Well it may have been a disaster for England in Rio, but the tournament overall was a footballing success. Here Sixty6 Editor in Chief, Mal Robinson, casts his eye over the tournament and picks out his best and worst bits...do you agree?
Sixty6 Editor in Chief, Mal Robinson and rogue correspondent, Sam Rosenthal cast their artistic and creative eyes over a selection of products on offer to the football fan this summer.
The Sixty6 Unofficial World Cup Cookbook is here featuring a recipe from each of the 32 competing nations. Produced by Sixty6 gaffer, Mal Robinson, the eBook also uniquely features a hypothetical footballing recipe for each nation as well as a foreword from former England International and winner of Channel Four's "Come Dine With Me" - Carlton Palmer.
England may have been a letdown on the pitch this World Cup and some would argue when are they not?
Writer, John Ballard would have something to say about that. This year he published the eBook “Three Lions Roaring” – a collection of classic England games from right back in the day to the modern era.
“I started watching England in 1990 and I always liked football history and so it seemed a great way of combining the two. The 10 games I chose to include were my favourites of all time, not everyone will agree, but that’s the beauty of football” John begins.
The book focuses on a mix of victories and heroic defeats all up to and including 1998. “There is nothing in there after 1998 and I could have opted for the 5-1 win over Germany in 2001, however there are other games involving the Germans in there, so I didn’t want to overdo the German theme!” laughs John. England’s great rivals feature with the Italia 90 semi final selected for use, as is of course none other than the 1966 World Cup final.
“Italia 90 for me was one of my first football memories and I remember watching at home with great delight and it was a good World Cup (some would argue the best World Cup in modern times – Ed) which England deserved to win and with Gazza’s tears that tournament had it all,” adds John.
Fast-forward to 2014 and who does John fancy to win it in Brazil?
“The Germans always do well in tournaments, whilst a few fancy Belgium, however whilst they could do well, perhaps Euro 2016 could be the tournament for them. Never write off Italy and Holland, whilst Uruguay could cause a problem or two with Suarez up front” John answers, all before the tournament started and apart from Italy he has it spot on.
Three Lions Roaring is available now for Amazon Kindle.
Leo Collis looks at another bad day at the office for England.
England suffered World Cup heartbreak last night, as two goals from familiar foe Luis Suarez all but condemned the Three Lions to the World Cup scrap heap.
Sixty6's Italian expert, Jim Fox (he is also fluent in Italian - serious!) warms us up for the FREE Sixty6 digital Italy issue with some extra facts on England's opposition tomorrow night. Use them down the pub tonight!
Take it away Jim...
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