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African Cup of Nations Outsiders

African Cup of Nations Outsiders

Stephen Owen January 20, 2013 0

Less than 12 months after Zambia’s against-all-odds trimuph, the African Cup of Nations returns. Fans around the world rejoice at the bonus of a mid-season major tournament, while managers despair at having to cope

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What I learnt about South Africa

July 15, 2010 6

Hello guys.  Or, as the Saffers would cheerfully say, “Howzit oaks”.  (Grammar fans: be not alarmed.  Although ‘Howzit’ would appear to constitute a compressed question, it has come to lose that linguistic inflection.  See:

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Ghana vs USA: Picture Blog

July 1, 2010 1

Let me begin by offering my apologies for my radio silence – I’ve been watching an altogether different kind of game for the past few days in the Kruger national park. Since I last

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World Cup Winners & Losers: Day 12

June 23, 2010 0

WINNERS Katlego Mphela Another impressive display against France. If it weren’t for the width of the woodwork, he’d have ended the tournament with three goals and a deservedly enhanced reputation. Diego Maradona If any

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Au revoir, France. Vous me manquerez.

Last man back June 23, 2010 2

On the face of I might very well be alone when I say I’m going to miss France at this World Cup. I suspect, however, that there are plenty out there who feel the

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Holland v Japan live blog

Last man back June 19, 2010 0

Outside favourites Holland, who huffed and puffed to a 2-0 win over Denmark v hard working Japan who beat a hapless Cameroon. Could be fun.  Join Hogger and I from 12.15pm for live blogging

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World Cup Winners & Losers: Day 6

June 17, 2010 2

WINNERS Alexis Sachez The Chilean winger looked like a man on a mission to bring some creativity and flair to a tournament which had been lacking in attacking verve.  A 1-0 thrashing, if such

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Spain v Switzerland – live blog

Last man back June 16, 2010 2

Join us from 2.45 for more live blogging and commentary on what we hope is going to be a decent game at last. This is the final ‘first game’ of the tournament, fingers crossed

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Magical Maicon deserves more credit

Last man back June 16, 2010 1

Brazil huffed and puffed last night against a well disciplined and hard working North Korea. The winning margin was far less than many had anticipated and the Brazilians looked laboured at times. Yet they

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Ivory Coast v Portugal live blog

Last man back June 15, 2010 1

Will Drogba play with his bionic arm? Now that Nani is gone will Ronaldo add extra stepovers? Did everyone just come to see Eboue? These questions, and other ridiculous ones, will be answered from

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