Archive for June, 2006

Big Weekend

Posted in General on June 28, 2006 by Steve

OMNIBLOB play a secret show on Friday night in Galashiels.
Support from young whippersnappers, The Departures.
Saturday is all about the Big Day Out.
Five thousand people at Netherdale.

Yikes.

WCF’s – Groups G and H (Match 3)

Posted in General on June 25, 2006 by Steve

France finally got their act together, beating Togo 2-0. Viera and Henry’s goals got them into second spot and an interesting tie with Spain. The French have enough good players to upset the odds in that match, but they’ll have to make vast strides. Switzerland‘s 2-0 win over South Korea won them the group and knocked the Koreans out. I’ve said it before, but the Swiss are probably two years away from being a top side. I think they’ll struggle against the Ukraine, who needed Shevchenko’s penalty to beat a stubborn Tunisia side 1-0. I think the matchup suits them in the second round though. The Spanish also won 1-0, against Saudi Arabia, but they rested several top players for the match, having already qualified. Juanito’s goal may put him in the reckoning for the France game. Spain, with a history of underachievement at the Finals, seem to have a new attitude under coach Arragones. The lack of deference to Barcelona and Real Madrid when the squad was picked seems to have almost eliminated the rival factions that let Spain down in the past. They will need to continue with this unity, to dispatch France.

WCF’s – Groups E and F (Match 3)

Posted in General on June 25, 2006 by Steve

FIFA ranked 2nd in the world Czech Republic were knocked out after their 2-0 loss to Italy. Koller’s injury in the first match robbed them of their main attacking threat and their vaunted midfield were lost playing behind an unfit Baros and the donkey they brought in as a target man. Materazzi and Inzaghi scored the goals from a corner and break away repectively, their trademarks. That meant Ghana made it through to play Brazil in the knockout phase, in their first Finals. They dispatched a poor USA (themselves ranked highly by FIFA) side 2-1 and, for all the whining from the American players and coach Arena, it was the right result. The UK media, predictably, talked up Chelsea’s Ghanain midfielder Essien, but it was Gyan (told you so!), Muntari (ditto), Asamoah and Appiah who impressed throughout the tournament. Muntari was mocked throughout the match for his failed trial with Manchester United, before scoring the clinching goal. Appiah, after his tactically naive performance against the Italians, showed his class against the Czechs and US. They don’t have a hope in hell of beating Brazil, but Ghana deserve their place in the last sixteen. Japan did a remarkable impression of Scotland’s 1982 Finals team by scoring a great goal (Tamada) to lead Brazil, before being slaughtered 4-1. The Japanese keeper made several great saves in the first half before failing miserably with Juninho’s long range shot. Ronaldo had already beaten Pele’s Finals record before half time and he equalled Gerd Muller’s all time record of fourteen Finals goals before the end. Not bad, for a fat bloke. Australia will join them in the second round, overcoming two horrendous goalkeeping mistakes of their own to draw 2-2 with Croatia. Kewell’s equaliser the decsive strike. I think Italy will beat them easily in the next phase but, like Ghana, they can be proud of their showing.

Shame on You…

Posted in General on June 23, 2006 by Steve

… for missing an incendiary omniblob gig in Edinburgh tonight. Belgian plodders Steelyeard Blues are currently boring the collective tits off the remainder of their dwindling audience. It’s not their fault, except for the fact they insisted on headlining, following the main attraction. Steelyard Blues’ bassist, in between trying to paedo omniblob’s bass player, couldn’t believe how omniblob could put so much energy into such a low-profile gig. I told him that omniblob play the same way in front of ten people, as they would in front of one hundred thousand. He couldn’t understand it, and that’s why they will always disappoint and fail. Oh well, they’re into bad Led Zeppelin covers already. If omniblob play half as well in their upcoming gigs as they did tonight, they’re going to blow the shit out of their (as yet, unsuspecting) audience of Deacon Blue fans. God, I’m such a zealot…

WCF’s – Groups C and D (Match 3)

Posted in General on June 22, 2006 by Steve

These simultaneous kick-offs don’t help, you know! It seems anyway that, should a side wish to gain some small advantage, they can delay their match long enough to get a ten minute jump on their rivals if need be. Argentina consolidated top spot in their group with a goalless draw with fellow qualifiers Holland. Good stuff in places, but neither side really pushed for the win. Ivory Coast came back from two down to beat Serbia 3-2. A creditable performance, the Ivorians would’ve been in the knockout stages, had they been in Group A or B. The Serbs, despite not playing too badly, lost ten goals in three matches. They conceded one in ten qualifiers. Them’s the breaks… Holland will play the winners of Group D, Portugal, who won all three matches. They still look soft and were lucky to beat ten-man Mexico 2-1. Mexico look lost without the injured Borgetti and could get slaughtered by Argentina in the second round. I think the Dutch are good enough to beat the Portuguese and then England in the last eight. Iran and Angola drew 1-1 in the final match, which saw the Angolans emerge from their first Finals with much credit. Iran were competitive themselves, without really threatening to qualify for the second stage.

WCF’s – Groups A and B (Match 3)

Posted in General on June 22, 2006 by Steve

Germany trounced an understrength Ecuador 3-0 as both sides progressed. My father’s bet on Klose for top scorer is looking clever (four in three games) and Podolski got off the mark as well. Bet the Poles are glad to see the Polish-born pair knocking them in. Poland did beat Costa Rica 2-1 to recover some pride. The Germans will fancy their chances now; even though their defence is still frail, eight goals in three games is impressive and their attacking play merited it. They’ll fancy their chances against Sweden in the second round. The Swedes, minus Ibrahimovic, drew 2-2 with England, who are in real trouble with Owen’s injury. Rooney still hasn’t played a full match and, though they should beat Ecuador, look well short of the standard required. An injury to Gerrard or Rooney would cripple them. Walcott is clearly out of his depth, meaning Sven may play a 4-5-1 formation for the first time since they were trounced by Northern Ireland (yes, trounced). The man is an imposter with no Plan B. Painful memories of Crouch playing that way for Liverpool at the start of the season don’t bode well for England. As for the Sweden match, Cole’s wonderful goal owed much to the new ball and the Swedes will feel unlucky not to have won, having hit the bar twice, had a good penalty claim refused and dominated the match in spells. Of the four survivors from the groups, I don’t fancy any of them to make it past the quarterfinals, despite being in the easy half of the draw. Paraguay beat Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 in the final rubber.

NEXT OMNIBLOB GIG

Posted in General on June 22, 2006 by Steve

This Friday for Baby Tiger Promotions.

The Swamp @ Caledonian Backpackers Lounge
Queensferry Street (West End of Princes Street)
Edinburgh.

Great wee venue with possibly the cheapest bar in Edinburgh.
Baby Tiger do’s are always good. Come, if you can.