ESP 1 POR 0: Moving the bus

June 29, 2010

IT was Portugal’s own Jose Mourinho, apparently, who first talked of “parking the bus”, a phrase which has subsequently been added to football’s lengthy list of transport-related clichés. Read the rest of this entry »

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PAR 0 JPN 0 (pens 5-3): Off to the farm

June 29, 2010

TAKESHI Okada said last month that he would step down as Japan coach after the World Cup. “I’ll be a farmer,” he said. “When it rains, I’ll read a book, and when it’s fine, I’ll work on the farm.” Read the rest of this entry »


BRA 3 CHI 0: One of us

June 29, 2010

OOH, look! An Englishman is still in the World Cup! No, wait – three of them! Maybe this could be a glorious summer for English football after all, thanks to that bald chap from Rotherham with the whistle. Read the rest of this entry »


NED 2 SVK 1: You’re no fun any more

June 29, 2010

ROBIN van Persie gave us just a hint of a strop when he was substituted against Slovakia in Durban. But in general, Holland’s squad at this World Cup has been harmonious, as well as consistent. It’s all a bit boring really. Read the rest of this entry »


ARG 3 MEX 1: Instant replay

June 27, 2010

THERE’S a South African striker called Nathan Paulse who might be smiling to himself tonight. And it’s all thanks to a dodgy offside decision and a video replay that should never have been shown inside the stadium. Read the rest of this entry »


GER 4 ENG 1: Past tense

June 27, 2010

“IF it goes to penalties, the England players should not think about the past,” said legendary German goalkeeping curmudgeon Oliver Kahn. “They should think about the present.” Read the rest of this entry »


USA 1 GHA 2: Bill Clinton’s Saturday night

June 26, 2010

BILL Clinton is getting more exposure at this World Cup than Joe Cole. There he was again tonight, in the stand in Rustenburg, sitting next to Mick Jagger, watching Ghana – dressed in a Melchester Rovers-style kit – become only the third African side to reach a World Cup quarter-final. Read the rest of this entry »