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Best World Cup coverage

The Telegraph newspaper has the best World Cup coverage. Their live match commentary is often brilliant. Here’s their instant reaction to the late score by the United States that pushed the UK England* into the second spot in the group, where they will likely face Germany in the next round:

The USA have come fashionably late to the party, leaving us at the mercy of the Germans. It’s World War Two all over again.

That is wit on demand.

* Updated after a commenter reminded me that England goes it alone in soccer.


  1. Rafe, that is an instant classic. I still can’t believe the goal. Howard deserves the game ball for controlling the rebound and his perfect outlet to Donovan. I wish more soccer games had as much attacking as both the US and Algeria were featuring that game.

  2. That is awesome.

  3. I don’t think it’s correct to say UK in this case. It’s just England.

  4. I also believe it is just “England” and not “the England” while you are making corrections 😉

  5. I don’t know if that comment is so great or that you are just not used to reading smart commentary in English (i.e., not American, since almost none of our smart folks work in sports). The Guardian had a reference to Buridan’s Ass in their live commentary for the game, which sets a pretty high standard, and the BBC commentators are known to type a clever thing or two as well during a match.

  6. even if British coverage is just smarter than ours (which I don’t doubt), respect where respect is due. hilarious!

  7. Grandpa Simpson

    June 25, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Too soon!

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