And so it goes. Brazilian football management proves once more that it is no country for level headed, if slightly ponderous, middle-aged men.
Didier Deschamps’s men travel to Madrid tonight to face Euro 2012 winners, Spain, in a crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier.
Britons tend to return disappointed from World Cups; the tradition is to skulk off amid bitter recriminations just as the real meat of the competition is getting started…but that’s not how it always goes. There are exceptions. One such came at the World Beer Cup – yes, even beer now has a world cup – in San Diego this month.
Award winning film-maker Victor Buhler talks to Christian Adofo about his new film, “The Beautiful Game”, football in Africa and his hopes for the continent’s future.
Harry Redknapp said last week that the England manager role is “an older man’s job”. Is he right?
“Still bitter” was the phrase used by “kicker” to describe the latest diplomatic furore surrounding Michael Ballack. A simple, but thoroughly apt headline to describe the sad decline of a man who was once the poster boy of German football.
Yesterday the USA travelled to Genoa and beat Italy 1-0. It was the first time Team USA had beaten the four time World Cup winners. The goal scorer was Clint Dempsey.
Today’s World Cup qualifier between North Korea and Japan, in which political tension was more of a focal point than the action on the pitch, ended in a 1-0 win for the home side in Pyongyang.
When the final whistle was heard at Wembley on Saturday night, there was a general sense of disbelief in the entire stadium at the scoreline.
Yesterday, dodging the huge showers which soaked Auckland virtually all day, I went into the city to interview the South African referee Craig Joubert who will handle the final. What a guy he turned out to be.
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