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The World Cup Of National Anthems (Part One)

For many people, major sports tournaments are the only occasion that national anthems are heard. These peculiar tunes have become a genre of their own, transcending the mere hymns that many of them were in first place, and they range from the gloriously uplifting to mournful dirges. The selection of words has, in many countries,…

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March 9, 2010

A World Cup Finals Without Argentina?

Now is not a particularly good time to be an Argentinian football supporter. Not only have their most loathed opposition – Brazil and England – already qualified for the finals of the 2010 World Cup, but there is a serious likelihood¬† that the Albiceleste themselves might not even qualify for next year’s tournament in South…

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September 11, 2009

A tale of two managers

The 2010 World Cup kicks off in just 600 days from today.¬† This fact has made the looming prospect of South Africa seem a little bit too real for Argentina’s coach Alfio Basile.¬† Following his side’s 1-0 loss to Chile this week – Argentina’s first against those opponents since 1973 – he has resigned his…

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October 18, 2008

Start as you mean to go on

The fifth FIFA Women’s World Cup began yesterday in China, with a much-fancied German side putting Argentina to the sword. The final result – 11-0 – was a record for the tournament, and was made all the more enjoyable for the neutral by the fact that the scoring was bookended by identical mistakes by the…

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September 11, 2007

Tor! Tor! Tor!

Germany 1-1 Argentina (4-2 on penalties) Well, I’d be ripping up my betting slip right now, if I’d been stupid enough to bet on my own feelings before the tournament began. However, Argentina had struggled in three out of their four previous matches (regardless of the gushing that came from the commentary galleries of both…

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June 30, 2006

Mexicans Wave Goodbye

Argentina 2-1 Mexico Well, they gave it everything. From the first minute until the very last, Mexico pushed Argentina all the way, and were dreadfully unlucky to be sent home, beaten by yet another contender for “Goal Of The Tournament”. I’ve enjoyed the idiosyncratic Mexicans since they outplayed Iran in their opening match. As I…

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June 25, 2006

Dutch Courage

Argentina 0-0 Holland / Ivory Coast 3-2 Serbia May I just be the first person to say… WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT? As some of you may remember, in Euro 2000, Holland and France had qualified before their final match, against each other. They were amongst the favourites to win the competition, and, released from…

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June 21, 2006
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