Sometimes, we abruptly wake up from a beautiful dream and try impossibly to get back to it. No matter how vivid our imagination may be, it never manages to conjure the same dream. That is exactly how Sunday’s FIFA Confederations Cup Final will be like. It is the dream final. It is the final everyone… Read More BRAZIL V SPAIN : THE DREAM FINAL?
Like Inception, it must have felt like a dream within a dream when for the first time ever in a FIFA competition at senior level, the tune was picked for Tahiti’s national anthem. As the anthem played on, there was emotion all-round the Tahitian players. Some were almost close to tears. Their manager, Eddy Etaeta… Read More TAHITI : A FANTASY DREAM
Andrea Pirlo is the cog upon which Italy’s wheel turns. That was evident at last summer’s European Championships where he commanded the Italian midfield with his elegant poise. It was his bursting run that led to the opener against Spain, his sumptuous free-kick opened the scoring against Croatia, his two assists unlocked Ireland and his… Read More THE PIRLO CONUNDRUM
Whenever Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta retreat to their personal homes, they probably look in amazement at their personal trophy hauls and medal collections. There, right before their eyes lay gold medals for every competitive football competition in which they have ever participated in for Barcelona and Spain at senior level. Apart, of course, for… Read More THE QUESTION(S) OF SPAIN’S DOMINANCE
by Victor Karuga Tension. So thick you can cut it with a knife, throw it onto the pitch and risk the ire of match day stewards. Maybe, just maybe, that will elicit some kind of reaction from the team on the pitch; spark them into life. All they seem to do is stroke the ball around aimlesslly and… Read More HARAMBEE STARS FAIL TO SHINE
The set-piece came in. Steven Caulker jumped at it before Craig Dawson headed it in. It looked scrappy but in the midst of all that was laid bare the solemn identity of English football. Grit. Determination. Hunger. Desire. The match would eventually be lost and indeed the goal would not stand. As England’s U-21’s… Read More EURO U-21: BRAVE ENGLAND DEFEATED BY TECHNICAL ITALY