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  • By Declan Hill
    14.07.2010 /
    It is not football. It is the game of deliberate diplomatic deniability. The game is all about making truthful statements that do not ruffle any official feathers. Here is how it is played. Examine this section of FIFA’s statement on the allegations about Nigerian match-fixing in the World Cup.
  • By Declan Hill
    14.07.2010 /
    In case you missed it BBC Newsnight has announced that FIFA was warned that the Nigerian team may have been vulnerable to fixing games at the 2010 South Africa World Cup.
  • By Andreas Selliaas
    02.07.2010 /
    Can one say that Ghana is Africa’s team? This is the question Brendan O'Neill poses in the always interesting online magazine Spiked. And it is an important question.
  • By Andreas Selliaas
    30.06.2010 /
    There were many who believed – and hoped – that the U.S. would do well in this year's FIFA World Cup. The U.S. has good results to show for the last couple of years (finals in the Gold Cup and the Confederations Cup) and it is the third best team in the Americas (14th in FIFA rankings).
  • 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 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
    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 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.

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