Posts made in June, 2006

Mexicans Wave Goodbye

By on Jun 25, 2006 in International Football, Latest | 3 comments

Argentina 2-1 Mexico Well, they gave it everything. From the first minute until the very last, Mexico pushed Argentina all the way, and were dreadfully unlucky to be sent home, beaten by yet another contender for “Goal Of The Tournament”. I’ve enjoyed the idiosyncratic Mexicans since they outplayed Iran in their opening match. As I said before on...

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A Stroll In The Park

By on Jun 24, 2006 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

Germany 2-0 Sweden Well, it couldn’t have been much easier for them, could it? True enough, Germany were more or less home and dry within about a quarter of an hour, with Poboloski showing the sort of form that had been threatening to, and Ballack marauded around the middle third of the pitch with such purpose and single-mindedness that it was difficult to not...

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Seconds Out… Round Two!

By on Jun 24, 2006 in International Football, Latest | 5 comments

Here we go again, then. I haven’t checked my predictions from the first round, but I’m going to do this later. I don’t think I did too badly. Obviously, it gets more difficult from now on: all the drama is to be packed into just ninety minutes (okay, okay, it could be 120 – or more with penalties), but I’ll put my objective hat on, and...

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Sixteen Down, Sixteen To Go…

By on Jun 24, 2006 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

Well, we’re at the halfway point of Germany 2006. Half of the teams have gone now, and the other half all know that elimination could be just one game away. Four years ago, the end of the group stage meant the end of the fun. Mindful that they were particularly close to being knocked out at any stage, too many teams shut up shop and played out dreary, drab...

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TOGO TOGO TOGO (part three)

By on Jun 24, 2006 in International Football, Latest | 5 comments

France 2-0 Togo / Switzerland 2-0 South Korea Have rumours of the France’s demise been exaggerated? Well, the media have been cruel to them this week, but it hasn’t been entirely without reason. France had been poor, going into this evening’s match against Togo, and this was borne out still further by the fact that it still took them an hour to...

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