Saturday, July 01, 2006

The Agony And The ...

Regrettably this year's World Cup yielded no ecstasy and plenty of agony for England supporters. Tonight's quarter-final match against Portugal was one that England should have won without too much difficulty. And indeed they played better in this game than in any of their previous World Cup clashes. And for most of the game they outplayed Portugal. But could they accomplish the seemingly simple task of putting the ball in the net? No, they could not. Wayne Rooney's inexplicable sending-off did not help, and the removal of Beckham by Eriksson sent the whole team into discombobulation.

That the game would end in penalties seemed fairly clear toward the end of normal play. Neither team was able to take its chances, however much they tried. England's performance in the penalty shoot-out was abyssmal.

And the shit goes on - it seems that Sven's assistant, whose name I simply cannot remember however much I try, has been confirmed as the new manager of England- I had thought that he was supposed to be a stand-in until the English F.A. found a superstar to take on the job. But no, this is the guy that has advised Sven on the touchline for the last few years, and thus can be at least partially blamed for the numerous tactical errors that have brought nothing but shame on the national team. But at least this one jumps up when we score a goal and runs up and down the touchline when he feels like it. Oh, Steve McLaren it is. So no prospect of England winning anything ever again.

Please prove me wrong.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

McLaren has done wonders for Boro, he is the man for the job.

1:27 am  
Blogger Seabee said...

Keefieboy, you're right. Wrong management now and in the future so there's no chance of winning anything.

anonymous, McLaren may have done wonders for an average Premier League team, but that's a different level.As England's No.2 under Sven he has a big responsibility for the terrible decisions.

4:26 pm  
Blogger nzm said...

Beckham's also stepped aside as captain.

Who's the best guy to take this leadership role?

5:37 pm  
Blogger bandicoot said...

I can see Crouch getting in the captainship! No, just kidding! Hey KB, Yes England played slightly better (than their former selves and Portugal) but it was still a poor show. Penalty shootouts are cruel (look at Argentina); but a team that truly shines should be able to save itself from that (unless teams are level). As for venues, the MoE Kempinski's Evory (where I watched several games now) is not bad; just make sure you get there early.

1:06 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rooneys sending off wasn't inexplicable, it was deserved. Beckham was injured and if the Great British press weren't such wankers you'd probably have Scolari as the next coach....

8:59 am  
Blogger Omar Barsawad said...

Yes, they should have one! But that is the problem with football; it is always hard to predict!

9:54 am  
Blogger Omar Barsawad said...

Yes, they should have won! But that is the problem with football, the World Cup' in particular: it is always hard to predict!

9:57 am  

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