Video Of The Week: Brazil vs Uruguay, 1970 World Cup Semi-Final

May 19, 2010


“This week’s Video Of The Week takes us back forty years to one of the greatest matches in the history of the competition – the semi-final match between Brazil and Uruguay from Guadalajara in 1970. In some respects, this was the match that started to cement reputation of this Brazil team as the greatest of all time. They had blown hot and cold in their previous matches, outstanding against Peru and Czechoslovakia but less than inspired against England and Romania, but set up against their South American rivals with a place in the final at the Azteca Stadium against Italy at stake, the watching audience finally got to see the very, very best of the Brazilians, and against top class opposition. There was a crowd of over 50,000 at the Estadio Jalisco to watch it and your commentary team are ITV’s Gerald Sinstadt and Bobby Moore. As the match is from YouTube, it is divided into ten minute sections, as ever.” (twohundredpercent)

1970: The definitive World Cup…
“Which is your World Cup? One of my pet theories is that we all have a mundial that, as it unfolds, feels less like a football tournament than a rite of passage, introducing us to idols, emotions and intrigue we will remember for the rest of our lives. Mine was 1970. I was nine then.” (FourFourTwo)


A World Cup Miscellany: Group B

May 19, 2010

“In trying to think through the nations and the teams of Group B, I could not shake from my mind the word diabolical. And I mean that in the best possible way. Argentina with its strangely alluring combination of Latin style and ruthlessness; its claim to having hosted perhaps the most politically dubious World Cup of them all in 1978. Nigeria with its 4-1-9 scammers and its prize winning writers; its enigmatic and brilliant Super Eagles dominating FIFA age-group competitions with players of uncertain age. Greece with its recent protests for the workers of a bankrupt state; its cynical and magnificent 2004 European Championship on the back of 7 goals in 6 games. South Korea…well, they seem ok. It is a “random draw” after all. But I admire them each in their ways.” (Pitch Invasion)


The Toughest Call for Serie A

May 19, 2010

“The most important result in Italian football right now isn’t the upshot of the Serie A title race, which saw Inter Milan secure a fifth consecutive championship on Sunday, or even the outcome of this weekend’s UEFA Champions League final. It’s actually the decision from a Milan appeal court judge scheduled for later this week over the league’s television broadcasting rights deal. Late last week, Claudio Marangoni heard an appeal from Conto TV, a small satellite operator, which contends that an agreement between pay-TV network Sky Italia and the Italian football.” (WSJ)


World Cup Preview – England

May 19, 2010

“44 years of hurt now and it’s made England the laughing stock of world football. Several world-class teams and managers have passed by. But now under Fabio Capello, the ingrained pre-tournament hype has resurfaced again:England will do it this time.” (Six Pointer)


Brazil’s Dunga unfazed by critics

May 19, 2010


Simone Martini
“Abroad, the focus on Brazil’s World Cup squad fell on the absences of Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato. In Brazil, this raised barely a murmur. No one expected Pato to be in and few held out hope for Ronaldinho. The Brazilian media had campaigned for his inclusion earlier in the year, but as his form dipped they largely gave up on him — and instead switched generations.” (SI – Tim Vickery)


Spain coach Vicente del Bosque interviewed

May 19, 2010

World Soccer: Are Spain favourites for the World Cup? Vicente del Bosque: Being favourites is a terrible trap. Spain are definitely amongst the group of countries that can be considered favourites but the risk is creating a dichotomy in which you either win the World Cup or you’re a failure. It should not be seen as an obligation for us to win the tournament. The Confederations Cup is a good example: we were favourites there and one bad game saw us get knocked out.” (World Soccer)


World Cup Tales: When The Two Germanies Collided, 1974

May 19, 2010

“The Cold War spread insiduously into every aspect of life between the end of the second world war and the end of the 1980s, and sport was no exception to this rule, whether it was the Soviets and Americans boycotting each others’ Olympic Games or Bobby Fischer facing off against Boris Spassky at chess in Rekjavik in 1972. Football was no exception to this rule, and perhaps the definitive meeting of captialism and communism on the football pitch came at the 1974 World Cup finals, when West Germany played East Germany in the group stage of the competition.” (twohundredpercent)


Play Off Nostalgia: Reading Vs Bolton (1995)

May 19, 2010

“Reading have ever been a club that have relied on momentum; in 2003 and 2007, they followed promotions with trailblazing seasons, but 1994-95 was just as monumental. The silky passing side constructed by Mark McGhee, Second Division Champions in 1994, immediately launched a challenge to go one better. ‘And now you’re going to believe us…we’re going up AGAIN’ was the refrain from the Elm Park terraces and not even the Scotsman’s Yuletide departure for Leicester, nor the initially underwhelming purchase of Lee Nogan – ‘no discernible attributes’, I remarked to a mate one March evening at the New Den – could stop the Royals reaching the play offs by season end.” (thetwounfortunates)