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All Things Footie | Friday, May 24 | Jordan

The Final(s) Countdown

Welcome to the new World Cup all things footie — quenching your thirst for the greatest competition in the World. I hope you like the new logo, if you don't it's only for the next month so it'll be gone before you know it. The promised wallpapers are nearly done (you've heard that before), but there is an exciting new feature for you all to enjoy.

Like everyone, I've spent the last couple of weeks trying to work out how many points we need from Argentina to scrape throught ot the second phase. What if we lose to Nigeria? if Sweden turn over Argentina we'll be alright won't we? All your questions can now be answered so long as you have a copy of Microsoft Excel. The all things footie world cup calculator will work out group standings (including goal difference rules) for all of the World Cup Groups, and detail the fixture set up for the second round. The path to the final is also included so you can see just how unlikely it is that England will reach it.

To download the spreadsheet just right click on the link below, choose ‘save to disk’ and select an appropriate folder. When you have finished the download, open up explorer and browse to the folder, then double click on the file to open it in microsoft excel (so long as you have it installed, if you don't you can't run it I'm afraid) — if you don't have excel on your home computer maybe you do at work (just a thought, I refuse to take any responsibility for any lack of productivity).

When you open the file it's possible you will get a warning about the file containing ‘macro's’ and that it may be unsafe to enable them. If you have downloaded the file from my server (by clicking above) I guarantee the safety of these macro's and you can click enable. I cannot accept any responsibility if the file has been downloaded from another source/e-mailed to anyone (as someone could write a nasty macro and re-save the file). So please direct anyone who wants the file to this site for the download.

In News, I think the behaviour of Roy Keane has been disgraceful. There's no excuse for insulting the fans and his country by resfusing to play for no other reason than he had a disagreement with the manager. Niall Quinn, Steve Staunton and Alan Kelly have all condemned Keane's actions…

“Roy has said that a lot of players weren't brave enough to go to the papers and say it. We all say that the pitch is crap when it is, wherever we've gone around the world, but I don't think it is brave running to the papers and talking about it.

“Some people call it bravery, other people call it disruptiveness.”

— Niall Quinn 
“I've never witnessed anything like it in my life and there is a line, you can't cross it and unfortunately Roy has crossed it.”

— Steve Staunton (now ROI Captain) 

Former captain Keane slagged off the Republic's World Cup preparations to the press and had a number of disputes with squad members — manager Mick McCarthy quite rightly sent him home and Keane has announced his international retirement.

So much for all the talk of Nicolas Anelka moving to Liverpool. A £13m move to Manchester City was sealed (providing he passes a medical) with a contract worth about £35 000 a week. City are also close to signing Argentinian forward Matias Vuoso for around £4m.

Commiserations to the England Under 21's who lost to both Italy (via a wonderful goal from Massimo Maccarone) and Portugal in the European Championship. Alan Smith and Paul Robinson and David Dunn were impressive for England and the latter may well be joining the senior squad with an injury to Danny Murphy reducing the number of fit England midfielders to three.

World Cup preparation problems are not just confined to the English and Irish camps though. Anyone who saw Freddie Ljungberg's reaction to a hideous knee high challenge from Olof Mellberg — a tasty right hook followed by a scuffle — will know that our first opponents are having a spot of bother too. However serious it is though, it was funny. The two really started on each other and it took four or five other players to pull them apart. Let's just hope Freddie turns on his countryman, runs rings round him and scores a blinder in his own goal. Either that or he gets sent home.

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