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

We shall, for a time, ignore Ghana. Uruguay won the first World Cup and – as a shock result – twenty years and a World War later picked up a second trophy. They were a team before the fifties and like Hungary they have faded to football’s history but occasionally reoccur. They have come to […]

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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 World Cup deserves matches like Ghana’s 2-1 win over the USA and players like Asamoah Gyan deserve to the World Cup to make their mark. Minutes into extra time after a 1-1 ninety minutes a ball raked from the back saw Carlos Bocanegra and Asamoah Gyan running in a battle for the ball 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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If second game draws are dispiriting then defeat – heavy defeat at that – in the opening game of the World Cup is a sizeable bubble bursting which it is hard to recover from. Australia’s 4-0 defeat was that bubble burst and not just in the size of the defeat but the nature of it. […]

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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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If any group in the World Cup contains four well matched teams then it is Group D with Serbia and Ghana pairing with the Germans and the Australians to create a foursome which is hard to predict although predict I shall and that prediction is that both these sides will be in the second round. […]

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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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