Tag Archives: World Cup

Netherlands 0-1 Spain (aet)

In the end, the best team won. Spain have been the best side in the world for at least the last two years since winning Euro 2008, and won the first World Cup in their history last night thanks to … Continue reading

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Germany 0-1 Spain

We were twenty minutes away from decrying Spain as suffering from Arsenal syndrome. All pretty passing but no penetration and no plan B. But Carles Puyol’s 73rd minute header put this Spanish side into the World Cup final and put … Continue reading

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Uruguay 2-3 Netherlands

Still this Dutch side are struggling to find their trademark fluency, but once again it didn’t matter. Holland took a leaf out of Germany’s book, with two second half goals in quick succession sealing their place in Sunday’s World Cup … Continue reading

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Argentina 0-4 Germany

Germany dumped another of world football’s supposed superpowers out of the World Cup with a comprehensive drubbing of Diego Maradona’s Argentina. Argentina came into the match seeking revenge on Germany for the 2006 World Cup quarter final which the Germans … Continue reading

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Uruguay 1-1 Ghana (4-2 pens)

Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez came into this tournament a highly-rated prospect, scoring 49 goals in the Dutch Eredivisie last season, yet this morning his is the name on everybody’s lips. He will miss the semi-final after his red card here … Continue reading

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Netherlands 2-1 Brazil

Move over Switzerland: we have a new shock of the tournament. Barely anyone gave the Netherlands a chance coming into this match, and they lived up to expectations in the first half of this pulsating, often bad-tempered encounter. But in … Continue reading

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Martin Demichelis Kicks Man While Down

These aren’t words you’ll read often, but spare a thought for poor John Terry. You’ve just got back home to face an angry nation after the worst individual performance of your career contributed to a 4-1 loss to Germany. And … Continue reading

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Maradona: Still Making Friends

Well, not really. The Argentina coach openly mocked Bastian Schweinsteiger yesterday following comments the German midfielder had made about Argentinian gamesmanship. “If you see how they gesticulate, how they try to influence the referee,” Schweinsteiger had said. “That is not … Continue reading

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Dunga Hits Back At Cruyff Criticism

Brazil coach Dunga has dimissed criticism of his team by Dutch legend Johan Cruyff ahead of the two nations’ World Cup quarter final clash in Port Elizabeth this afternoon. Cruyff, part of the Dutch side in the 1970s that pioneered … Continue reading

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England: The Blame Game, Part One

As reported this morning, John Barnes has spoken of the “blame game” that inevitably follows an England exit from a major tournament. Never one to disappoint, Nathan’s World Cup takes a look at the various possible explanations for England’s dismal … Continue reading

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