Are England’s players really as good as we think they are?
Before the World Cup kicked-off, we were singing the praises of the England team. Ashley Cole, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney were ‘world-class players’ we said.
On paper, this was easily one of the best teams we said, good enough to win [...]
We’re in Kinsale marina now, after a pretty hectic race ende, having come fourth place and lost to Qingdao by just 1 minute and 40 seconds. We were sailing along quite happily under spinnaker with Qingdao about half a mile or so behind us and closer to land than we were for about two [...]
On the eve of the World Cup’s first rest day I thought I’d beat the crush and take my foot off the gas 24 hours ahead of time. Luckily circumstances conspired for a big chill in one of Durban’s surfing hotspots.
After wishing the Japanese contingent all the best as they headed out of the Moses [...]
If World Cup teams were bands, who would they be?
There are several inescapable parallels to be drawn between the worlds of football and music. Both of them feature artists who stride the stage imperiously for a time, yet whose successes are all too fleeting; both of them feature the same gallery of keen rivalries and preening frontmen. [...]
They say you should never come face-to-face with your heroes so nevermind missing out on Mick Jagger’s post-mortem of England’s defeat in Bloemfontein. There was a few chaps on the bus back to Durban however who can’t be far off a knighthood or even the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.
After six [...]
If Fabio Capello is at the mercy of Sir Dave Richards’ judgement and resolve he has no chance
England were terrible. The defence shocking apart from goalkeeper David James and the 4-1 defeat to old rivals Germany was England’s biggest ever in the World Cup finals.
The players did not perform. They were poor against the USA, dreadful against Algeria, improved but not great in the 1-0 win over Slovenia [...]
It’s 5.42am and we’ve passed the Fastnet Rock, have Qingdao just off to port and are battling it out with them for third place. Funny that we’ve gone 2,000 miles and have ended up in the same place at the same time with just a few hundred metres between us. Both are flying full main [...]
After hiking to and from Durban for the much vaunted clash of Jogo Bonito it was a blessing to sit back and watch two European sides rarely associated with attacking verve go at other hammer and tongs for the full 90 minutes.
The spectacle may have left many watching at home with a bitter taste in [...]
We’re all starting to get a bit de-mob happy now because, if the winds stay strong and with us, we should be in Ireland on Monday morning. That would mean it has only taken us nine days to cross the Atlantic, compared to the estimate of 14. We’re chasing down Cork and reckon if we [...]
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