Posts made in June, 2006

Deutschland Uber Alles?

By on Jun 20, 2006 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

Germany 3-0 Ecuador / Poland 2-1 Costa Rica So, now we know what England have got to do, or not do, to get through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Or, rather, we don’t. Because Ecuador put out half of their reserves this afternoon, we haven’t learnt too much about either of them. So… what little have we learnt about them? Well, let’s...

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Who Do We Want?

By on Jun 20, 2006 in International Football, Latest | 6 comments

I’ve been reading a right load of old guff this morning on the subject of who England would prefer in the second round of the World Cup. Would we rather it was Ecuador, because they’re not as good as Germany? Oh, hang on a minute – they’re in really good form at the moment. Or would we rather it was Germany? Oh, wait, but they’re the...

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A Spain Of Two Halves

By on Jun 20, 2006 in International Football, Latest | 5 comments

Spain 3-1 Tunisia For sixty minutes or so, it looked as if all of our predictions had gone wrong. Last week, Spain had been pretty damn impressive – fluid going forward, comfortable and tight at the back. Just the right balance. Earlier this evening, Ukraine had dumped all over Saudi Arabia in a match every bit as one-sided as that between Argentina and...

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Dynamoes Of Kiev

By on Jun 19, 2006 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

Saudi Arabia 0-4 Ukraine Dearie, dearie me. May I ask a simple question which, I feel, really needs to be asked: How? How the hell have Saudi Arabia managed to qualify for every World Cup since 1994? On the basis of this performance, it’s difficult to see how the rest of the teams from Asia that didn’t qualify could be any worse. I’m considering...

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TOGO TOGO TOGO (part two)

By on Jun 19, 2006 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Switzerland 2-0 Togo Ah well, we could dream, couldn’t we? A team that contrived to have it’s coach resign three days before it’s first match, only for him to be reinstated the night before. If that wasn’t enough, they then threatened to not play against the Swiss on account of the fact that they still hadn’t been paid their bonus for...

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