Saturday, June 10, 2006

Oh England, My Lionheart

greasy ref books CrouchOk, so we won our first match in that World Cup thing. England 1, Paraguay 0. We hardly deserved to win. The only goal, a Beckham free kick that was helpfully deflected into the net by the Paraguayan captain Carlos Gamarra in the fourth minute, was a superb starter. But it was all downhill from there. England were all over Paraguay in the first half, but nobody could be arsed to score another goal. Paraguay were somewhat more on the case in the second half, and it was nailbiting stuff.

I hate this. England seems to believe that a 1-0 victory is good enough. I disagree. We want goalfests, we want excitement. We don't want to see these outrageously highly-paid chaps not doing their job (I define their job as scoring as many goals as possible, not the boring Eriksson definition of just score one more than the other team).

And I seriously hated the Brazilian referee: he looked like some kind of vampire, he had more oil on his hair than Saudi Arabia pumps in a month and he was totally biased against some of the England players (especially the midget Crouch). This guy made free with the yellow cards for perfectly acceptable tackles while ignoring the blatant prima-donna-ish acting of the SAmericans.

I've just read a piece in the online Grauniad - Eriksson and Beckham said they were crap because it was too hot.

To quote Gaspode The Wonder Dog: Pull one of the others, it's got bells on.




Blogger grapeshisha said...

The Brazilian referee must hate you too, because he was Mexican. He also was heightist.

Agree, it was lacklustre, and should have been a draw, but hopefully the Son of Erik will learn from this. Also, seeing that Sweden couldnt get past Trinidad means that at least the oging might be a bit easier. Bring on the Carribeans.

11:01 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The referee was Mexican,

12:29 am  
Blogger Herlock Sholmes said...

Well, one thing we now know... England will not win the world cup. FORZA ITALIA

11:51 am  
Blogger Seabee said...

"The three points is all that matters" from all and sundry annoyed me too. It's part of what matters, not all.
Them manner of the win, the way the team played, making a statement of intent - all of that counts too.

1:24 pm  
Anonymous Pater said...

I watched Roland Garros instead,
The Girls had more commitment

3:40 pm  
Blogger Duffy said...

As the only American not directly related to a member of the US team I name my self spokesman for the entire country. Did anyone else get the impression that England was playing to avoid injury? It seemed that they backed off once they scored and were happy to keep the score the same so long as there weren't any injuries or strains.

5:12 pm  
Anonymous Mme Cyn said...

Keefieboy -- Haven't you got anything better to do withyour time than watch a bunch of grown men in shorts chasing a ball. Spanish lessons, perhaps? ;^)

6:50 pm  
Blogger Jin said...

I dunno how he does it, but our Keefie has managed to get his blog in the Gulf News again! C'mon then Keef, lets have it.......fame at last & all that stuff!

9:29 am  
Anonymous SD said...

Congrats on your blog being mentioned in the Gulf News!


3:15 pm  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Ooh look at that - Gulf News takes over from Emirates Today as the paper that follows those scurrilous bloggers! Interesting editing, and a most peculiar selection of blogs!

3:44 pm  

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