Tag: Russia

The 200% World Cup: World Cup Breakfast – Conspiracy! Conspiracy!

So FIFA spoke, and when they did, it was with a mighty, vengeful wrath. Luis Suarez’s World Cup is over, and Uruguay is apoplectic over the decision, with both journalists and the public crying foul play over the decision to ban Suarez from all football related activities for four months and from his country’s next nine international fixtures. On the basis of evidence taken from anything like am objective viewpoint, however, there is little upon which to base a conspiracy theory of much merit. Arguing over the justice or otherwise of the length of the ban would seem to...

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The 200% World Cup: The Group H Final Round – Live!

And so, this is it. The final pair of group matches at Brazil 2014. Belgium head the group and are already in the second round. They need a point to guarantee that they will finish top but in reality, they are likely to whatever happens, bar some very strange results. Their opponents, South Korea, have been completely unremarkable in the tournament but could still qualify with a win tonight. More probable, though, is that Germany’s opponents in the second round will be either Algeria or Fabio Capello’s Russia. Algeria are currently in second position by virtue of their 4-2...

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The 200% World Cup: Belgium v Russia – Live!

They may well be the great hope of many for this tournament, but there were times during their opening match against Algeria looked as if they might not be able to live up to the hype that has preceded them. Still, they got three points from their opening match and a win this evening against a Russian team that looked similarly pedestrian in drawing against South Korea in their opening match will at least get them through to the Second Round of the competition. The Russian coach Fabio Capello, meanwhile, is under pressure. A draw in his opening match...

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The 200% World Cup: Artist’s Impression number 5

Goalkeepers win, and lose, football matches. There’s no other position quite like it and one of the key reasons that goalkeepers are a different breed from the rest of us. Taller, if nothing else. And with big hands. Big meaty hands. Hairy old meat. This old truism was proven once again last night. Mexico’s multiple-fingered custodian Guillermo Ochoa had a magnificent game against the host nation, winning a deserved draw for the Central American team. A result against Croatia now seems likely to put his side into the knockout phase. However, Igor Akinfeev of Russia had an absolute stinker. Several times...

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