Santiago or bust for Chile

It has been some years since Chile made any sort of impact on international football. In World Cup 2014, they pushed Brazil close in the round of 16 before losing on penalties. It’s a year ago this weekend that La Roja scared the host nation to death and let’s not forget they beat holders Spain in the group stage of that competition. Chile are capitalising … Continue reading Santiago or bust for Chile

South American Way: Colo Colo, Chile’s real thing

Chile won the hearts of many football fans with their attacking style in the 2014 World Cup, and they were unlucky to come up against a pre-implosion Brazil side in the round of 16. They were one of the dark horses in the competition but didn’t quite have enough in their tank. But at least two of their players, Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal caught … Continue reading South American Way: Colo Colo, Chile’s real thing

World Cup 2014: Jeux sans frontieres

And so, two weeks into the greatest show on earth, 16 teams have gone home and the rest go into the business end of the competition. It’s been a good World Cup so far, not a great one, despite the plethora of young hacks claiming it’s the best since 1970 and in their lifetime. It’s partly been good because five of the last six have … Continue reading World Cup 2014: Jeux sans frontieres

World Cup Day Two: No repeat of 2010, please!

Brazil may have given their fans the result they craved, but Croatia have every right to feel aggrieved after one of the worst penalty decisions seen in a World Cup. It could have been a far worse opening game, but the referee may have been suffering from the “Anfield factor” in giving Brazil a penalty and failing to see Fred’s theatrics. Neymar won the day … Continue reading World Cup Day Two: No repeat of 2010, please!