Posts Tagged "Brazil"

The Confederations Cup: Brazil 3-2 USA

By on Jun 28, 2009 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

The Brazilian coach Dunga’s name translates as “Dopey” in Portuguese, but this soubriquet could have applied to his entire team this evening as the South American champions rode their luck against an American team which, unencumbered by such considerations as fatigue, outplayed them in every department in Johannesberg for forty-five minutes this...

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The Confederations Cup: Brazil 3-0 Italy

By on Jun 21, 2009 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

It’s worth remembering on evenings such as this that, much as some people used to make a degree of noise about South Americans not travelling well, no European side has ever won the World Cup outside of Europe. Anyone expecting this situation to change next summer may wish to take this evening’s match between Brazil and Italy as proof – as if it...

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The Confederations Cup: USA 0-3 Brazil

By on Jun 18, 2009 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

The problem with the Confederations Cup, aside from those bloody, bloody, bloody vuvuzela air horns, is that it brings about more mismatches (in terms of quality) than even the World Cup.  However, you’d not necessarily have pegged this game as being one.  If the orthodox Anglocentric viewpoint is to be accepted – that ‘we’ invent sports so...

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The Confederations Cup: Brazil 4-3 Egypt

By on Jun 15, 2009 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

There is a reason why matches like this one are rare.  More, perhaps, is the pity.  But it is not just bull-headed, brass-necked conservative imperialism which sees 50 percent of the ten South American teams qualifying for the World Cup Finals, whilst just six of CAF’s 55 members will represent Africa next summer.  The relative quality and development of...

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The Confederations Cup – A (Very) Rough Guide

By on Jun 13, 2009 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

For some people, the end of the football season in years that end with odd numbers means a return to the real world. For two and a half months they become normal people, spending time with family and friends, allowing their sofas and their wallets to recover from the arduous few months that have just passed and giving every impression of being normal, well-rounded...

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