Tag: Argentina

Video of the Day: Netherlands vs Argentina, June 1974

It’s difficult to imagine the extent to which the Dutch football teams of the late 1960s and early 1970s must have looked, to contemporary audiences, as if they had landed on the earth from outer space. Feyenoord and Ajax took four consecutive European Cups between 1969 and 1973, and any lingering pretensions that the England team that was knocked out of the tournament by Poland in qualifying may have been ill-starred were rendered obsolete by the Dutch national team’s performances at the 1974 World Cup finals in West Germany. The lumpen English were irrelevance in comparison with the Netherlands...

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The 2014 World Cup Final: Winning By Design

It took until the twenty-second minute of extra-time at the end of the match to settle it once and for all, but by the time the full-time whistle blew in the Maracana last night, there was already a reasonably firm consensus on the matter. The best team over the course of the tournament had, in the end, won it. There may have been but the merest of cracks of light between the two teams over the course of the final itself, but Germany were thoroughly deserved winners of the 2014 World Cup. The best, most likeable and most attractive...

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The 2014 World Cup Final – Germany vs Argentina, Live!

Good evening, fans of sport, spectacle and populist nationalism, and welcome to the 2014 World Cup Final. This evening, Germany play Argentina in Rio de Janeiro for the right to declare themselves The Best International Football Team In The World Over The Last Four Weeks, and, as we have been throughout the remainder of the tournament, we’re here with live coverage of a match that is likely to be remembered as The Most Tweeted Football Match Of All-Time. So, Germany against Argentina, then. In handing out the shellacking to eclipse all shellackings upon the host nation in the semi-finals,...

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The 200% World Cup: Netherlands vs Argentina, Live!

Good evening, sports fans! I guess the first quiestion that I have to ask is this: have you recovered from last night? I certainly haven’t, and will return to the subject once last time in order to briefly mention that we will most likely remember where we were yesterday evening for the rest of our lives. The past, however, is the past and this evening is all about the immediate future again as the Netherlands play Argentina in the second of the semi-final matches at this summer’s World Cup finals. Having brilliantly predicted that last night’s match would be...

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The 200% World Cup: Argentina vs Belgium, LIVE!

Good afternoon, sports fans. Edward and I are here from five o’clock on with a liveblog of the third quarter-final match at the 2014 World Cup finals, between Argentina and Belgium. Now, these two teams met in both the 1982 finals, when the then-defending champions were beaten by Belgium in the opening match, though four years later Argentina got their revenge with a win in the semi-finals four years later. You can follow 200% on Twitter by clicking...

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