Disorganised Cameroon hope Eto’o shines

June 7, 2010
Disorganised Cameroon hope Eto’o shines

You might think, without watching Cameroon play and only judging them by their team sheet, that this team is all about Samuel Eto’o. When you see them in action, you realise that this is exactly the case. Read more »

A good Danish side that deserve more attention

June 6, 2010
A good Danish side that deserve more attention

There hasn’t been much focus upon Denmark in the build-up to the World Cup, but many of those who watched this team in qualification suggest that this is the strongest Danish team since they won the European Championships in 1992. Read more »

Ghana: defensive, cohesive and underrated

June 5, 2010
Ghana: defensive, cohesive and underrated

“Tactically naive” is the common criticism for any African side which fails, generally regardless of the nature of their defeat or their manager’s tactical acumen. Ghana showed at the Africa Nations Cup earlier this year that they are anything but tactically naive. Read more »

Ivory Coast’s uphill task just got even steeper

June 4, 2010
Ivory Coast’s uphill task just got even steeper

Ivory Coast were been labelled the dark horses of this tournament by many, presumably all of whom were fortunate enough to miss their pathetic display at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, where they recorded a 0-0 draw with Burkina Faso in the group stage, and were eventually knocked out by an average Algeria side. Read more »

4-4-2 and no surprises from Switzerland

June 2, 2010
4-4-2 and no surprises from Switzerland

This is the fourth consecutive major international tournament the Swiss have been at, and yet they still seem something of an unknown quantity. Now managed by double Champions League winner Ottmar Hitzfeld, they won their qualification group and appear to have a talented, settled team. Read more »

Holland consider playing the fab four together

June 2, 2010
Holland consider playing the fab four together

There would surely be no more popular World Cup winners than the Netherlands. The country that has produced so many great footballers and such a distinct, wonderful way of playing the game is still without a World Cup win. Read more »

Three strikers is a risky tactic for New Zealand

June 1, 2010
Three strikers is a risky tactic for New Zealand

New Zealand are the rank outsiders for this tournament – or 32nd favourites, if you like – available at up to 2000/1. They would see a single point as an achievement in South Africa, and their saving grace is that they are in a relatively weak group, alongside three fairly defensive sides. Read more »

Portugal’s players are good enough, is the coach?

May 31, 2010
Portugal’s players are good enough, is the coach?

In theory, Portugal playing Cape Verde just before the World Cup was a decent idea. They’ve struggled to score throughout the past two years, so how about a morale-boosting thrashing of a former colony to get the goals flowing? Read more »

Two friendlies lead Capello back to square one

May 30, 2010
Two friendlies lead Capello back to square one

It’s difficult to analyse England’s 2-1 win over Japan, simply because it’s not clear what Fabio Capello was trying to discover. Was this match purely an audition for individuals to stake their claim, or was he trying to find a cohesive shape? Read more »

Greece: lightning probably won’t strike twice

May 29, 2010
Greece: lightning probably won’t strike twice

It seems foolish to write off Greece after the miracle of 2004, but both on paper and on the pitch, this seems a fairly weak side – albeit on that is well-organised and has a good understanding between players. Read more »