Yearly Archive: 2006

Singing Les Bleus 0

Singing Les Bleus

France 1-1 South Korea Oh dear. Poor old France. Stop sniggering at the back. Whilst it’s easy to fill oneself with schadenfreude and have a good chuckle at Le Republique’s misfortune, we should take...

Great Expectations 9

Great Expectations

Australia 0-2 Brazil Going into this match, one would have thought that Australia were the favourites to win this match. The confidence of their supporters (which ranges from a bright, sunny optimism to a...

Syonara? 2

Syonara?

Croatia 0-0 Japan After all the excitement of Saturday’s three frankly insane matches, we were back to something approaching drudgery as Japan took on Croatia. It’s worth congratulating Japan for bouncing back from back...

The American Dream? 0

The American Dream?

Italy 1-1 USA This, of course, is the day that everything went, well, a bit crazy. If things hadn’t been bizarre enough earlier on in the evening between the Czechs and Ghana, the USA...

Czeched Out 1

Czeched Out

Czech Republic 0-2 Ghana The rest of the day was taken up with results that no-one could or would have predicted. I know it sounds like excuses, but consider this: Ghana, whilst they had...

Still In The Running 1

Still In The Running

Angola 0-0 Mexico A recurrent theme of this World Cup has been this: smaller countries going into matches against “bigger” opposition, getting eleven men behind the ball, and playing for the goal-less draw. On...

Ivory & Out 2

Ivory & Out

Holland 2-1 Ivory Coast Well, we’ve enjoyed them being here, but the Ivory Coast’s elimination is, on balance, just about justified. Not because they haven’t played well. They’ve been technically excellent. However, Holland have...

Simply The Best 0

Simply The Best

Argentina 6-0 Serbia There’s so much that I could say about this performance, and it wouldn’t be enough at the same time. We’ve just witnessed the performance of the World Cup, eleven individuals playing...

The Late, Late Show 1

The Late, Late Show

Paraguay 0-1 Sweden With five minutes to go in this match, you had to feel some sympathy for the Swedes. For 175 minutes, they’d battered their oppositions, doing everything except for putting the ball...

Reasons To Be Cheerful 0

Reasons To Be Cheerful

Sweden-Paraguay to follow this afternoon, I promise. In the light of England’s performance yesterday and the storm of criticism that has come their way, I woke up this morning feeling a bit negative about...

England Doesn’t Expect 7

England Doesn’t Expect

England 2-0 Trinidad & Tobago Well, they made hard work of it, again. For over eighty minutes, it looked as if the wheels had well and truly fallen off Sven’s wagon. England couldn’t blame...

Oh Yes, We’re The Great Ecuador 1

Oh Yes, We’re The Great Ecuador

Costa Rica 0-3 Ecuador So, farewell Costa Rica. Like Poland, they were a team that landed in Germany with realistic hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages, but they’ve been found out at this...

The Story So Far… 3

The Story So Far…

Okay. Well, apart from Germany & Poland, we’ve seen everybody once, so now is about as good a time as any to have a quick look at what we’ve seen so far. It has...

Poles Apart 1

Poles Apart

Germany 1-0 Poland I suppose it was hardly surprising that it took Gary Lineker barely three minutes to describe “a Polish invasion of Dortmund tonight”, but it didn’t make it any less tiresome. Commentator...

Sheikh, Rattle & Roll 1

Sheikh, Rattle & Roll

Saudi Arabia 2-2 Tunisia Earlier this afternoon, we were treated to the upper end of world football. A team playing at the top of it’s game, full of confidence and, for the first time...

Sangria & Sangria 0

Sangria & Sangria

Spain 4-0 Ukraine Spain. The perennial under-achievers. For years and years, they have flattered to decieve. Often packed with as many start players as the other top nations, they alone have been consistent in...