World Cup

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

England need to take as many young players as possible to Brazil

So, hands-up all those who think England can win the World Cup in Brazil? Actually win it, not battle through a few matches, put up a sterling defensive action and then subside on penalties in the knockout rounds? Take no notice of the ludicrous odds on England most bookies feel compelled to chalk ...

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Saturday, 07 December 2013

World Cup 2014: Will England make it out of the group stage?

Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica – the draw for England could have been worse but it could have been a whole lot better. Group D is arguably the toughest of the lot – although the teams in Group B and Group G may beg to differ – but can England make it through. You can’t really get a much tougher ope...

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Friday, 06 December 2013

World Cup draw: Please can England get a crap group this time?

Im not a bitter Scot or anything, I would really love to see England win the World Cup - but as it is frankly not going to happen can we at least go into a group that we have no expectation of getting out of. Its not that I dont want Roy Hodgson to succeed; I think that he seems an honest and honou...

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Friday, 25 October 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo or Ibrahimovic: Who would you rather see at the World Cup in Brazil?

Playing in the World up for your country is the pinnacle of every players career. The whole world tunes in to see the greatest players on the grandest stage of them all. Unfortunately, Brazil 2014 will be deprived of one of Europes best talent as Cristiano Ronaldos Portugal and Zlaten Ibrahimov...

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Bale can’t save Wales as Coleman struggles to inspire his squad

So after an endless summer of wrangling, deception and false promises Gareth Bale finally rocked up in Madrid, clad in his metrosexual pink beanie last week as the world’s most tedious transfer saga dragged itself finally over the line. The final sum paid for the Welsh starlet was a reported ...

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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Five things we learned from the Confederations Cup

The warm-up competition for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil may be firmly in the past as we gear up to the new 2013/14 season, but the Confederations Cup gave us plenty of talking points, as well as some great footballing moments. Here are the five things that we learned from watching the Confederatio...

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Gazza’s running out of chances while England run riot in San Marino

Let’s face it, there’s an awful lot of guff on TV isn’t there? In the ever-burgeoning crevasse of broadcasting channels, the sheer volume of half-baked tripe and lightweight, hollowed-out husks of regurgitated twaddle leaves the average viewer starved of visual stimulation and viewing conten...

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Bad luck stories abound as the Scots take on Wales in a clash of the misfiring

It’s a universal truth that some people are just plain unlucky. These desperate souls, through no real fault of their own, just get a rough deal in this bad ol’ world and spend their days enduring an avalanche of ungodly misfortune and rudimentary shite. And don’t suffer the misapprehension that t...

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Friday, 27 July 2012

World Cup 2014: Why no-one can stop Brazil in 2014

With Euro 2012 riding off into the sunset and the superb Spaniards officially crowning themselves the greatest national team of all time by clinching an unprecedented third consecutive major trophy, focus has now shifted to qualification for the next World Cup and talk of the competition its...

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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

England: Time for a Change part 2: Out with the Old

Brazil 2014 is the next major tournament and I would like to see a different approach to the game from England, my first bone of contention being with the formation. Roy Hodgson throughout his career has typically employed a rigid 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 formation. If you look at all the best teams in ...

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Tuesday, 08 November 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: ITV begin to repay their debt with a feast of Man City delights

It’s the 12th June 2010. Seven thirty-four on a warm summer’s evening. My friends and I are huddled around my television, just as a million more expectant eyes are doing at the same moment up and down the nation. Then pffft … nothing. A moment’s darkness was followed by some guff about Hyundai cars ...

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Monday, 11 July 2011

Would you like to write for Squarefootball?

Do you live, breathe and sleep football? Do you have a passion for writing and want your views to be read by a potential audience of millions? Then we at Squarefootball Towers would love to hear from you. Whether you follow Aberdeen or Accrington Stanley, West Ham United or Wolfsburg, we can offer ...

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Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Manchester United Old Boys Enjoy Their World Cup

Sir Alex Ferguson must have had some mixed feelings watching the action in South Africa, Many of his current players didnt have the World Cup they hoped for while several ex- Old Trafford stars had a ball at the tournament. Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra endured a horrific time, while Rio Ferdinand ...

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Monday, 12 July 2010

Ten Handy Facts About The 2010 World Cup

Its all over for four more years and Spain have won the trophy for the first time. Listed here are some of the major happenings and the less well known after five weeks in South Africa, 1. Spain became the first team to lift the World Cup after losing their opening game. West Germany were also beat...

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Saturday, 10 July 2010

The Boy's Had A Shocker- World Cup Flops

Not everyone shines on the big stage and below are an eleven who might have enjoyed a happier summer on a beach after their travails in South Africa. Robert Green Keepers had a poor time of it in 2010 and quite a few could have made this selection but no one made a more calamitous error than the E...

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Thursday, 08 July 2010

Holland v Spain- A Meeting Of Football Cousins

Holland v Germany would have been a World Cup Final between nations with a bundle of negative history but Carles Puyol has engineered an encounter between sides with a shared footballing culture. Ever since Johann Cruyff moved to Barcelona in 1973, Dutch and Spanish soccer have been interwoven. Cru...

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Tuesday, 06 July 2010

Germany v Spain: World Cup History

Wednesdays semi-final meeting is only the third time that Germany (or West Germany) and Spain have faced each other at the World Cup Finals. Spain were beaten in both the previous encounters. The rarity of these matches is caused by Spains poor performance in the tournaments. Despite the strength o...

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Holland v Uruguay- A Tough Choice For Football Romantics

If there were two teams (apart from England) I didnt want to come up against each other in a World Cup semi-final it would be the Dutch and the Uruguayans- the two smallest nations to contest a World Cup Final going head-to -head. The first time I ever even heard of a country called Uruguay it was ...

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Sunday, 20 June 2010

England: Dawson or Upson against Slovenia – You decide!

Fabio Capello’s honeymoon period with the British Press is well and truly over following two appalling displays from one of the pre-tournaments favourites. Against the USA there was a bit of endeavour, a bit of fight, but the overall display came up woefully short of the standards we know England ar...

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Tuesday, 01 June 2010

Unofficial World Cup 2010 Songs #15 - England - Dylan, as himself - I hate songs about football

More Billy-Braggness from the moustachioed Dylan going through a range of things that he hates about football from formulaic sports bars to 'soccer' and finding small plastic effigees of players in his cornflakes. Less a song about England, more an anti-song about all the corporate naff-ness that h...

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Unofficial World Cup 2010 Songs #14 - England - Rockin' Jonny Austin - Victory Day

A rocking song with a hyperactive sexagenarian singer may not be the most obvious combination for an England song; but this one ticks all the boxes. It is at heart a decent singalong with an England theme, which is no bad thing. Not my favourite England song to date - but certainly one of the bett...

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Sunday, 30 May 2010

England: Who will Fabio axe to make his perfect 23?

That’s the question we all want to know and on Tuesday we will finally discover who the Italian has charged with bringing home the World Cup. Capello has claimed he already has 20 names pencilled in for his final squad, leaving just three places up for grabs, but who will be the unlucky ones watchin...

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Thursday, 27 May 2010

Unofficial World Cup 2010 Songs #13 - England - Dulwich Ukulele Club - There May Be Glory

This reworking of 'Let's Face The Music And Dance' with a football theme from the Dulwich Ukelele Club is a lovely summery tune that glides along without resistance. The lyrics are somewhat predictable, but that is fine for a fun song that is not trying to break any moulds. I wasn't expecting to f...

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Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Unofficial World Cup 2010 Songs #12 - England - The Get - Come on England

A punk style effort with a no-cost video cut-and-pasted from a Google image search by the look of it. Simple lyrics and instrumentals give this a very cut-down feel. Never quite sure if yet another song that has the lyric 'Come on England' at its core is worth reviewing, but this is a decent effor...

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Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Unofficial World Cup 2010 Songs #11 - England - DiamondFormation - SexyFootballBack/England

Another good song this time recommended by our reader, SexyFootballBack (the song not the reader), is a jaunty indie style sing-a-long that knows its history. Good lyrics delivered in a melancholy style like: "His English is pigeon.. We'll never know if he'd have stuck Wayne Bridge in" make it a so...

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Friday, 21 May 2010

Unofficial World Cup 2010 Songs #10 - Holland - Gerrit & de Kokosnoten - Holland gaat aan Kop

Maybe its because its in Dutch, but a nonsense football song is much more fun if you can't really understand it! This is a chirpy little number, with the words on screen to sing along to (and surprisingly easy to translate!) and bounces along for a couple of minutes and then stops. None of the non...

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Get on side and sport your colours for Shelter this World Cup

In celebration of this years FIFA World Cup, housing and homelessness charity Shelter are teaming up with Nationwide Building Society, Official England Team sponsor, to launch their fantastic footy fundraiser, Strip4Shelter. Shelter is asking people across the country to replace their regular work ...

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Thursday, 20 May 2010

Unofficial World Cup 2010 Songs #9 - England- Chenille Steele - Come On You Lions

Pole dancer from 'Secrets' Gentlemans' Club breathily talks about kiss-n-tells with Frank Lampard, 'shagging-out' Ronaldo and so on is what should be a man-friendly internet meme by now. But as everyone is wearing a bikini with a big t-shirt over the top, this is less titilating that the average Rn...

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Unofficial World Cup 2010 Songs #8 - England - The Skatoons - The World Cup's Waiting for you

This is more like it! A good fun ska track that bounds along with a catchy (if obvious) chorus. Very reminiscent of Madness in the early 1980s, but properly produced and one of the few songs I've reviewed so far that wasn't compiled by someone in marketing trying to tick a series of boxes. Easily...

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Unofficial World Cup 2010 Songs #7 - England - Denise Happy Mondays - Come On England

Not sure where to start on this one. It's a cover of Dexy's Midnight Runners School Disco dance floor filler 'Come On Eileen' - and although Denise has a great voice I do hope she got paid up front and isn't relying on royalties. The original song is perfect for a terrace chant. This cover, sadly...

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Unofficial World Cup 2010 Songs #6 - England - Joe Harley - Lace up your boots (and bring it home)

Quite like this song which is lyrically different to the usual 'come on england' type chorus. The song is in a Billy Bragg style, with the vocals way in front of a simple guitar / drum backing. Not very chantable, but sung in a melancholic style its pretty memorable - and the video picture of a kn...

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Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Unofficial World Cup 2010 Songs #5 - England - Rik Mayall - Noble England

Another venture that has had some some money thrown at it sees Rik Mayall (he of Young Ones and Bottom fame) come over all Henry V in managing a pub table football team to a famous victory; although the video is not as funny as that summary may have sounded. There's a pub rock backing to match th...

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Unofficial World Cup 2010 Songs #4 - England - Cliff Portwood & England 1966 World Cup Squad - Up There O'England

An old song (the chorus features England 1966 squad players) that has been remastered and re-released. A very laid back tune in the style of 'Back Home' but without the same discernable hook. According to the blurb some of the players involved were Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst, Ray Wilson, Roger Hunt,...

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Unofficial World Cup 2010 Songs #3 - England - Gaylord Vincent and The Sweet FA Choir - Watching England Win Again

A slight departure for England World Cup songs this one, with a folksy, Country and Western tune and far too many lyrics this is almost like listening to a real song. I quite like the song itself, but it has far too many beats per minute to be chanted on a terrace (if you can find a terrace) and th...

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Tuesday, 18 May 2010

An England team not going to South Africa

The England preliminary squad of 30 players has been named, but there are at least two more teams that could have been made up of players that for one reason or another probably felt they would be going to South Africa at some point of the season. Ben Foster - Man United / Birmingham Foster played ...

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Unofficial World Cup 2010 Songs #2 - England - Alfie St George - Come Follow Me

Alfie St George's 'Come Follow Me' is released on 18 May (today as it happens) as the annoying advert that repeatedly pops up during the YouTube video points out. The song has a summery, Stock, Aitken and Waterman feel to it and features a toothy singer and both fat and nubile England clad video ex...

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Monday, 17 May 2010

Unofficial World Cup 2010 Songs #1 - England - UkePunk - Come On England!

Without an official England World Cup song there are dozens of indie songs flying on to YouTube and MySpace at the moment ready to catch the interest of everyone back home this summer. So with a month to go, to make sure we're on the ball, we're going to keep the world in motion with some reviews o...

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Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Cutting seven is easy enough in predictable England World Cup squad

The provisional England squad for the World Cup contains few surprises, with certainly nothing on the scale of Theo Walcott's inclusion last time. The inclusion of Carragher means that there is cover in the centre and at right-back and is a mild surprise given his international retirement; his incl...

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Sunday, 09 May 2010

England: Barry’s injury could be good news for West Ham’s Scott Parker

Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry faces a race against time to be fit for the World Cup in South Africa and his ankle injury is the latest in a long line of problems to have hit Fabio Capello’s plans. Barry has become an England regular over the past few years thanks to his partnership with ...

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Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Does David Bentley Still Have An Outside Shot At South Africa?

Seeing David Bentley make such a difference to Tottenhams efforts in the FA Cup tie with Fulham, its possible to believe the right winger might still have an outside chance of going to the World Cup. Very much a long shot of course but the England right side candidates are thinning out. David Beckh...

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Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Arsenal: Campbell for England? You’re having a laugh!

Arsenal’s veteran defender Sol Campbell started the 2009/10 season at Notts County but the former Spurs ace has not ruled out ending the campaign with a place in Fabio Capello’s World Cup squad. Now I’ve heard some ridiculous things come out of the mouths of footballers in my time but this has to be...

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Tuesday, 02 March 2010

England: Who should Fabio choose as his No 1 for South Africa?

In less than 100 days the greatest show on earth kicks off in South Africa but England manager Fabio Capello still has major issues to resolve before he finalises on his squad who will be given the task of bringing the World Cup home. Who will fill the left-back role if Ashley Cole fails to recover ...

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Friday, 26 February 2010

Is Wayne Bridge right to turn his back on England?

Representing your country in the World Cup is supposed to be every footballer’s dream. Every one bar Wayne Bridge that is. The Manchester City left-back has kicked his international career into row Z due to the fall-out of John Terry’s alleged affair with his ex-girlfriend and mother of his children...

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Thursday, 25 February 2010

Bobby Zamora: Making His Case...

Fulham have a striker whose penny has finally dropped. This season Bobby Zamora has delivered slithers of evidence that he is finally comfortable being a Premiership striker. All this in the same season that Fabio Capello has a very important England squad to pick…As Zamora was leaving his teenage y...

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Thursday, 04 February 2010

Will Portsmouth damage David James's World Cup hopes?

There has been a lot of talk that unless David James got a move away from Portsmouth in January his World Cup chances would diminish. But what is that based on? His January options appeared to boil down to sitting on the bench at Spurs or moving to mid-table Stoke to compete for a place. Were eit...

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Monday, 14 December 2009

West Ham United: Could Parker push his nose into Fabio’s World Cup plans?

As we all know West Ham United won the World Cup in 1966 and in seven months’ time in South Africa Hammers’ stars Robert Green, Matthew Upson and Carlton Cole will be looking to emulate what Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters achieved all those years ago. However, could the Irons’ inspiratio...

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Saturday, 05 December 2009

World Cup Draw 2010- An Anorak Snippet For Each Group

Group A;Uruguay, France and Mexico were drawn together in the 1966 World Cup with the host nation. South Africa will be hopingthats a good omen. Group B; Argentina, Greece and Nigeria are meeting up again after being in the same group at USA 94. The Greeks were awful in 1994 and yet ten years later...

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Friday, 04 December 2009

World Cup Draw - Quick, instant reaction*

The World Cup draw concluded two minutes ago - here is a quick analysis of the draw: Group A; South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay and France - very tough draw for the hosts Group B; Argentina, Nigeria, South Korea and Greece - Argentina will be delighted Group C; England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia - Eng...

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How the England squad has evolved since 2006 - and why David Beckham will go again

England World Cup squads are an evolution rather than a revolution so on the day England will learn which group of death they will be drawn into (my guess is that it will be horrible and include Serbia, Mexico and Nigeria) the David Beckham question can again be asked. World Cup 2006 Last time Eng...

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Possible England Groups: History, Life, Death, The Queen and Pure Guesswork

There are a fair number of permutations for England's group in the World Cup and all sorts of combinations have an underlying story. In terms of footballing history, the recent clashes that England have had with Portugal surely trump the odd disaster against France. The famous quarter final victor...

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