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On this day… 9th July 2006

9 Jul

The 2006 World Cup was an odd one for me. Having followed the tournament intently from the start, I flew to the United States the morning after England’s quarter-final exit (incidentally seeing the passenger next to you produce a newspaper with the headline of End of the World just before take-off does not lead to carefree flying) and subsequently the semi-finals and final itself barely registered with me. I watched the final flat-out on a motel bed in San Antonio, air conditioning on full, as I wilted in the early afternoon Texan heat on this day, four years ago. Continue reading


On this day… 8th July 1982

8 Jul

A quick quiz question to start, what has happened to the following fourteen nations that has not happened to any other; Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Ghana, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, and Yugoslavia? The answer is that they have lost a World Cup Finals penalty shoot-out. Prior to the introduction of the penalties, drawn knockout matches were replayed, as happened several times at the 1938 World Cup. With concerns over scheduling FIFA introduced penalties as a method of separating drawn World Cup ties in 1978, but it was not needed, indeed not since the 1938 tournament had a match remained level at the end of scheduled play. And so the first ever World Cup finals penalty shoot-out took place at the end of an epic semi-final, four years later, on this day in 1982. Continue reading

Match Report: Japan 0-0 Paraguay (3-5 on penalties)

29 Jun

Its time for the game no-one wants to predict. Nobody. Even those paid to do so. Adrian Chile asks Gareth Southgate who will triumph and his reply is “Oh why did you have to go and do that?” A little less pomp and ceremony in the Loftus Versfeld Stadium that at other venues, but this is only because the tunnel is too narrow for both the big flags and an unecessary ball plinth. Still what we do have is my favourite supporter of the tournament thus far, a suited Japanese dignitary complete with bright blue Makarapa hard hat. As the teams  stand for the Anthems the Japanese supporters unveil a giant National flag and then during the Paraguayan anthem they appear to be turning it over as if they somehow got it upside down. Continue reading

On this day… 21st June 1970

21 Jun

For many people the 1970 World Cup in Mexico remains the benchmark tournament. It had a lot going for it of course, the first to be fully broadcast in colour and the first overseas tournament that didn’t involve a two-day wait for film highlights to be ferried back. It saw the debut of the iconic Adidas Telstar matchball, the template for every cartoon football ever drawn since. And of course it was won by what most perceive to be the greatest team, Brazil, led by the man commonly regarded as the greatest player Pele. On this day, forty years ago, Brazil were crowned World Cup Champions. Continue reading