Tag: Slovenia

World Cup 2010: Slovenia 0-1 England

I think it’s fair to say that the introduction’s already on site, so I’ll just go straight into the game. England line up as a 4-4-2, with Gerrard on the left and Milner on the right, and Defoe partnering Rooney up front.  As with last night’s Nigeria-South Korea report, I’ll include how the group stands, and any changes. 1. Slovenia 2. USA 3. England 4. Algeria The start is slow – as it usually is at England games. Glen Johnson lunges in on Andraz Kirm, and referee Wolfgang Stark (seen as a controversial choice considering one of the teams may face Germany over the weekend) is lenient. Gerrard has already cut inside. Valter Birsa has his first run at Ashley Cole, cuts inside and fires at tame shot at David James. There’s a warning sign that this will not be as defensive as Friday night. Gareth Barry steams in from behind on Aleksander Radosavljevic. Most referees would have booked him, but Stark is surprisingly lenient. Johnson hits a diagonal ball to Rooney on the left, and he crosses to Gerrard at the far post, but Bojan Jokic heads it for a corner. Gerrard’s corner is deep, and there’s no England shirt to meet it. Lampard tries a long swerving free kick, around 35 yards from goal, but the wall is at least fifteen yards away, but Samir Handanovic holds...

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World Cup 2010: Slovenia 2-2 United States of America

I’ve seen both of these nations in major competitions. As you may have noticed from the Slovenia-Algeria report, I saw the Slovenians at Euro 2000. The USA however, were one of the teams playing at my first live World Cup match in 2006 – their opponents were Italy, in what was one of the games of the tournament. And that was the point at which my view on American’s playing football changed. It was all down to the fans who travelled to Germany. On the upside, they were very enthusiastic about the game, and (unlike the perception from the more ignorant sections of our media – i.e. most of it) were very knowledgeable about the game, as you would expect people who’ve flown thousands of miles for as little as one game to be. On the downside, everyone American I spoke to at the World Cup in 2006 was involved in the game. They played at various levels, they were referees, they were involved in coaching, they worked in administration for an MLS club. It may not sound like a downside, but during the season, if every football fan is involved in the game at one level or another, you wonder where the fans are coming from. There’s a confidence about the MLS, maybe even overconfidence in the League – I’ve known MLS watchers claim the quality is similar...

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World Cup 2010: Algeria 0-1 Slovenia

I volunteered for this game. On paper it seemed a good idea to do. I’d seen Slovenia play Spain at Euro 2000, and Slovenia are some of the loudests fans I’ve ever come across. They only really have one song: “Kdor ne skače,ni Slovenc, hej, hej, hej”. And when they sing, they jump up and down in unison, and if you’re in the upper tier of a stadium with 10,000 Slovenians ten feet away for them, you get that a great atmosphere, with the slight sense of unease that the stadium is going to collapse.

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World Cup Preview: Group C

The 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off in six weeks today, close enough that you can start to hear the vuvuzelas. Continuing his preview of this summer (winter)’s events, Dotmund has now reached Group C, where he will do his best to cover the large three lions tattoo on his face and behave in the sort of balanced way we like here at Twohundredpercent. Let’s see what he discovered, with his little notebook at his side.

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The World Cup Of National Anthems (Part Two)

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 has been all-encompassing. In the case of Spain, it was decided that it would probably be for the best just to not bother having any for the sake of national unity.

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