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Player Profile: Ariel Garcé (Argentina)

10 Jun

Colon defender Ariel Garcé can count himself lucky to be involved in an Argentinian 23 that doesn’t include Javier Zanetti. Garcé earned two caps for the national side in 2003 but subsequently found himself frozen out of the international setup until he played in a friendly against Haiti  last month. Continue reading

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Player Profile: James Bannatyne (New Zealand)

9 Jun

Throughout the group matches of this summer’s World Cup it’s likely that you’ll hear much patronising of the New Zealand side. Commentators and pundits will talk in amazed tones of how some of the players in Team Kiwi are not even full professionals. This should be no surprise to anyone who has even a fleeting interest in World Cups or even sport in general. Only a very small percentage of footballers who play regularly are professional, and the vagaries of the World Cup qualification competition do lead to teams like New Zealand qualifying, and in my view the competition is much stronger for it. Continue reading

Player Profile: Lukman Haruna (Nigeria)

8 Jun

Cameroon shocked the world with their brand of swashbuckling, aggressive football in  Italia ’90. They defeated the then World Cup holders Argentina, plus Romania and Colombia on the way to a 3-2 Extra Time defeat to England in the Quarter Finals. The Cameroon team seemingly came out of nowhere and it’s very likely that the opposition coaches of Argentina didn’t even possess a coaching report for the side, that is despite ten of the Cameroon squad playing at a decent level in France at the time. Continue reading

Player Profile: Kim Myong-Won (North Korea)

2 Jun

I can’t imagine many other websites featuring a third goalkeeper amongst their World Cup player profiles, but we here at Twinty Tin like to look at this World Cup a little differently. Similarly the North Koreans like to look at the World Cup laws a little differently to other nations. Continue reading