World Cup 2010, World Cup Football

England victory against Germany in the World Cup

– That is what will happen later. Chances are by the odd goal, or maybe 2. Not penalties this time I think, although everybody seems to be obsessed with it. I think the current England team does not remember much of that past.

My hotel was full of very quiet Americans last night. Very unusual, quiet Americans!!

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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.

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No suffering watching the Kiwis

I suffered watching England in the middle of the Hong Kong night.  Then I had the joy of not having to be up at night to watch New Zealand play Italy. New Zealand time it was starting at 2am. But I watched it in London at a great sports bar with giant screens. The best way. The Kiwis raised their game again, and deserved the draw against the odds. It was heroic football, and they could have won it even. We have seen a lot in New Zealand of Ricki Herbert who also coaches the Wellington Phoenix who play in the Australian A league. And they have been getting amazing average 17,000 attendances which is better than many UK clubs.

With the New Zealand team, it’s a combination of great team organisation and tremendous team spirit! -Something the big teams could learn from with their temperamental stars.

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Hong Kong England World Cup no no!

So I was on a stopover in Hong Kong. Just time to catch up some sleep after the flight from New Zealand. A chance to feel fresher before the second leg to London. The sleep was important. But, in the middle of the Hong Kong night, about 3 am, England were due to play Algeria. If I watched it my sleep would be 3 hours, then the football, then 1 hour before traveling again.

Any other team and I would have been grateful for the sleep. But it was England in the World Cup. So I set an alarm, and struggled awake to watch it live.

To watch what? Probably the most frustrating, boring and disappointing England game I have seen in many years!

I should have stayed asleep.

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World Cup- My teams

I have 4 teams in the World Cup Finals. All based on time spent in those places.  England of course, best chance ever (well since 1966). Spain – full of stylish players, and European Champions. Netherlands, always a chance, and of course New Zealand, well success for them will be qualifying for the second round. I reckon I have a good chance of getting 3 teams through the group stage.

Now, should I place some bets??

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Football is the best sport?

Football is a simple game. I think it is the most entertaining sport. What makes it so good? The Premier League is big business, the World Cup is enormous business, which over 1 billion of the world population will typically watch. People say Football brings even warring countries or countries with huge political tension, to play against each other, peacefully. What is is that does this?

It’s fun and easy for people of all shapes and sizes to play. You can play even you are not that fit. It’s a team sport, so you share the load with others.

It doesn’t fight gravity! You don’t have to pick the ball up off the ground to play.

The rules are easy to learn and understand, the only difficult rule is offside, which is not that hard to explain. Rugby, by comparison has got so complicated that you can hear the referee explaining to players what rules are applying during the match!

It flows, it does not stop much. I took a rugby fan who had never seen live football, to a football match, and he was amazed at how continuous the play was.

It’s athletic, skillful, and the movements of the ball are impressive. Skills of the great players are stylish and they look normal, just fit. The players don’t have to develop bulky physiques or ultra thin, just a range on normal.

It requires so little equipment (“jumpers for goalposts”, lol!), that anyone can play it, even when they don’t have a proper ball.

Any climate, surface, or environment can be used.

Those that run the sport, whatever egos are surely involved, make few mistakes in rule changes and the only questionable big challenge is whether TV should be used to help important referee decisions (they could do this).

It’s the people’s sport, loved across the world. The coming World Cup this year will once again display this.