Minus the Shooting 2010
"let the memories begin!"
Saturday, 14 June 2014
Well, Mark got there first but there's going to be lots written about the Spain vs Netherlands match. It may all come to nothing (it won...
Thursday, 15 July 2010
Folding up the Wallcharts
When Mark and I decided to set up a football blog it was only going to be for the duration of South Africa 2010... and here we are. I...
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Normally commentators and pundits are desperate to stitch together any kind of narrative they can from the frequently random events of footb...
Collapsing The Field
‘The intense immersion and heightened dissipate instantly once the tension of competition is over. As a World Cup watcher, I usually start t...
I was born in the age of the instant replay, but only just - if it was in fact in 1970 that they started using it, as I seem to recall havi...
Monday, 12 July 2010
Tension, shocks, but not much drama
Sporting events always end with a feeling of anti-climax, even when you've won them. The intense immersion and heightened dissipate i...
It’s Not Over: The World Cup Dromenon
Philosopher Robert Pfaller suggested that the anxiety displayed by onlookers of a football match (agitated, aggressive, mumbling, shouti...
The Golden Balls Of Diego
Well, after a comment here and now that Forlan has (deservedly, I think) won the Golden Ball, I'd better make my position clear... W...
Saturday, 10 July 2010
A Complicated Game Simplified By Fools
Mark's recent post on technique raises lots of interesting questions, not least why the England team's is so poor. Is England's ...
Friday, 9 July 2010
When I said that Frank Lampard's disallowed goal against Germany was irrelevant, I didn't mean that it wouldn't have changed t...
Golden Balls: Lionel Messi - really?
The sinister FIFA Technical Study Group (sounds like something out of one of CS Lewis's alien paranoia novels) has come up with the Gold...
Long, long ago in the tournament - when England were still in, that long ago - Giovanni and I had a little disagreement about "techniq...
Thank God for Jonathan Wilson
Jonathan Wilson's tactical survey of the World Cup focusses on Spain, while also reassuring me over my own sanity: There are those who ...
Thursday, 8 July 2010
Myths Of The Near Past
I’m loathe to mention him here, particularly in a vaguely positive light, but Nick Hornby once said something interesting a...
Haven't been able to comment on the various ghost posts below because I can't figure out how to do it on my phone but here's a ...
What If Muller Was Suspended?
Only just watched the Spain/Germany Quarter Final, the highlights anyway. Must have been a difficult match to edit. Ought to be some kind o...
Delayed Twitter Coverage of Spain v. Germany - Now in Blogvision
So I didn’t get up this morning for the Spain v. Germany semifinal. A series of very late nights at work counselled against getting up even...
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
It's just like watching Brazil
When I was a postgraduate student at Warwick, James Williams gave a paper on Spinoza and Henry Miller. I don't remember the main point o...
While the links have been quietly accumulating in the sidebar, I'd like to mention one site in particular, whose unflashy name, Must Rea...
Spain is dead, long live Spain
I've been surprised to find so little support for Spain among the rest of the Minus contributors and other friends. Partly this comes d...
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