Monthly Archive: June 2010

World Cup 2010: Japan 3-1 Denmark 0

World Cup 2010: Japan 3-1 Denmark

Japan v Denmark has to wait until the boys on the Beeb can get Italy’s exit out of their system. But this is probably fair enough. Earlier group results have switched the focus from...

World Cup 2010: Cameroon 1-2 Netherlands 0

World Cup 2010: Cameroon 1-2 Netherlands

The entertainment and excitement is due to be elsewhere this evening. The Netherlands against Cameroon sounds, at a distance, as if it should be a match of colour and flair, but Cameroon are already...

World Cup 2010: Paraguay 0-0 New Zealand 2

World Cup 2010: Paraguay 0-0 New Zealand

If you’d told New Zealand beforehand that they’d go through the group unbeaten and finish above Italy, I daresay they’d have settled for that. And they’d be right to feel pretty pleased with themselves, but they’ll be frustrated that it wasn’t enough to get them through, and they go home as just the sixth team in World Cup history to be eliminated despite not losing a game. (Trivia time: how many of the other five can you name? Answers below.)

World Cup 2010: Slovakia 3-2 Italy 1

World Cup 2010: Slovakia 3-2 Italy

Some games just don’t need much of an introduction. And this is one. On paper, Group F looked fairly predictable. Holders Italy were expected to win the group, with Paraguay behind. Slovakia were seen...

Mungo in Africa, part 5 0

Mungo in Africa, part 5

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for more from the studios of Clack TV and Mungo in Africa. Today, anchorman Ron Bongo, Glasgow Paisley boss Henny Jings and Heart of Clachmaninshire’s own Mungo McCrackas get stuck in to some serious analysis of England’s progress through the group stages, with predictably insightful results.

2010 World Cup Australia 2-1 Serbia 0

2010 World Cup Australia 2-1 Serbia

On a day when England had played and won and qualified for the knockout stages of the World Cup, by the time the second set of games was ready to kick-off the day’s sports events were being overshadowed – or at least challenged for prominence – by an extraordinary first round singles match between two little known men at Wimbledon. I’d promised to cover this game though, so conscientious as ever I tore myself away from the tennis with John Isner and Nicolas Mahut locked at 45-45 in the final set. I had thought I might watch with BBC radio coverage for a change, but 5 Live extra were being less dedicated to the World Cup cause and were promising to switch to the football when – or if – the tennis finished.

World Cup 2010: Ghana 0-1 Germany 2

World Cup 2010: Ghana 0-1 Germany

If England supporters had reason to be concerned that their run of not having been knocked out at the opening stages of the World Cup finals since 1958 mind come to an end, then...

World Cup 2010: Slovenia 0-1 England 0

World Cup 2010: Slovenia 0-1 England

I think it’s fair to say that the introduction’s already on site, so I’ll just go straight into the game. England line up as a 4-4-2, with Gerrard on the left and Milner on...

World Cup Group Phase: Your Guide to the Permutations (part 2) 2

World Cup Group Phase: Your Guide to the Permutations (part 2)

Two more interesting groups play to a finish today – not only can all eight teams still qualify but all of them still have their fate still in their own hands. Albeit, only just in Australia’s case. A reminder again that the order of splitting teams is points, goal difference, goals scored, head-to-head records, then drawing of lots.

World Cup 2010: Argentina 2-0 Greece 4

World Cup 2010: Argentina 2-0 Greece

No-one has done it single-handedly before. And whatever Lionel Messi achieves during the rest of his football career, nothing will surpass his transformation of Argentina – and one managed by “dirty” Diego to boot...

Colin Murray’s Match Of The Day 3

Colin Murray’s Match Of The Day

“It might also have something to do with BBC’s highlights presenter Colin Murray being such a turn-off,” suggested Charles Sale in his Daily Mail newspaper diary column last week – “it” being ITV’s daily...