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  • By Andreas Selliaas
    25.06.2010 /
    Words fail when describing the performance and behavior of the French players during the World Cup. It is not sufficient to blame the coach - who was voted the worst coach since King Louis XVI of France. The players behaved like medieval fools. Now I suggest they go to Gaza to get rid of their reputation as national fools and contribute to the solution of a tense, international conflict.
  • By Andreas Selliaas
    24.06.2010 /
    The one time I tried to get into St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, I was stopped because I wore shorts. Bare knees are not appropriate for the Pope and his patrons. This day, at least, they missed the opportunity to save a lost soul. Now I wonder if the attitudes and strategies of the St. Peter have rubbed off on FIFA. FIFA also has a clothing police to prevent happy supporters from provoking their beneficiaries.
  • By Declan Hill
    24.06.2010 /
    Declan Hill comments on FIFA's promises to fight down match-fixing in this year's World Cup and remarks on possible match-fixing activities in the vulnerable last matches of the group-stage games.
  • By Andreas Selliaas
    10.06.2010 /
    Friday's opening match against Mexico at Soccer City stadium is undoubtedly an important game for the Rainbow Nation and Bafana Bafana. For the first time an African team will kick off the World Cup on home ground. But the most important football game in South Africa was played in 1976 at another stadium in Soweto – Rand Stadium.
  • By Declan Hill
    09.06.2010 /
    Comment: It is not a guarantee that there will be fixed matches at the World Cup in South Africa, but it is guaranteed that there will be match-fixers at the tournament. In this comment, Declan Hill elaborates on articles previously published on Play the Game's website and goes further into detail with the reasons why he believes match-fixers will be drawn to the 2010 World Cup.
  • By Andreas Selliaas
    02.06.2010 /
    When Norway enters Ullevaal Stadium on 2 June, the task is to beat one of the next host nations of the Euro Cup – that is, if Ukrainian politicians and football authorities are able to meet the demands of UEFA President Michel Platini.
  • By Andreas Selliaas
    28.05.2010 /
    It's easy - and perhaps convenient - to find political issues in this year's World Cup in South Africa. Just the fact that the World Cup takes place in South Africa might be seen as a political issue in itself. But after North Korea sank a South Korean warship in March this year, it is even easier to make political issues out of North Korea and South Korea’s matches.
  • By Andreas Selliaas
    07.05.2010 /
    The 2010 World Cup is rapidly approaching. Tickets are on sale and the different TV stations have introduced their programming for the tournament. It is the first time Africa hosts the World Cup and many feel that this is the united Africa’s championship. But so far it appears that the championship belongs to the non-African outsiders.
  • By Andreas Selliaas
    07.05.2010 /
    This year's Africa Cup of Nations is history. Although several Norwegian newspapers followed the tournament closer than before, the main focus of Western journalists - with a few exceptions – was the African players who play in the English Premier League.
  • By Christer Ahl
    01.02.2010 /
    Comment: Christer Ahl, former head of the International Handball Federation's (IHF) Playing Rules and referees Commission looks into last month's revelation of IHF President Moustafa's personal contract with IHF TV rights owner Sportfive.

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