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

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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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 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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There is a feeling in the second of the five Saturdays during the World Cup we are not yet at the crunch of the competition. Some teams have laid down markers to suggest they will win – Argentina most notably – and some are all but out like Nigeria but the majority of teams are […]

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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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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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