The Ship Be Sinking

Mouth Almighty

Oh, England

This, this right here is everything wrong with England’s football setup off the pitch. From the sense of entitlement in Rooney’s whining- from a guy yet to show up for this tournament- to the climate of fear and paranoia which leads to the team playing insanely tight and fans losing their minds after two games badly enough to break into the dressing room, it’s all right there. Throw in the massive technical deficit English players have relative to other major footballing nations, and you get an almighty mess. Frankly I think it’s going to take at least a generation to fix, starting with training the next set of future England stars differently. At least with a mess like France the issue is confined to the current crop of players and the goofus in charge; with England, it’s everything, and a lot of it is so culturally ingrained that it’s hard to even know where to start fixing the problems or if they even can be fixed from the top down.

If this all works out so that the USA and Slovenia go through in the group, I will begin laughing and I may never stop. And incidentally, I have nothing to say about the two early games today other than that it amazes me that refereeing of this quality is permitted at the biggest sporting event in the world. There is no legitimate case for the current policy of trying to find geographical balance among referees- if the best refs are from Mali than let’s have Malian refs, but if the best Mali can send is that guy then he, like their team, should have been weeded out in qualifying.

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June 18, 2010 - Posted by | Other Soccer

1 Comment »

  1. GOD WILLS IT!!!

    Comment by Ken | June 18, 2010 | Reply


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