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Olympic Football: The Semi-Finals

WOMEN BBC commentator Nigel Adderley nearly said it but bottled out just at the last minute. “Brazil/Canada will be…a good game.” But he was thinking that the Women’s “Bronze Medal match” will be better than the final. Co-commentator Sue Smith suggested that “there will be two good games…er…with the final.” But her nervous laughter betrayed her lack of conviction. Brazil 0 Sweden 0 (Sweden win 4-3 on penalties) Somehow, Lisa Dahlkvist didn’t seem quite such the heroine when she struck the winning shoot-out penalty this time. Despite her “travels” during the quarter-final shoot-out against Australia, Brazil keeper Barbara just...

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Joao Havelange: A “Tribute”

There are three perspectives on the death of Joao Havelange in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, aged 100. Havelange’s family and loved ones are currently grieving his loss, which no-one has the right to disrespect that grief or question. And I’m certainly not about to. But when Sepp Blatter and the repugnant Jack Warner pay you your two kindest tributes, that’s another matter. And when highly-respected investigative journalist Andrew Jennings tweets that Havelange “was a gangster, urbane but still a gangster,” that’s another matter again. Because if the bad guys love you and the good guys hate you, what...

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Blackburn Rovers: debt, silence & stagnation

The early stages of the season are probably not the right time to be drawing too many inferences from league tables, but Blackburn Rovers’ position at the bottom of the Football League Championship mirrors increasing disillusionment at the way in which the club is being run at the moment. On the pitch, Rovers’ season couldn’t have started much more inffectively. On the opening day of the season, they were handed a sharp reminder of the amount of work required to be done if the club is to get anywhere near challenging for a return to the Premier League. Three...

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Olympic Games Football: The Quarter-finals

WOMEN’s QUARTER-FINALS Hopefully, the Olympic football quarter-finals finished two things. Hope Solo’s international football career. And my attempts to predict Olympic football matches. I was one well-struck Australian shoot-out penalty from getting all four women’s quarter-finals’ wrong. So, from now on, I’m sticking to history, such as…Hope Solo’s international football career. USA 1 Sweden 1 (Sweden win 4-3 on penalties) Sky’s Paul Kelso tweeted that Solo’s press conference after Sweden’s penalty shoot-out win was “remarkable.” It wasn’t. Not for her. She’s a veteran hissy-fit egomaniac. Her accusations of Swedish cowardice wrote headlines. But her pig-ignorance was greater exposed by...

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Dalian Atkinson

Perhaps more than any other individual moment of that first season of the Premier League, it was this ten seconds of brilliance that drew the line in the sand between Old Football and New Football. Winning the ball from deep inside his own half, he ran a full sixty yards with the ball at his feet, largely untroubled by Wimbledon attempts to win it back, before lifting the ball over the goalkeeper and into the corner of the goal. In the bottom left-hand corner of the screen, we can see the travelling supporters tumbling down the vast open terrace...

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