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World Cup Preview: Group D 5

World Cup Preview: Group D

The 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off in five weeks today, close enough to feel the disappointment. Today we continue our preview of this summer’s tournament with a look at the prospects for the teams in Group D: Germany, Australia, Serbia and Ghana. No doubt drawing numerous questionable conclusions along the way will be your regular guide, the increasingly excitable Dotmund.

The World Cup Of National Anthems (Part Two) 2

The World Cup Of National Anthems (Part Two)

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, brought about national debate that has been all-encompassing. In the case of Spain, it was decided that it would probably be for the best just to not bother having any for the sake of national unity.

The Sad & Premature Loss Of Germany’s Robert Enke 3

The Sad & Premature Loss Of Germany’s Robert Enke

It’s certainly too soon to comment upon the circumstances surrounding the sad death of the Hannover 96 goalkeeper Robert Enke, but it isn’t too soon to take a moment to mourn the passing of an excellent goalkeeper and that rarest of things – a footballer with a conscience.

No Stopping Them 2

No Stopping Them

In the end, then, Turkey didn’t have quite enough about them to be able to keep Germany at bay but, lord, they have given us some fabulous memories in this tournament and will be...

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Auf Wiedershen, Mein Host

Last night, Austria followed Switzerland out of Euro 2008 with a performance which, whilst not lacking in heart and courage, ultimately showed up the gap in quality between themselves and the tournament favourites. Germany...

Germany 2-0 Poland 2

Germany 2-0 Poland

So, four matches, four wins for the favourites, and none of the underdogs have managed a goal yet. Euro 2008 is still waiting to come to life. In one respect at least, this is...

Euro 2008 – Group B 5

Euro 2008 – Group B

Otherwise known as “The Group Of Internecine Rivalries” (by me at least), Group B is the group that probably offers the greatest chance of a host nation getting thrashed out of sight that you’ll...

Start as you mean to go on 2

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...

A Host Of Entertainment 1

A Host Of Entertainment

Germany 3-1 Portugal At half-time last night, I rather thought that I had, as promised, jinxed proceedings. But then the Germans came out and played. As I said yesterday, I really enjoy the World...

Match Of The Tournament? 4

Match Of The Tournament?

Germany 0-2 Italy (After Extra Time) In the early years of the 1980s, whilst fighting against the perennial spectre of relegation, Stoke City went to Highbury for a Division One match against Arsenal. It...

Tor! Tor! Tor! 13

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...

A Stroll In The Park 2

A Stroll In The Park

Germany 2-0 Sweden Well, it couldn’t have been much easier for them, could it? True enough, Germany were more or less home and dry within about a quarter of an hour, with Poboloski showing...

Deutschland Uber Alles? 1

Deutschland Uber Alles?

Germany 3-0 Ecuador / Poland 2-1 Costa Rica So, now we know what England have got to do, or not do, to get through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Or, rather, we...

Poles Apart 1

Poles Apart

Germany 1-0 Poland I suppose it was hardly surprising that it took Gary Lineker barely three minutes to describe “a Polish invasion of Dortmund tonight”, but it didn’t make it any less tiresome. Commentator...