World Cup Draw Countdown: The Groups of Death. Japorea 2002: Ibra makes his bow, Pochettino pays the penalty and Beckham’s Revenge

Part 4 of my 5 part look back at tough groups from World Cup’s gone by, today we journey to the Far East for England’s grudge match with Argentina. Japan/ South Korea 2002: Argentina, England, Sweden, Nigeria How did it go down? Argentina entered the 2002 World Cup as joint favourites (with holders France). They […]

World Cup Draw Countdown- The Groups of Death. USA ’94: Big Jack storms the Big Apple

Another tale of tough World Cup groups this time it’s off to America for Jack Charlton’s last big adventure with Ireland. USA 1994- Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Norway How did it go down? After the phrase ‘Do I not like that’ entered English folklore the only Home Nation (sort of) heading to the 1994 World Cup […]

World Cup Draw Countdown: The Groups of Death. Italia ’90 England vs Ireland vs Holland Round 2

Part 2 of my look back at those fabled groups of death, this time in 1990. Italy 1990- Group F: England, Holland, Ireland, Egypt How did it go down? In the run up to the Italia ’90 draw the Spanish FA cried foul when England were awarded the 6th and final top seeding and Spain […]

World Cup Draw Countdown: The Groups of Death. Mexico 86- Fergie falls foul of Uruguay and the Dynamic Danes

The group phase of the 2018 World Cup is only days away as part of the countdown let’s look into a great World Cup Cliche ‘The Group of Death.’  So here’s a look back some of the toughest World Cup groups ever assembled. Mexico 1986- Group E: West Germany, Denmark, Scotland, Uruguay How did it go […]

World Cup Qualifying finale: Pasta La Vista for the Azzurri as Italy fold to Sweden’s flat pack 4.

It’s finally done- 210 teams entered and 872 games later we’re down to the last 32 and some. shock names fell at the final hurdle. Playoffs Italy 0-1 Sweden (aggregate) The biggest shock of qualifying came on Monday night at the San Siro as 4 time World Champions Italy failed to qualify for the first […]

England 0-0 Brazil: England Rearguard frustrates Samba Boys

England’s draw with Germany last week saw an encouraging all round display but this always looked a sterner test for England’s experimental side. Whereas Joachim Loew used his Wembley friendly to experiment and fine tune his squad, Brazil manager Tite picked his strongest 11 (Jurgen Klopp may take a dim view of Coutinho starting the […]

England 0-0 Germany: Entertaining England hold World Champions

When an MP declared last month unsold England tickets should be given to school children many wondered if that was meant as an alternative to detention. England’s last 4 outings were largely drab affairs as England laboured past defensive negative sides on their way to the World Cup. Gareth Southgate had little option but to […]