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Dublin: 15 °C Friday 10 July, 2020


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Brazil WCup Soccer Daily Life Source: AP/Press Association Images

Another day, another load of top tournament games. Email us at, tweet us @thescore_ie or with the hashtag #ScoreWCHangout, post a message to Facebook, or leave a comment below.

Okay you Hulkamaniacs, we’re settling in for another night of glorious football with Liam Brady dressed as the man from Del Monty and Messi and Co providing the entertainment on the pitch.

You can follow Argentina’s 4-1* over Switzerland here or stick around into the chill out room (here) as we build up to the USA and Belgium. Which should be class.

How do you see this game going?

*you’ve heard it here first.

Caption competition time!

You wonder why Roy Keane prefers Birmingham to the Copacabana Beach and then you see Ian Wright in a white fedora.  On the day when his assistant takes up a new position with the perennial Premier League strugglers, let’s spare a thought for Martin O’Neill.

We love this picture of the Ireland boss with his ITV colleagues. For the chance to win a Klinsmann-era adidas West Germany jersey let us know what he’s thinking here….


This is the jersey by the way… what a piece of work.

Most green thumbs gets to have it drop through their letterbox this side of the weekend, with a bit of luck.


Wanna be this guy…

‘After today, we’re gonna take them Belgium guys and take some chocolate and shove it up…”

Top pep talk from football fan and formerly ‘baddest man on the planet’ Mike Tyson.

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We’ve had some fun in these hangouts so far. Haven’t we? Fun?

photo (5) The customary exchange of microphone tops.

Yesterday, 2fm’s Paddy McKenna joined us on the bean bags to watch France beat Nigeria. And we’ve had Ken Doherty, Jarlath Regan and Andy Lee in to watch and talk football and give away cool Sony gadgets.

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We’ve another couple of guest slots coming up? Who’d you like to see?

Gabriela Sabatini  is still top of my dream guest list.

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What d’you make of this one? Chile striker Mauricio Pinilla came within a centimetre of knocking hosts, Brazil, out of the tournament with a 119th-minute effort that rattled off the crossbar the other night.

So he’s commemorated it with a new tattoo:



More pics here. 

Great point from uniquely-named commenter Po Po below the line:

“Dublin city is a great place to enjoy the world cup.. people from all nationalities supporting there country! Pity Ireland didn’t make it COYBIG.”

We’ve kindly allowed our man in Brazil Mikey Stafford a day off today as he prepares to travel to Rio by handwashing his string vest and settling up his week-long caprinha bar tab in the local favela hostelry.

He left us last night, promising to sink a few beers and eat some meat on a stick.

Read yesterday’s letter from Brazil here: 

“The Americans may be buying into the World Cup more than ever before but there is one United States sports concept that should be imported into football.

Not the timeout, we already now have that in the shape of cooling breaks, which are otherwise known as a “Louis Van Gaal intensive coaching workshop”. Not the concept of “fouling out”, or else Fernandinho would not have lasted until half-time against Chile.

No, football needs to adopt the “Most Valuable Player” idea from our American brethren. The MVP is not necessarily the best player at a tournament or sometimes not even the most talented player on his own team, but that’s unusual.”

‘We’re going streaking!’

Along with Richie Sadlier and Luis Suarez’s agent, Will Ferrell is among those having a great World Cup. Skip to a minute in for the Frank the Tank action.

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‘Did I leave on the immersion’ is the front runner in our daydreaming Marty in Rio competition. Can you do better, internetland?




France manager Didier Deschamps has held his press conference in the last hour or so in Sao Paulo.

“I’m a realist, my target, like my players, is Friday,” he said ahead of their quarter-final. ”It doesn’t serve any purpose to look any further ahead. The reality now is Germany on Friday.

“Everyone can dream, including me, but I’m a pragmatist and a realist, Friday is the only thing that counts.”

Who’d you fancy there?

It’s gone to extra time again! Argentina and Switzerland have played out 90 minutes of pretty uneventful football.

Shaquiri’s gonna need these impressive calves.

On the BBC, Robbie Savage just said ‘If I was Messi’.

Contemplate that reality for a moment.

Keep those caption comp entries coming and we’ll sort a winner later. The extra time action continues over here which means less guff between this and the USA-Belgium game.

In the meantime, we’ll leave you with the most underrated of all the Sesame Street residents. He knows his football.



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