|[Blog] My World Cup Surprises|
Written by Keno on Friday, 25th Jun 2010 21:49
So we have reached the end of the group stages and, well, there have been a few surprises, haven’t there?
France out! Oh what sweet justice. If ever a team deserved such abject misery at a major finals surely it was that French team. Don’t get me wrong I have nothing against them personally but hahahahahahaha!!!
Italy out! No, didn’t see that one coming, for once the ‘slow starters’ started too slowly.
And isn’t it strange that at an event in Africa the African teams seem to have struggled? This was meant to be their breakthrough event but somehow, with the exception of Ghana, they haven’t clicked.
What isn’t a surprise is that South American teams play better football than we do but what I do wonder is how from a continent so blessed with skilful artistic footballers we ended up with Adrian Paz?!
Another surprise is that on the whole the refs have been good. There have been some bad ones but they don’t seem to be spoiling the event... yet.
For me the surprise team has been Japan. They seem to play nice passing football, tippy tappy or ticky tacky, depending on which one you heard Ray Wilkins say, I believe is the in phrase. In an era where we are told giants playing hoofball is the way forward it is nice to see a team of normal sized players who are skilful, can pass and seem to enjoy playing the ball of the grass doing well. So I accept they may not actually win but they have been refreshing and it just makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
A special mention must go to Tommy Smith. Our boy done good! Actually so did his team, what they lacked in skill they made up for in pride and passion. Hopefully that is something he can pass on to his club team-mates. Please.
And also Town flag and banners at matches. Always good to see, especially when we get a mention.
I wonder what other surprises await us. England playing exciting attractive football and maybe even winning a penalty shoot-out. Stranger things have happened, OK, maybe not much but they have.
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