BfB Goes To The World Cup 2010 (Without leaving the front room)

There is a levelling which football brings and a meritocracy. Argentina talked a good game – many have – but it is increasingly clear that in a tournament where the idea of overwhelming individual excellence of single players has (once again) been overshadowed by well crafted teams perhaps the best example of which is Joachim […]

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We shall, for a time, ignore Ghana. Uruguay won the first World Cup and – as a shock result – twenty years and a World War later picked up a second trophy. They were a team before the fifties and like Hungary they have faded to football’s history but occasionally reoccur. They have come to […]

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The quarter finals of the World Cup of 2010 start of with the mouth watering mix of the European version of flair against South American attempts at controlled steel. The Dutch – schooled in total football if not always practising it and possessing a good few driving creative players – are consistently the most eye […]

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The second round of the World Cup was the round in which football, politics and footballing politics smashed together. It started well with Uruguay and South Korea playing out an interesting game and Ghana’s win over the USA being the highlight of what turned out to be a poor round of games. Poor for performances. […]

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§294 · July 2, 2010 · Argentina, Brazil, Chile, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Paraguay, Portugal, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Uruguay, USA · Comments Off on The politics of failure in the second round ·


The final second round game is the most mouthwatering with the Iberian derby arriving at the World Cup as Spain – the European Champions – against Portugal who have suggested much over the last decade but never taken a major trophy. The names involved are a list of the some of the best players in […]

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If fear was the mark of the first games then this quarter final saw two teams gripped by that most negative of emotions. The English going at Germany with injustice – since apologised for – in their hearts or the Mexican with fury at the decision which put a far away game even further away. […]

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§285 · June 29, 2010 · Japan, Paraguay · Comments Off on Japan 0 Paraguay 0 AET Paraguay win on penalties · Tags: , , , , , ,


The South Americans clash. Nominally the best against the most impressive so far and Chile. Brazil look as good as one might expect but Chile look – well – as you would hope Brazil would be. Cavalier and attacking. Exciting but strong and in Alexis Sánchez, they have the exciting young talent of the World […]

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§281 · June 28, 2010 · Brazil, Chile · Comments Off on Brazil 3 Chile 0 · Tags: , , , , , , , , ,


One wonders what the Dutch supporters think of their side which has yet to – and has yet to be called to – break a sweat and while European top ten sides around them fall in France, Italy and England they continue in seemingly healthy form. They play the Slovakians who took a chunk out […]

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With the USA being knocked out by Ghana last night the Mexicans represent the North and Central American federation’s final chance of a place in the last eight of World Cup 2010 and standing in the way of that aim are the not insurmountable nation of Argentina. The two sides have remarkable similarities in their […]

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These days are rare. In league football every season the top teams are guaranteed at least two games against each other – Liverpool and Everton, Bayern Munchen and 1860 – they play with a metronomic regularity. They are the touch stones of a season. In international football though it is chance and not eventuality which […]

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