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Things I’ve found to enjoy in this World Cup (against all odds)

Japan: I’ve loved watching their games.  Attacking endurance football which makes for an entertaining spectacle.  Hope they continue their onward scurry.

Diego: Oh how I hated Maradona back in the day, but 1 tonne of Colombian marching powder down the line I am feeling the little man’s power.  As an insightful caller to Talksport said (they have the odd one you know) he might be as mad as a fish (that’s my cliche) but he knows how to get the extra 10% out of the players and fosters team spirit.

Adams: Tony was on Desert Island Discs and said he had not heard the vuvuzelas.  When asked by Kirsty how he could have missed them he said he watches with the sound down so better to see the game.  Quite right Tony, got a spare seat on your sofa?

Truss:  Lynne, from “Get her off the pitch”.  She writes little vignettes for the Radio 4 Today programme and I  find her most amusing, not least about the commentators (see Adams above).

Claude: Makelele was completely transformed from stuffed shirt studio pundit when pitchside for Ghana’s win over the USA.  The whole of Africa was dancing with you Claude.

South Africa: the host nation looks fantastic, acts fantastic, is fantastic.  Only the early bath teams can be letting the experience down for those who have travelled.

France: their unravelling was most gratifying, entertaining and not just a bit existentialist.

Messi: was there ever a better player in such understated turtleneckedness?

Reasons to be cheerful?

edited to add:

Tevez: the little pit pony’s strike would have had Fergie weeping into his Scotch

Champions League Final Night Pt II

There is a nice little 7f coming up from Beverley.  As it’s my blog I’ll also commit the crime of aftertiming and tell you that I backed Lady Hillingdon to place at Southwell and she obliged in 2nd place, which puts me back up, a bit.

7f is a specialist distance, harder for a sprinter to last and miler to fudge back over.  Can I find the winner though?  My favourite 7f sire is Green Desert on good to firmer ground.  Off to see if that’s an option here.  Man U fans look a bit solemn, hard to do in a gold and very shiny centurion’s helmet.

No Green Deserts so gone with a Diktat filly to place.  No win bets tonight because I am playing with a piddling pot so to speak!  Football started again.  Man U have never lost a European final.

Edwin van der Sar saves Henry’s effort.  Man U “teetering”.  Free kick to Barca on the edge, Diktat filly does not place think 4th not much in it, always very annoying to be beat short distances.

Piquet off the post.

Man U “familiarising themselves with the ball”.

Ronaldo offside.  Racing this side of the pond finishing up at Southwell, vow not to even peek at the US markets as that way madness lies…

Wayne Rooney onside but can’t keep the ball in.  Apparently Barca have a multi-talented bench.  I wish I had one of those.  Corner to Man U, Giggs delivers into Vidic, didn’t quite get it together.  Berbatov taking his jacket off.  Headband in place already.  Who’s coming off?

Realised I forgot to get my glasses.  Can’t be bothered now.  We agree on the settee that it is boring mostly so far.  The other end reminds me he predicted that they would nullify each other earlier today.  Why does Ronaldo look like he’s wearing a gum shield? 

Official commentary say Man U need a goal “out of the blue”.  I am sure Sir A has trained them better than that lads.  I don’t feel at all schadenfraude ish yet.  I would suggest Sir A brings on Berbatov before Barca score again – too late!!!

Messi scores (he’s 5 ft 7 apparently).  Van der Sar no chance.  Henry off.  I think it’s all over now with 20 minutes to go.

Goodnight.

Oops no, Berbatov is on and Man U very nearly score through Giggs.  Tactically I think Sir A has made a mistake, Berbatov should have been on at the 30 mins to go mark.  I think the horse has bolted, the bird has flown.  It’s a lot less boring now but at 2-0 goodnight 🙂

P.S. the red army have found their voice but it may have to be a lament

Messi - it is for Manchester

Messi - it is for Manchester