The Sporting Chameleon

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Brazil and North Korea paper over cracks

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ON DAY five of the World Cup the tournament finally produced a game that managed to be both evenly matched and satisfactorily entertaining.

Three goals! Three actual goals! From different sides!

All three goals (assuming you believe Maicon, who has previous, meant it) were in fact just like watching Brazil.

A grown man cried at his national anthem, as though his life depended on it. Which it might have done.

Dunga wore a funny coat, which was possibly meant for a lady, but made him look like a camp tugboat driver.

What more could a football supporter want?

But the thirteen games prior to Brazil v North Korea were mainly drivel and emblematic of a worrying trend in world football. Read the rest of this entry »

Americans still fail to understand football

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DESPITE officially being as good as England at football – the inventors of the game – Americans still do not quite get it.

As today’s New York Post proves. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Brook

June 13, 2010 at 4:57 pm

King and Carragher live the dream

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IT IS SAID that every young English boy dreams of playing football for England.

But the games in those dreams are never played in Minsk, Almaty or Dnipropetrovsk.

Which means that Ledley King and Jamie Carragher have made Matthew Upson look like a bit of a fool. Read the rest of this entry »

England are a mere distraction to the main event

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AFTER all the hype the World Cup has finally begun, but France v Uruguay, the first match most people will have watched, was very, very dull.

Yet I, and presumably most other people, persisted with the game between two teams we do not really care about.

And this is the essence of the World Cup. Read the rest of this entry »

Mourinho attempting to tick ego-boxes

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REAL MADRID will finally unveil José Mourinho as their new manager on Monday after agreeing compensation with Inter Milan.

Despite Inter being owed £13.5million under the terms of Mourinho’s contract, club president Massimo Moratti settled for a deal worth between £6 and 7million.

Even though Mourinho is probably the best manager of his generation, this deal means Real Madrid have spent considerably less on him than they did on Jonathan Woodgate. Read the rest of this entry »

Els’ redesign threatens golf’s impartiality

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MANY of golf’s leading professionals criticised Ernie Els at this weekend’s BMW Championship, regarding Els’ £6.5million redesign of the Wentworth course.

Seventeen of the 18 holes have been significantly altered on the iconic West Course, with the 18th receiving the biggest facelift – a brook now cuts across the fairway in front of a new, smaller, more undulating green. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Brook

May 25, 2010 at 6:57 pm

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We’ll see him crying on the telly

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TONIGHT’S the night. The night where we will finally discover if all the excitement was worth it.

We will discover if he has picked the right team.

We will discover if it was just about the money or if it was really about being crowned the best around on July 11.

We will discover if abandoning the WAG was the right decision.

It is the game everyone’s been waiting for – Adrian Chiles makes his ITV debut. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Brook

May 24, 2010 at 6:11 pm