Soccer | THE BALD TRUTH May 14, 2002

Let Alex run free up front

by Alastair Himmer

Japan strikers are a delicate bunch. Atsushi Yanagisawa went down with "Beirut Belly" during the Asian Cup in 2000 and has not touched a kebab since. More recently, Boca Juniors reject Naohiro Takahara developed an icky blood clot and Bolton Wanderers misfit Akinori Nishizawa was ...

Soccer | THE BALD TRUTH Apr 16, 2002

Careful with that tree, Eugene!

by Alastair Himmer

After months of teetering on the brink of full-blown silliness, World Cup organizers finally appear to have plunged into a vortex occupied by Teletubbies, giant talking tadpoles and Benny Hill lookalikes. How else do you explain the decision to ban frozen food from World Cup ...

Soccer | THE BALD TRUTH Apr 2, 2002

Poland and reality are Poles apart

by Alastair Himmer

Is Jerzy Engel completely deranged? Who on earth is Jerzy Engel, you are probably wondering? (Sigh) I used to talk about muffins and naked grandparents in these columns. Excuse me while I slip into my anorak for a moment. Engel, for all you non-Poles, ...

Soccer | THE BALD TRUTH Dec 25, 2001

And the winner is . . .

by Alastair Himmer

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 ...