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Misguided World Cup Previews: Group C

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Success and failure for England lies either side of a narrow line between the quarter and semi-finals. Crash out in the last eight and an entire nation heads down to its local Costcutters to smash its windows in protest at the systemic and endemic failings in our beloved game. Win that match and we’ll gather at Heathrow to welcome home the all-conquering comedy-titted heroes whatever happens in the semis.

Algeria were massive in the Eighties, reaching both finals tournaments in that decade. In 1982 they beat West Germany before being eased out in a grotesque stitch-up engineered by the Germans and Austria, the lasting ramifications of which are that it is now impossible to watch every game of the World Cup. Unless you have two televisions next to each other. Algeria failed to win a single match in 1986. Obviously not the manager’s fault. He’s still in the job.

There’ll always be a suspicion that the Americans have brittle tendencies, that they might just run off home with the ball if they’re not the best team. Have enough mediocre Premiership talent to step up and scare England. Trust me, come Saturday Jonathon Spector will have morphed into Pele. It’s always the way.

Most England fans will be praying that their team has negotiated safe passage into the second phase before they face up against the Slovenians. Not because they’re any good, but it’s an afternoon kick-off and some of us sit where our bosses can see our computers. Robert Koren is the man most likely to undergo the Pele transformation.


Written by harrisharrison

June 6, 2010 at 9:20 pm

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    • Systemic or systematic ? Jimmy would know.


      June 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm

      • Probably systemic. I always try and get a Jimmy quote in my blog posts.


        June 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm

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