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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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 ·


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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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: , , , , , , , , , ,


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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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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There was a single game played between East and West Germany which the East won while playing in the West’s World Cup both in terms of hosting and winning. The team in white with blue shorts beat those in black 1-0 but the other side of the wall seemed to get over the defeat and […]

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§61 · June 13, 2010 · Germany · Comments Off on Who Are Germany? · Tags:


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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