Monthly Archive: July 2006

Summer Lovin’ 4

Summer Lovin’

So… the World Cup is over and done with, and the close season is finally, finally, upon us, right? Well… wrong. Looking through my newspaper yesterday, I noted that the club season, in the...

Winners & Losers 3

Winners & Losers

I was going to write a lengthy article summing up this tournament as a whole, but then I sat there and thought… there will be hundreds of people all doing the same thing. Two...

No Ifs Or Butts 10

No Ifs Or Butts

Italy 1-1 France (Italy win 5-3 on Penalties) Oh, Zizou. What a stupid, stupid thing to do. Into extra-time, and staring down the barrel of a penalty shoot-out. Having already lost Vieira and Henry...

Gah! 0

Gah!

I’ve run out of time! Italy. I’ve just got a feeling about them. Don’t know why.

A Host Of Entertainment 1

A Host Of Entertainment

Germany 3-1 Portugal At half-time last night, I rather thought that I had, as promised, jinxed proceedings. But then the Germans came out and played. As I said yesterday, I really enjoy the World...

10 Ways To Improve Football 2

10 Ways To Improve Football

I’m something of a traditionalist, really. There has been a considerable amount of debate over the last few days over the quality of football played at this World Cup, and whether rule changes are...

In Praise Of The Third Place Play-Off 1

In Praise Of The Third Place Play-Off

It’s Germany against Portugal tomorrow, in possibly the least important match of the World Cup. I’m really, really looking forward to it. The third-place play-off may seem like just some sort of FIFA marketing...

Phew – What A Scorcher 5

Phew – What A Scorcher

I’m not completely sure what to make of this. It was a surprise, I’ll say that much. Snappy Mick was especially delighted. Actually, the first thing I thought was, “Christ, I’ve got to email...

The Spirit Of Football 7

The Spirit Of Football

I’ve spent most of this evening looking around for geek-tastic things to put on here after the World Cup has finished. You may well all die of excitement. Under normal circumstances, I would have...

The United Colours Of Xenophobia 3

The United Colours Of Xenophobia

Portugal 0-1 France I strongly suspect that I’m going to be in a minority of one on this subject, but I was disheartened by the BBC’s coverage of this match. Gary Lineker and Alan...

Match Of The Tournament? 4

Match Of The Tournament?

Germany 0-2 Italy (After Extra Time) In the early years of the 1980s, whilst fighting against the perennial spectre of relegation, Stoke City went to Highbury for a Division One match against Arsenal. It...

Semi-Final Predictions 3

Semi-Final Predictions

Right. Down to the last four, then. An all-European semi-final line-up has certainly upset most of the pundits’ pre-tournament predictions (even down to little old me, tippity-tapping away my keyboard with only a few...

Stars In Their Eyes 1

Stars In Their Eyes

So, David Beckham has resigned as England captain. This has surprised me somewhat. Football captains don’t usually resign. They retire from playing, or they retire from international football, or they get dropped, but they...

The Voices Of Experience 1

The Voices Of Experience

Brazil 0-1 France Ah, the almighty, all-conquering Brazil. Ever since they qualified at a canter last year, we’ve been told that, really, no-one else need turn up for this year’s World Cup. They were...

Over & Out 4

Over & Out

England 0-0 Portugal (1-3 on penalties) As you have may have noticed, it has taken me quite a long time to consider my thoughts in a rational manner over this match. A suspension that...

Can They? Well… Can They? 2

Can They? Well… Can They?

There’s an hour and forty minutes, and I hope it’s not as hot in Gelsenkirchen as it is in Brighton. It’s absolutely sweltering here. I know the heat is no excuse, but if it’s...