Day 6 – Who Knows who’s Going to Win the World Cup… – Ben Stones

After North Korea gave Brazil a battling display on Tuesday, leaving the pre-tournament favourites with something to think about, one of the other most likely winners were hoping to show their class and overcome their opponents with ease. Switzerland, however, had other plans. Although Spain had more chances, they could not break through a stubborn …

World Cup Day 4 – Holders are Unispiring, While Holland get the Job Done – Ben Stones

The World Cup holders, Italy kicked off their tournament with an uninspiring 1-1 draw against Paraguay. In a game that started as if both teams would settle for a goalless draw, it was Paraguay that took the lead. Poor defending from a free kick on the left wing allowed Antolin Alcaraz to head past 'keeper …

World Cup Day 3: Germany stake their claim – Ben Stones

Who said the German's can't play successful, attractive football? With their 4-0 demolition of Australia, Germany staked their claim to be one of the tournament's more fancied teams, whilst giving us a match to enjoy. They were simply brilliant, with Schweinsteiger and Ozil linking up well in the midfield. The former sprayed pass after pass …

World Cup Day 1 – Ben Stones

Johannesburg was the focal point of the world today when the World Cup finally began. The day had not begun in the celebratory way the South African people would have wanted it, with the tragic news of the death of Nelson Mandela's great-granddaughter after a car crash. However, despite the morning's events, Soccer City was …

Don’t Panic Mr Capello! – Ben Stones

Every English football fan breathed a sigh of relief this week when it was announced the Wayne Rooney will be fit for the World Cup. Newspaper headlines such as "Get Well Soon" and simply, "Pray" were plastered around the back pages earlier in the week when Rooney limped off in Manchester United's 2-1 defeat to …