1. 2010 FIFA World Cup: Group A in Poetry

    I know it's a while since the Group Stage finished, but I thought I'd share a poem that I wrote in celebration of Group A...

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  2. 2010 FIFA World Cup: Meet Rising Star Fabio Coentrao

    What a difference a year makes. This time last year, many Portugal fans would barely have heard of Fabio Coentrao. Fast forward 12 months and he’s the name on the lips of every Portuguese supporter...

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  3. 2010 FIFA World Cup: Germany Prepare for Argie-Bargy

    Four years is a long time in football, but when Germany face Argentina on Saturday, memories will be fresh of an afternoon almost exactly four years ago...

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  4. 2010 FIFA World Cup: Goal-Line Technology, End of the Debate

    Let me start by making one thing clear: This is not simply a rant by an over-emotional and biased England fan...

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  5. 2010 FIFA World Cup: It's the Hope That Kills You...England at the World Cup

    Watching the World Cup these past two weeks, the same phrase keeps coming up from commentators in reference to teams that are on the verge of going out: “It’s the hope that kills you...

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  6. 2010 FIFA World Cup: Is Fabio Capello's Legacy Tarnished?

    In the days immediately following the appointment of Fabio Capello as the England manager, one word was used over and over again: winner...

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  7. 2010 FIFA World Cup: Best XI of the Group Stage

    As the group stage draws to a close, it may feel like the World Cup still has a long way to go, but with 48 of the tournament’s 64 games now played, it is high time to look at the top performers so far...

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  8. 2010 FIFA World Cup: Ghana Reach Last 16 Despite Losing to Ozil Stunner

    The Black Stars of Ghana went down 1-0 to Germany after a blistering long-range strike from Mesut Ozil, but still managed to follow Germany into the last 16...

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  9. World Cup Final to First Round Exit: The Decline of Italy and France

    9 July 2006. Olympiastadion, Berlin. Following 120 minutes of blood, sweat and tears, Italy beat France 5-3 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw, securing the Italians their fourth World Cup title...

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  10. 2010 FIFA World Cup: England's Moment of Truth as it Happened

    2:00pm: England go into today’s game knowing they almost certainly need to win to qualify. There would need to be an absurd combination of results (both matches being drawn, ...

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  11. 2010 FIFA World Cup: Group B Final Day as it Happened

    6:30pm: Argentina are in pole position going into the final games, knowing that even if they lose they may well finish top. Below them, it is all to play for, with South Korea knowing that if they match Greece’s result they will go through...

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  12. 2010 FIFA World Cup: Group A Final Day as it Happened

    2:00pm: Going into the final Group A games, it looks to be a tall order for either France or South Africa to qualify. They have a significant goal swing to make up and will both be hoping for a heavy win and a winner in the Mexico–Uruguay game..

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