Soccer | THE BALD TRUTH Jan 22, 2002

Japan must watch sex and vampires at World Cup

So Premier League side Bolton Wanderers finally saw the light and decided to give back Japan striker Akinori Nishizawa after just six months on loan from Cerezo Osaka. Anyone surprised? Bolton manager Sam Allardyce could have asked to borrow a Spice Girls CD, a power ...

Soccer | THE BALD TRUTH Dec 25, 2001

And the winner is . . .

My grandmother used to tell us that Christmas is a time for forgiveness, not just binge drinking and belching your way through the Bond movie as the 6 pounds of turkey you scoffed at dinner threaten to reappear from the nearest available orifice. Forgiveness, of ...

Soccer | THE BALD TRUTH Dec 14, 2001

Barbie dolls, Muppets battle to bore draw

We all wait with an impending sense of dread to see what South Korean soccer chief Chung Mong Joon and his cronies have got up their sleeves for the opening ceremony of the World Cup next year. Judging by the botch job they made of ...

Soccer | THE BALD TRUTH Nov 27, 2001

Only fools and Boca up for Toyota Cup

The circus is back in town for tonight's World Club Cup (otherwise known as the Intercontinental Cup, Toyota Cup or Mickey Mouse Windshield Trophy) between Germany's Bayern Munich and Boca Juniors of Argentina. Boca actually arrived in Japan last Wednesday, which tells us: a) how ...

Soccer | THE BALD TRUTH Nov 13, 2001

Kafka dreams end happily for Troussier's Japan

Japan goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi must have thought he was stuck in some weird Kafka dream when he let in a goal just 26 seconds into his Portsmouth debut on Nov. 3. At halftime, Pompey manager Graham Rix slapped Kawaguchi on the back and said simply, ...

Soccer | THE BALD TRUTH Oct 30, 2001

Nakata not doing the business for Parma

Hidetoshi Nakata is in serious danger of turning into the "Plonker of Parma." Or worse still, the Japanese Nigel Clough. One Italian television analyst called Japan's $26 million dollar man hopeless after Parma went down 1-0 to this season's surprise package Chievo (an Italian version ...

Soccer | THE BALD TRUTH Oct 18, 2001

No-fry zones a must during World Cup

It used to be good being Swiss, apparently. Now the country that gave us the cuckoo clock and Toblerone finds itself without an airline and, worse still, without World Cup soccer on the telly next year. Still, you could be French. Although at least then ...

Soccer | THE BALD TRUTH Oct 2, 2001

Troussier calls out all Japan's stars for 'friendlies'

Like the Radiohead song, there were "no alarms and no surprises" when Philippe Troussier named his 25-man Japan squad for this week's friendly matches against Senegal and Nigeria, two teams the cohosts could meet at next year's World Cup. The Frenchman included European-based stars Hidetoshi ...