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Saturday, June 10, 2006

WC2006: Day 1

TDH's conclusions from Day 1:

1. The opening ceremony had much of the usual silliness, but at least we got to see the old geezers parading around. And it wasn't as long as it could have been.

2. Germany has no defense. TDH can just see the phone call being placed from the home side's locker room to the Ivory Coast camp: "Uhhhh, guten tag? Kolo? Emanuel? I miss you guys...." A certain keeper was definitely missing his usual protection. Not that he looked amazing, either - he should have charged Wanchope before the second goal but actually backed off. The hosts will definitely need more thunderbolts a la Lamb (who knew he could do that when he was at Villa?) and Frings.

3. Poland had some bad luck, but they can consider themselves exposed as the frauds they are. They shared an easy qualifying group with England, and now they're paying the price. Ecuador showed one of the best aerial games TDH has seen in a long time, both in attack and on defense. 'Twas totally appropriate that the first goal came from a pair of headers. More power to them.

4. The refereeing was calm and restrained, as was the play. (Oh, the local Argentines are so proud of their Elizondo. Did you know he was a poet, too?) No violence on the pitch, and no violence off it - a perfect start that will surely be overlooked by most of the press. You've heard the phrase "no news is good news"? Well, the reverse also holds: good news is no news as far as the media's concerned.

Tomorrow's looking like a classic matchday, so stay tuned, loyal readers, for more World Cup guff!

2 Comments:

Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

TDH, sorry to be a pedant, but - Lahm has never played at Villa. That was his doppelganger, Hitzelsperger. Lahm is the Bayern full back, who moved there from another German side (Schalke? can't remember).

10:46 AM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

That's hilarious! You're right, it was totally a mistake based on the memory of a spiky-haired kid in a Villa shirt.

Here's a comparison:

Hitzlsperger

Lahm

Scary, ain't it?

3:15 PM  

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