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

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 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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Argentina make seven changes from the team which beat South Korea 4-1 and while many would look to the fact that Lionel Messi is still in the side and Sergio Agüero and Diego Milito have come in and suggest that the South Americans have the talent to beet Otto Rehhagel’s practical Greeks winning the World […]

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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 Woody Allen joke that sums up Greece’s experiences in the World Cup – “Full of pain, misery and disappointment and over far too quickly.” Allen says that about life but it is applicable to Greece in the World Cup and – to be honest – a good few other nations. The Greeks […]

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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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“Messi, he is my Maradona” said the man himself. I feel my blood boil. I loathe Diego Maradona to make up for all the adulation he gets which he so ill deserves. As a young man watching the World Cup in 1982 I liked the look of the little guy – back that I was […]

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§31 · June 12, 2010 · Argentina, Nigeria · Comments Off on Argentina 1 Nigeria 0 · 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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