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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

"Well, he's certainly not Barry Fry."

The big news from yesterday was obviously Sven. Is he a lame duck now? Not quite. Winning the World Cup is a big enough deal that Sven still has power.

He certainly has power over the players on the selection bubble, and eventually those on the subs bench - obviously they want to impress and obey him to the best of their abilities. For the guys whose tickets to Germany have already been printed, it's a bit of a different story. They want to win the World Cup, too, and they probably won't be as stupid as Roy Keane was in disrupting Ireland last time. But they might decide that there's little reason to follow Sven's instructions on the pitch, especially if they think they know better.

TDH tuned into Lazio v Inter just in time to see a couple of fascists kicking things off. Fewer than four minutes had elapsed when Mihajlovic, who once dedicated a goal to Arkan, stuck a sharp elbow into Di Canio's head. Then, after Burdisso engaged in a brief discussion of political theory with Di Canio, said midget fascist grabbed the Inter man's head and started wrestling him from below. Burdisso (unjustly) and Di Canio got the boot, while Mihajlovic, one of the sneakiest bastards in TDH's Dirty XI, somehow managed to avoid even a yellow.

Finally, Atleti is apparently willing to sell Fernando Torres. The guy scored 16 league goals last year at age 12. Please, please, please.

TOMORROW: Who should succeed the Swede?


Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

I hate Sinisa.

But surely Di Canio should be one of his mates? I'd expect them to be drinking and gay-bashing buddies or something.

11:33 AM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Well, maybe we need some historical perspective here. The Serbs supposedly don't like Di Canio's kind of fascism - they all fought against it under Tito, when the Germans invaded Serbia and the Italians occupied Montenegro. In fact, a little Googling turned up this guy - see the family resemblance? The fine print says he was anti-Nazi but still a racist... kind of like Sinisa.

So, Di Canio's still the enemy, yet a little ethnic cleansing probably wouldn't rub Sinisa the wrong way. Now it all makes sense, eh? Oh, the hypocrisy.

2:52 PM  

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