World Cup Coaches, By Nationality and Numbers

May 28, 2010


“Below you’ll find a complete list of the 32 coaches at World Cup 2010. You’ll also find their nationality, and their age going into the tournament. Beneath that you’ll find some amateur hour number crunching I did with pen, paper and the calculator on my cell phone to work out a few statistics.” (World Cup Blog)


World Cup Preview: Group G

May 28, 2010

“The 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off in just two weeks today, which is so exciting the hair on my legs keeps on spontaneously erupting into flames. By this time next week – when your correspondent Dotmund (to use his Brazilian footballer nickname) completes his guide to the groups – all the final squads will be announced and we’ll be good to go. This is especially useful for him, as he’s just realised he’s not written the preview for Group H yet. Group G, however, is in the can. Let’s suckle at the teat of knowledge and learn about the fortunes of Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast and Portugal.” (twohundredpercent)


Video Of The Week: Argentina vs Netherlands – The 1978 World Cup Final

May 28, 2010

“This week’s Video Of The Week is a little late due to other commitments, but it is an absolute belter – the 1978 World Cup final between Argentina and the Netherlands. There will be more on here about the Netherlands at the 1978 World Cup finals over the weekend, and this is something of a taster for it. We get to see the Argentinian protests over Rene Van De Kerkhof’s lightweight cast before the match, then the entire match itself, including extra-time. The Dutch team, often overlooked in comparison with their 1974 team, came very close to winning the match, as you will see.” (twohundredpercent)


European Team of the Season 2009-10

May 28, 2010


Pastorale, François Boucher
“Hot on the heels of the Goals of the Season, we move on to the Football Further European Team of the Season. As in any decent dream team this side is strongly, perhaps even foolishly, oriented towards attack. Feedback, particularly of the irate, finger-jabbing kind, is warmly welcomed.” (Football Further)


High-fiving the World Cup

May 28, 2010

“There’s a brief segment of spring weather in Milwaukee that, while it lasts, can generate more excitement, adrenaline and leap-15-feet-off-the-ground happiness than anything else on Earth. We go about things during that time without the sticky humidity of summer heat and the creeping, buzzing insects that come with it. The temperatures are warm enough to make one start asking businesses whether they have a shirt policy. Right now is that time in Milwaukee, and it’s with that mood-enhancing environment in the background that this week I’ve been imagining high-fiving my bus driver about the World Cup.” (Match Pricks), (Must Read Soccer)


2010 FIFA World Cup: map, with the 32 teams’ home jerseys, and the 32 teams’ World Cup titles and appearances list.

May 28, 2010

“From World Cup Blog.org: ‘The Final Pre-World Cup Rankings’. Thanks to the contributors to the pages at en.wikipedia.org, National team appearances in the FIFA World Cup. Thanks to World Soccer Shop.com, for some of the jersey photos.” (billsportsmaps)


Is Diego Maradona set to surprise people?

May 28, 2010


Diego Maradona
“‘Maradona’s crazy! He doesn’t know what he’s doing!’ is the general attitude towards Argentina’s manager since he took over 18 months ago. The first part is undeniably correct – Maradona is crazy. He celebrated a crucial goal late on in qualifying by diving along a rain-sodden pitch, Klinsmann-style, and when Argentina finally secured qualification, he sat down in the post-match press conference in front of the gathered journalists, and immediately declared, ‘You lot take it up the a**e’. He is definitely crazy.” (Zonal Marling)


Spain: La Selección World Cup squad analysis (23 for 2010)

May 28, 2010

“With the official announcement of the 23-man squad, we are going to take a look and assess everyone that will be competing for Spain at the World Cup finals this summer. The squad has been fairly settled under Vicente del Bosque but there are a few surprises that will get their chance to shine on the biggest stage next month.” (Just Football)


115. Fabio Capello, 2010

May 28, 2010

“Click to enlarge, and debate the strip below the line. Keith Hackett’s official answers appear in Sunday’s Observer and here from Monday.” (Guardian – Paul Trevillion)