June 14, 2006

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Poles Apart

Germany 1-0 Poland I suppose it was hardly surprising that it took Gary Lineker barely three minutes to describe “a Polish invasion of Dortmund tonight”, but it didn’t make it any less tiresome. Commentator Steve Wilson managed to top even that, mentioning both not mentioning the war and Basil Fawlty in his opening sentence. In…

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June 14, 2006
Ian

Sheikh, Rattle & Roll

Saudi Arabia 2-2 Tunisia Earlier this afternoon, we were treated to the upper end of world football. A team playing at the top of it’s game, full of confidence and, for the first time on recent years, self-belief. The other match in the group, between Saudi Arabia and Tunisia, was closer to the Nationwide Conference…

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June 14, 2006
Ian

Sangria & Sangria

Spain 4-0 Ukraine Spain. The perennial under-achievers. For years and years, they have flattered to decieve. Often packed with as many start players as the other top nations, they alone have been consistent in their inability to get to grips with the concept of international football tournaments. True enough, they reached the 1984 European Championship…

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June 14, 2006
Ian

Cruyff-side

Okay – I’m pissing around with Youtube at the moment, because I thought of this and decided that you can never really see it too many times. Johann Cruyff, against Sweden in 1974. More to follow.

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June 14, 2006
Ian

A Few Things Before I Go To Bed:

First of all, here’s a picture of Ronaldo binge-eating Bratwurst in a futile attempt to come to terms with the fact that he is now officially rubbish at football. It was made for me by my friend Gaz. I’ll ask him to make some more, but whether he will or not is open to debate….

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June 14, 2006
Ian
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