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211 to 1: Reflections On The Road to Qatar 2022 – (II) The Road Broadens

Part One of this series, “The Beginning”, can be found here. The earliest games of World Cup qualifying concerned Asia only; now additional confederations begin their qualification processes. But the earliest games in Africa concern more than football, shining a … Continue reading

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World Cup 2018: Rankings (4-1)

The tournament is done and dusted, and we have our final four. You can see my other rankings at these links – #32-17, 16-9, 8-5. 4. England (+22) Well, this was an improvement, huh? Even early on in the first … Continue reading

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World Cup 2018: Final Predictions

Final rankings will come after the 3rd/4th Place Play-Off and the Final, but for the moment, just quick predictions after I was one for two on the semis (38/62 or 61%). It’s the game no-one wants to play, but 3rd … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014: Matchday One (Group A)

Brazil 3 – 1 Croatia A disappointingly controversial beginning, after such high expectations. Croatia got little chance from anyone before this game – more than one person I follow a Twitter was discussing the game only in terms of how … Continue reading

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Qatar 2022: Or How FIFA Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Bribery

Yes, it does reek of dodgy dealing. When England and Australia get three votes between them, from a maximum of 44, you know that something isn’t right. FIFA being a corrupt organisation isn’t even slightly surprising. But, it’s so very, very … Continue reading

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Sportsball (World Cup 2010): The Last Word

So, the tournament is over and we have new World Cup Champions. Before I put my coverage of Sportsball 2010 to bed (and start on my coverage of English Sportsball 10/11) I’d like to give my last word on each team … Continue reading

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Sportsball (World Cup 2010), Matchday Twenty-Five (The World Cup Final)

Spain 1-0 Netherlands So, there you have it. New World Cup Champions. Spain started out far brighter. They were the ones pushing on, while the Dutch seemed unable to create anything upfront. Spain managed to work some opportunities, but the … Continue reading

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Sportsball (World Cup 2010), Matchday Twenty-Four (3rd Place Play-Off)

Uruguay 2-3 Germany I’m gratified to have been dead right about the 3rd Place Play-Off. A truly excellent contest, one of the best games of tournament. Back and forth attacking football from both sides, plenty of goals, both teams giving … Continue reading

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Sportsball: In Defence Of The 3rd Place Play-Off

The 3rd Place Play-Off gets a lot of criticism. People say its pointless. Neither nation is really playing for anything. Both are inevitably deflated following their semi-final defeats. It’s hard to fill the stadium. It’s just an extra game to … Continue reading

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Sportsball (World Cup 2010), Matchday Twenty-Three (Semi-Finals)

Spain 1-0 Germany So, with the Dutch waiting for the victor, we got one of the most intriguing and hard to call matches of the tournament. Torres was finally dropped and the effectiveness of the Spanish attack was clearly improved. Much … Continue reading

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