Jul 26, 2014

Five defining moments

ZUNIGA'S TACKLE It wasn't an edifying moment; yet it will endure as a memorable one. Arguably, even though it was Brazil's defence that ...

Briefing

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Five defining moments

ZUNIGA'S TACKLE It wasn't an edifying moment; yet it will endure as a memorable one. Arguably, even though it was Brazil's defence that ...

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They came a cropper

SPAIN World champion. First round exit. Need one say more? Yet, it hadn't started so badly. The opening half of Spain's first match ...

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Five great goals

JAMES RODRIGUEZ (COLOMBIA) V URUGUAY (Round of 16) As the ball was in the air, James just had enough time to glance at the goal. The ...

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Five outstanding performers

SCORING SUBSTITUTES This has been a World Cup for substitutes. Before the final, no less than 31 players had scored after coming on as ...

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World Cup with blemishes

How good, vibrant and dramatic a World Cup has it really been? How great an advertisement for the great game? The longer it went on, the more ...

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Calmly edging past the edgy!

Argentina, despite persistent German ball-hogging, had more opportunities. But their highly-paid retinue of strikers failed to find the ...

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A “pompous ass,” but not asinine

Few would disagree that Louis van Gaal has been the outstanding tactician at World Cup 2014, despite the feeling that the Dutch let themselves ...

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Poor James and his cooks

Colombia’s James Rodriguez was kicked, fouled and scratched by Brazil and the tactics proved largely successful as Colombia lost 1-2 in the ...

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The most successful No. 9

In an age of club allegiances trumping national ones, where the younger generation associates a player more readily with a club than the ...

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Looking up to ‘The Wall’

The cricket, the heritage and the place remain dear to Rahul Dravid and he was back with the Indian squad albeit briefly as a batting ...

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The numbers game

It is said that numbers don’t tell the entire story. It is, however, common knowledge that they do lead us somewhere. For example the story of ...

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A run feast with a world record to boot

The 22-yards, as one wag quipped in the press-box, was the ultimate winner in a match that ground to a draw under an avalanche of runs and a ...

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To Glasgow with hope

Glasgow is abuzz with the confirmation of participation of the fastest human ever, Usain Bolt. In addition, the presence of leading lights such ...

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The opposition

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