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

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 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: , , , , , , , , ,


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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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: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


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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The second game presents a problem for Ivory Coast – and teams in a similar position – in this World Cup with the change from count back to goal difference giving significance to the scoreline that was not previously there. Ivory Coast take on Brazil with Sven Goran Eriksson putting out two lines of four […]

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§172 · June 20, 2010 · Brazil, Ivory Coast · Comments Off on Brazil 3 Ivory Coast 1 · Tags: , , , , , , , , ,


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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North Korean players cry during the national anthem. Jong Tae-Se’s eyes were floods of tears when the music played. They are 103rd in the World Rankings, the country is the most alien to the rest of the world and they are up against the best team in the World but – make no mistake – […]

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§78 · June 15, 2010 · Brazil, North Korea · Comments Off on Brazil 2 North Korea 1 · Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,


The best thing about the World Cup is its elusiveness. Try as they might in forty four years England have yet to catch up with the thing again – in a winning sense at least – and they are not alone in this near fruitless quest. The list of countries to have tried and not […]

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