Posts Tagged "South Africa"

The World Cup Of National Anthems (Part One)

The World Cup Of National Anthems (Part One)

By on Mar 9, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 9 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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The Confederations Cup: Spain 2-0 South Africa

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

South Africa, horns and all, have edged their way into the semi-finals of this year’s Confederations Cup, but their doing so has been something of a hollow victory for them, as we saw last night. Their procession through to the semi-finals was more about the shortcomings of others than about anything that they managed themselves. For Spain, meanwhile, came a...

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The Confederations Cup: South Africa 0-0 Iraq

By on Jun 14, 2009 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

It is winter in South Africa at the moment, and it was a winter of discontent in Johannesburg this afternoon as South Africa played out an energy-sappingly drab goalless draw to open this year’s Confederations Cup. South Africa’s performance was poor enough for questions to be asked about whether they will become the first host nation in the history 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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