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

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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“Your time starts now.” So much of the World Cup is qualifying. Nations qualify for the next stage of qualification – North Korea went through three rounds – and then they end up in four team groups with the aim being to qualify once more. So after two years of trying – starting today – […]

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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 start of the end of some team’s World Cup begins. At the end of the next sixteen games a number teams will know they are playing for pride and some will be planning for the second round but most will in the balance and that will be true of both these teams. A pair […]

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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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The first booking of the World Cup is nothing of the sort as Efraín Juárez is booked for a handball but such advantage is all the home side can take on this the opening day of the World Cup. South Africa are penned in with Giovani dos Santos running dangerously at them for the Mexicans […]

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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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