A message from our host

World Cup 2006 has reached its conclusion, with Italy crowned the winners! We hope that you enjoyed the tournament and, if you’ve been a regular reader of World Cup Hippo, that the site has been an enjoyable and useful complement to the on-pitch action.

Since January we’ve published 148 World Cup related articles. These features have included rash predictions, a plethora of tactical suggestions for Sven Goran-Eriksson, a smattering of poetry, and some clinical insight into the scientific principles underpinning the beautiful game.

Hearty thanks to everyone that visited World Cup Hippo, and special thanks to those who commented on articles. The site will remain online as the definitive World Cup 2006 archive! So please feel free to peruse our pages at leisure.

I’m now taking a well earned three-and-a-half year holiday before I begin preparations for the 2010 World Cup. I’ll be spending most of my time relaxing in the rivers of Uganda with friends and family, although I will undertake a spot of scouting at the odd Champions League fixture. Until 2010 then, best wishes and goodbye!

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