Posts Tagged "Italy"

Video Of The Week: “The Match Of The Century” – Italy vs West Germany, 1970

Video Of The Week: “The Match Of The Century” – Italy vs West Germany, 1970

By on Jun 8, 2010 in Latest, Video | 3 comments

The other week, we brought you the 1970 World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Uruguay in its entirety, and this week it’s time for the other semi-final from that tournament between Italy and West Germany. Italy had started the 1970 World Cup finals slowly. They won their group, but only managed one win, by a solitary goal against Sweden, and two goalless...

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World Cup Tales: Did Il Duce Fix It? Italy, 1934

World Cup Tales: Did Il Duce Fix It? Italy, 1934

By on Jun 5, 2010 in History, Latest | 6 comments

When Joao Havelange claimed, in 2008, that the 1966 and 1974 World Cups were fixed, his claims were largely laughed out of court. Depending on who you listened to, he was either deliberately misconstruing events or demonstrating little more than the first signs of senility. What was, however, curious about his comments was what he missed out. No mention was made of...

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World Cup Preview: Group F

World Cup Preview: Group F

By on May 21, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 4 comments

The 2010 World Cup kicks off in just three weeks time, so by this point the majority of football fans everywhere are only using products made by official tournament sponsors and eating impala for breakfast.  Our intrepid Wikipedia monkey Dotmund has once again put his vuvuzela aside for just long enough to take a look at another of this summer’s groups.  Today...

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World Cup Tales: The Battle Of Santiago, 1962

World Cup Tales: The Battle Of Santiago, 1962

By on May 21, 2010 in History, Latest | 1 comment

We hear a lot about the decline and fall of western civilization these days, but moral outrage at the behaviour of footballers is nothing new and, indeed, players at the World Cup finals this summer will have to go a long way to outdo the most serious incidents of player-on-player violence in the history of the tournament, many of which considerably predate the...

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The World Cup Of National Anthems (Part Three)

The World Cup Of National Anthems (Part Three)

By on Mar 19, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 3 comments

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...

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