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 World Cup deserves matches like Ghana’s 2-1 win over the USA and players like Asamoah Gyan deserve to the World Cup to make their mark. Minutes into extra time after a 1-1 ninety minutes a ball raked from the back saw Carlos Bocanegra and Asamoah Gyan running in a battle for the ball which […]

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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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Jermaine Defoe was a young footballer at Charlton Athletic before – at 14 – defecting to West Ham because as a club they would be better for him. He was a part of a West Ham side that got relegated before exiting to Spurs and a return to the Premier League where he felt he […]

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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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Two goalkeeping errors in the first round of Group C games have shaped the progress Slovenia are making in the World Cup with an English keeper’s slip and an Algerian’s mistake meaning that while The United States ended up with a draw with England, Slovenia got the win. Slovenia are a maligned side not considered […]

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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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Before the game the rumours give us a team of Green, Johnson, King, Terry, A Cole, Lennon, Lampard, Gerrard, Milner, Heskey and Rooney and as I mull that I wonder how we have got to the stage of rumoured teams – any number of people including myself are gnashing teeth at the idea of lacking […]

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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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