June 2006

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TOGO TOGO TOGO (part three)

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…

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June 24, 2006
Ian

Sick Of The World Cup?

Well, a team of boffins have come up with a genius idea: The Unofficial World Championship. The idea is simple. England and Scotland played the first international match in 1870. Scotland are unlikely to ever be caught as the team with the best overall record (thanks to the quirks of the long-lost Home Internationals), but…

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June 23, 2006
Ian

Fight Fight Fight!

Watching too much football on the television can do funny things to you. Sitting here, watching France trying desperately to batter down the Togolese defence, my mind turned (yet again) to the commentators of days gone by. This time, Gerald Sinstadt. He was of the old school – physically, there was something of the Alan…

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June 23, 2006
Ian

Siesta Time

Ukraine 1-0 Tunisia / Spain 1-0 Saudi Arabia After all the excitement of last night, it was back to the dull and the ordinary this afternoon. Spain decided to field their entire reserve team against the Saudis, but still had enough about them to win, in spite of a surprisingly heroic performance by Zaid in…

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June 23, 2006
Ian

Brazil Nuts

Brazil 4-1 Japan / Australia 2-2 Croatia What, exactly, possessed the BBC make Brazil-Japan their featured match? Anyone looking at the schedule after the draw would have been able to tell you that the battle for second place in this group was going to be between Australia and Croatia. Well, not the BBC, who seem…

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June 23, 2006
Ian

When Saturday Comes

Those of you that know me will be aware that we moved to Brighton two months ago. In all of the excitement, I forgot to change the address on my “When Saturday Comes”, meaning that, for the first time in many, many years, I missed an edition. So, I emailed them and updated my details,…

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June 23, 2006
Ian

Czech Mate

Czech 0-2 Italy / Ghana 2-1 USA You have to respect the Italian fans. They’re the only set of fans in the whole of the World Cup that are even more pessimistic than England’s. They dropped two points against the USA (whose sole tactic appeared to be kick the Italians very hard), and the country…

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June 22, 2006
Ian
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