• World Cup Final Prediction By A Man From The Future

    我来自不远的未来,我知道很多人只会把我的话当是个玩笑,我愿意先给大家一点事实的证据。 我给出的的证据很简单,目前世界最关注的世界 杯,决赛双方将是荷兰和西班牙,荷兰2:1战胜了西班牙,斯内德和另一个你们猜不出的替补球员进了球。希望我的这番话不要在世界杯决赛前传到南非,否则我 担心球员心态受影响,从而改变了历史。 一个月后我会回来,那时候希望你们愿意相信我的所有关于未来的话! Oh, yes, He’s Chinese. For those of you who’s Chinese is a bit on the rusty side. Here is a rough approximation  in the Queen’s. The post was made on a Chinese website to which I have linked at the foot of this. Clicking around the Net,...

  • Hup Holland Hup!

    Well, let’s nail our colours to the mast for Sunday’s game. Many of us are neutrals who just want to see a good game of football. However, I am firmly on the side of the Dutch. Here are the 5 reasons why. 1978 – The first game of football I can vividly...

  • Spaniards, Germans and Tshabalala

    Service stations have proven fertile ground for meeting renowned football folk at this World Cup. On our way to England v Germany we met former Aston Villa centre-half Martin Laursen and ‘Sir’ Les Ferdinand, still awaiting conviction for impersonating a Knight of the Realm. On the six hour drive from Johannesburg to...

  • The Dutch dichotomy

    Holland are an interesting team in this World Cup. They’ve got some wonderful attacking talent which, despite the run to the final, hasn’t quite clicked as of yet. Robin van Persie has only one goal to his name but in general his performances as the lone centre-forward have been decent. He holds...

  • “You’re in” – web round-up

    As we get ready for the first World Cup semi-final here’s some reading you may have missed in another threeandin web round-up. Zonal Marking, as you would expect, provides a tactical analysis of tonight’s game. 2nd Yellow on Suarez, the handball and the fallout. He reckons Suarez cheated, TwoHundredPercent does not. Football...

  • This is not what Roy Orbison had in mind

    Why are footballers these days such a pack of whinging cry babies? It’s just not right. They’re always blubbering about something. Miss a penalty. Cry. Get knocked out of the World Cup. Cry. Lose a final. Cry. Make a mistake. Cry. Get suspended. Cry. Look at Brazil’s Julio Caesar coming home from...

  • England’s ‘Alpha male’ problem

    Following Germany’s 4-1 thrashing of England Bayern Munich midfielder Thomas Mueller made an observation. He said: England have so many top stars in their squad that they will always be part and parcel of the international football scene, but there are so many ‘alpha males’. It is difficult to have so many...

  • World Cup Winners & Losers: Day 23

    WINNERS Miroslav Klose Two more goals takes Miroslav ever Klose to Ronaldo’s World Cup scoring record of 15. Yesterday he moved past another Brazilian, Pele, to within one goal of joint top billing. He might not be everyone’s cup of tea – club manager Louis van Gaal included – but you can’t...

  • Baghana-Baghana: Photo Blog

    Last night I was one of many neutrals who joined forces to support the final African nation left in the competition: Ghana. The colour and excitement of Bafana-Bafana returned to Johannesburg’s Soccer City in the guise of ‘Baghana-Baghana’. Sadly, Asamoah Gyan failed to convert a crucial extra-time penalty, and the 90,000-strong crowd...

  • World Cup Winners & Losers: Day 22

    Bit of confusion about how to title this blog.  It’s matchday 20, but day 22 of the World Cup.  I’ve gone, after much deliberation, with the latter.  Whatever you call it, it was surely the most dramatic day of the tournament thus far. WINNERS Cheating? Luis Suarez awakes this morning a villain...