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

The World Cup deserves matches like Ghana’s 2-1 win over the USA and players like Asamoah Gyan deserve to the World Cup to make their mark. Minutes into extra time after a 1-1 ninety minutes a ball raked from the back saw Carlos Bocanegra and Asamoah Gyan running in a battle for the ball which […]

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The World Cup is inexorable and gives no time for taking a breath. No sooner has the first phase finished and sixteen teams have exited then the seventeenth have left and it is the South Koreans who lose 2-1 to Uruguay and the increasingly impressive Luis Suárez. Uruguay never looked significantly troubled by the Koreans […]

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§247 · June 26, 2010 · South Korea, Uruguay · Comments Off on Uruguay 2 South Korea 1 · Tags: , , , ,


The third round of games in a World Cup makes decisions. It does it quick – sixteen games in four days – and it does it without pity. The wheat is separated from the chaff and before the first game in the second phase teams will be home, managers will have left and the World […]

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This is Spain’s group. The media call it “The Spain Group” and predict that Spain will progress through it and past Portugal for a semi-final match up with Argentina/Germany/England. Spain are expected to win. No South American side has been behind this World Cup – let alone lost – and Chile qualified second in the […]

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§237 · June 25, 2010 · Chile, Honduras, Spain, Switzerland · Comments Off on Chile 1 Spain 2 & Switzerland 0 Honduras 0 · Tags: , , , , , , , , ,


Portugal promised a festival of football and so it was delivered although probably not the football they would have wanted to showcase. Firstly to the Ivory Coast who play North Korea with the only hope of qualifying from the group coming in the Africans putting over half a dozen goals in and hoping that Brazil […]

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§229 · June 25, 2010 · Brazil, Ivory Coast, North Korea, Portugal · Comments Off on Brazil 0 Portugal 0 & North Korea 0 Ivory Coast 3 · Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


One which beats Germany, obviously, but in the last two weeks the England team has been questioned and answered those questions on the field with a good performance that deserved more than the 1-0. The adjectives directed at England after the win over Slovenia were muted in comparison to those tagged to the team when […]

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§231 · June 25, 2010 · England · Comments Off on What type of England team do we want? · Tags: , , ,


Liverpool’s legendary manager Bill Shankley once said of the game “Football is a simple game made stupid by idiots” and the Scot would have smiled – if he did smile – at Japan’s progress to the second round of the World Cup. The group as simple. Holland had qualified and Cameroon were going out. The […]

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That New Zealand come into this final game of the group stages not only with the chance of qualifying but with their fate in their own hands is the story of the World Cup so far. A country with not enough professional teams to hold a match were unlucky to concede against Italy and are […]

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Mathematics are everything. If Team A win and Team C get a snooker then Team D will go through. One could ruin a head with such thoughts. The Germans play Ghana and the winner goes through to the next round but so could the loser. Picking a winner from that match up if difficult with […]

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§214 · June 23, 2010 · Australia, Germany, Ghana, Serbia · Comments Off on Ghana 0 Germany 1 & Australia 2 Serbia 1 · Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,


Jermaine Defoe was a young footballer at Charlton Athletic before – at 14 – defecting to West Ham because as a club they would be better for him. He was a part of a West Ham side that got relegated before exiting to Spurs and a return to the Premier League where he felt he […]

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