The Ship Be Sinking

Mouth Almighty

One quick thing…

…I am still in Manila and don’t have a ton of time to write anything substantial. But, while I would love to join the pile-on with regards to the utter wank served up by Howard Webb in refereeing the final, I instead wanted to thank Diego Forlan and Thomas Mueller for largely saving this fairly wretched tournament.

While nothing will top Landon Donovan’s winner against Algeria from a purely partisan perspective, Forlan and Mueller were (along with Mesut Ozil and a precious few others) the only guys to display any kind of attacking sharpness during the World Cup. Whereas the glitterati were whining about the Jabulani and skying it over the bar with wearying regularity, Forlan was bending it to his will and Mueller exemplified the kind of deadly finishing at the end of great team moves that is a beauty of another kind.

Even between the two though, Forlan was a class apart. For a guy who gets so much stick for one bad season with Manchester United (as if that were the only benchmark of being a world-class player…I love the English Premier League’s product on the field while retaining the right to hate everything else about it, barring the camaraderie I share with my Arsenal peeps), he came up with magic time and time again. For me, the goal of the tournament was his bounced volley finish over Hans-Jorg Butt in the 3rd place game.  There may have been flashier goals and Gio van Bronckhorst’s was a laser beam…but at the end of the day, van Bronckhorst’s was a hit-and-hope…Forlan’s goal was skill of the highest caliber.

It’s a shame that Forlan is 31 and playing for a side that I don’t think is even in the Champions League – at present, he is a man who deserves to be playing in the highest caliber of showcase, and frankly nothing at the international level fits the bill.


July 13, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. I have a man-crush on Forlan. Totally buying his jersey and watching him whenever he is on TV from now on.

    Comment by Tony M. | July 13, 2010 | Reply

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