Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Totally biased thoughts on the World Cup

I figured out that before the European World Cup starts in a few minutes, I should write some random thoughts on the World Cup that ended when France kicked Brazil out (by the way, did anyone see those angry Brazilian supporters screaming insults at their team as they left Germany?)

To give some form I will randomize within the good, bad and ugly format

The Good

This Cup had definitely its share of good, exciting matches.

Myths were created. When France beat Brazil for the third time in a row, it started a new myth, a new angst once and for all for the Brazilian players of the future. Now France will be to Brazil what Germany is to France, or Argentina to England, One of those good rivalries that put some spice in the tournament.

A myth might be about to come. If Zidane carries France to the title, it will make him enter into that selected pantheon where only Pele, Beckenbauer and, arguably, a couple more of players reside. This reason, for many outside France, is enough for them to wish that France wins. That is, if Zidane comes out alive from the Portugal encounter.

There were many fabulous scores. Klose, Maxi, Henry in particular left us speechless. Not to diminish any of the other scorers, but those three guys hit it once the way we hit in our dreams.

The Bad

Some umpires. Some were truly great, but some really sucked.

The schedule. How come they could not insert an off day between the first round and the first round of finals? How could they not insert an off day before subjecting us to a 4 games a day schedule?

The mysteries. How come Ukraine went so far when other noteworthy teams were left behind (USA, to name a first round elimination, or the Swiss or Australians to name a second round elimination). I mean, even Shevchenko missed a penalty kick!

The tackiness. Well, this could also be included in the good. The pictures of the four finalist make up.

The Ugly

The brawls. Italy USA. Netherlands Portugal. England Portugal.

The sore losers. Argentina Germany, or how to spoil a great World Cup run on a stupid temper tantrum. Then again Argentineans have never been known for class…

The see if I care. Brazil sometimes perceived attitude of been there, done that, hated it.

The Homoerotic

This Cup for some reason had more incidents of dubious content than I remember from past World Cups, be it Rooney kick in the balls to Portugal, or Henry swapping shorts with a Togolese player to this strange picture of Khan and Lehman.

A touch of Brokeback Mountain

However before any US reader starts gloating about the sissyfication of futbol I would like to point out that no other major sport has as much unnecessary butt patting among men than US Baseball. No other is as disgusting spiting wise, by the way. Let's just say that when emotions reach such a high level, boys will be boys.


Blogger Francisco said...

I agree that France-Brazil is becoming one of the great World Cup rivalries...imagine the tension when and if they meet in 2010!

But tonight is also a bit of a blast from the past, and Italy a (rare) Bete Noire for Germany...the Germans have never beat the Azzurri at the World Cup!

1:08 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

yes, i forgot the germany italy rivalry. in fact i am counting on italians to win today as the french will have a better psychological advantage against italy. assuming of coruse that portugal does not beat their brain out......

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Alfredo Octavio said...

Stereotyping and ignorance. Argentineans are more classy than venezuelans any time and Ukrania has a very good football team. They classified very well. Yes, they siffered from stage fright, but it is their first World Cup.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Flanker said...

Damn Daniel your hatred of all things left makes you belittle Maradona as well?...

10:57 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...


i really cannot fathom why you wrote that. then again your sense of humor was never particularly developped, nor your knowledge of latin american cultural relations. so i will forgive you this time.

12:56 AM  
Blogger Daniel said...


anyone has more class than venezuelan these days....

ukraine had no style, no nothing. and i did not see much stage fright in ghana or togo or angola......

12:58 AM  
Anonymous Domingo Ruiz said...

What about basketball's grabing the crotch by behind?

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Flanker said...

What are YOU talking about? my comment was not about homophobia it is about this:

A myth might be about to come. If Zidane carries France to the title, it will make him enter into that selected pantheon where only Pele, Beckenbauer and, arguably, a couple more of players reside.

Maradona and Pele are right there at the top, the rest is second tier but you barely even mention him?

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