It’s not all bad news if your name is Robert Green
It has not been a good week if your name is Robert Green but those blessed/cursed with the moniker can get a little light relief today.
In the hours leading up to England’s second Group C match against Algeria in Cape town, when the West Ham goalkeeper will nervously be awaiting news from coach Fabio Capello after his blunder against the USA, theme park Alton towers is offering free entry to the first 100 Robert Greens who turn up.
It’s difficult to know which is more nerve-wracking: standing in line waiting for your go on Oblivion or 90 minutes watching to see if Green can avoid another mishap.
COnSIdERInG the England coach’s outburst at photographers recently it seems his fiery temperament has been suitably reflected by an Indian restaurant on tyneside which is serving a Capello curry.
Advertised as twice as hot as a vindaloo, the dish is free to anyone who can finish it at the South Shields establishment.
FIGURES coming out of South Korea reveal, somewhat unsurprisingly, that captain Park JiSung pays the most income tax Smith, assistant coach of the All Blacks - by far the most dominant of all new Zealand’s sporting enterprises.
the rugby team may be preparing for a test match against Wales but they sat down to watch the game, although the 10-hour time difference to South Africa did not help.
“I might have dozed off at the wrong time,” admitted Smith.
“I was struggling at one point and I missed new Zealand’s goal. I woke up and saw the result and slept a bit better for it.’’
SPAIn’S surprise defeat to Switzerland completed a woeful first round of games for the world’s top-10 ranked teams.
Only four - Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Holland - registered a victory.
GREECE defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has the longest surname (24 letters) of any player in the tournament.
EnGLAnd’S Aaron Lennon and Peter Crouch are the little and large of the World Cup. Lennon is 36 centimetres shorter than his 201cm-tall tottenham team-mate - the biggest difference between two players in any squad.