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.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

They Won The World Cup: GERMANY

For a third time, the Germans met Argentina in football's biggest game. For a second time they won. For the fourth time they win the World Cup. And for the first time a European nation triumphs in South America

The best team won. A team without standout stars but with bite and guts in midfield. Schweinsteiger scarred. With a poacher upfront in Klose and the man destined to beat his goal scoring record Muller. With the number one keeper between the sticks and with youth all over

Here are Spain's successors. Here are the Euro 2016 winners