Thursday, August 17, 2006

Thats It!

Last post on here - I'm concentrating on my blog at Talk Soccer frfom now on - to see what I'm rambling about, click the link below...

Talk Soccer blog

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

BBC Football - as disappointing as the team!

Lots of complaints about the BBC coverage of the World cup at the moment - a BBC Sport internet site has appealed to readers to stop posting offensive comments about the various pundits!!

Everyone is complaining about how bad Lawrenson, Motson and Wrightie are, how boring Shearer is and the inane comments of Mick McCarthy. They are also complaining that they can't understand the scots, Hansen and Strachan. Wow! It seems that the foreign pundits such as Leonardo and Desailly are more understandable than the Brits!!!

The only person who seems to be getting any praise is good 'ole Adrian Chiles - who is, after all a real fan, rather than an ex-pro, or veteran commentator...

Seems that BBC Football is performing just the same as the England team - rubbish at the moment, but just about getting through! Howvever, if people think they are bad, they should listen to the rubbish from Gareth Southgate on ITV. He is to commentating, what he is to penalty-taking...just hope he performs better as a Middlesbrough manager!

Don't forget your world cup wallchart - get one here!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Brazil to win! Its fate...

Friend of mine sent this today...fascinating!

Only problem is that when you draw attention to these patterns, they always go wrong!

Let's see if it works this time, but even if it doesn't its fascinating all the same...

What I am talking about? Here goes...

Brazil won the world cup in 1994. Before that, he had won this title for the last time in 1970.

If you add up: 1970 + 1994 = 3964

Argentina won the world cup for the last time in 1986. Before that
only in 1978.

And 1978 + 1986 = 3964

Germany won the world cup in 1990. Before that, Germany won
in 1974.

Look: 1990 + 1974 = 3964

This could lead us to guess the winner of the World Cup in 2002, since it should be the winner of the 1962 World Cup.
(In fact 3964 - 2002 = 1962).

And Brazil won the world cup in 1962! (And, in fact, Brazil won the 2002 WC)

This numerology seems to work...

And now, who would be the winner of the 2006 world cup?

Let's see, 3964 - 2006 = 1958

And who won in 1958?....

Oh, Brazil did!!!

Follow the Wolrd Cup - and see if the pattern coninues, with your World Cup Wallchart.

Download your copy here

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Here come the Germans

The Germans won their second game today and almost guaranteed qualification to the second round. A hard-fought battle with the Poland team. The Poles probably thought they had done enough for a draw as the clock ticked over into injury time. But I just knew the Germans would score – they are famous for these last-minute goals!

Anyway, as the Germans celebrate and the English prepare for today’s game against the Soca Warriors, here is a great joke which perfectly captures the age-old football rivalry between the 2 nations.

A German family head out one Saturday to do some shopping. While in the sports shop the son picks up an England football shirt and says to his sister, "I've decided to be an England supporter and I would like this for my birthday."

His big sister is outraged by this and promptly whacks him round the
head and says, "Go talk to your mother." So off goes the little lad with the white and red football shirt in hand and finds his mother.

"Yes son?"

"I've decided I'm going to be an England supporter and I would like this shirt for my birthday".

The mother is outraged at this, promptly whacks him around the head
twice and says, "Go talk to your father." Off he goes with the football shirt in hand and finds his father.

"Yes son?"

"I've decided I'm going to be an England supporter and I would like this shirt for my birthday."

The father is outraged and promptly whacks his son around the head 4
times and says: "No son of mine is ever going to be seen in THAT!"
About half an hour later they're all back in the car and heading towards home. The father turns to his son and says;

“Son, I hope you've learned something today?"

The son says, "Yes dad I have."

“Good son, what is it?"

The son replies, “I've only been an England supporter for an hour and already I hate you German B@stards!"

Monday, June 12, 2006

Amazing start to the World Cup!

Wow! What a blazing start to the competition! From a 6 goal thriller opening match, the World Cup has delighted and entertained so far with every game. 8 games completed already – that 1/8 of the competition over and if the rest of the games are as good, the next few weeks will be a real feast of football.

The BBC football coverage has been great - although if Alan Shearer drones on much more he will put me to sleep! Wrightie is his usual bubbly self, Hansen is as entertaining as always and I love the incisive analysis of Martin O'Neil and Gordon Strachan.

A big feature of the opening games is that the so-called “underdogs” are not going to be whipping boys. They are taking the game to the big teams and really giving them a fight – as evidenced by the incredible 0-0 draw achieved by the “Soca Warriors” Trinidad and Tobago against Sweden, despite playing half the game with 10 men. Most disappointing team so far – England! Despite all the hype and the fact that they actually won their game, they looked poor and their inability to keep the ball by playing short simple passes will make them come unstuck against the better teams later on.

I’m off now to load up all the results in my World Cup Soccer interactive wall chart. Remember you can download you copy now using the link below.

World Cup soccer interactive wall chart.

Friday, June 09, 2006

World Cup Starts today on BBC

Just a few hours to go until the big kick-off in Germany and the BBC are gearing up for covering the opening ceremony and the first game. The first game is Germany vs Costa Rica. This marks a big change in tradition – usually the first game involves the cup holders. FIFA are constantly trying to change the format – for example, this is the first tournament where the holders now have to qualify again. Up until now the holders have had an automatic entry into the finals.

Be interesting to see how Germany perform. German football is in the doldrums at the moment, but they always do well in tournaments (they have reached the final more than any other team) and home advantage is usually good for at least a ¼ final place…

Anyway, the anticipation is building! Got my World Cup Interactive Wallchart safely installed on my pc and I’ve been playing around with it. It’s amazing! I’ve been using the “what If” feature to develop a strategy for Trinidad and Tobago to win the cup – well, we can always dream…J

Anyway, I’m gonna be tracking the progress of the tournament using the Wallchart. Remember you can grab yourself a copy as well. Just use the link below.

World Cup Interactive Wallchart

Here we go!

BBC Football

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Womens World Cup Survival Guide - Part 2

BBC Football

7. You are welcome to sit with me to watch one game and you can talk to me during halftime but only when the commercials are on, and only if the half-time score is pleasing me. In addition, please note I am saying "one" game; hence do not use the World Cup as a nice cheesy excuse to "spend time together".

8. The replays of the goals are very important. I don't care if I have seen them or I haven't seen them, I want to see them again. Many times.

9. Tell your friends NOT to have any babies, or any other child related parties or gatherings that require my attendance because:
a) I will not go,
b) I will not go, and
c) I will not go.

10. But, if a friend of mine invites us to his house on a Sunday to watch a game, we will be there in a flash.

11. The daily World Cup highlights show on TV every night is just as important as the games themselves. Do not even think about saying "but you have already seen this...why don't you change the channel to something we can all watch??" the reply will be: "Refer to Rule #2 of this list".

12. And finally, please save your expressions such as "Thank God the World Cup is only every 4 years". I am immune to these words, because after this comes the Champions League, Italian League, Spanish League, Premier League, etc etc.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Regards, Men of the World

See Part 1 below...

BBC Football