World Cup 2010: Italy 1-1 Paraguay

World Cup 2010: Italy 1-1 Paraguay

At last, a proper football match, if still not a particularly good one until the last half-hour. Maybe it was the rain. Or maybe just Mick McCarthy’s obvious relish of the prospect of some “proper” defending.  “I’m not expecting a wide-open, flowing game of football,”...
World Cup 2010: Japan 1-0 Cameroon

World Cup 2010: Japan 1-0 Cameroon

Sloppy, unprofessional, boring, unimaginative. And that was just Guy Mowbray and Mark Lawrenson in the BBC commentary box. Whilst not personally agreeing with the decision, I could see reasons for Guy Mowbray getting the Beeb’s number one commentary spot ahead of...
World Cup 2010: Netherlands 2-0 Denmark

World Cup 2010: Netherlands 2-0 Denmark

Half way through the opening set of fixtures then, and we’ve already seen two of the semi-finalists in action. Only Germany have really looked good enough to be worthy of it so far, but the lower half of the draw contains more big guns, with favourites Spain and...
World Cup 2010: Germany 4-0 Australia

World Cup 2010: Germany 4-0 Australia

It’s a conundrum for English national team fans, who to support out of the football and cricket arch-enemies. But it’s not a problem for long as the game is over as a debating point within the first quarter. In the ITV studio, Edgar Davids is making it clear that it’s...
World Cup 2010: Serbia 0-1 Ghana

World Cup 2010: Serbia 0-1 Ghana

Why are all the matches in the tournament that I have to cover for Twohundredpercent on ITV?  It’s not that the BBC coverage appears to be any better – indeed, it appears that yesterday’s Match of the Day highlights package neglected to show any...
World Cup 2010: Algeria 0-1 Slovenia

World Cup 2010: Algeria 0-1 Slovenia

I volunteered for this game. On paper it seemed a good idea to do. I’d seen Slovenia play Spain at Euro 2000, and Slovenia are some of the loudests fans I’ve ever come across. They only really have one song: “Kdor ne skače,ni Slovenc, hej, hej, hej”. And when they...