• World Cup 2010
    Cristiano Ronaldo – superhero

    Superheroes – they’re great. They save the world and damsels in distress and they all have a magnificent range of abilities. Superman, for example, was really fast and strong and could fly. Spiderman could shoot sticky web out of his wrists. There was nobody stronger than The Hulk while Inspector Gadget, well,...

  • FIFA
    Video technology: The case against

    Frank Lampard’s goal was just the latest incident which has sparked the debate about the use of video technology in football. FIFA and Sepp Blatter’s approach has been, up to now, completely intransigent. Late last year he said: Please do not insist on the technology, the day that the referee takes 2...

  • England
    The Souness theory and Roy Keane

    It was interesting to hear Fabio Capello say that English player were ‘tired’ during this World Cup. Yet as the BBC pointed out some of Germany’s best players played more games this season, how does it add up? There is, of course, the winter break, which is probably most beneficial to international...

  • Winners & Losers
    World Cup Winners & Losers: Day 17

    A little late but here we go. WINNERS Carlos Tevez – he might have been about a hundred miles offside for Argentina’s first goal but the second was pure quality. That said, you can’t help thinking that if Mexico had taken a slightly more normal approach and not played a jockey in...

  • England
    Finger of blame: John Terry

    England, let’s face it, were awful yesterday. Leaving aside the goal that wasn’t given, which is a debate for another post, I don’t think anybody can argue that the scoreline did not accurately reflect the gaeke. Germany made all the chances and could easily have scored more, but when is the last...

  • England
    Psychic Soccer Octopus

    This from the Get Out Of Town file, then. The tale runs that a 2 year old octopus by the name of Paul is a football match outcome predicting machine. Or cephalopod if you want to get picky. What happens is 2 jars are placed before Paul, each containing an indentical tasty...

  • Winners & Losers
    World Cup Winners & Losers: Day 16

    Winners Ghana – anyone who has had to listen to ITV’s consistently patronising commentary about the plucky little Africans will have uncurled their toes at some stage and thought about various ways in which they might kill Peter Drury. Nevertheless, for the tournament itself it’s good that we still have an African...

  • Winners & Losers
    World Cup Winners & Losers: Day 15

    WINNERS David Villa Another good night for Villa, with a lofted forty-yard goal and an assist for an easy on the eye Iniesta strike. The odds on the Barca new boy taking home the golden boot are, like a man with wax legs, shortening all the time. Cristiano Ronaldo Possibly a controversial...

  • World Cup 2010
    Carlos Quieroz is insane

    Anyone who sat through the mind-numbing, torpid mess that was Brazil v Portugal yesterday will today, no doubt, be checking legal precedent to see if they can get their money back. That goes for the people that were in the stadium and those watching at home on television. Some kind of compensation...

  • Hogger in SA
    Raising my sombrero to my favourite fans

    Out here in Johannesburg, you come across fans from all nations. In the past couple of days we’ve met grumpy Argentinians, dancing Ghanaians, drunk Englishmen and boisterous Germans. They all have their qualities. Ascribing them a single adjectival epithet doesn’t do them justice. There is variety, colour, and most of all, warmth....