World Cup 2010: Brazil 3-0 Chile

World Cup 2010: Brazil 3-0 Chile

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...
World Cup 2010: Netherlands 2-1 Slovakia

World Cup 2010: Netherlands 2-1 Slovakia

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...
World Cup 2010: Argentina 3-1 Mexico

World Cup 2010: Argentina 3-1 Mexico

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...
World Cup 2010: Germany 4-1 England

World Cup 2010: Germany 4-1 England

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

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

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...