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Let’s get this out in the open: Antonio Cassano, Francesco Totti, Mario Balotelli….none of these men could have split the atom. Extraordinary, occasionally unbelievable, physical and athletic talents, but they don’t quite possess the same intellectual prowess. Totti’s written a book of jokes about it (alright, maybe ghostwritten), Balotelli has hinted at such recently and with enough digging, I’m sure there’s a slightly depressing, Mike Tyson-esque quote of resignation from Talentino in which he waxes on how stupid he be.

Maybe Cesare Prandelli has something up his sleeve, or maybe he’s referring to their footballing IQs (likely, but let’s ignore… Continue reading

Slovakia have already upset Russia at home – which other teams are capable of following their lead?

The Euro 2012 qualifiers are underway, and though it is still early in the process, it is never too early to start making predictions!  At this point, most teams have already played two games and its mathematically possible for every team to still qualify.  There is no guarantee that the teams struggling (or excelling!) now will continue that trend.  Afterall, a lot can happen between now and the end of qualification (October 2011) – players can get injured, lose their… Continue reading

It feels like just yesterday Spain were dominating possession, peppering balls towards the opposition’s box and keeping the Spanish public on edge right until the very end. Probably because it was just yesterday, but it also feels like the World Cup ended yesterday too.

Time to turn the page. International friendlies made their return, but so did something of far greater significance: European qualifying. It feels like 2012’s wannabes should be years away, but the kickoff date has come and gone, with a battle of powerhouses the Faroe Islands & Estonia firmly tucked into the Completed folder.

However, the… Continue reading

A Brazilian tech company doctored these transformations for our amusement. Something which may be very simple but to the technologically unevolved (present!) still stands in the end as wonderfully cool. At least in the case of Dunga.

Diego’s (below), however, is artistic metaphor. Someone whose transformations have run the full spectrum of one human’s physical appearance capabilities; almost as though he suffered through a drug problem somewhere in the middle. A man aptly summed in roughly 30 seconds, with not a single word to be found.

The physical transformation of Maradona – Argentina’s coach from iG Internet Group on Vimeo.

We’ve been rather fortunate to have four extremely likable and respectable coaches taking part in the semifinals; coaches who allow their teams and the football to do the talking instead of thinly veiled soundbites and outright attacks. Therefore, the final should be a very cordial affair on the sidelines, even if we’re missing the fashion house matchup of Jogi Loew’s smelly blue sweater and Bert van Marwijk’s razor sharp silver suit and black scarf. (Eat your heart out, Fabio.)

Hopefully we’ll get another video of their animations, though Del Bosque needs someone to slap some fire ants into his… Continue reading

The scoreline makes this game look like a thriller. The scoreline is lying. Well, not lying. This game really did finish 3-2 to Netherlands. It just wasn’t quite as exciting as you’d think. What it did have was a couple of superb goals, including maybe the goal of the tournament from Gio van Bronckhurst, and one rather controverisal goal from Wesley Sneijder.

All five goals below…

0-1 Van Bronckhorst 18′

1-1 Forlan 41′

1-2 Sneijder 71′

1-3 Robben 73′

2-3 Pereira 90′

Yep, Arjen Robben scored a header. Seemed that the game would finish 3-1 but then Maxi… Continue reading

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