Posts made in June, 2009

The Confederations Cup: Brazil 3-0 Italy

By on Jun 21, 2009 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

It’s worth remembering on evenings such as this that, much as some people used to make a degree of noise about South Americans not travelling well, no European side has ever won the World Cup outside of Europe. Anyone expecting this situation to change next summer may wish to take this evening’s match between Brazil and Italy as proof – as if it...

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The Confederations Cup: Spain 2-0 South Africa

By on Jun 21, 2009 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

South Africa, horns and all, have edged their way into the semi-finals of this year’s Confederations Cup, but their doing so has been something of a hollow victory for them, as we saw last night. Their procession through to the semi-finals was more about the shortcomings of others than about anything that they managed themselves. For Spain, meanwhile, came a...

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Arrivederci Setanta?

By on Jun 19, 2009 in English League Football, Latest | 0 comments

Confirmation that the Premier League has pulled the plug on Setanta comes as no great surprise. The company has failed to pay its monthly instalment payment to the league and a rescue package said to be worth £51m fell through this afternoon. Reports all over the media for the last couple of weeks or so have been saying that the Premier League has been playing...

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The Confederations Cup: Egypt 1-0 Italy

By on Jun 18, 2009 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

On a night like tonight, one has to wonder whether there is something wrong at the heart of the psyche of the Italian national football team. They stand alone amongst the Great Football Nations in that they are prone to these bouts of extreme sudden clumsiness. No-one is going to suggest for a second that the Confederations Cup ranks anywhere near the World Cup in...

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