Posts made in June, 2010

World Cup 2010: Brazil 3-0 Chile

World Cup 2010: Brazil 3-0 Chile

By on Jun 28, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 4 comments

World Cup Television Clichés 101: Germany are efficient, the Netherlands play “total football”, Spain are under-achievers and Brazil play to a samba rhythm. One by one, the long-held preconceptions of global football are starting to be turned on their heads. Germany’s defence looks capable of being tested by an attack with pace and flair. The...

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World Cup 2010: Netherlands 2-1 Slovakia

World Cup 2010: Netherlands 2-1 Slovakia

By on Jun 28, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

FIFA have changed the stage at which they will discount previous bookings, from the final group game, to the end of the quarter final. On the face of it, it’s a great idea, and sadly too late to prevent Louis Saha (2006), Michael Ballack (2002), Alessandro Costacurta (1994), Sergio Batista, Claudio Cannigia and Julio Olarticoechea (1990) from appearing in their...

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World Cup 2010: Argentina 3-1 Mexico

World Cup 2010: Argentina 3-1 Mexico

By on Jun 28, 2010 in Art, Latest | 0 comments

Even at these times of sport’s saturation of the television schedules, the endless search for a new hit sitcom goes on at apace.  Yet again, instead of closely watching the game for tactical nuance or pointers for later performances, our crayon-chewing art specialist Dotmund has considered the possibility of the two – sport and sitcoms – not having...

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World Cup 2010: Germany 4-1 England

World Cup 2010: Germany 4-1 England

By on Jun 27, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 20 comments

There have been times over the previous four or five days or so that this afternoon’s match between Germany and England has threatened to collapse under the weight of its own hubris. England, seemingly unable to wait for this afternoon to come around, has become a nation of tea leaf readers, swirling a cup which contains the history of the matches between the...

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World Cup 2010: United States 1-2 Ghana (aet)

World Cup 2010: United States 1-2 Ghana (aet)

By on Jun 26, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

When Ghana becamse independent in 1957, the first of the wave of sub-Saharan countries to do so in that period, there’s a nice story about then Vice-President Richard Nixon attending their Independence Day celebrations. The US were broadly supportive of countries seeking to cast of the yoke of the old European colonial powers, and a beaming Nixon was shaking...

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