Andrew Warshaw: Africa needs to rethink things after disappointing showing

Andrew Warshaw

They had a record six teams in the tournament but one by one they tumbled out, failing to live up to expectations, dashing the hopes of an entire continent.

The vuvezelas may still be screeching and organisers saying all the right things about the show going on but no-one can ignore the hugely disappointing performances of Africa’s teams at Africa’s World Cup.

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Andrew Warshaw: No-one is celebrating the Jabulani

Andrew Warshaw

Jabulani means “celebrate” in Zulu. But you would have to go a long way to find anyone, anywhere - player, coach or fan - remotely happy when it comes to the controversial ball being used in the World Cup.

After the vuvuzela, nothing has generated greater debate. Watch any game and watch freekicks flying over the bar, outfield players struggling with their control, passes being overhit and goalies fumbling.

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Andrew Warshaw: Blatter must fear after stampede South Africa 2010 will send out wrong message

Andrew Warshaw

They were the kind of images FIFA President Sepp Blatter and his right-hand man, South Africa 2010 organising committee chief Danny Jordaan, least wanted to witness. 

“World sees our soccer shame,” trumpeted the front page of Johannesburg’s main newspaper above several gruesome images.

One a  terrified child, another a blood-stained fan with one eye half-closed; a third a frightening melee of confused supporters trying to find their feet after crashing into a gate.

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Andrew Warshaw: Wembley pitch can only damage 2018 World Cup prospects

Andrew Warshaw

The national stadium is supposed to represent the maximum a country can offer, an iconic venue that provides the best possible platform for deciding the outcome of the most important fixtures.

A venue that should give players the freedom to express themselves, managers the ability to change tactics without fear of accident and fans the unique experience of watching football at its most expansive.

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Andrew Warshaw: Is Wenger gambling with his future?

Andrew Warshaw

Priorities, priorities. Is Arsene Wenger beginning to trust his own judgement to the point of becoming self-delusional? And more alarmingly, are Arsenal fans beginning to lose faith in their beloved manager?
 
Not for the first time, Wenger’s decision to send out a weakened team to play Stoke City in the FA Cup at the weekend came back to bite him on the backside.

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