While the party is still here, shake a leg!

2010-06-29 00:00

THE less said about the “goal” by Frank Lampard, the better. Of course it was in — even the blind beggar outside Manguang Stadium could tell you that — with the benefit of 75 replays!

And that’s the point.

Fifa chose not to use the flat-screens, plasmas and even cellphone TVs that they have at their disposal in their ultra VIP areas — and they have become the laughing stock again.

If they’re not unwittingly giving a certain brewery exposure over a few skimpy dresses — which were, admittedly, rather eye-catching — then they have botched up the ticketing, given us a Jabulani ball that has brought little joy, and generally made it very difficult for the man on the street to enjoy the carnival.

Of course they have R25 billion worth of reasons to argue that it has been a success, but many will feel that the first tournament in Africa has been a triumph in spite of Fifa’s party pooping ways.

Don’t expect that to stop the English rambling on about “that goal” for the next few years. The truth is, though, that they were savagely exposed by a so-called German youth team. No stars, no brilliance — just pure pace and a fair dose of deadliness.

As for the Poms, their structures have once again been exposed. A team full of individuals torn apart by a no-name brand says much about the “success” of the English Premier League.

Commercially it is an amazing product, but it does no good to the national side.

Messrs Rooney, Gerrard and Lampard shine at their respective clubs because those teams play around them.

And the worst thing that England have is the relentless hype that they are fed, which suggests to all and sundry that England are serious contenders in big tournaments.

The so-called “golden generation” is gone now, and the FA will have to look long and hard at their structures.

Germany, Spain and even the likes of Korea and Japan have better systems in place than England.

And we thought Bafana had problems!

As we enter the final stages of the tournament, there is a real sense of loss already creeping in.

This was as big — no, no — 10 times bigger than they told us it would be. And if you haven’t been to a fan-park, stadium or even a training session, get yourself down there.

As I scribble this, there are two elderly gentlemen from Holland dancing to Shakira in their orange pilot uniforms.

That won’t ever come back.

The endless Mexican waves that swirl around “the Moses” also have a renewed energy about them. There is only one game left in Durban. It could yet be Spain v Argentina. But that’s only if you go by the form book.

The same one that said Italy, England and France would be here longer than the Japanese!

Go figure.

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