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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 »

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 »

Job title costs Tigers their honeymoon period

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IAIN DOWIE began his tenure as Hull City manager today, watching his new side lose 3-2 at Portsmouth.

Except he did not begin his tenure as manager on Saturday.

He began his tenure as football management consultant. 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 »