Saturday, June 10, 2006
Special World Cup report, from your reporter, Mickey McBias.
Well, 3 matches today, 2 good ones, and a dreadful borefest. The borefest first, which was the England v Paraguay match, which was a surprise. I think everyone expected excitement, goals goals goals and skill.
I know I did.
Not quite like that in the end. But funnily enough, England do have the luck of the Irish as they say, as they seem to be the only team in World Cup history who, after 90 minutes, are clear leaders of their group without managing to even score a goal. Their opponents did it for them. Boy, will they be happy tonight. A 1-0 win against a Paraguay side who I think I could have beaten on my own. Paraguay were awful. Trouble is, they brought England down with them, which was a shame. We all know England can move up several gears, and will have to at some stage, but Paraguay cannot. In the end, England looked easy winners despite the fact it was a 3rd minute own goal which separated the sides. I do think if England had played a better team, they would have been a lot better themselves. There's always a couple of bore matches, but you never know when they are going to occur. Strangely enough, one of the best matches so far, ended up a 0-0 draw, earlier tonight. But it was fascinating, very exciting, and quite how Sweden didn't manage to beat Trinidad & Tobago despite camping for most of the match in their penalty box, I'll never know. I expect they're still trying to work it out themselves. Great to watch though, but a real blow for Sweden, who haven't won now in 7 matches, all told.
It doesn't look good for them.
Finally, Argentina beat Ivory Coast 2-1 tonight in a splendid spectacle. The crisp passing and skill of the Argentinians was a joy to watch, and for a while, it looked as if they would run riot. But they didn't - took their foot off the pedal, as they so often do, and let the lads from the Ivories back in. They played well, the Ivories, and are much more skilful that I gave them credit for before. They will give the other teams in the group some problems, I'm sure. But they'll need to do it quickly, or they are heading home. Another good match, that's 4 out of 5 now, and that's a good average, just 2 days into the competiton. There's 3 to come tomorrow, and I'm particularly looking forward to seeing Holland.
Back to AZ land, and here is tonights playlist from the Rich Phoenix Show, broadcast via www.rti.fm and across Europe and beyond on Sky Satellite channel 0195 :
The Troggs - Give It To Me
ZZ Top - Sleeping Bag
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Downtown
Sheryl Crow - If It Makes You Happy
Tony Joe White - Good In Blues
Fleetwood Mac - Dragonfly
Beach Boys - You're So Good To Me
Buddy Holly & The Crickets - Rave On
The Eagles - Already Gone
Blondie - Dreaming
The Pretenders - Talk Of The Town
Lightning Seeds - Pure
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Burning Of The Midnight Lamp
Ramones - Judy Is A Punk
Paul McCartney - Another Day
Cat Stevens - Bitterblue
Inxs - Need You Tonight
Argent - Hold Your Head Up
Bo Diddley - Pretty Thing
Lyle Lovett - Record Lady
Simon & Garfunkel - The Only Living Boy In New York
Jonathan Richman - Nineteen In Naples
Hall & Oates - Kiss On My List
Spin Doctors - Two Princes
Rolling Stones - Can You Hear The Music
U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
Stevie Wonder - Sweet Little Girl
Peter Gabriel - Big Time
ELO - Sweet Talkin' Woman
Oh, loads of things up on our Pod, as we've majored in finding some 'Vintage' for you in the last week or so.
Lots from 1999 and 2000, from Gil Legine, Nick Saloman, and Johnny Reece. We've even dug out a Rich Phoenix Show from 1968 ! It's true ! These all sit alongside brand new programmes from Johnny Reece, and Richard Bismarck. Newies to come in the next week or so too, from Andy Miles, Rich Phoenix, and Katrine.
Don't miss them ! Keep an eye on the Pod, as we're now changing the playlist around every 2-3 days.
Thanks, as ever, for your support.
Steve Lloyd PR The Album Zone