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 final second round game is the most mouthwatering with the Iberian derby arriving at the World Cup as Spain – the European Champions – against Portugal who have suggested much over the last decade but never taken a major trophy. The names involved are a list of the some of the best players in […]

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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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Portugal promised a festival of football and so it was delivered although probably not the football they would have wanted to showcase. Firstly to the Ivory Coast who play North Korea with the only hope of qualifying from the group coming in the Africans putting over half a dozen goals in and hoping that Brazil […]

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§229 · June 25, 2010 · Brazil, Ivory Coast, North Korea, Portugal · Comments Off on Brazil 0 Portugal 0 & North Korea 0 Ivory Coast 3 · 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 North Korea are a football mystery to most of the World – Jong Tae-Se being their most well known player if that is not a contradiction in terms – then perhaps the shroud of secrecy covers both ways and The Great Leader has not permitted coverage of the rest of the World Game. Perhaps […]

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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 Golden Generation – the first one – in football and it contained names like Rui Costa, Luis Figo, Jaio Pinto and by the time the sun set on the careers of players every country had decided that it too possessed a “Golden Generation.” The original might not have been the best. The […]

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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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