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Friday, June 09, 2006

"There's no end to the stoppage of this drama."

One opportunity missed, one possibly on the way to fruition. The Toon missed out on Huth - a giant like him really needs only the one name, like Jaws or Butz - as the German went to Boro. But it sounds like Roeder is following up on Horsename, who would make a nice alternative to Solano or Dyer. Still, though, we need a seriously good centerback. Argh.


All this groaning will end at 5 pm BST tomorrow, however, when Germany kick off against the Ticos. TDH can't believe it's here. Something feels special about this Cup, moreso than 1998 or 2002. There's just something in the air. There aren't too many classic matchups in the group stage, but there are bound to be some surprises and discoveries. Somehow, TDH will manage to sleep tonight....


Anonymous Palms said...

As World Cup-feverish as I'm feeling the moment, England taking anything less than 3 points from the swarthy latin Americans will dampen my mood severely. I was watching highlights of the semi-final from 1990 and 16 years on I still have to change the channel when the penalty shoot out comes around. Let's not forget here is some serious business to get down to.

It's also time to say farewell to Mr. Bowyer, who has given us some lovely memories in his time with us. He showed some good form in the latter half of the season, but that doesn't take away from the fact that he was an embarrassment to the black and white shirt. An odious, disruptive influence who won't be missed.

And Centre-backs? We have the Thunder From Down Under and Titus Shambles. A partnership that is starting to look halfway-decent (which is as good as a Newcastle defence gets). Not forgetting Stevie Taylor. I think Roeder will be a lot more discerning in his purchases than Souness though, so we shouldn't worry too much. I've certainly never rated Huth though.

Oh and predictions? I do think the two best teams in the tournament (Brazil and England) will meet in the Semi's, which is a shame. I'll go for a Brazil - Argentina )final, if that's possible. Opposing defenders will turn to stone from just looking at Tevez's face. Ugliest player in the finals, without question. Surprise package - Ukraine. Biggest flop - France (again).

10:34 AM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

Noooo, ugliest player could well be Franck Ribery - perhaps this is the year in which the horrifically maimed dominate the cup?

Deffo Ukraine to surprise, but I still think Spain can do a job if their manager, Enoch Powell, listens to my advice in the previous post's comments.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Palms said...

You're right about Ribery. The only time I have genuinely recoiled in horror was when I saw a photo of him for the first time. Although Tevez does seem to be a couple of million years behind on the old evolutionary chain.

11:58 AM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Ah, Palms, you're settling! We can have a world-class defense, yes we can.

I think Huth is a quality player, though you wouldn't know it from the way Jose played him - usually as a fifth striker in the dying minutes of a lost European tie.

Is there an Ugly XI in the offing? If Tevez and Ribery are indicative of a correlation with talent, sign me up for some disfiguring plastic surgery....

1:29 PM  

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