Posts Tagged World Cup

Quitting Qatar

Quitting Qatar

I had always thought FIFA’s decision to award the 2022 World Cup to the back-of-beyond slave-state of Qatar was bizarre: a decision motivated by money rather than what the event is all about. Promoted as an attempt to widen the boundaries of the wonderful game – or something – this bunch of bureaucratic muppets decide to award football’s biggest event to a sheikdom whose team has never even come close to qualifying for the event, a plot of desert with a seat at the UN completely unsuited to accommodating – and entertaining – hundreds of thousands of people from around the world. Read the rest of this entry »

, , , ,

1 Comment

And so it ends. Ugh.

And so it ends. Ugh.

Much as I expected, the final of the World Cup amounted to more than two hours of turgid crap, with Spain not surprisingly chalking up their favourite scoreline of 1-0. Much was made beforehand about the clash of styles; the BBC must have spent a fair packet on what seemed to be an endless stream of high-production mini-movies that punctuated the tedious pre-match pitter-patter of Messrs Lineker, Hansen, Shearer and Dixon. Everyone seemed to expect a classic, though anyone who had actually watched these two teams throughout the tournament would have known that it was going to be little more than a tedious borefest won by the odd goal in one. Read the rest of this entry »

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

World Cup Review

The World Cup is over: a it’s time for a quick review of all the teams. Unsurprisingly, I have given Germany the highest score out of ten, though this has nothing to do with my being biased. They were genuinely good, and in many pundits’ opinion the most exciting and dynamic team of the tournament. How things have changed from the disaster of 1998, where I would have given them a big fat zero. Or Euro 2000, where they meritted no better than minus ten. Read the rest of this entry »

, , ,

No Comments

Und es ist vorbei.

Und es ist vorbei.

And so, it came to an end – stifled by a scarily impressive Spanish side that pulled yet another trick out of its impressive bag by swinging in a very old-fashioned corner and having their old-fashioned centre-back smash in an old-fashioned header. Well, we all knew better than to question Paul der Kraken-Orakel. Read the rest of this entry »

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

World Cup Update…

World Cup Update...

I have tried my best to keep schtum during the last week, given how much I have been impressed by the young German team’s progress at this World Cup. Since my last blog, they have banged in eight goals en route to their third semi-final in a row and eleventh in all, beating England 4-1 in what was the mother of all media-fuelled weekends and then Argentina 4-0 where everyone bar Alan Hansen finally took note. Read the rest of this entry »

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Daily Mail (World Cup) Story of the Week

Daily Mail (World Cup) Story of the Week

No Daily Mail Nazi Story of the Week this week – OK, there was a pointless story about Hitler ordering a high-spec Mercedes from his cell at Landsberg) – but their latest World Cup dossier on the German team certainly ranks right up there in the bullshit for the sake of it stakes. Read the rest of this entry »

, , , ,

No Comments

Most displeased.

Most displeased.

Germany 0 Serbia 1.

A man sent off for nothing by an utterly incompetent paella-munching Hallmark job applicant, a fluffed penalty, and ninety minutes of sheer unadulterated frustration. Read the rest of this entry »

, , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Copy unchecked stat, paste.

Copy unchecked stat, paste.

Sometimes I have to wonder who these so-called journalists are, and what research methods they employ. In reading a report a few days ago about Germany’s record at the World Cup, I read that they had “not lost a group game since 1994” – which suggested was that the last time they had lost a group game was in 1994 when the event was hosted in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »

, , , , , , ,

1 Comment

It’s lucky that the US are not hosting the next World Cup…

…as North Korea have done the impossible and qualified for the finals!

Having kept out everything Saudi Arabia could throw at them in temperatures topping 100 degrees Fahrenheit and thanks to a last-minute equaliser from their southern neighbours that helped keep out Iran – another member of the so-called “Axis of Evil” – lil’ Kim’s football team will be in South Africa next year.

It is the first time the DPRK have qualified since 1966, and for the first time both Koreas will be at the World Cup finals. Given that the US should qualify from their zone, I can’t wait for the draw… The US versus the DPRK, anyone?

, , ,

No Comments