June 2006

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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 the whole, it hasn’t worked. Paraguay conceded a late goal against Sweden, as did Poland against Germany Trinidad managed it against…

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June 17, 2006
Ian

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 played better, taken their chances and just about deserve it. The comments made about Didier Drogba needing seven chances to score…

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June 17, 2006
Ian

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 game of their lives. On this form, as I have suggested on here before, there isn’t a team in the…

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June 17, 2006
Ian

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 in the back of the net. Then, in one moment, the Paraguayan defence was opened up, Freddie Ljungberg scored, and justice…

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June 16, 2006
Ian

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 this whole World Cup thing. Time enough, I think, to take a look at some positives from this year’s tournament so…

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June 16, 2006
Ian

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 the weather this time, and they couldn’t blame the referee. They couldn’t even argue that they scored early and decided to…

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June 15, 2006
Ian

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 tournament. Against Germany, they were somewhat unfortunate. Two goals from outrageous distance were the key to their defeat, but this afternoon…

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June 15, 2006
Ian
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