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Torres: Waning? Waned? Or Not Waning?

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FERNANDO TORRES hit the net last night, but his Liverpool side slumped to another defeat – this time against Blackpool.

But Torres has found goals hard to come by this season; last night’s was just his seventh in the Premier League.

Those goals have come at a rate of one every 232 minutes, whereas in his first three seasons in England his 56 goals arrived every 107 minutes.

When does a lack of form become an irreversible decline for a top-quality sportsman? Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Andrew Brook

January 13, 2011 at 8:39 pm

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 »

Charlize gives England a bye to the semis

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FRIDAY’S World Cup draw resulted in different trajectories for Charlize Theron’s presenting career and England’s hopes of victory in the tournament.

England were handed a path that already has most esteemed pundits predicting a semi-final exit against Brazil.

This is because they were drawn against the USA, Algeria and Slovenia, placing them in a Group of Life, avoiding potential opponents, such as Portugal, the Ivory Coast and France. Read the rest of this entry »

In the cold light of day, England have a chance

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NOW the dust has settled on the latest round of World Cup qualifiers, a true assessment can be made of next summer’s tournament.

The media has been repeatedly asking since England’s 5-1 demolition of Croatia on Wednesday: “Can England win the World Cup?”

The answer uniformly has been yes, but can win it and will win it are two very different questions. Read the rest of this entry »

Italian fan finds odd way to deal with defeat

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ITALY lost 3-0 to Brazil in the Confederations Cup earlier this week, resulting in their elimination from the tournament, despite only having to get out of a group containing the USA and Egypt.

For many fans there is only one way to deal with such disappointment, cover your face in ice-cream. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Brook

June 26, 2009 at 6:59 pm