Posts Tagged "Japan"

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...

Read More

Brazil Nuts

By on Jun 23, 2006 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

Brazil 4-1 Japan / Australia 2-2 Croatia What, exactly, possessed the BBC make Brazil-Japan their featured match? Anyone looking at the schedule after the draw would have been able to tell you that the battle for second place in this group was going to be between Australia and Croatia. Well, not the BBC, who seem to think that we’d prefer to watch Ronaldinho...

Read More

Syonara?

By on Jun 19, 2006 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

Croatia 0-0 Japan After all the excitement of Saturday’s three frankly insane matches, we were back to something approaching drudgery as Japan took on Croatia. It’s worth congratulating Japan for bouncing back from back from what could have been a psychologically traumatising defeat by the Australians, but they still largely had their goalkeeper...

Read More

Advance Australia Fair

By on Jun 12, 2006 in International Football, Latest | 4 comments

Australia 3-1 Japan What a terrific game. Best of the tournament so far, in my humble opinion. Australia, as I said before, are a capable team, and are a decent bet for a run to the quarter-finals. One would hope, knowing the self-aggrandisement of Australians when it comes to sport, that they don’t go any further. If they do, that enormously irritating sunny...

Read More