The delusional English, bonuses and running naked

2010-07-03 00:00

THERE are reasons why a sport is called a game and one of these is that it is played, not lived. This is something that most people understand, but others, like the English, seem to think that football is life.

I was shocked to read some of the headlines in newspapers in the United Kingdom following England’s defeat in the second round of the World Cup.

“The Day Hope Died” said one headline. What hope? Why was there hope in the first place?

Here are a few facts that the English need to understand so that when things happen to them, such as their football team getting knocked out of a major international tournament, they are not shocked and do not think it is the end of the world.

Platforms such as Sky News and various major newspapers shape the perceptions and opinions of millions of people. As a result, they believe that they have the best football league in the world, while in actual fact, they do not. It is certainly the most marketed league and it generates the most revenue, which gives it the most visibility.

Due to this perception, they have made heroes out of ordinary players such as David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and several other sub-standard players. Rooney is overrated and he proved this by failing to score in all the games played by England in the World Cup.

It beats me how he could be mentioned in the same sentence as Lionel Messi of Argentina. Some may rightfully say that Messi has also not scored, but he has made things happen for his team-mates by having a hand in just about every goal that Argentina has scored.

It is foreigners such as Jürgen Klinsmann, Didier Drogba, Thierry Henry and Peter Schmeichel who have set the English Premier League alight and the Rooneys of this world have just ridden on that wave.

It’s time that the English get realistic about their ability to perform on the biggest football stage in the world and stop creating undue expectations, only to be disappointed come crunch time.

Bafana Bafana were knocked out of the group stages, and we did not have unrealistic dreams of them going any further.

I see the South African Football Association is already starting to blow its own trumpet about the success of the tournament.

I cannot help but think of the R1 billion that Fifa will leave with Safa come the end of the tournament, and only one word comes to mind — bonuses.

Should Ghana fail to reach the finals of the World Cup, I hope Argentina wins it.

However, their coach Diego Maradona said that if they win, he will run through the streets of Buenos Aires naked but a Paraguayan lingerie model has also promised to run naked should her country win. For that perverted reason, Paraguay it is. The sight of a fat former druggie running naked makes me want to throw up, although a win would do the country a lot more good than it would for First World countries such as Germany or Spain.

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