Phew!

23 06 2010

OK, 1-0 got us through.  Not top of the group though, which means that we will probably be playing Germany.  Still, it’s better than not being in the last 16.  Right, relax until Sunday.

Well done to USA too.

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Belief

23 06 2010

Can England get any worse than their miserable 0-0 draw with Algeria.  I certainly hope not.  The country hopes not.

How will Fabio Capello get the best out of the demoralised bunch of Prima Donnas that played so poorly, while still sticking to his 4-4-2 formation and forcing Steven Gerard to play on the left where it doesn’t suit him.

I think that it will all come together, but then again Nostrodamus I ain’t!





In Defence of Kaka

21 06 2010
Kaka, one of the Worlds best players, a religious man, and one that you would never do a dirty thing was unjustifiably sent off because of a cheating dirty trick from an Ivory Coast player, during Brazil’s 3-1 victory.  The only surprise to me is that the diving Ivorian in question wasn’t Didier Drogba (who scored a great goal, but I still don’t like him).
 
The referee was shockingly poor anyway (allowing Brazils 2nd goal that was quite clearly 2 handballs), but there was no excuse for the 2nd yellow card shown to Kaka.
 
Not even seeing what had happened, he was conned by the feigning Kader Keita, who went down like he had been punched in the face.  In reality he had ran into Kaka’s shoulder at chest level and then proceeded to writhe around in (faked) agony.   
 
If you watch the replay, the ref only saw the aftermath of the Ivorians surrounding Kaka and a scuffle starting (handbags really, it all came to nothing).  Kaka was then given a 2nd yellow card for Violent conduct.
 
This is what I hate about football, the cheating and the gamesmanship to get other players sent off, especially one as good as Kaka who would have been a star of the next Brazil game, but who could now be banned for up to 4 matches (on seeing the replay there is no way this will be any more than a 2 match ban).
 
Keita, the other player involved will get off with his misdemeanour when in fact he should have been booked for simulation.
 




Terrible, Terrible, Terrible!

19 06 2010

I can only be talking about the horrible looking draw played out  between England  and Algeria in Cape TownAlgeria. In what has been the worst game of the World Cup so far, it was also one of the worst England performances for years.

It appears that the team had under-estimated Algeria (A team that knocked out African Champions Egypt in the Qualifiers) and some badly timed comments from Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerard along the lines of we can beat them if we don’t play our best, really didn’t help!

The simple fact of the matter is that we were rubbish. The formation was wrong, there were no attacks down the wings, Rooney may as well have been playing in midfield the amount of times he was in his own half. Englands so called Talisman, was more of a millstone around the neck of a team that had no ideas. Were it not for his reputation he would have been taken off if he had played like that for his club team.

I don’t really have the heart to say anything about Emile Heskey, he looked like a broken man when he was substituted. I would mention how badly Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole played, but for large parts of the game I wasn’t actually sure that they were playing.

It was good to see that David James got a work out, admittedly only from dodgy backpasses (John Terry, please stand up) rather than Algerian play.

The England fans booed at the end of the game, much to the disgruntlement of Wayne Rooney. I am sorry, but how were they supposed to cheer that performance. If you are worried by a bit of criticism, you are in the wrong sport. The fact is if you over-paid and over-hyped had pulled your fingers out and actually looked like you were trying we wouldn’t have booed you, or if you were sat in my living room, mocked and in one case, fell asleep.

I don’t really have anything else to say, apart from the fact that you had better buck your ideas up. Well done to Algeria though, you deserved your point.





Come Alive

18 06 2010

The world cup has finally come alive. After a cagey set of first round matches, Germany and the Swiss (what a great victory against Spain)excluded, the games have perked up a bit.

Uruguay were looking good agianst South Africa, and Should go through with Mexico, who outshone the dire Fernch side for the whole game. The pace and attacking on the break should have brought them more goals, but a 2-0 victory means that they only need a draw with Uruguay now to go through.

Argentina did look outstanding, with Leo Messi on form and Gonzalo Higuain bagging the first hat-trick of this World cup.

Still, just because some of the teams have picked up the pace doesn’t mean to say that they all will. England play Algeria tonight, and this is where they need to get a convincing win in order to silence the critics.





World Cup Moan!

15 06 2010

I haven’t commented on the England Vs. USA game before as I didn’t really know what to say. Now it turns out that I do. I felt that we played OK and that I was right all along that Emile Heskey should not be playing for England. ( Why have we taken a striker who can’t score?).

Ledley King was always going to be a liability and that was proven after 45 minutes.

I also don’t think that Robert Green did too badly and it was a freak goal. Even David Seaman, Peter Shilton and Gordon Banks had their off days.

I don’t want to jump on the bandwagon of saying that Capello should get the sack after this one result, but he has made some bad choices for this World Cup, not helped by injuries. Time will tell, but I don’t think that we will get to the Semi-finals.

I hope that today brings around some excitement as so far only Germany, helped by a dodgy sending off have looked convincing. Portugal, Brazil and the Ivory Coast are all in action today and all 3 could do well. So far most of the games have been uninspiring, so I am hoping for a bit of Brazillian flair, or as much as I hate to say it, Christiano Ronaldo to do something good.

Still, you never know, anything could happen. North Korea for the Win anyone? Its currently 22/1 at paddypower.com (other betting sites are available, its just the first one that came to my non-betting mind).





World Cup Fever

11 06 2010

I wasn’t in the least bit excited about the World Cup until I heard World in Motion by New Order, the best England Song ever. Fact!

It is the best because it has a rap by John Barnes. It was also the England song for the first world cup that I remember, Italia ’90. Roger Millar Dancing, David Platts miracle volley (still not sure how he got that in) and Toto Scillachi scoring an absolute belter were the highlights. Obviously, Gazza crying wasn’t too good.