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After nineteen consecutive days of at least two games per day, the World Cup field has now been whittled down to just eight teams. This week I review the eight games that produced those quarterfinalists.

GERMANY-2 SWEDEN-0 – If the two early goals and the curious sending off [pictured] didn’t kill this game, the shocking penalty miss by normally reliable Henrik Larsson in the second half definitely did. The last half hour was a snoozefest as the Swedes virtually threw in their yellow and blue towel. Still, the result goes a long way to prove the age old saying that you must never rule out the Germans. Although before the tournament they were expected to struggle, here they are in the last eight on their own soil, so anything is possible.

ARGENTINA-2 MEXICO-1 aet– For those unfamiliar with soccerspeak, the letters “aet” after a scoreline stand for “after extra time”. This was hands down the best game of the tournament so far. Argentina were heavily fancied to progress before the game bu…

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UPDATE : Gran is still recovering from her illness, and it’s touch and go whether she can return to her independent living situation, so things are still up in the air on that front. Meanwhile, Sandra just got back in one piece from her “hen’s [aka ‘bachelorette’] weekend” in Barcelona.

COMMENTARY: If you’re a fan of Six Feet Under, I strongly recommend you at least rent the series finale on DVD and watch the last ever episode with the director’s commentary. It gives a tremendous insight to what was an exceptional series.

LYRICAL :
You – lost and lonely
You – soft and only
You – strange as angels
Dancing in the deepest oceans
Twisting in the water
You’re just like a dream
You’re just like a dream


Who sang that? Check comments for the answer.

RENTAL: Fancy a movie that’s both a bit different and educational? Try “Pavee Lackeen – The Travelle…

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Plenty of goals, fiercely loyal and remarkably colourful support [a fact hopefully proven by the pictures courtesy of www.bbc.co.uk], never-ending talking points… the 2006 World Cup has somehow managed to eclipse my expectations and the first round isn’t even over yet!


GROUP A – This is a very difficult group to judge. Though the host nation Germany have done well to win all three of their first round games, you have to allow for the fact that they won 3-0 against an Ecuador team that was happy to have clinched qualification at all and didn’t want to pick up any unnecessary injuries. The eating that will prove this group’s pudding will be their performances in the second round. Poland and Costa Rica didn’t bring much to the tournament I’m afraid and deserve to be on their way home.

GROUP B – Well, they won their group, but I have to say, my tip to go all the way England need to do a lot better if my prediction is to come true. Michael Owen was very unlucky to be injured against Sweden, …

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UPDATE : Thanks to all who expressed concern over my grandmother from last week. I plan to blog about the whole saga once I have broadband installed in my new abode, which should be in the next week or so.

RENTAL: I must confess I was pleasantly surprised by Disney’s animation flick Chicken Little which my kids finally persuaded me to rent last week. Although you are expected to identify with yet another batch of talking animals, this one still manages to entertain throughout, though it’s no “The Incredibles” or “Shrek”.

EEJIT… : …is this week’s Irish slang word and on a basic level is simply the word “idiot” said with an Irish accent. For me, it brings a whole new meaning to the term when used properly, eg “Ah, sure yer man George Bush is an awful eejit, isn’t he?”

SUPPORT: I have given analysis of the actual goings on at the World Cup, but thanks to the in…

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A while ago I did a series of weekly posts looking back on past World Cups in the build up to this year’s big event. I suppose now the thing is actually happening I should also pass a few comments! Since I’m stuck for time I will just round up what I make of events in Germany every Friday until the tournament is over.


GROUP A – Well, the age old World Cup cliché has rung true : “NEVER rule out the Germans.” Due to indifferent form since rookie coach Jurgen Klinsmann took over, many people thought the host nation would struggle, but they put this to bed after just a few minutes of their opening game with a thunderbolt from fullback Lahm. A deserved last-gasp winner against Poland now sees them through, but hey – how bout them Ecuadoreans? All they need is a draw from their showdown with Germany to win the group.

GROUP B – They say the sign of a great team is one that can find a way to win even when they play badly. If this is true, my tip to win England were the best team ever in their f…

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UPDATE : Last week was rough – my 96-year-old grandmother, who hasn’t been sick for years, caught a bad chest infection down in her new apartment and needed to spend a couple of days in hospital. She hopes to have her strength back for my wedding in August.

TUNES : Yet another trusty companion for the straight one hour drive back and forth to my grandmother’s apartment has been the soundtrack for the Blues Brothers. The kids got a kick out of it when they travelled with me yesterday, particularly “Rawhide”.

LYRICAL :
Lie around all day
Have a drink to chase
‘Yourself and tourists, yeah
That's what I hate’
He said ‘We're going wrong
We've all become the same
We dress the same ways
Only our accents change’


Who sang that? Check comments for the answer.

ARTICLE : If you are curious about the World Cup phenomenon and would like it explained in layman’s term…

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SCARCE : Sorry the posting has been so rare – moving both myself and my grandmother to new abodes has taken over two months but at least there appears to be an end in sight. Still no broadband in new apartment - I’m now using a net café.

TUNES : The weather has been glorious here in Dublin lately, and I’ve had no better non-human companion on the one hour drive to my gran’s new place than Hootie and the Blowfish’s debut album Cracked Rear View. I challenge you not to choke up a bit at the last track “Goodbye”.

SHAME : Though it pains me to say it, the Irish legal system has been put to shame in recent weeks by the discovery of a loophole which could see convicted sex offenders go free. What is equally shameful is how our elected representatives are doing headless chicken impersonations and denying responsibility.

FEAST : After all my posts of preparation for the W…