June 2, 2010

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Dundee Count The Cost Of Failure

A trivia question for you to start with: name the nine cities to have produced more than one club to reach the European Cup (or Champions League) semi-finals. The full list is at the bottom, but I’ll give you a headstart by telling you which is the smallest such city – it’s Dundee, each of the city’s senior clubs having lost at that stage on one occasion.

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June 2, 2010
Ian

Mark Murphy’s Life Through The World Cup: Part One

I’m at the wrong age. This struck home when I had an idea for an article for this web-site about the 23-man line-up which could be constituted from the rejects of the other nations’ squads. But before I could tap in “Maradona’s a loony tune for leaving Esteban Cambiasso out”, I discovered that the, ulp,…

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June 2, 2010
Mark

World Cup Tales: Reflections Upon England In Italy, 1990

The concept of England having a high level of expectation at the time of a World Cup finals is a comparatively recent one. As recently as 1990, most adults could remember their two successive failures to qualify for the whole event and, once there, they only seldom lit the tournament up. In 1982, a good…

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June 2, 2010
Ian
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