Viet Nam News By Paul Kennedy I’ve an old mate back in England, goes by the name of Russell Beale. Nice lad, smart, good laugh and about to become a father for the first time. He lives in a small town called Stroud in the South West of England but reading his Facebook page this past week or so and you would be forgiven for thinking he’s from another planet. Russell genuinely believes England will win the World Cup. His profile picture is decked out with patriotic colours and his posts and updates read like a motivational speaker employed to lift the entire nation. Before the Panama game, Russell predicted England would win 10-0. He wasn’t far off. I laughed at first at this ridiculous idea that my home nation actually stands a hope in Hell, but after giving it a little more thought I started to come around to his way of thinking. England’s squad for the World Cup is a young team of solid individuals who have … [Read more...] about Can England really win the World Cup?
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Flops of the tournament as selected by Reuters journalists (4-3-3): Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Spain) Defenders: Dani Alves (Brazil), Sergio Ramos (Spain), Pepe (Portugal), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Cameroon) Midfielders: Eden Hazard (Belgium), Shinji Kagawa (Japan), Alex Song (Cameroon) Forwards: Fred (Brazil), Mario Balotelli (Italy), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Spain). Kept his place ahead of Pepe Reina and David de Gea despite no longer being automatic first choice at Real Madrid. He began with a nightmare performance in the 5-1 defeat by the Netherlands and produced another blunder in the 2-0 loss to Chile when he punched a free kick straight to Charles Aranguiz who scored the South Americans' second goal. Left Brazil with his reputation in ruins. Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo. Suffered tendonitis in his left knee shortly before the tournament and never lived up to his world player of the year status. Although he got precious little support … [Read more...] about Flops of the World Cup tournament
Watching the World Cup in colour (11-06-2006) Television coverage of the World Cup in Viet Nam has come a long way in the last twenty years. Thuy Ha takes a trip down memory lane. The first time I remember watching World Cup matches live on television was twenty years ago when the tournament took place in Mexico and I was just a kid. The thing I still remember is the statement said before each game: "If the technical conditions are good the match between (a team) and (a team) will be broadcast live." Back then, good technical conditions and even weather were things football fans in Viet Nam were most concerned about before each World Cup game was played somewhere in a country thousands of kilometres away. Because if the technical and weather conditions were good viewers could watch the whole game without interruption. Weather was an important element because heavy rain, strong winds and even worse, a storm, disrupted the satellite-based transmission. The statement was very familiar … [Read more...] about Watching the World Cup in colour
LONDON, Aug 23, 2010 (AFP) - FIFA inspectors began a four-day visit to inspect England's 2018 World Cup bid on Monday, with the campaign boosted by encouraging words from FIFA president Sepp Blatter. A six-man FIFA inspection team was greeted by Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at Downing Street and was to meet England manager Fabio Capello before taking a tour of Wembley Stadium. The team will also assess facilities and stadiums in Manchester, Sunderland and Newcastle this week. England face a tough battle in the bid to stage football's premier tournament for the first time since 1966, with Russia considered to be the front-runner. England's hopes of staging the tournament were boosted when Blatter, who has already praised Russia's bid, said it would be "easy" to hold the competition in England. He told the insideworldfootball website from Singapore: "The easiest way to organise the World Cup is to go to England. "Everything is there -- fans, stadiums, infrastructure -- … [Read more...] about FIFA in England to assess World Cup bid
Brazil and Portugal were propelled on a collision course, while Lady Luck smiled on England during the final draw for .the 2010 World Cup in South Africa The Brazilians and Portuguese will clash in Group G and will be joined by top African side Ivory Coast and unknown quantities North Korea in what will inevitably be dubbed the 'Group of Death'. "It's a very interesting group," said Brazilian coach Dunga. "Against Portugal with their style of play and their players it will be like Brazil against Brazil. "The big question mark is with North Korea. I will have to take a close look at them. Ivory Coast -- they are very strong side." England coach Fabio Capello had reason to be happy as his men drew a relatively lightweight trio of the United States, Algeria and Slovenia. Ironically it was David Beckham, who plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy, who pulled out the ball which paired up the Americans with England in the World Cup for the first time since 1950 when the United States … [Read more...] about Brazil get Portugal, England lucky in World Cup draw