Yearly Archive: 2006

Club America vs FC Barcelona 5

Club America vs FC Barcelona

Well, eyes down for a full house. I’m in the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama and, at the time of writing, there are ten minutes to kick-off. Team news: Barca have put out a surprisingly...

What I’ve Learnt This Week 0

What I’ve Learnt This Week

We’re in Yokohama this evening for Barcelona vs Club Mexico. The Japanese fans are really out in force this evening, and they’re all supporting Barca. It’s going to be a home match for them...

Ahly SC vs Internacional 1

Ahly SC vs Internacional

So, Inter vs Ahly SC tonight. Inter should win this comfortably tonight, but they’d be foolish to treat it as a training match.In spite of their somewhat insipid performance against Auckland City, they’re a...

The Brazilians Are Here! 0

The Brazilians Are Here!

A very long walk through the bowels of The Olympic Stadium took me up to the concourse where the Internacional supporters had congregated and, never having seen Brazilian supporters in the flesh before, nothing...

Oi, FIFA! 0

Oi, FIFA!

The competition proper starts today. I’ll kick off by apologising for the lack of activity on here yesterday, but the jet lag hit me like a tidal wave, and I was unable to function...

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0-1 Club America 0

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0-1 Club America

Okay. We’re trying a slightly different approach this evening. It’s so cold out here that I think I’m going to need to keep my fingers working to ward off frostbite. So, I’m going to...

Faster Than A Speeding Bullet 0

Faster Than A Speeding Bullet

Good evening, everyone (I’m nine hours ahead of you, remember?). I was considering writing a full preview of today’s match between Club America and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, but then it occurred to me that...

Ahly SC 2-0 Auckland City 0

Ahly SC 2-0 Auckland City

Well, we’re one step closer to knowing who are going to be the World Club Champions. Or, rather, we aren’t. To be precise, we’re one step closer to knowing who aren’t going to be...

My Other Car’s A Toyota 1

My Other Car’s A Toyota

To my considerable surprise, this post is coming to you from the media centre, deep in the bowels of the Toyota Stadium, in Toyota City. Sponsorship taken to its logical conclusion, I’m sure you’ll...

Those Magnificent Men… 6

Those Magnificent Men…

Part One: The wonder that is modern technology means that I can begin my first blog of this World Club Championship from considerably higher up in the air than I have ever been before....

As Bad As It Got: Manchester United 0

As Bad As It Got: Manchester United

Last night, Manchester United squeezed into the last sixteen of the Champions League. In this day and age, failure to do so (as they did – with hilarious consequences – last season) is treated...

The Global Village 0

The Global Village

Well, my plane reservation has been booked, my hotel reservation has been made, and (I get the feeling that some of you may chortle at this) my FIFA accreditation has arrived. I have no...

The Referee’s A…. Well, You Know 0

The Referee’s A…. Well, You Know

Sometimes, you read something that is so, well, strange that it passes under you radar. Then, some way down the line, you’re reminded of it again and you can’t help but think, “well, what...

Welcome To The Cheap Seats 2

Welcome To The Cheap Seats

Now, I know it’s getting close to Christmas and everything, and perhaps it shouldn’t surprise me, but the statistic that stood out most over the weekend was the paltry crowd of 16,799 at Ewood...

More Than A Club? 0

More Than A Club?

It’s really difficult to come up with anything to say about FC Barcelona, isn’t it? Surely it’s all been said already. A friend of mine went to see them at the Nou Camp last...

Internacional Rescue 1

Internacional Rescue

Four down, two to go. Sport Club Internacional’s success in the Copa Libertadores was something of a surprise. Inter, named by their founders after Internazionale of Milan, had long been the massive under-achievers of...