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Euros 2024 Final: Spain 2 England 1

So in the end England came up short to a technically superior side. They could not come back. This England team has determination and, even though they may say that a goal line clearance deprived them of a draw, Spain had many more goal opportunities in the second half. Analyst Chris Sutton [...]

July 15, 2024 // 0 Comments

Sporting heroes

My newspaper of choice is The Times. My routine is to buy the paper version, skim-read the sports section and – to fight off dementia – do the quiz and chess puzzle. There is a section on the Euros within Section 2 largely dedicated to the Arts. Yesterday the section padded out the [...]

July 13, 2024 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the Euros, Test and Tour

England beat Netherlands courtesy of a late outstanding goal by Ollie Watkins and some favourable refereeing. Many of us watching were surely baffled by the first half decision to award a penalty after a vigorous but seemingly fair challenge by Denzyl Dumfries on Harry Kane. In the second half, [...]

July 11, 2024 // 0 Comments

The weekend sport (so far)

On Friday I watched the first of the Euro quarter finals. Spain v Germany matched the recent champions against the hosts in which the former came on top. It was a vibrant, full-blooded game which tipped into nasty when Tony Kroos put Pedri out for the rest of the tournament. I thought Spain [...]

July 7, 2024 // 0 Comments

England 2 Slovakia 1

The gap between performance and result has never been more marked than in this game. England are through to the last 8 v Switzerland but it was another dysfunctional performance. Indeed it took a remarkable effort from Jude Bellingham to equalise in the dying embers. There was nothing in this [...]

July 1, 2024 // 0 Comments

An ultimately unsatisfying day of sport

Saturday you could watch the start of the Tour de France in Florence, two Euro 2024 games and the T20 World Cup Final. I followed most of them and watched the whole of Germany 2 Denmark 0. The game was marred firstly by lightning that caused the withdrawal of both teams and secondly by some odd VAR [...]

July 1, 2024 // 0 Comments

The Euros so far

The best teams do not necessarily win tournaments. Brazil were the best team at the 1992 World Cup in Spain but Italy beat them and won the title. Italy drew all 3 of their group games but the team that impressed most in the qualifying stage do not tend to win either. The team that gathers [...]

June 20, 2024 // 0 Comments

Brighton confirm Fabian Huerzerler as Head Coach

First a few facts courtesy of the Argus Brighton football reporter Brian Owen. Huerzeler is the youngest Premier boss in Brighton’s history at 31 ( Charlie Webb was aged 28 when appointed in 1919) Heuzzeler younger than Lewis Dunk and Pascal GroƟ, and the formation of the Premier League in [...]

June 18, 2024 // 0 Comments

The US Open

With the Euros and T20 World Cup centre stage, the US Open has slipped under the radar. Yet they say it is the tourney that the Pros like to win. It begins at Pinehurst today, a demanding par 70 course which Martin Kaymer destroyed 10 years ago. In researching and deciding my staking plan, I [...]

June 13, 2024 // 0 Comments

Sussex sport on the march

Sussex Sharks sit atop their Southern Division Vitality Blast whilst the County Club top the second division of the Championship. Over last weekend the Sharks won away at the Oval over “moneybags” Surrey and then beat up Gloucestershire in Bristol. The County side have beaten Yorkshire, [...]

June 10, 2024 // 0 Comments

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