Posts tagged: World Cup

Five’s Two Up Front

One of the great disappointments of the World Cup and the Dutch team, apart from their thuggish play, was their selfishness in not drawing their first group match against Denmark, thus depriving us of a footballing palindrome — NED 0 – 0 DEN — in the corner of the tv screen.

I suppose it would have depended on which channel you watched the match on as sometimes it is abbreviated as HOL for Holland and sometimes NED for Nederlands. Read more ›››

Small Mercies

It has been a wearing World Cup in many ways. The vuvuzela for a start — a cross between tinnitus and an angry wasp. Germany and Argentina doing so well when they had no right to on pre-tournament form. Ghana cheated out of a semi-final slot by Uruguay. The Jabulani ball that was just too bloody round.

England managing to underperform even when we had lowered our expectations. Clive Tyldesley‘s commentary. Mick McCarthy‘s doleful punditry. Alan Green cross with everyone and everything. Read more ›››


After lobbying from various quarters, there has been a recount and this man with a hat made of eggs [click to enlarge] has been declared winner of the Best Dressed Fan Award [see previous post] though it isn’t clear which team he supports.

Photo via The Spoiler.

Feat of Engineering Award I also overlooked one of the major awards. At each and every World Cup, mankind climbs higher up the ladder of progress, science and technology. Read more ›››

Shooting Parrots 2010 World Cup Awards

Lookalike Award Raymond Domenech and Paul O’Grady for the second World Cup in succession. Runners-up, Diego Maradonna and Saddam Hussein and Fabio Capello and Tommy Cooper.

Lost in Translation Award David Pleat for “For sure, Italy can say… au revoir,” commentating on the Slovakia game. Read more ›››

Last Word

On England, the World Cup and the Vuvuzela from Dave Henson.

Actually, Blame Stuart Hall

Forget Sepp Blatter, the goal that wasn’t given or a rank bad English display, I reckon the cause of our demise was the curse of Stuart Hall, Gary Lineker and Walkers Crisps.

If you haven’t seen the tv ads, they have produced fifteen flavours for the World Cup, and see where it got the teams? Read more ›››

Psychic Cricket

I new it would happen eventually — I’m beginning to feel stuffed and overfaced by the orgy of sport on the telly this week. Having wall to wall World Cup and Wimbledon is like  a diet of burgers and strawberries and cream. A nice enough idea, but you’ll be craving salad and Ryvita before too long.

And so it is with the footie. I switch on the matches almost by remote control (literally really) but my mind starts wandering and I suddenly remember other things I should be doing. Like worming the dog or reading my horoscope. Read more ›››

Positively Testcard

I’ve finally discovered who it is that play the theme music for Danny Baker’s World Cup Show on BBC Radio Five. The laidback version of Match of the Day is by South London based Positively Testcard and is available to download from Amazon for 79p. [sc_embed_player_template1 fileurl=”″]