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Archive for July, 2007

Brazil beat their archrivals from Argentina in the final of this year’s Copa América by 3-0. When reading this one might expect a hullaballoo of offensive football, nice attacking and brilliant and fast passing. But that wasn’t the case. Brazil stood firm in the defense waiting for the Argentinian attack just to stop it with cold blood. When taking over the ball they tried to put it up front as fast as they could. This was how they scored first after 5 minutes. (more…)

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The Tour de France was started last week in London and this weekend the riders finally came into the territory that always decides who wins and who loses. Yes, it’s the Alps now and just a few moments ago Michael Rasmussen won the stage after a solo escape for a few hours. He will now wear the yellow jersey but he also took over the polka dot jersey after climbing all those mountains by himself. Now honoury category mountains on this stage, but I believe on Tuesday the Galibier will be up, so there you go. (more…)

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Spot the words that don’t seem to go along in the headline. Hello?! I mean, Austria?! You have to be kidding me. Austria’s biggest success was beating the reigning world champions Germany in the 1978 World Cup at Cordoba. A match that the still remember down south. Since then they haven’t achieved anything. They qualified for a few World Cups and Euro Championships, but always crashed out in the group stages. Since being named the co-hosts for next years Euro 2008 they played more like the team that lost to the Faroer Islands in some Qualifying rounds for some major competition in the 1990s. (more…)

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Two Days, Two Shows

There were two brilliant shows over the past two days in Cologne. First up were Walls Of Jericho, who played a rather uncomfortable club called MTC. The only advantage that venue has to me is that it is located only a few minutes footwalk from where I live. The place was packed although I don’t know if it sold out. Zero Mentality from Germany were up first but although I liked their first record what the performed on stage wasn’t really to my liking so I decided to stay upstairs and catch a few breaths of fresh air. Or smoke another cigarette. (more…)

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Summer can be one of the most boring seasons during the whole year since there are almost no football matches taking place. Fortunately there are international competitions elsewhere to get one over the summer. In South America the Copa América is on at the moment with Brazil and Argentina playing the final on Sunday. In Canada the U20 World Cup has entered the knock out stages. And in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam the AFC Championship has kicked off last weekend. (more…)

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So we finally played a show after almost two years on a hiatus. And to top it off this one must have been the biggest one we ever played so far. The Underground is a(if not the) guitar/live show club in Cologne. A lot of bands played, even our little band was out playing on that stage two previous times in 2000 and 2002. I have seen a lot of memorable shows there, bands like Pennywise, The Offspring, Kill Holiday, Isis, Cave-In, you name it. (more…)

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Now this one is a band a friend of mine introduced me to way back in the days. He was doing a mailorder then and had three singles of The Tone in his crates of 7″ EPs. I bought all three of them and I can’t remember why. He was very good in talking people into buying stuff they had never heard of. Maybe it was because I mentioned I was listening to The Clash a lot lately. (more…)

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