Friday, June 25, 2010

So, what price a Slovakia v Japan final then? I know what you're thinking – you don't care as long as Engerlund don't win it – fair enough. Speaking of which, and this is a little-known fact by the way, but Japan's Scottish-born midfielder Finlay McTavish has sacrificed the right to have his name on the back of his shirt at the Finals and has instead joined the "Anyone But England" campaign. Nice one, Finlay...


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It's been a difficult World Cup in terms of predicting which games are going to be entertaining and which aren't. Games like Chile v Switzerland and Cameroon v Denmark turned out to be well worth watching, while Italy v Slovakia was bog-awful for 70 minutes then brilliant for 20. And today's supposed Festival of Football between Brazil and Portugal turned out to be a total snoozefest that made that Isner-Mahut tennis match the other day seem like it positively whizzed by. And, as if that wasn't bad enough, we then get commentator Jonathan Pearce telling us that since South Africa went out, all the locals are now supporting England. Aye, and Yakubu was unlucky with that miss the other day.

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Cameroon's exit will likely mean the departure of coach Paul Le Guen. PLG only took over part-way through the Indomitable Lions' qualifying campaign, following the resignation of previous coach Otto Pfister, who himself sounds less like a football manager and more like a new line they’re doing at Ann Summers.

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So, North Korea depart the tournament and go back to what they do the rest of the time, namely annoying the Americans and acting strangely at the border with the South. Commentators won't miss having to grapple with their unfamiliar names, K Kyong Il, J Tae Se and so on, but it'll remain a lost opportunity of this World Cup that we never did hear their fans – or the Chinese actors who were purportedly wheeled in to represent their fans - burst into a chant of "There’s only one M In Guk" (eh, no there's no).

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Biggest laugh of the week was probably the one the legendary Brazilian captain Carlos Alberto broke into when asked by a reporter about England's performances so far. After picking himself up off the floor, he just shook his head and said, "no, no, no, no, no." To tell you the truth, it's bad enough with Pele and his erection problems without the English making Carlos Alberto pee himself as well.


The Undisputed

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