2 New Zealand 1; Uruguay 4 Uzbekistan 0 There’ll be dancing on the streets of Zagreb tonight during what Eurosport commentator Tim Caple described as a “weekend of celebration for Croatia,” because they qualified for the last 16 in this...

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The 2013 Under-20 World Cup: Groups C & D – Mexico Arrive At The Party

By on Jun 30, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Group C results: Colombia 3 El Salvador 0; Turkey 2 Australia 1 It may not have seemed immediately obvious to the increasingly frustrated Turkish fans in Trabzon. But even as they were losing 1-0 to Australia, Turkey were guaranteed a place in the last 16 of ‘their’ tournament, thanks to their opening game trouncing of then-hapless El Salvador. Fortunately, the...

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The 2013 Under-20 World Cup: Groups A & B Arrive At Their Climax

By on Jun 29, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Group A results: Spain 2 France 1; Ghana 4 United States 1 So. Farewell then. The United States. Given the 4-1 pastings the Americans took from Spain and Ghana, there will be some French eyebrows raised at the inability of their clearly talented youngsters to follow suit. That, though, would be to deny the Ghanaians credit for a blistering display against the US,...

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The 2013 Under-20 World Cup: Groups E & F (Featuring… England)

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

Groups E and F Group E Results: Chile 2 Egypt 1; England 2 Iraq 2; Chile 1 England 1; Iraq 2 Egypt 1 “Well, we’ve cast our eyes around all the major contenders. Now it’s England’s turn.” So said Eurosport’s Wayne Boyce, just before England’s tournament opener against Iraq, possibly not quite meaning it to sound like that. Mind you, he and co-commentator Danny Mills...

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The 2013 Under-20 World Cup: Groups C & D

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

Results Group C: Colombia 1 Australia 1; Turkey 3 El Salvador 0; El Salvador 2 Australia 1; Turkey 0 Colombia 1 Group D: Greece 2 Mexico 1; Paraguay 1 Mali 1; Paraguay 1 Mexico 0; Mali 0 Greece 0 Group of Death? You want a group of death? Group D’s the name. Gaziantep’s the place. In the interests of fairness, it must be said that this jaundiced view is based on...

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The 2013 Under-20 World Cup: Groups A & B

By on Jun 26, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

Blimey. If you thought English Premier League defending was “dreeeeaaaadful” (copyright Alan Hansen) last season, and it was, wait ‘til you see what’s coming. Groups A and B The opening day of the FIFA Under-20s World Cup was a bit of a joy to behold for lovers of expansive and positive football. But Christ on a bike, what was going on at the back? British Eurosport...

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A Night At The Opera: England’s Really Friendly Friendly

By on May 30, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

In the twenty-two years since I made the last of my then-regular Wembley trips for England internationals, almost everything has changed, including, of course, the stadium itself. But there were some old-fashioned fears being expressed prior to this week’s England friendly with Ireland. Most media attention was focused on the English hooliganism which stopped the...

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England & Ireland Live Down To Expectations

By on May 30, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

The end of the 2012/13 football season has been, on the pitch at least, a little like a slowly deflating balloon. The Premier League ended as a competition about three months ago, and by the last day of the season the only product that Sky Sports had to sell a hungry audience was the internecine battle between Arsenal and Spurs over who would finish in fourth place...

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