Posts Tagged ‘world cup’

Sepp down transformer

June 3, 2015

Hola. Hope you are well.

I have to admit that I’ve got some sympathy for Sepp Blatter.  I know this isn’t a popular view, certainly not here in England.

Firstly, Sepp hasn’t been found guilty of any wrongdoing.

Secondly, the way Sepp is portrayed in this country, isn’t one that is held universally. Some Federations see FIFA and Sepp as a force for good, due to them funding grassroots football in their countries. I wonder if the new, transformed FIFA will have these nations interests at the core of their manifesto?

One of the main arguments against Sepp is that if wrongdoing has taken place within FIFA, then Sepp as President for the last 17 years is in someway culpable by virtue of being at the head of the organisation. Although I’m sure we’ve seen in the worlds of finance, newspapers and the police, that when adverse things happen, those right at the top don’t always go.

Once people were calling for FIFA’s sponsors to withdraw/threaten to withdraw their support Sepp should have known the writing was on the wall because when multi billion dollar global corporations are being put up as moral guardians, you’re screwed.

Whilst the corruption allegations drew all the headlines during last week’s FIFA delegation, what Sepp and the organisation should have been hammered for is the 1200 workers who’ve died building the stadiums for the Qatar World Cup. Unless we’re a society that prioritises money ahead of human life.

Til next time, be nice to each other.

@viewfromthetrev

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Is it the end of the World (cup)?

July 30, 2014

Hola. Hope you are well.

Nick Clegg (remember him) wants to take World Cup 2018 away from Russia.

It seems everyone else wants to take World Cup 2022 off Qatar.

Which begs the question will anyone ever host a World Cup again?

Til next time, stay safe!

@viewfromthetrev

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We’ve been here before

June 24, 2014

Hola. Hope you are well.

It may have taken a few tournaments but England have finally matched Spain. Unfortunately for England they weren’t to know Spain would be no good at this World Cup.

The omens weren’t good for England, when after Sturridge‘s goal against Italy the physio broke his ankle celebrating. Feel free to let me know of injuries you’ve suffered whilst celebrating a goal, you can contact me via the comments button or on twitter @viewfromthetrev

When England went out of the World Cup in South Africa, their poor World Cup was put down to a negative spirit in the camp, but at least they got out of the group. This time, we were told it was a ‘happy camp’ yet at the time of writing they have no points from 2 games. On this basis it would appear the England players respond better to harsh conditions, so should they make it to the next World Cup, I’m thinking whips and chains.

And Finally… after his 2 goals against England, Luis Suarez seemed genuinely moved, partly because in his mind he’d got revenge for the way he was treated over the Evra and Ivanovic incidents. With this in mind, when and how have you successfully exacted revenge?

Til next time, stay safe!

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The plane to Brazil

March 9, 2014

Hola. Hope you are well.

Despite not watching the England v Denmark friendly this blog post is all about England.

First up, England will be employing a sports psychologist, Dr Steve Peters. I don’t know much about sports psychology but it does allow me to pose the question, Dr Steve Peters or Eileen Drury? Feel free to take this question in any way you like. You can respond via the comments button or on Twitter @viewfromthetrev.

Secondly, after his claims that he would have been England captain for 10yrs if he were white, I was a little disappointed that the FA didn’t offer Sol Campbell an olive branch and make him captain for the Eng v Denmark friendly.

All the talk with England is who will make the plane to Brazil. Left-back seems the most interesting position with Ashley Cole, Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw fighting it out for 2 places. Ashley Cole is the experienced one, with over 100 caps, whilst Baines is seen as the natural successor but people seem genuinely excited by Luke Shaw. Some people think England should skip Baines and make Luke Shaw the first choice left-back at the World Cup as he is the future. In many ways this situation is similar to our current monarchy, with Ashley Cole as the Queen, Luke Shaw as William and Leighton Baines, unfortunately in the Prince Charles role.

And finally… it was announced that the official England World Cup song will be written by Gary Barlow, who to my knowledge has never spoken or shown any interest in football. Also on the track are ex England players including Michael Owen who is not known for the quality of his speaking voice nevermind his singing one. This can only mean one thing, it’ll be a massive hit!

Til next time, stay safe!

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They think it’s all over… it is now

July 5, 2010

columbo

Hola. Hope you are all well. 

Apologies for not posting sooner. I was going to blog before the England/Germany game but I ended up going to London and getting caught up in London ways, including a private members club, a swimming pool and tequila. (read more here

So many things have happened at the World Cup since I last posted, I sincerely hope you’ve not been relying on me to keep you informed. If you have, all you really need to know is that England were knocked out 4-1 by Germany

I’d like to start this post by talking about the news that broke on Friday, that being Fabio Capello will be staying on as England manager despite England’s failings at the World Cup. I’ve heard and read pundits who’ve said that Fabio should have gone, I take a slightly different viewpoint. I not only think that Fabio should have remained as boss, I think he should have asked for a pay rise, maybe putting him on £8m a year. He should have gone into the FA and said, “I underestimated the level of pussies I had to work with, can you sort me out with more money”, or words to this effect. 

Maybe I’m being a little tongue-in-cheek but let’s face it what did people really expect from England at the World Cup? Admittedly it would have been nice if they’d looked as if they’d actually played football before, but we must remember that this bunch of players were the same bunch of players that failed to qualify for the Euros, just 2 years ago. 

There has been some clamour in the media that the way forward is to have an English, England manager. This view has been supported by cheeky chappy cockney manager Harry Redknapp, who also has said that if he was offered the job he would find it hard to turn down. Call me old-fashioned but it does seem like he might have a vested interest in saying this. It’d be like the head of BP saying, “I don’t think oil companies should be responsible for oil spillages, especially ones in the Gulf of Mexico”. 

But unless the mobile phone has properly scrambled my memory hasn’t this group of players (‘the Golden Generation’) worked under an English manager? In fact they’ve worked under all kinds of managers. If you go back to 2000 there was the passionate Englishman, in Kevin Keegan but he was deemed not good enough (by himself) and tactically naive (by everyone else). So in came Sven with his knowledge of European football, but the main criticism of Sven was he’d taken England as far as he could, 3 Quarter Finals. I can’t help wondering if in the near future we will look back on the Sven era as a glorious period in English football, up there with 1966 and 1990. Sven moved on and England were going to get Phil Scolari but he had a change of mind because he felt the British press would be too intrusive. I can’t believe that would have been the case. So then the FA had to choose between Steve McClaren, Alan Curbishley and Sam Allardyce, not what you would describe as rich pickings. In the end Steve McClaren got the nod, but he left after failing to take England to Euro 2008 and was nick-named ‘the wally with the brolly’ by the press. But he’s just won the Dutch league with FC Twente, so maybe just maybe he was as much let down by the players as he let them down. And now we have Fabio Capello, who after this tournament has been lambasted as someone who doesn’t know what he’s doing. Can this really be true of a man who has won 6 Serie A titles, 2 La ligas and a Champions League? (Harry Redknapp has 1 FA Cup to show for his 27yrs of management, if you’re interested).

It seems to me, the one consistent under all these managers is the players. I’m not Columbo but the evidence suggests they are not good enough. I know no one wants to admit to this but you can’t just ignore the evidence, unless you’re Jeremy Clarkson and the subject is Global Warming

Because England’s displays couldn’t just be due to them not being that good, journalists have reported that there had been factions and splits within the camp. It’s been alleged that John Terry resented the fact Steven Gerrard was captain and not him. If this was true, may I suggest it might have proved more productive if  John Terry had concentrated more on defending, then maybe Germany wouldn’t have scored straight from a goal kick. To be fair we will probably never know what went on in South Africa, well not until one of the players brings out an autobiography. I for one can’t wait to read the Steven Warnock story

Anyway, I didn’t want to end on too much of a downer, so I thought I’d look at the problems of another nation that was at the World Cup, because we all know no matter how bad you’re doing you can always take solace in the misery of others. So let’s look to Nigeria, where their President Goodluck Jonathan has banned their national team from playing International football for 2 years so things can be sorted after their poor showing at the World Cup. Can you imagine our government doing this? If they did, something tells David Cameron would leave the task of telling Fabio Capello, to his ‘deputy’ Nick Clegg

Til next time, stay safe!

From St. Ives to South Africa

June 18, 2010

a vuvuzela

Hola, Hope you are well and enjoying the World Cup.

It’s been an odd World Cup for a number of reasons, mainly because the big talking points have been about inanimate objects, the Vuvuzela and the ball.

Firstly, I want to say I’ve no problem with the Vuvuzela. Some of the people who have complained about them, have said that it has spoilt their enjoyment of the game. I’d say some of the football has spoilt the enjoyment of the game.

Secondly, I think that the Africans have pulled a fast one with the Vuvuzela. It’s said that they are part of African tradition but I reckon they’ve said this so they can  use them to annoy the sensibilities of their European cousins.

Other people have said the Vuvuzela is distracting for the players, this might be true but I reckon this is more distracting for the players.

Some journalists have speculated as to whether the Vuvuzela will catch on in this country. I don’t think we have to worry about that. It’s one thing seeing and hearing them at the World Cup in South Africa, it’s another on a wet Tues night at Barnsley in December. (it’s always a wet Tues night in Barnsley).

Now onto the ball. I can’t believe the amount of fuss that has been spoken about the ball. It’s just a ball! Anyone would think that the players have been asked to play with a rugby ball. The way the commentators have been speaking about the ball, you’d think that before this ball, no footballer had ever hit the ball over the bar, or ever over hit a pass.   Having said all that, I do think it is odd that before every major tournament the powers that be introduce a new ball. Surely the World Cup isn’t the best place to make changes, it’d be like before an important exam you deciding you will write with your weaker hand.

On a personal point of view I’ve had an odd start to the World Cup. I started it on holiday in St. Ives (nice place). For the opening game Sth Africa vs Mexico, I was at the Minack Theatre, an open-air theatre, watching the Kafka play Metamorphosis. If you had told me a week before the World Cup had started that this would be how I’d be spending the opening match, I would have thought you were mad.

I did however get to see the Eng vs USA game, but I did miss the Gerrard goal, not because I was watching on ITV HD but because  I was washing some cups. That is probably the lamest reasons for not seeing a goal. If you can beat that feel free to let me know via the comments button.

One of the things I noticed about the coverage of the Eng/US game was the amount of camera shots there was of David Beckham, in the dug out, wearing his Eng blazer. There must have been as many shots of him as there was of Fabio Capello. This made me wonder if David Beckham, in his head, pretended he was the England manager.

And Finally… Does anyone else think the ITV World Cup theme has elements of  the Bucks Fizz song ‘Making your mind up’? I think it’s that song, I’m not a Bucks Fizz aficionado, honest.

Til next time, stay safe!

A Pre-World Cup Special

June 2, 2010

over the rainbow

Hola, I hope you are all well.

I had a wasted day yesterday sitting by my phone waiting for Fabio to call and did he? Did he b*ll*cks, cheers for that Mr Capello.

Talking of which, apparently the reason the official announcement of the 23 man squad was delayed was because Fabio couldn’t get hold of all the players. It begs the question what were these players doing that was so important they couldn’t answer a phone call telling them whether they were going to the World Cup. If I were Fabio (and I’m not) I would have had a 3 missed calls and you’re out rule. Imagine if you missed the World Cup because you couldn’t be arsed to check your phone.

Having said that phoning people to tell them if they are in or out of the squad seems like an old-fashioned way of doing this. Surely this selection process is a TV show in the making. We know that TV likes two things, famous people and humiliation, so a TV programme where professional footballers are told their World Cup dreams are over is tailor-made for TV. Maybe the programme could take its lead from ‘Over the Rainbow’ (I didn’t watch honest) and the ones that miss out could take off their football boots before they get carried off in a half-moon. I’d watch.

It also appears that Fabio Capello is contemplating playing Lampard and Gerrard in a midfield two, if Gareth Barry doesn’t recover from his ankle injury. I can’t believe we are back talking about this, I thought it was an accepted view that this combination doesn’t work. What next, are we going to start re-stating the world is flat? Having said that, if the Tories and the Lib-Dems can get into bed together then maybe Lampard and Gerrard, can work.

Something else that seems to have also got plenty of column inches and air time, is whether people can put up England flags at work or on their work vans. I think these people should just get over it, if your boss says you can’t have a flag at work, just accept it. You’re an adult and it’s just a flag. Let me break it gently to you, you having a flag on your van (probably white) isn’t going to make England win.

 Away from England and Maradona has said his Argentina squad can have sex with their wives and girlfriends, but the women have to do all the work. You have to hand it to Maradona,(no pun intended) in this world of metrosexuals and back, crack and sacks, he’s like the last champion of the men’s rights movement. He’s the male equivalent to Germaine Greer.

And Finally… Due to my inability to plan ahead I will be a way when the World Cup starts, so I’m not sure at what point during the tournament I will do my first post. You can all rest easily however, as I’ve now printed a fixture list so there shouldn’t be any major clashes from this point forward.

Til next time, stay safe!