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5 July 2010
As knee-jerk reactions go after Italy’s dismal failure in South Africa this one is going to hurt Italian football.
SHARES
5 July 2010
How is it that the Germans always manage to perform on the greatest stage when it really matters, no matter how low the nation’s expectations are at the outset of a World Cup?
SHARES
5 July 2010
In many ways Spain’s World Cup performances since the beginning of FIFA-time AD could be described as impotent. After all, la Roja hasn’t even experienced a good semi in the history of the competition, never mind reached a final.
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3 July 2010
Who would have predicted an early exit for Brazil? They’d become everyone’s choice bet of late but they were on the end of a double Dutch hiding and the World Cup is wide open now.
SHARES
2 July 2010
The worst pub stories and jokes, as we all know, are the ones for which ‘you had to be there.’ And in the same way that closing-time alcohol-fuelled feuds tend to reach their climax, the crossfire between the German and Argentine camp has also taken a totally avoidable route.
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2 July 2010
It is not as if a collective state of amnesia has swept the country since Italy’s early exit from the World Cup but at least it's a clean slate that awaits Cesare Prandelli as he begins his tenure in charge of the national team.
SHARES
2 July 2010
Five thoughts prompted by this World Cup.
SHARES
2 July 2010
Fancy meeting the Brazil 1970 team? That was Paul Joseph's job – and it wasn't always the kind of fun you might expect...
SHARES
1 July 2010
Seconds after Frank Lampard’s now infamous shot ricocheted down from the crossbar and bounced well behind the German goal-line, there was an almost audible sense of disbelief in the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein when Jorge Larrionda failed to signal for a goal.
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1 July 2010
Pity poor Diddy David Silva and his very sucky summer.

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