Category Archives: Football

Euro football round-up #1

Mixed fortunes in Europe’s two premier club competitions for the DPAK road-to-the-finals experiment. Firstly, the good news. In the Europa League, IFK Göteborg had a shocker at home in the first leg, being held to a goalless draw by Luxembourg’s … Continue reading

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The path to the 2015 European finals

The Champions League has a problem. Whether by accident or design – it was design – the post- European Cup system favours the big sides and is seemingly set up to ensure the participation of a small elite in the … Continue reading

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Features of World Cup 2014

  Disappearing spray a success The disappearing ‘shaving foam’ white spray is a brilliant idea. No one seems to be against this one. It’s a simple method that speeds up play and stops players encroaching once the referee turns his back … Continue reading

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Why Bosnia are my team at the World Cup

Four years ago, it was Slovenia. This time, it’s Bosnia and Herzegovina. Allow me to explain. It’s not some deep-seated affection for Balkan football, though that does play a small part. Four years ago, I was not captivated by the … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014 Preview: Groups G and H

GROUP G Germany Under Joachim Low the Germans have been one of the brightest attack-minded sides in international football. Undone by the passing-into-submission that is Spain in 2010, they still demolished both Argentina and England on the way to the semifinals. A … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014 Preview: Groups E and F

GROUP E France As holders and one of the favourites in 2002 they exited early without even a goal, almost won it in 2006, and last time exited early amid fall outs and a general appearance that they didn’t want … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014 Preview: Groups C and D

GROUP C Clombia This group is one of the less attractive sections on paper, but it could well throw up one or two of the more entertaining opening-week encounters. Colombia– sadly though missing star striker Falcao– should make it past … Continue reading

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Five kits to look out for at the World Cup

Honduras This is one lovely shirt indeed but our research shows it to be splitting opinion. Equally retro as it is timeless. And they had the genius idea of putting the country’s name on the badge, just in case the … Continue reading

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