Posts Tagged ‘World Cup’

Since it is off-season, I thought no one could make a bigger fool of themselves than me, but I was proved wrong! (Again!)

– Carlton Palmer, Football Pundit Extraordinaire

What the heck is this ‘Ajax’ thing which keeps coming up when Suarez is mentioned? Why is it not in the list of clubs I memorized? Can we talk about Cristiano now?

– Mayanti Langer,  Cricket, Hockey, Football and Quidditch Pundit Extraordinaire.

At least she’s not Mandira Bedi. Oh wait, that’s not necessarily a good thing.

– The Dude.

While it’s been a fortnight since the conclusion of the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’, as dedicated football fans, we felt it would just not be right to let the World Cup fade from our memories without one of BigFourZa’s special Factfiles. So, here goes: (more…)


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As every fan’s month-long affair with the very demanding mistress that is football comes to an end, it is time to sink back into the bed with a long sigh, stare at the ceiling and let the mind wander over all the things she left you with. Sure, she took my heart and she took my money – not to mention my sleep for us here in India – but after all that hype, and all that noise (you  know what I’m talking about), was it all worth it?

Sports is entertainment, and by that metric alone, this World Cup has surpassed all previous editions as catalogued by us here. That is not to say that there was a lack of ‘entertainment’ on the pitch through the course of the cup. The finals will be a story by themselves, some version of which each of us will have already encountered. It was not necessarily the showpiece event for the greatest show on earth- that was the 3rd/4th playoff match. It was like the understudy upstaging the lead actor, because the lead actor got too caught up by the pressure of it all. Could the match have been made any better if Howard Webb was not trying to emulate Picasso by mixing up his reds and yellows to make Oranje? I doubt it. His first few cautions may have been to assert His Mighty Baldness on the game, like he tries to do in every derby in the Premier League. But in some cases, including the now-famous ‘This is Spartaaaaaa!’ moment from de Jong, his only fault was probably leniency.

The Flaying Dutchman


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There was once an Octopus named Paul,

Who sensationally predicted Argentina’s fall,

All hungry Paulie wanted was his dinner,

Astoundingly, though he always picked the winner. (more…)

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Zero. A magical number in many ways. It seems empty and valueless at the outset, rather like Robinho’s head (in appearance and description). But once you begin unraveling its many layers, you’ll be shocked at the countless things it can be associated with. Lassana Diarra’s IQ. The number of footballers in the English football team. The number of times I’ve had an actual, meaningful conversation with a girl including my mother. The list is endless. So I’m sure that no one will be too miffed if that list is reduced by one. I’m talking of course, of the possibility that ‘The number of World Cups the Netherlands have won’ won’t be on the list come the eleventh.

This time for Amsterdam?

As a result of their entertaining 3-2 win over Uruguay, the ‘best team to never have won the big one’ are staring at their first final since 1978. (more…)

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In my experience, predictions made by the ‘expert pundits’ have a success rate equal to that of Bangladesh in Test Cricket. Factor in that even a draw counts as a success to the Bangladeshis and it makes this statistic infinitely bleaker. All sooth saying that have been done with Reputations as a frame of reference this time around in South Africa have fallen flat; as flat as Russell Peters’ stand up shows are when you watch them for even just the second time. (more…)

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While there’s this general paranoia about the world cup being a non-club-football fan’s tournament (yes, nothing is more mouthwatering than a Liverpool 0-0 Middlesborough), it would be quite wasteful of this blog to miss out on the piece of action. Especially when yours truly has been doing a fair amount of Fantasy league table topping stuff lately (gloat).

The French team getting knocked out in Group A has given us the most schadenfraude moment of all, to an extent that some people were actually feeling pitiful for that mockery of a manager. (more…)

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As a person who is apparently running a football blog, I am often asked, ‘So who do I support this World Cup?’ I must confess, I hadn’t formed specific loyalties before the World Cup, and so I probably just lost the moment. As an Indian fan, I don’t have any absolutes when it comes to country loyalties in football. Club loyalties are different, they get formed for the randomest reasons and are reinforced week in and week out. It’s ok with a club also in the sense that, every player there is a mercenary anyway (yes, I”m talking to you, Man Shitty fan) so there no reasons for the fans to have any reason for loyalty beyond the most tenuous.

Selecting a country to ‘support’ is a lot harder though. (more…)

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