Posts Tagged "Japan"

The 2011 Womens World Cup Final: USA 2-2 Japan (Japan Win On Penalties)

By on Jul 17, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

It started slowly, before rising to a beautiful tumult and ended with a penalty shoot-out which ended in a victory for the team of the aesthetes. And then, on top of that, the crowd had the good sense to roundly boo Sepp Blatter. To that extent, this evening’s Women’s World Cup final was, in other words, a series of small victories for football and the...

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The 2011 Womens World Cup: England 2-0 Japan

By on Jul 5, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Coming into form at the right time is a critical aspect of tournament football, but it is one that occasionally feels as if it is overlooked. This evening, against a team that played some sublime football in their previous match, England put in a performance which suggested that they might just be doing exactly this and, while it would be premature to suggest that...

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At Last, The Penalty Shoot-Out Arrives

At Last, The Penalty Shoot-Out Arrives

By on Jun 29, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 6 comments

Although so many of the normal constituents of a World Cup finals – complaints about the ball, Sepp Blatter contradicting himself in public, Cristiano Ronaldo’s pained expression & enormous Adam’s apple combo, England getting dumped on their backsides – have been present and correct, it had begun to feel as if something was missing from...

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World Cup 2010: Paraguay 0-0 Japan (Paraguay win 5-3 on penalties)

World Cup 2010: Paraguay 0-0 Japan (Paraguay win 5-3 on penalties)

By on Jun 29, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 7 comments

They say that consistency helps in football. Especially in terms of number of players you use. This seems to be one of Japan’s tactics, as they enter this game with the same XI that began each of the group games with. Paraguay give first starts to Edgar Benitez and Nestor Ortigioza, as they become the sixteenth and seventeenth players to start for the South...

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