Brazil, you say? They know how to play football over there, don't they? But it's a long way for one so middle aged as I to travel.

So instead, I shall slouch into my leather armchair and view the tournament from this side of the Atlantic. I shall try and watch every game and will definitely make wildly inaccurate predictions too.

I do solemnly vow to give you a real sense of what it's like to not be at the World Cup. This is the blog where all the colour and atmosphere and passion of watching the world's greatest sporting tournament on a wall mounted widescreen really comes to life.

Monday, 30 June 2014

They Finished 12th: NIGERIA

Didn't get to watch as much of Nigeria as I would have liked.  Their kick off times were either late or awkward. I predicted they'd get out of their group and meet France in the round of 16 and lose, and so it proved. But at least they did themselves justice this World Cup. Last time was a bit of a disaster. Their falling leaves just Algeria flying the flag for the continent. When will an African team triumph in the biggest competition? It's already taken longer than Pele predicted...