Throughout the 2018 World Cup we’ll be keeping a diary of all the activity on and off the pitch, keeping you updated on the VAR and the LOLs, and casting our eye over the contenders and also-rans at every stage. In Part Two, we’re looking at the second week of the competition, which began with […]Read More World Cup Diary Part Two: Late Late Shows and Long Goodbyes.
For the duration of the 2018 World Cup we’ll be keeping a diary of all the happenings on and off the pitch, keeping abreast of the thunderbastards and the actual bastards, and casting our eye over the winners and losers at every stage. In Part One, we’re looking at the first four days of the […]Read More World Cup Diary Part One: Putin, Penalties and Partying Like a Russian.
Welcome to the second part of our World Cup 2018 Preview, if you haven’t read our summary of Groups A-D then what on earth are you doing here? In Part One we rubbished Russia’s chances of getting out of the group, dismissed Iran as no-hopers, and earmarked Denmark and Croatia as surprise fallers at the […]Read More World Cup 2018 Preview (Part Two)
1,432 days after Mario Gotze’s volley nestled into the back of the Argentinian net, the twenty-first edition of the FIFA World Cup will kick off in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. In spite of all the talk of bribery, the fall of Sepp Blatter’s regime, condemnation over the ingrained culture of racism at games, concerns over […]Read More World Cup 2018 Preview (Part One)
Brazil, 2014 Over its twenty editions the World Cup has produced a myriad of amazing stories, but beyond the thirty-two sides that contest the finals there are thousands more tales to be told by the 171 nations that miss out. The World Cup finals in Brazil began on the 12th June 2014, but the competition […]Read More World Cup Tales: Feeling Fa’afafine (2014)
South Africa, 2010 At the turn of the century it was decided that the 2010 World Cup would be the first hosted in Africa, with bids placed by Egypt, Morocco, South Africa and a joint-bid from Tunisia and Libya. With FIFA deciding to ban co-hosted bids, the North African joint-bid was ruled out immediately, and […]Read More World Cup Tales: Hands Across Africa (2010)
Germany, 2006 For the hosts, the 2006 World Cup wasn’t just an occasion that granted them access to the exclusive group of nations to have held the tournament twice. Having seen an ageing side crash out in the quarter-finals of ’98, and an underwhelming squad somehow make their way to the final in ’02, the […]Read More World Cup Tales: The Battle of Nuremberg (2006)