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 ·


One wonders what the Dutch supporters think of their side which has yet to – and has yet to be called to – break a sweat and while European top ten sides around them fall in France, Italy and England they continue in seemingly healthy form. They play the Slovakians who took a chunk out […]

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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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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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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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Germans have put down a marker last night with the 4-0 win over Australia and in doing so have achieved what others so far who have an eye on the biggest prize have failed to do: impressed, and caused fear. The Dutch qualified at a canter fourteen points ahead of the second placed side. They […]

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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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