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 ·


If fear was the mark of the first games then this quarter final saw two teams gripped by that most negative of emotions. The English going at Germany with injustice – since apologised for – in their hearts or the Mexican with fury at the decision which put a far away game even further away. […]

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§285 · June 29, 2010 · Japan, Paraguay · Comments Off on Japan 0 Paraguay 0 AET Paraguay win on penalties · Tags: , , , , , ,


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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That New Zealand come into this final game of the group stages not only with the chance of qualifying but with their fate in their own hands is the story of the World Cup so far. A country with not enough professional teams to hold a match were unlucky to concede against Italy and are […]

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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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If the World Cup story of Cameroon is already done when that of the four in Group F: Italy, New Zealand, Slovakia and Paraguay; have hardly begun. All four drew 1-1 in their opening games and each can take different things from those results. New Zealand – who play Italy later today are most pleased […]

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§155 · June 20, 2010 · Paraguay, Slovakia · Comments Off on Slovakia 0 Paraguay 2 · Tags: , , , , , , , ,


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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When the Italians won the World Cup four years ago they were in disarray the Champions Juventus being stripped of the Serie A title and corruption going from speculation to cold, hard, distasteful fact. Four years later and the Italian game is at the top of Europe having seen Internazionale add a European Cup to […]

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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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