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

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: , , , , , ,


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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The Japanese 1-0 win over Cameroon was the unsung result of the first set of games with the men form the far east beating the far more power African side with a combination of organisation and a maximisation of the one strength they could boast over the opposition: speed. Which is not to say that […]

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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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The joy of the World Cup comes from emergence. Emergence of a nation from the pack to be winners for sure but the tournament is peppered with victories and none of these were greater for my generation than Italia 1990 and Roger Milla. One could wax lyrical about the Lions that World Cup for days […]

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