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Geordie Armstrong On The Wing

Geordie Armstrong On The Wing

George Armstrong isn’t a new name for the Gooner faithful. A true club legend that made a total of 621 appearances for the club (starting 607 of them), was rarely substituted, and is remembered for far more than just records and numbers. “Geordie” as he was popularly known as, was famous for the accuracy of his crosses and his stamina for running up and down the left wing and controlling the game. Even later, when he returned to the club...

With every Dutch win, the United fan jumps off his seat!

With every Dutch win, the United fan jumps off his seat!

As the second half of extra time was coming to an end, we saw one of the most bizarre (if not unusual) substitutions of the World Cup, in the Quarterfinal match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica. Tim Krul, who plies...

Quarter Final 4: Netherlands vs Costa Rica

Quarter Final 4: Netherlands vs Costa Rica

Few people (if any) would have expected the Dutch to thrash the defending world champions Spain in their opening group game at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador. Fewer still would have expected Costa Rica to qualify ahead of England, Italy and...

The Battle of The Underperformers – Argentina v. Belgium

The Battle of The Underperformers – Argentina v. Belgium

On 5th July, two teams will step onto the turf at Brasilia’s Estadio Nacional to fight for a place in the FIFA World Cup semi-finals. Two squads that have a barrage of talent – one with the reputation of double...

The best in this tournament are in a fitting quarter-final. Against Brazil.

The best in this tournament are in a fitting quarter-final. Against Brazil.

5 inches. That’s how far they were from crashing out of the World Cup in the round of 16. Had Mauricio Pinnilla's shot at Estadio Minerao deflected in, the tournament would be having a different story altogether. Brazil, it's safe...

Quarterfinal 1 – France vs Germany

Quarterfinal 1 – France vs Germany

If a time traveler were to travel back in time from July to May and tell me, a self-confessed football geek, that Germany would face France in the quarterfinals, I'd be licking my lips with anticipation. A great match for the neutrals, but especially awesome for a Germany supporter like myself, because Germany had a brilliant WC 2010, and a fantastic qualification performance for WC 2014. And France, well, how they performed in the qualifiers is irrelevant because of their...

A Chance For Algeria to Exact Their Revenge?

A Chance For Algeria to Exact Their Revenge?

Almost everyone is familiar with the infamous incident from 1982 involving West Germany, Austria and Algeria. But this article isn't about that, so I'll just get down to the bottom line. The last group game of their group between West Germany and Austria posed the following situation: If West Germany won by a one or two goal margin, they would go through with Austria. A bigger West German victory, a tie, or an Austrian victory would send Algeria through at...

Brazil vs Chile: A fascinating contest in store

Brazil vs Chile: A fascinating contest in store

We are at the knockout rounds of what has been a rather excellent World Cup. Two teams who entered the tournament with almost opposite expectations square up in what now looks like a mouth-watering clash. Luiz Felipe Scolari would know better...

The failure that is England

The failure that is England

Do me a favor. Count the number of major tournaments in which you have supported England and ended up disappointed. 99% of you reading this will vote for 100% disappointment. Do me another favor, will you? Count the number of...

If You Can’t Beat Them, Bite Them

If You Can’t Beat Them, Bite Them

“Violence, racism, playacting and such acts of indignity have no place in football.” We have all heard this line being spoken like its some commandment by the Footballing Gods. Well, there is a message for us mere mortals from one...

All in or nothing – Italy vs Uruguay

All in or nothing – Italy vs Uruguay

Before the World Cup began, nobody would have quite predicted that minnows Costa Rica would be on top of Group D with one game to go – as opposed to opinion that England would crash out of the group stages...

World Cup 2014: Bro, do you even press?

World Cup 2014: Bro, do you even press?

One of the biggest predicaments in life is that absolutely nothing lasts forever. All things, good or bad, are destined to bite the dust one day. As the last few days have transpired, an era in modern football has come to an end. The moment Charles Aranguiz’s shot ruffled the net, the age of Spanish football’s dominance and influence came crashing down. Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie had done some quite telling damage earlier, and it was left to Jorge...

Germany v/s Ghana

Germany v/s Ghana

To predict the outcome of a World Cup group based on its first round results would be foolhardiness; yet, one wouldn’t be considered too brash if they assumed that Germany are going to safely make it through. While by no means the toughest group in the competition, Group G was always going to be an interesting one: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, the U.S of A. What made it even more interesting though, were the two first round results: Germany thrashed Portugal 4-0,...

The Group B decider – Spain vs. Chile

The Group B decider – Spain vs. Chile

The 2010 World Cup winners aren’t in a comfortable position right now, and Sampaoli’s anarchists must be rubbing their hands in glee at the thought of knocking Spain out of the World Cup. Today’s matches in Group B could very...

Brazil vs Mexico : Task cut out for El Tri

Brazil vs Mexico : Task cut out for El Tri

Opening matches have been dealt with, and won. While Brazil were quite shaky off the blocks and needed the referee and some quite sub-standard goalkeeping to get past Croatia, Mexico had a more comfortable victory against Cameroon. The Brazilian back-four looked...

Germany vs Portugal: A contest or a walkover?

Germany vs Portugal: A contest or a walkover?

A well-oiled machine will take on a one-man army in this fierce battle. It is a usual belief that the better team always wins. But anything can happen in football. Germany and Portugal will face-off in the first game scheduled for...

The most wonderful underdogs: Algeria

The most wonderful underdogs: Algeria

That they won the 1990 African Cup of Nations and are the ancestral home of Zinedine Zidane is the closest the nation has been to pure footballing glory and fame. You wouldn’t exactly be excited by the name of Algeria....

England vs Italy: Not as easy as you might think

England vs Italy: Not as easy as you might think

Three-time World Champions. Perennial underachievers who cannot click as a team to save their life. When you’re asked to predict the outcome of the England vs Italy game tonight, you could be forgiven for nonchalantly gifting the match to the Azzurri. There is no way Roy Hodgson’s men can come anywhere close to even giving them a fight, or can they? Football works in funny ways, and for once, England have entered a World Cup with zero hope. Even the otherwise myopic...


With every Dutch win, the United fan jumps off his seat!

With every Dutch win, the United fan jumps off his seat!

As the second half of extra time was coming to an end, we saw one of the most bizarre (if not unusual) substitutions of the World Cup, in the Quarterfinal match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica. Tim Krul, who plies his trade with English Premier League side Newcastle United, was seen warming up with … Continued

Quarter Final 4: Netherlands vs Costa Rica

Quarter Final 4: Netherlands vs Costa Rica

Few people (if any) would have expected the Dutch to thrash the defending world champions Spain in their opening group game at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador. Fewer still would have expected Costa Rica to qualify ahead of England, Italy and Uruguay. As both these teams prepare to face off against each other in their quarterfinal … Continued

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