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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

And yet more World Cup

England first. Yet another not-very-interesting performace and I have no idea why Terry was named man of the match but presumably not for his back header to set up Equador or the fact that he was dominated by the Equador forwards. Rooney looked better and better and I can't wait to see him against Portugal. But, as just about everyone has been saying, he needs someone up front with him. This is the problem: Crouch or Walcott. I would choose Walcott for negative reasons: Crouch isn't good. The midfield. Sven needs to drop either Lampard or Gerrard. So Lampard it is then... Free kicks aside Beckham has been completely silenced and Lennon looks ready. Robinson not solid again. England have been very, very lucky so far and may continue to be so with Portugal missing top players. There has been no major challenge yet and getting to the quarters hides a lot.

Good to see Ronaldo back for Brazil. The first goal today was very nicely taken and a real balst from the past.

And Spain out AGAIN. Surely they could have got past a past it French side! So the curse continues.

Italy: have to say typical. Poor old Aussies. Well they seems to be better at lesser sports so collectively they make up for it.


Blogger J. B. Hood said...


I'm surprised your judicious eye has not been turned to the issue of refereeing quality.

I don't think it's been as bad as made to be. The real shock has been the very, very stringent application of rules which--in every league I've ever seen--are frequently only applied after warnings (esp. yellow cards for time-wasting, taking penalties too early, non-violent tackles, etc).

There have been some outright mistakes--as always--but on the whole the refs are just doing what Blatter and wealthy clubs demand. I lay the blame for the card glut at their feet as they want their investments (read: players) protected.

June 28, 2006

Blogger James Crossley said...

Yes, good point Jason. FIFA have to take some of the blame for the rules: the refs can only enforce them. There are some useless decisions and FIFA cannot be blamed for Graham Poll giving THREE yellow cards to one player or the ref in the Portugal-Holland match booking (2nd yellow too) Deco for, erm, being thrown by another player.

I never thought about the card issue being related to clubs etc and protection of investments but it would make good sense. I've got to say that while I'm not a total fan of top players being taken out (well, sometimes it is good fun) I always like a tough tackler.

June 29, 2006


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