World Cup Diary – 1

1) France will not win this time too.

2) Brazil is not invincible.

3) Stars, irrespective of their status in club football will have to build up a reputation in the world stage.

4) EPL employs the worst type of football; the “beautiful” game is still European and Latin American.

5) Patrick Vieira, Lillian Thuram, Emerson and Ronaldo should think again about donning their nation’s colors.

6) Henry will not walk away with any golden stuff, neither will Ronaldo.

7) There is every chance of a minnow reaching up to the semi-final stage and it would be wonderful if it is an impoverished African nation.

8) In 10yrs one will be able to count the number of non-blacks in the international game with a pair of hands.

9) The language spoken on the field when the referee is an Egyptian, the teams are soviet and Latin American countries are either Spanish or French; but never English.

10) Argentina Vs Côte d’Ivoire is still the game of the tournament; Brazil’s game comes in a close second.

11) Cafu at 36 can today beat Marc Overmars when he was 20.

12) And finally we have Harsha Bhogle, Ranvir and Vinay doing what they do best.

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6 thoughts on “World Cup Diary – 1”

  1. Couple of small observations.. from this side.. just for argument’s sake 🙂

    I feel it is still a bit premature.. the tournament, to make sweeping statements. But yeah.. the French match was frustrating to say the least. And Ronaldo.. uh, nevermind him!!

    EPL does come under European football, still.. I guess. The English play ugly.. yeah, but EPL is not played by English alone.

    What was so improvised in the African game that you noticed? They are fast as hell, yes.. but improvisation? I am sure you mean impoverished..

    Who are non-blacks? Do South Americans, Australians, Germans, Koreans, Asians etc. qualify for this division? So.. all these people will stop playing soccer in the next decade?

    And.. Harsha Bhogle is behind the mic again.. *sigh. And here we are stuck with some American gentleman with his baseball/NFL analogies!!

  2. Couple of small observations.. from this side.. just for argument’s sake 🙂

    I feel it is still a bit premature.. the tournament, to make sweeping statements. But yeah.. the French match was frustrating to say the least. And Ronaldo.. uh, nevermind him!!

    EPL does come under European football, still.. I guess. The English play ugly.. yeah, but EPL is not played by English alone.

    What was so improvised in the African game that you noticed? They are fast as hell, yes.. but improvisation? I am sure you mean impoverished..

    Who are non-blacks? Do South Americans, Australians, Germans, Koreans, Asians etc. qualify for this division? So.. all these people will stop playing soccer in the next decade?

    And.. Harsha Bhogle is behind the mic again.. *sigh. And here we are stuck with some American gentleman with his baseball/NFL analogies!!

  3. So let’s continue the argument 🙂

    Sweeping statements; only about France. Man, the game had goals in it. Couldn’t believe they could not convert one of those amazing balls forward into something worthwhile.

    Dude, I know u know ur football. I know u know EPL is not European game. And yes, EPL is not played by English alone but the coaching and the demand to play a fast game by the brits is killing the game.

    Impoverished it is… 😉 Typo; Corrected.

    I was taking abt the race… the race, of people. Sigh $%$%^!

    Finally, Harsha Bhogle. He too uses cricket euphemisms but who cares, he’s GOOD!
    There is a midnight show hosted by Ranvir & Vinay right before the last game of the day. Their live stand up comedy is a real treat to watch.

    BTW, how u doing?

  4. So let’s continue the argument 🙂

    Sweeping statements; only about France. Man, the game had goals in it. Couldn’t believe they could not convert one of those amazing balls forward into something worthwhile.

    Dude, I know u know ur football. I know u know EPL is not European game. And yes, EPL is not played by English alone but the coaching and the demand to play a fast game by the brits is killing the game.

    Impoverished it is… 😉 Typo; Corrected.

    I was taking abt the race… the race, of people. Sigh $%$%^!

    Finally, Harsha Bhogle. He too uses cricket euphemisms but who cares, he’s GOOD!
    There is a midnight show hosted by Ranvir & Vinay right before the last game of the day. Their live stand up comedy is a real treat to watch.

    BTW, how u doing?

  5. I wasen’t a big fan of french football anyway, and now I know why. They really have to wake up now and put the 1998 WC and 2000 Euro Cup triumph behind and win again. And they can make a start by scoring goals.

    This year too, the upsets are on the cards but not like last time coz most of the “stronger” teams will be cautious and the France-Senegal match will be in the back of their mind.

    I guess WC can never match up to domestic seasons we have in Spain/Italy/England in Audaciousness or Risks because its the most coveted crown and no one wants to make a mistake. Hence a lot of players do not play with their natural flair or instincts and rely more on tactics. Its a pity but then understood.

    Waiting for “The Match” between Argentina and Dutch. May the best team win!

  6. I wasen’t a big fan of french football anyway, and now I know why. They really have to wake up now and put the 1998 WC and 2000 Euro Cup triumph behind and win again. And they can make a start by scoring goals.

    This year too, the upsets are on the cards but not like last time coz most of the “stronger” teams will be cautious and the France-Senegal match will be in the back of their mind.

    I guess WC can never match up to domestic seasons we have in Spain/Italy/England in Audaciousness or Risks because its the most coveted crown and no one wants to make a mistake. Hence a lot of players do not play with their natural flair or instincts and rely more on tactics. Its a pity but then understood.

    Waiting for “The Match” between Argentina and Dutch. May the best team win!

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