Posts made in June, 2010

World Cup 2010: Ghana 0-1 Germany

World Cup 2010: Ghana 0-1 Germany

By on Jun 23, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

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 the question of what might be running through the minds of German supporters this evening probably also merits our consideration. Germany last failed to get through the opening round of the...

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World Cup 2010: The United States Of America 1-0 Algeria

World Cup 2010: The United States Of America 1-0 Algeria

By on Jun 23, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 6 comments

This match isn’t, as Gary Lineker insists twice, just for “you Americans and Algerians.” England’s struggles to date have turned this into a tight group where three teams need a win, so the natural choice for the neutral is surely the match with two of them. Such are the vagaries of the group that both sides are likely to still need the win right to the end, which...

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World Cup 2010: Slovenia 0-1 England

World Cup 2010: Slovenia 0-1 England

By on Jun 23, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

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 the right, and Defoe partnering Rooney up front.  As with last night’s Nigeria-South Korea report, I’ll include how the group stands, and any changes. 1. Slovenia 2. USA 3. England 4. Algeria The...

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England v Slovenia Preview: Was it Capello’s Fault Against Algeria?

England v Slovenia Preview: Was it Capello’s Fault Against Algeria?

By on Jun 23, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

Many words have been written in many places concerning the England performance against Algeria on Friday. So many were written in the heat of the moment, without reflection and analysis. The mainstream media have already made manager Fabio Capello the scapegoat (and this was always likely to be the case, but that’s another column for another day), with the...

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

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

By on Jun 23, 2010 in Latest | 2 comments

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. Group C Slovenia 2 1...

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