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

We shall, for a time, ignore Ghana. Uruguay won the first World Cup and – as a shock result – twenty years and a World War later picked up a second trophy. They were a team before the fifties and like Hungary they have faded to football’s history but occasionally reoccur. They have come to […]

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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 ·


The World Cup is inexorable and gives no time for taking a breath. No sooner has the first phase finished and sixteen teams have exited then the seventeenth have left and it is the South Koreans who lose 2-1 to Uruguay and the increasingly impressive Luis Suárez. Uruguay never looked significantly troubled by the Koreans […]

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§247 · June 26, 2010 · South Korea, Uruguay · Comments Off on Uruguay 2 South Korea 1 · 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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“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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At times it seemed that Abou Diaby was playing against Uruguay on his own. The towering Arsenal midfielder making his sixth appearance for the 1998 Champions played a holding midfield role that broke the South Americans attacking pressure sitting and controlling the very area in which Uruguay would have looked to play. Uruguay qualified poorly […]

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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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