Posts made in June, 2010

World Cup 2010: Argentina 2-0 Greece

World Cup 2010: Argentina 2-0 Greece

By on Jun 23, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 4 comments

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 – into the good guys in the English media. One unfortunate side-effect of this astonishing volte face is that there’s only one team around when Argentina...

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Colin Murray’s Match Of The Day

Colin Murray’s Match Of The Day

By on Jun 22, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 3 comments

“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 World Cup highlights programme averaging a million viewers compared to the BBC’s 846,000. It is rare for ITV to outperform the BBC in this way, for the...

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France Fall At The First

France Fall At The First

By on Jun 22, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 3 comments

In England, it isn’t difficult to run into Francophobia. Sometimes it feels as if a range of feelings from mild dislike to irrational, rabid hatred are hard-wired into our DNA. As such, those of us that like (or even love) the country that lies just the other side of the English Channel can find ourselves fighting the corner for what became and remains this...

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World Cup 2010: Nigeria 2-2 South Korea

World Cup 2010: Nigeria 2-2 South Korea

By on Jun 22, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 4 comments

It’s the fault of Germany, Austria, Argentina and Peru, although it was bound to happen one day, although as Mexico and Uruguay proved earlier, some teams can enter a game knowing that a specific result benefits both sides, and still treat the game as any other. But, just in case the last two games kick off simultaneously, which is a shame for the viewer. The first...

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World Cup 2010: South Africa 2-1 France

World Cup 2010: South Africa 2-1 France

By on Jun 22, 2010 in Art, Latest | 2 comments

Twelve years ago, at their own World Cup finals, France comfortably beat South Africa in their opening group game, going on to become the sixth nation to win the tournament at home.  Today South Africa became the first hosts in the 80-year history of the competition to fall at the first hurdle, but their blushes were somewhat spared with this spirited display...

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