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What’s it all about, Alfie?

Yesterday, according to media reports, the Uruguayan soccer team manager Oscar Tabarez gave a press conference in which he accused FIFA of making Louis Suarez a scapegoat and claimed the global criticism of the World Cup ‘biting’ incident in the Uruguay v Italy match had been whipped up by [...]

June 28, 2014 // 1 Comment

Post-round round-up

The qualifying round in the World Cup is a bit like losing your virginity; you want to get over it with the minimum of embarrassment. It’s not that accurate an indicator of who will win. This tends to be the team that gathers momentum. Italy, for example, only got 3 points in 1982 in the [...]

June 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s the whole thing, stupid!

Wimbledon wouldn’t be Wimbledon without the odd ‘manufactured’ media controversy. Early contenders include an ungracious Frenchman – I won’t even bother to look up his name – who got beat and flounced out of SW19 saying he hated the tournament anyway. Good riddance to him. [...]

June 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

I was in my local butchers, deciding whether it would be a Porterhouse or rib eye steak, and chewing the cud with Colin there. We laughed about the latest excuse: the selling of the playing fields. Of course we all know that the favelas are replete with fine pitches and sports pavilions. He said [...]

June 25, 2014 // 9 Comments

That same old story

As regular readers of my sports pieces will be aware, although cricket was one of my boyhood obsessions, it no longer holds much interest for me. I put this down largely to the world constantly evolving – a concept which, generally-speaking, I embrace – and me gradually falling off the [...]

June 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Who’s to blame?

In the media coverage of English national football, post defeat and debacle, it’s vital to have someone to blame. In the first 48 hours it was unclear who this would be: Roy Hodgson is affable, good with the press; it was not the younger players but the experienced ones, notably Gerrard, that [...]

June 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Diary of a modest punter

Some of my gambling friends mock me for the small wagers I lay, saying I will never make any money but it’s the converse that matters to me – namely I will never lose that much.  The combination of ill judgment, incompetence and bad luck – of which every gambler, big or small, [...]

June 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

End of term report

What to make of England’s rugby tour to New Zealand this month? In advance it was viewed both by the England coaching hierarchy and UK pundits as a chance to make a statement of intent as regards next year’s Rugby World Cup – who can forget the Martin Johnson team’s 13-15 victory at [...]

June 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

View from Italy

Here in Italy we have been shocked by the defeat by Costa Rica but all is not lost and we think we can beat Uruguay in the crunch game on Tuesday. Our problems are defensive, which is surprising given our reputation. Giorgio Chielini is the worst culprit being now slow and making clumsy challenges. [...]

June 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Fixtures list

The fact that we are in a different division after 13 years does not affect my excitement when the fixture list is published. I particularly looked out for Brentford and Brighton and we are playing both teams in late November. We always seem to play Norwich and beat them at the end of the season [...]

June 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

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