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Match Report: Germany 3-2 Uruguay

10 Jul

The rain is falling in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, but that’s not going to stop the World Cup’s evil overlord as Sepp Blatter makes it out onto the pitch to meet the teams. The Uruguayan squad are not vieiwing the third place match as anything other than another battle and at the culmination of their National Anthem most of the squad break out into some old school warm-up exercises, all running on the spot and squat-thrusts. Germany have made a few squad changes meaning Bastian Schweinsteiger has taken over as captain from Philipp Lahm, the former possessing that rarest of things, a neck wider than his own head. Continue reading


Match Preview 63: Germany vs Uruguay (third place play-off)

10 Jul

The match that nobody wants to take part in… because they’d rather be on a beach, forgetting that 3 days ago they just lost the most important game of their lives. Continue reading

On this day… 6th July 1974

6 Jul

The World Cup third place play-off match is often the tournament’s forgotten game. Played out by the losing semi-finalists to little fanfare or acknowledgement outside of FIFA’s own headquarters the matches are very rarely talked about beyond the tournaments themselves. However, these positional play-offs have provided a number of nations with their greatest ever footballing achievements. Only eleven different nations* have contested the eighteen World Cup Finals to date, whilst twenty-one different countries have ended a World Cup in third or fourth spot. Third in the World is as good as its ever gotten for Austria, Chile, Portugal, Croatia, Turkey and Poland who first achieved┬áthat feat on this day thirty-six years ago. Continue reading