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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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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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: , , , , , , , , , ,


I shall admit – dear reader – that my predications for this group was that Serbia would win and Ghana would be runners up with Germany exiting at the first stage for the first time since 1938. The 4-0 defeat of Australia and the Serbs difficulty overcoming the group’s African side suggest that those predictions […]

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The first round of games has been marked by fear and the results of giving into that fear. If one moment summed up the opening sixteen games it was New Zealander Winston Reid heading home in the last minute against a Slovakia side who feared adding to the one goal they had and were punished […]

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When it comes to goalkeeping mistakes – which is a theme of Group C but stay with me – then few are as forgotten as Australian keeper Mark Schwarzer’s weak punch that presented a ball to a Huddersfield Town player in his first – and last – experience of a West Yorkshire derby for Bradford […]

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