GERMANY PULLS OFF IMPROBABLE 2 – 1 WIN WITH LATE STOPPAGE GOAL

We managed to carve some time out from our busy schedule of doing nothing and taking all day to do it, to watch a bit of the Germany v Sweden match in 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals. Faced with being dismissed as the defending champions from 2014, Germany employed the unusual tactic of playing the…

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RUSSIAN VODKA CONSUMPTION SOARS ON WORLD CUP

There have been no lack of surprising results in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals, but the no one expected host country Russia to perform as they have. They entered the tournament as the lowest ranked team in the competition, so when they blanked Saudi Arabia 5 – 0 to open the proceedings, and then…

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ASIAN SIDE JAPAN DEFEATS COLUMBIA IN FIFA WORLD CUP FINAL SHOCKER

We would have thought at the outset that in order for Japan to beat Columbia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals, the South Americans would have to play with eight. It turns out that 10 was the magic number. A red card presented to Carlos Sanchez in the opening minutes dictated that Columbia would…

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CROWS WOES ALMOST PAINFUL TO BEHOLD WITH MORE ON HORIZON

Someone once told us to be nice to the people we met on the way up, because we would meet those same people on our way back down. We hope that the Adelaide Crows heard that advice and took it to heart, as they have encountered some clubs on which they had feasted during the…

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FLOPPING FRENCH FLOUNDERS FOOL FIFA INTO FREE KICK FRENZY

Lucas Hernandez – Now there is a name that loudly proclaims French heritage if we have ever heard of such, more so, even than Pierre Rosenberg. Hernandez made some headlines recently by his admission that he deliberately exaggerates fouls. Does any soccer player on the planet and the history of the game need to do…

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SPANISH FOOTBALL FEDERATION SACKS COACH OVER DEFECTION TO REAL MADRID

Que Lastima! Espana (Spain) sacked Coach Julen Lopetegui yesterday, just two days out from Spain’s’ opening match with Portugal. Spain v. Portugal? Have we traveled back in time to the 15th century? Just the luck of the draw, we suppose. It makes the move where Ange Postecoglou abandoned the Socceroos after helming them narrowing into…

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AFL ROUND 13 LOOKS PROMISING DESPITE FOUR IDLE CLUBS

Unlike a few of the earlier rounds of the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition, Round 12 is offering a couple of genuine gems. The fixture starts off with a bang when the 2017 premier Richmond Tigers face off agasint the Port Adelaide Power at the Adelaide Oval. Richmond has made a strong case in defense…

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SORRY MOROCCO CANADA MEXICO AND UNITED STATES WANTS FIFA 2026

On the one hand, you have Morocco, a North African country of around 34 million inhabitants. On the other, you have the U.S. of A., home to over 300 million. Which do you think will present the best case to be chosen as the venue of FIFA World Cup 2026? Fortunately, for Morocco, FIFA has…

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MISSING ONE THIRD OF SENIOR LIST CROWS NEED INJECTION OF HEALTH

A narrow loss is a loss nonetheless, so the three-point demise of the Adelaide Crows at the hands of the Fremantle Dockers almost certainly indicates that the Crows’ momentum from the past two seasons has abandoned them. So recently, the team that scorched opponents with points onslaughts, the Crows could muster only 68 at Optus…

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FRANCE NO FOOTBALL GIANTS TO UPSTART U.S. YOUNGSTERS

Not so Fast, Les Bleus. The French national team was by drawn by the United States 1 – 1 in friendly play in Lyon. That is not a misprint. The world’s number seven ranked football team heading into the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals in Russia suffered the ignominy of being tied by a country…

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TIM CAHILL EQUAL TO PELE ONLY IN TERMS OF SHOWING UP FOR WC

For many of us who are old, simply living for a long time is more accident and good fortune than anything else, so while we appreciate the fact that Tim Cahill is going to his fourth FIFA World Cup tournament later this month, we find comparisons to Pele somewhat disingenuous, as they make it seem…

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AUSSIES IN U.S. OPEN FIELD NUMBER DAY AS BEST CHANCE

Jason Day is in the field for the next Major, the U.S. Open, which will be held at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York. Southampton is on Long Island, not far from the heart of New York City. That time of the year, the adjective “muggy” will not do the humidity level justice….

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