Posts tagged "Russia"
Slovenia Upset Motherland

Slovenia Upset Motherland

I was so sure Russia were going to progress to the World Cup next year [statement made here] that I went and bet my house on the outcome… oops! Anyone care to spare a bit of room at their place for me and Guus Hiddink? I’m sure he’s going to be exiled sometime in the...
Predictions - Final World Cup Spots

Predictions – Final World Cup Spots

Expect more than just fireworks tonight when Bosnia-Hertzegovina host Portugal and I’m even going as far as saying prepare yourself for an upset! On the weekend the two teams played out an epic match in which Portugal just scraped through and I think that onslaught by the Bosnians will continue tonight. There is a great...
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup kicks off today on Jumeirah Beach and I’m going to be heading down there as often as I can to get in on it. Having to ‘work for the man’ means I don’t get the pleasure of being able to frolic around Dubai chasing the copious amounts of women...
Advantage Russia

Advantage Russia

The Russian’s may have a slight edge on Slovenia going into the second leg on Wednesday night, but they also have an unfair advantage and the ‘X’ factor you’d bet your house on… so I’m just going to go as far as calling it now. Expect Russia to be in South Africa next year. Why?...

Russia’s ‘Little Jewel’ Andrei Arshavin

He makes about 4 million dollars a year plying his trade in Russia for Zenit St.Petersburg, yet he has been a revelation in this tournament and now there are a number of clubs wanting his services no matter what the price. Rumours have it that he’ll be joining every big team around England and Spain,...

Prediction – Russia v Spain

This match is being built up in the media like it’s a final in itself. Both teams are itching to taste European glory for the first time in decades and it’s only a matter of time before we find out who will take on ze Germans in the final. Spain were the last team to...

Prediction – Netherlands v Russia

IMITATION ALERT! IMITATION ALERT! The Russians, banded by a supreme tactician Guus Hiddink will be put to the ultimate test tonight and I think everyone in the world will be eager to see the results. Like an enhancing micro-chip in new car, Hiddink has instilled a Dutch belief into his young energetic team and worked...

Review – Russia 2 v 0 Sweden

The Russians turned on their thrusters overnight and absolutely blew Sweden away. Just like wave after wave of MiG attacks the Russians kept pounding the Swedish goals and the score could have easily blown out to 5-0. Andrei Arshavin and Yuri Zhirkov were absolutely unstoppable in orchestrating play from the middle, while overall the Russians...

Review – Greece 0 v 1 Russia

Wow… Greece love breaking records. In 2004 they were the first team in Euro history to win their opening match and the final against the same opponent. In ’06 they were the first team ever to have won the Euro and not qualified for the World Cup and now in ’08, Greece are the first...

Prediction – Greece v Russia

Otto Rehhagel spoke out after his teams opening defeat to Sweden four days ago and said that they played a game plan even unknown to himself. I mean he set up his team with 5 defenders and couldn’t believe that they so conservatively… go figure!Guus Hiddink on the other hand came out and said: We...

Review – Spain 4 v 1 Russia

I had big expectations of the Russians going into this tournament and thought that they would provide the youthful Spanish side with some major headaches. As it turns out it went the other way and the Spaniards were able to capitalise on a naive Russian defense. Iniesta’s passing was superb all night and they really...

The Pride of Russia

“Russian media has hailed Dutch coach Guus Hiddink for masterminding Russia’s historic 2-1 win over England in their Euro 2008 Group E qualifier that kept alive their chances of reaching next year’s finals.” [The World Game] Whether it was Guus’ tactics on the night, bringing on striker Roman Pavlyuchenko who scored 2 goals in four...