World Cup

Rise of the Americas - the World Cup so far 0

Michael Foster discusses the strong showing from the American teams at this Summer’s World Cup…. Ah the sea! A natural wonder which has not only inspired poets, explorers and scientists, but has also proved to be the nemesis of the international footballer. Whenever a team is required to travel any distance over a significant stretch(…)

Has Luis Suarez’s Liverpool value really suffered over the last 24 hours?

Has Luis Suarez’s Liverpool value really suffered over the last 24 hours? 1

There’s no introduction necessary, because the whole world saw Luis Suarez doing what he did yesterday and there can be absolutely no debate about any of it. So let’s get straight into it: There’s a school of thought now which suggests that Suarez’s character could have an impact on his transfer value and that his(…)

Contrived anger and transparent insincerity: The Mail’s England coverage 0

The temptation, I suppose, when reading through The Mail’s bilious coverage of England’s World Cup elimination is to imagine Neil Ashton, Martin Samuel and the rest all sat at their desks, pulsating with anger as the hack righteously at their keyboards. Such is the aggressiveness with which Roy Hodgson and The FA are now being(…)

Picking an England side to face Uruguay

Picking an England side to face Uruguay 0

Who had Spain going out of this World Cup before England? Not many - but Roy Hodgson’s side need to avoid defeat this evening against Uruguay if they’re to avoid becoming the next big name to fall. Oh, who are we kidding - we’re not a big name. Anyway, here’s a preferred eleven for this(…)

Watch the celebrations – that’s where the World Cup magic really is

Watch the celebrations - that’s where the World Cup magic really is 0

This World Cup is special for a lot reasons.  The standard of the football has been excellent, goals are flying in from everywhere, and the almost of all the games we’ve seen thus far have been very engaging. But what stands out - as it does with every World Cup - is the way the(…)

England’s physical approach to Luis Suarez on Thursday night

England’s physical approach to Luis Suarez on Thursday night 0

There was a very revealing moment during Uruguay’s defeat to Costa Rica, and it was Oscar Tabarez’s decision to leave Luis Suarez on the sidelines even though his side desperately needed a goal.  Uruguay were blunt and predictable, and were crying out for Suarez’s guile in that second-half, but the country’s biggest asset was left(…)

Twenty years later, Colombia smile at a World Cup again 0

Okay, so Greece are not a good side and winning a group stage game is not an era-defining moment, but there was a feel of exorcism about Colombia’s win in Belo Horizonte this afternoon. Those of us beyond our mid-twenties will remember Colombia’s recent World Cup history, and will know that today’s win has been(…)

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(…)

Brazil vs Croatia: Conspiracy theories at the first opportunity

Brazil vs Croatia: Conspiracy theories at the first opportunity 1

I love a good conspiracy theory as much as the next person, and I will happily engage in any kind of conversation which debates the JFK assassination, the real reasons for both Gulf Wars, and the 2000 US electoral scandal. Great.  In the right context, conspiracies are fun and engaging, but in football they are(…)

England’s World Cup excuse check-list 0

When England inevitably return to this country, sun-burnt and unsuccessful, it will be to the sound of half-a-dozen excuses. We always fail at international tournaments and we do so for a very simple reason: England are not good enough to win a European Championship or World Cup.  We’re aware of that, obviously, but we don’t(…)

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(…)

England: Preaching caution with Ross Barkley

England: Preaching caution with Ross Barkley 0

You won’t find a bigger Ross Barkley fan than me, and I was delighted to see him included in the World Cup squad. During yesterday’s friendly with Ecuador in Miama, Barkley showed that he can be a threat at international level and that his inclusion does provide England with some much needed dynamism - but(…)

What is a World Cup and why is it special? 0

I’ve been around football for a long time now and have experience enough of its highs and lows to have become philosophical about it.  Generally, the game doesn’t inspire in me the same kind of excitement as it once did - that’s really just part of growing up and developing priortities in your life that(…)

Discussing Colombia’s chances at the World Cup 0

Every World Cup, there are always players who cross-over from being hipster-favourites to a household names, and Brazil 2014 will presumably be no different. The winners of the competition will almost certainly be one of either Spain or Brazil, but there are some are dark horses in this tournament who could either go a very(…)

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