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Explainer: goal-line technology and the World Cup

Goal-line technology is being used at the 2014 World Cup. The first goal confirmed by the system was in the game between France and Honduras. A German company, GoalControl GmbH, won the rights to supply…

Australia v Chile. That’s entertainment!

For a moment there, the world turned upside down. All over Australia, people thumbed their nose at Saturday routines. Housework was ignored, gym classes were abandoned, shopping left undone. A few cheeky…

World Cup fever hits Vanuatu

I have spent the past week watching the build up to the World Cup from the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. With a population of roughly 250,000, Vanuatu’s men’s team is ranked 190th in the world…

The global game

As a FIFA World Cup “tourist” based in Europe, the truly global nature of this game and indeed this event becomes increasingly evident. How do I know this? Everywhere I look there are people dressed in…

Is it really better to have loved and lost?

Supporting a football team is not a rational act. In the face of past experiences and logic there is always the hope that somehow things will be different this time. There is hope that in spite of the…

What are the World Football Elo Ratings?

You might hear or see reference to the World Football Elo Ratings during the 2014 World Cup. The teams opening the World Cup, Brazil and Croatia, have Elo Ratings of 2113 and 1787 respectively. The Elo…

View through the (orange) looking glass

For many Australians the FIFA World Cup appears as a spectacle by and for others. A national passion for the world game is diluted by our other football codes, and our distance, both geographically and…