Belgium vs South Korea Preview
Belgium vs South Korea Preview

The pre-tournament excitement about this very talented Belgium squad has sobered after two narrow and uninspiring wins in Brazil. This has put them top of Group G and through to the Round of 16, yet it’s hardly been satisfying or convincing. The arc of slow starts, flat middles, and late […]

England vs Uruguay Preview: Three Lions Look to Regain Control of World Cup Future
England vs Uruguay Preview: Three Lions Look to Regain Control of World Cup Future

England’s disappointing 1-2 loss to Italy in Manaus should be tempered by the excitement generated by a genuinely fine performance, despite the defeat. Although nothing was gained against Italy, England should be heartened by the fact that nothing was definitively lost. The smiles, harmony, and bonhomie (yes, even bonhomie) of […]

Robin van Persie Proving He Can Lead in One of Football’s Tougher Jobs
Robin van Persie Proving He Can Lead in One of Football’s Tougher Jobs

“It’s just a shame that Van Persie, a world-class player, came up with a piece of magic at the end. He is worth the entrance fee alone.” – Steve Bruce What constitutes leadership seems fairly obvious: there’s experience, charisma, success, temperament, and colleagues’ respect.  Yet what constitutes a captain is […]