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.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

They Finished 3rd: HOLLAND

I thought they'd flunk it. Should have known better with someone like Van Gaal  on the sideline and Robben on the pitch there's always hope. Nay, expectation. No win again for the Dutch but I'd take third place even though the medal looked a bit dodgy. But this is the side that thrashed Spain in their opener. Seeing off the champs with duch a swagger. You knew they'd go far. And but for the dreaded PKs it could have been further. Always entertaining to watch though. But will they ever lift that trophy?