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 13th: GREECE

It's less of a surprise to see the Greeks doing well in a major tournament nowadays.  Since their 2004 Euros triumph, everyone knows they've got something in the locker that can see them through. And their late equaliser to send this one into extra time seemed to suggest they could keep their World Cup dream alive a little longer.

But penalties proved their undoing, as they have many a nation in tourneys gone by. Greece's way of playing wins them few fans, but with the enjoyment they've given their natives over the last decade, I'm sure Greek nationals won't care two hoots about that.