The World Cup group stages are over, and half the 32 teams are packing their bags and heading home. But who deserved to go, and who has a wistful tear in their eye for what might have been? Continue reading
Brazil’s catastrophic defeat at the hands of Germany has reverberated around the football World, not just because they were hosts and the pre-tournament favourites but because they are the nation that has come to define football excellence. A little of that mystique has gone forever.
The side story, that Continue reading
Most of the time this World Cup, I’ve been glued to the live coverage. However, every now and again I feel like watching some highlights. Luckily, the BBC have a handy “World Cup Catch-Up” program. Well it would be lucky, if it wasn’t for the fact that it’s completely unwatchable. Continue reading
Despite not sending a single England player to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Tottenham contributed seven representatives to other nations at the tournament. Now the second round is over and there’s a two day gap before the quarter finals, it’s worth taking a quick look at how they’ve got on – it’s certainly a mixed bag. Continue reading
I have recently been reading quite a lot about the statistical analysis of football. Two sites I’ve found particularly interesting are: Continue reading
Last week I was complaining about the behaviour of Spurs and Cameroon left back, Benoit Assou-Ekotto. His head-butt seems rather tame now, after Louis Suarez raised the stakes, biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during his country’s win over Italy.
Just days after claiming that his goals against England had somehow proved us all wrong, he goes and proves us all right. I’m not quite sure how Continue reading