World Cup 2014

Dancing with Colombia: Watching the exorcism

Dancing with Colombia: Watching the exorcism 1

The whole world seems to have fallen for Colombia at this World Cup.  Read through the British press this morning, and you will notice that most of the bilious England coverage has been replaced with odes to James Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado and Los Cafeteros. It’s wonderful. England’s early dismissal from the tournament left us empty-hearted(…)

False contexts & sulky hysteria: Why Roy Hodgson deserves to keep his job

False contexts & sulky hysteria: Why Roy Hodgson deserves to keep his job 0

When something goes wrong with a football team, the default response is for the supporters and the media to demand the manager’s sacking. Why? Because it’s so easy.  If you’re not really sure of what the problem actually is, then removing a coach and and his backroom staff is a fail-safe blanket response.  It’s far(…)

The childish element of the media revert to ‘England mode’

The childish element of the media revert to ‘England mode’ 0

Who isn’t disappointed by what England did last night? Going out of a World Cup always feels like being punched in the stomach, but there’s something about the press reaction which always accentuates the negatives. Yes, big headlines produce big digital revenue - I get that - but at what point do we realise that(…)

Of course Americans get football

Of course Americans get football 0

Alex Timperley discusses whether the questions as to whether Americans ‘get’ football are missing the point: Whenever the USA qualify for a World Cup or do well in a friendly against a traditional football power the same question gets asked – Is this what will finally get America hooked on the world’s best, most popular(…)

Spain vs Holland: Quick Notes

Spain vs Holland: Quick Notes 0

Oh, World Cup, how I love thee. Today’s marquee game is clearly Spain against Holland, although let’s not pretend that we won’t all be watching all three games and loving every minute of them. So, the Dutch and the Spanish… some line-ups, which as essentially a composite of who I think will be picked and(…)

World Cup: Second-tier players to watch

World Cup: Second-tier players to watch 0

Eoghan Roberts identifies fiver under-the-radar talents who could impress at the World Cup… Sofiane Feghouli Representing Algeria at this summer’s event, the tricky winger was one of few positives for Valencia this season, notching four goals and eight assists as Los Che stumbled to eight in the league. He will be hoping to carry the(…)

Why this World Cup needs to be a hit 0

Michael Foster hopes - this time - that the World Cup lives up to its promise… Four years ago I was a fresh faced and fancy free, coming to the end of my time at university with the world at my feet. I had the promise of a long hot summer free from commitments and(…)

England: Line-up options for the World Cup

England: Line-up options for the World Cup 0

Sky Sports subscribers who haven’t already seen last night’s edition of The Footballers’ Football Show should probably try and catch it at some point - it’s actually - and unusually for Sky - a very informative program and it does shed some new light on the preparation which goes into a major tournament. Anyway… Qualifying(…)

England suited to World Cup underdog tag 0

There’s something in the British psyche which embraces the underdog. If you’ve watched any of the Winter Olympics, no doubt you’ll have noticed just how excited we are by a bronze medal, any performance without embarrassment or even a certificate for taking part. Golds are for other countries, it’s not really our business to care(…)