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

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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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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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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The World Cup is the biggest event on the planet and that the pressure has got to some of the players is perhaps understandable. Until Jesus returns – not Navas but the Biblical one – there will be nothing that has so many pairs of eyes on it. That the pressure gets to some players […]

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Before the days of frustration seemed to overwhelm English football in the mid-1990s when the clichés of losing to the Germans and overpaid players under performing started to loom large in the popular mindset there were two World Cups in which are said to have excelled. I recall them as halcyon days myself. Whatever I […]

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§151 · June 20, 2010 · England · Comments Off on England and The Spirit of Sir Bobby · Tags: , ,


England W. I’ve watched many England displayed ripped apart by a press ho long for blood and take it regardless of the quality of the performance but the goalless encounter between Fabio Capello’s side and Algeria has little to commend it and lots of damn it. Rabah Saâdane’s Algerians were effective but little more. They […]

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England manager Fabio Capello to test a theory that saw the previous non-English England manager Sven Goran Eriksson appointed specifically because the Swede was a man outside the English football structure. Eriksson – it was thought by Adam Crozier the Chief Executive who hired him – would be less tied to the traditions of the […]

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§49 · June 13, 2010 · England · Comments Off on Capello tests the theory · Tags: , , , , , , , , ,


Before the game the rumours give us a team of Green, Johnson, King, Terry, A Cole, Lennon, Lampard, Gerrard, Milner, Heskey and Rooney and as I mull that I wonder how we have got to the stage of rumoured teams – any number of people including myself are gnashing teeth at the idea of lacking […]

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Injury has become the metronome of the run up to the World Cup. Famously it was David Beckham who had the nation praying for a small bone in his foot to heal but latterly every nation has a Beckham – England’s include the man himself ruled out and his partner in deadly play Michael Owen. […]

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§7 · June 4, 2010 · England, Ivory Coast · Comments Off on How the make the best of a bad injury · Tags: , , , ,


The England squad announcement should never have been the big news that it dragged into being with the FA’s media management skills and the veracious appetite for the public via the media to have any and all information as soon as it becomes a fully formed thought once again coming into conflict. The day – […]

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§1 · June 1, 2010 · England · Comments Off on Capello will rue leaving Huddlestone at home · Tags: , , , , , ,