World Cup 2010, World Cup Football

Bizarre place to watch Argentina Germany

I was in London, Oxford Street. I was in Selfridges having Sushi, then I heard commotion outside, I had no idea there was a Gay and Lesbian procession on. Although maybe the guy who passed me on the stairs in Selfridges in silver skin tight hot pants might have tipped me off. All quite funny.

Anyway, the road was blocked by the parade so I went back in to Selfridges and saw a sign to the Nike Stadium. I walked down the dark stairway and ended up in a room full of screens showing football. Not long after that I was there, in the basement of Selfridges, watching the Argentina Germany match, with a couple of hundred Argentinians and Germans. Bizarre place to be but it was good.

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Netherlands were incisive against Brazil

They played well but as I watched it, I reflected on how common it is that when a game turns, like when it turned in Netherlands favour, -that the side on top seems to get luckier. The ball seems to fall for them and they win all of the 50/50 balls.

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So we lost, but everybody expected it, why?

In this post I was trying to be positive. Why? Because the build up to the match was so negative. So much talk about previous failures, penalties. Maybe it’s because I have been living away for so long, but I could not understand all that negative talk. It must have affected the players. They even asked them questions about penalties in interviews. “Will you miss like we always do?”

If you were walking along the top of a wall, what’s most likely to make you fall?- Someone shouting at you “Oh my god don’t fall off that wall!”.

Well that’s what was done to the players “Oh my god don’t lose to the Germans, it always happens!”.  So you could see the players freezing with fear when it started to go against them, they were fragile. Capello is an experienced successful manager but he can’t beat an overwhelming fearful media attitude.

The Germans did not have to deal with media like that. It made a difference.

Tonight we will see Maradona who has inspiringly being trying to bring out the devil in Messi, to raise his international game. It seems to be working.

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New Zealand’s Achievement

New Zealand’s achievement of finishing above Italy in the World Cup and not losing a match in the finals is a great step forward for football in New Zealand which has been growing for some time now.

An interesting point is I remember looking at New Zealand’s rating in the FIFA world rankings about 10 years ago. They were 132nd at the time. Like Fiji is now. They have come a long way!

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Capello Brilliant leadership – England will win

The way Capello handled Terry’s outburst was controlled, brilliant leadership. He showed he was in charge and emphasised the importance of the group over individuals. He pulled the team tighter together and showed a steady hand in crisis. This will have calmed the nerves of players and allowed him to take the responsibility for the problems from them.

This WILL pay off against Slovenia and England will win.