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How I Wasted A Year Writing A World Cup Blog - Contents

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My How I Wasted A Year Writing A World Cup Blog book will soon be available to download. As a taster I have decided to let you see the Contents before the link goes live:

Foreword pgs 3 - 4

June 2009 pg 5

How it all began on the road to Soccer City

July 2009 pg 7

Lessons from the Confederations Cup, a quick look at the early qualifiers, the best World Cup goals, the doom-mongering starts, and the phone competition

August 2009 pg 13

The end for Robson, more analysis of the early qualifiers, looking ahead to qualifiers this month and in September, the phone competition continues, the Weasel War Dance, the view from South Africa

September 2009 pg 28

Stacks of World Cup qualifier info, inventing quotes from Maradona, Rik Mayall World Cup song announced, England qualify, beer awaits England fans, Costa Rican coach merry-go-round, England – South Africa blog link, Martin Peters, cybertouts chased by cyberpolice

October 2009 pg 57

New report on SA raises concerns, news round up e-mails begin, England – Ukraine game internet horror, final European qualifiers, Maradona is MAD, capitalist pig dogs, pitching bagels, 3D, the BNP and Lenny Bruce

November 2009 pg 81

Beckham to Milan shock, England v Brazil, death of Germany's keeper, the play offs and final World Cup qualifiers, Henry's handball, seemingly endless World Cup draw speculation fuelled by obscure blogs, a guide to staying invisible in South Africa

December 2009 pg 99

The Liam Brady School of Interminable Moaning, the draw for the World Cup finals, US media reaction to draw, Owen poll, official World Cup trash talk challenge begins, Best World Cup Players Of The Decade Part 1, football culture around the world

January 2010 pg 112

Capello injures knee, Best World Cup Player Of The Decade Part 2, 3D footy, Special World Cup 2010 marketing edition, Togo team attacked, World Cup ticket debate, Jesus saves, Best World Cup Player Of The Decade Part 3, Psychic predicts England World Cup misery, Terrorist threat, Best World Cup Player Of The Decade Part 4, Hooligan threat stories

February 2010 pg 133

John Terry affair erupts and goes on and on and on, UK woman cycles to World Cup, Best World Cup Player Of The Decade Part 5: the 1980s, Gerrard as second striker for England, Capello and the English media, Scots upset at chocolate bar, Ferdinand World Cup doubts grow, Ten Top Liverpool World Cup players, Bridge says no to England

March 2010 pg 153

England – Egypt friendly, why US Soccer fans need to start hating England, Crouch stakes his claim, England bugging story, Best World Cup Player Of The Decade Part 6, Blatter on goal-line technology, Beckham out of World Cup, the Best World Cup semis, cheap digs at Eriksson, Rooney injury scare, crisp manufacturer launches ill-judged promotional campaign

April 2010 pg 182

World Cup promotional campaigns slagged off, murder of right wing supremacist in South Africa, debate over Rooney's fitness continues, Twitter, Ten Top Manchester United World Cup players, "Noble England" release, Tevez "close to Messi" controversy, obscure football tournaments from the past, England goalie urged to wear red, BBC coverage, A Handy Guide to World Cup 2010 Trouble Spots in London, World Cup predictions, guest article from Neal Collins

May 2010 pg 207


Reflections on Spain’s victory over Holland

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So it wasn't the classic we hoped for. Personally, I was enthralled from the first minute.

Sure, some of the Dutch tackles wouldn't have looked out of place in a Bruce Lee epic, and how the red card stayed in Howard Webb's pocket until the last minutes of extra time is a mystery. Still, there were lots of chances at either end.

Previewing the 2010 World Cup Final

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Four and a bit weeks have passed since South Africa and Mexico began the World Cup at Soccer City Johannesburg. Tonight the same magnificent stage brings the finalists together for what promises to be a fascinating clash of styles. Let's look at what lies ahead before I offer my final thoughts on the tournament.

Looking forward to the Uruguay v Germany third place play-off

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Not really, if I'm brutally honest. A match between two sides who didn't reach the final is the equivalent of two slightly sad men sloping off home, greasy kebabs in hand, after failing to pull at a nightclub. They're rubbish at finding casual partners and will probably end up in bed together just because they have nothing better to do.

It's a Spain - Holland final!

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Pardon me if I don't get too over-excited. This will probably match every other game involving the Spanish since 2006; they pass the opposition to death before somehow conjuring up a goal and seeing out the remaining time with little fuss. Don't get me wrong, I like the Spanish; they have some excellent players and their football is, at times, breathtaking.

It’s time to retire the World Cup octopus

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Some notions offend my rational enlightenment outlook: the Jeremy Kyle Show, which resembles a medieval witch court complete with toothless cackling crones intent on revenge or hatred or whatever motivated them to get out of bed that day; celebrity culture and the seemingly endless parade of nonentities who are famous for one thing – being famous; the idea that an Old Etonian can run a 21st century country; the list is, as the saying goes, a tirade against everything I despise.

Men flock to dating sites after England World Cup 2010 exit

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It seems English men took solace in the dating game after the recent defeat against Germany – but women were still keen to follow the remaining World Cup 2010 games anyway.

Online dating site "Singles 365" claims traffic to the site in the aftermath of England's exit was up over 134 per cent compared with the same day the previous week, and up over 187 per cent during the following week.

Reflections on the World Cup 2010 quarter finals

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Not so long ago you couldn't do a World Cup 2010 search on Google without stumbling on articles about South American dominance and how all the likes of Kaka and Messi had to do was turn up and it would only be matter of time before European teams were genuflecting before them, gasping in amazement at yet another 70-pass move, and wanting to take them home to meet their mothers.

Predictions for the World Cup quarter finals on Saturday 3rd July

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Argentina v Germany: @ 3pm (Green Point Stadium, Cape Town)

Unmistakably the tie of the round, whoever wins this battle between genuine World Cup heavyweights could prove unstoppable. Can the Germans repeat their mauling of England or will Messi finally shake off the lethargy which has dogged him thus far in South Africa?

Predictions for the World Cup quarter finals on Friday 2nd July

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Holland v Brazil: @ 3pm UK time (Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth)

It's time to find out whether the Dutch have a genuine chance or are just another bunch of seventies-style chokers forever condemned to a life of repeats showing them falling on their arses again.

Gallows humour after Germany World Cup defeat

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Good to see the English have reacted to the latest World Cup defeat in time-honoured fashion – by making fun of ourselves and the team. In a hundred years time, historians assessing the period will conclude that whatever the indignity, however painful the suffering, the English just don't do revolutions.

Predictions for today’s last 16 matches (with a heavy heart)

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No, it's not a new Radiohead anthem for the World Cup, although I couldn't get No Surprises out of my head last night. It's just a reflection of my mood this morning after the terrible defeat against the Germans. I refer you to the BBC page for a list of UK newspapers I won't be reading today.

Meanwhile, the competition continues today with two more last 16 matches:

Holland v Slovakia (3pm)

Brazil v Chile (7.

Reflections on Germany 4 England 1

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So England are out, once again at the hands of Germany. What went wrong?

The first half could be broken up into two contrasting periods - the first 35 minutes and the remainder of the half.

The opening half hour or so reminded me of the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul.

World Cup 2010: a preview of England v Germany

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So it's finally here; another World Cup, another England – Germany clash. I could barely sleep last night, the anticipation gnawing away at me until I was finally forced to get up at 7am. What the hell is it about these matches that shreds nerves and causes so much general anxiety?

Well, the history thing doesn't help.

World Cup 2010: The complete last 16 schedule and predictions for today’s last 16 matches

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Glad Chile got through yesterday; the Swiss have hardly played since beating Spain, suggesting they had already exceeded their low expectations and were content to meekly leave, which is exactly what they did.

And Brazil - Portugal?; while this wasn't the classic everyone was hoping for, I saw signs that Portugal could cause Spain some problems in the last 16.