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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 »

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Mansfield Town introduce children to drug

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MANSFIELD Town allowed fans to pay what they liked to watch the team play Gateshead yesterday.

The decision was deemed a success with an attendance more than double what they have averaged this season, even forcing a ten-minute kick-off delay.

But football matches are not consumer goods, they are not a Radiohead album.

Football matches are an addiction, they are a drug. Read the rest of this entry »

Terry to pay price for night away from wife

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THIS weekend it was revealed that a footballer had an extramarital affair with a lingerie model.

This is as big a news story as Roger Federer finally ending Switzerland’s six-month long wait for a Grand Slam tennis title.

But the main outrage of John Terry’s tabloid chastising is not that he did the dirty on his wife, but that he did the dirty on his mate. Read the rest of this entry »

Giantkillers ruining the magic for everyone

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PRESTON North End and Chelsea kicked off the FA Cup fourth round with their Saturday lunchtime clash at Deepdale televised on ITV.

Dennis Wise, essentially representing Chelsea, and Billy Davies, representing Preston, joined Matt Smith in the television studio.

The phrase “magic of the cup” was on the tip of all three’s lips, the unspoken monkey in the room, except that it was frequently spoken.

I personally want Chelsea to beat Preston, just as I would like Tottenham Hotspur to beat Leeds United, Arsenal to beat Stoke City and Manchester City to beat Scunthorpe United in the other televised games. Read the rest of this entry »

From Capello to Ferdinand, why Campbell left County

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FABIO CAPELLO made a classic schoolboy error during Sunday’s Manchester derby.

But when Capello left five minutes before the end, not only did he miss Craig Bellamy’s dramatic equaliser and Michael Owen’s even more dramatic winner, he also triggered a chain of events which has left one of his predecessors with a problem. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Four leave door open for Medium Four

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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR and Manchester City continued their unbeaten starts to the new Premier League this weekend with wins over West Ham and Wolves.

Both of these big-spending pretenders, Tottenham in particular, have started the season impressively.

And this may finally be the season when someone makes a firm step into the Big Four. Read the rest of this entry »

You can’t beat a lower league pie

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THE football season finally kicks off this weekend with the start of the Championship, League One and League Two.

Only with ridiculous levels of spending have Manchester City raised any doubt about who will be in the Premier League’s top four, after two seasons in which the top six clubs were the same.

The football league suffers no such problems. Read the rest of this entry »