Fin de partido…

Like all summer romances, this one too has come to an end.  Spain are now the reigning European and World Champions.  By virtue of four 1-0 victories in the knock-out stages and scoring only 8 goals in total they become the lowest scoring side ever to win a World Cup.  The real story lies in…

World Cup Final

So we will have a first World Cup trophy for either Spain or Holland.  Multiple past winners Uruguay and Germany were well beaten in each semi-final. Uruguay put up a good fight but in reality the Netherlands could have scored 5 (and probably should have).  Wesley Sneijder was as excellent as he has been the…

Why I am supporting Germany

This has been a World Cup of firsts, the first to be held in Africa, so far only Brazil have won the World Cup outside their own continent and they are out, for Spain and Holland it is a chance to win their first World Cup and if Spain win it will be the first…

Quarter finals preview – day 2

Game 1:Germany v ArgentinaI am really looking forward to this game.  Both of these teams have tried to play football in what I believe is the “right” way.  With an emphasis on passing, movement and fluid attacking play.  Germany were too good for England and Argentina were too good for Mexico in their last 16…

"Who will win the World Cup?" poll results

My hotly debated “Who will win the World Cup?” poll has now ended, sorry to everyone who tried to vote but couldn’t get through.  Demand was unprecedented and I think the servers at Google crashed due to the extra traffic the 6 votes generated.  Anyway the results are in and a little inconclusive:Brazil & Argentina…

Quarter finals preview – day 1

First game:Brazil – HollandBrazil, while not quite setting the tournament alight, have nonetheless been impressive.   Out of all the favourites, Brazil are the team that seem to be able to change their style of play depending on the situation of the game.  They can play beautiful, passing football that can open up tight defences…

Moments of truth – round 3 group games

So this is when we see how my predictions fared… Group A I said: France Mexico Qualified: Uruguay Mexico I made a mistake in underestimating the Uruguayans, they have been excellent in the group stage, with Diego Forlán probably the player of the tournament so far. My other mistake was underestimating the embarrassment the French…

South Americans (& Mexico) lead the way – second round of group games

South American nations are as yet undefeated in this tournament, which is more than can be said for the Europeans and Africans. This round produced more shocks as big names under-performed and failed to get results against less-fancied opponents. There were more refereeing howlers and the jabulani problems continue. France and England imploded off the…

Jabulanis, vuvuzelas and draws – the story of the first round

World Cup fever hits Villa Cafe. What the 2010 World Cup has lacked in terms of goals it has made up for with closely contested games and baaaarrrggggs from vuvuzelas. It has been enjoyable to hear journalists not want to appear like fuddy-duddy, stick-in-the-muds and come out in support of these infernal racket makers. Tell…

World Cup predictions: Group H

OK last one. Group H: Chile Honduras Spain Switzerland Chile are now managed by Marcelo Bielsa, an Argentinian who had a bad run as national manager of his own country, dropping out at the group stage 8 years ago. This time he has almost hero status in Chile after guiding them to the World Cup…

World Cup predictions: Group G

Group of death number 2? Group G: Brazil Ivory Coast North Korea Portugal Brazil are the most successful team in world cup history winning the trophy 5 times and are the only team to win outside of their own continent. Brazil are everyone’s second favourite team, unless you are Brazilian… This current Brazil team are…

World Cup predictions: Group F

Group F: Italy New Zealand Paraguay Slovakia World Cup champions Italy weren’t the best team in the tournament last time around and they won. They aren’t the best team this time either, so can they repeat the feat? They have retained the spine of team that won in Berlin as Buffon, Zambrotta, Cannavaro, Pirlo, Camoranesi…