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SHARES
18 June 2010
“It'll be a miracle if the Socceroos don't come out of this clash with anything less than a two/three goal defeat,” was what I told FourFourTwo.com contributor Uli Hesse before Australia’s opening World Cup clash with Germany, but even that turned out to be an optimistic assessment.
SHARES
18 June 2010
Robert Green may have gifted the USA a point with his absurd goalmouth fumble, but the England players are admirably sticking to Fabio Capello's mantra of positive thinking.
SHARES
18 June 2010
Being England manager is a lot like having hiccups. Everybody is fervently convinced that their particular advice will cure your ills.
SHARES
18 June 2010
It is now day eight and country four of my World Cup adventure, and boy has it flown by.
SHARES
17 June 2010
With Spain’s marketing world expecting a comfortable win over Switzerland, the first advert to pop up after Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat was David Villa surrounded by a pack of lovely ladies, flogging hair gel and still sporting that stupid mini-beard worn and subsequently ditched by Tony Almeida in the first series of 24.
SHARES
17 June 2010
The most defensive World Cup ever? It’s certainly the lowest-scoring one, after the first round of matches. A lack of goals doesn’t always equate to defensive football, but in this tournament it’s hard to deny that the football has been slightly more reserved than normal.
SHARES
17 June 2010
The match against Ivory Coast was more of the same old Portugal and unfortunately that same old is not enough for a team that has, or at least likes to think it has, genuine aspirations to win the World Cup.
SHARES
17 June 2010
Settling into Argentina-South Korea with a baked potato, we opened the polystyrene packet to find our lunch looked a lot like Soccer City...
SHARES
17 June 2010
A month after Aimé Jacquet decided against including a precocious young Nicolas Anelka in his final squad for the 1998 World Cup, L’Équipe went to visit the then Arsenal striker in Trappes, the town just half an hour outside of Paris he calls home.
SHARES
17 June 2010
“The time for Africa has come, it has arrived,” announced President Jacob Zuma as he opened the 2010 World Cup. Obviously Zuma had arrived at the stadium with a police escort and didn’t find himself gridlocked on the motorway while trying to find a Park & Ride like most ordinary fans.

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