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Sunday, June 18, 2006

WC2006: Day 10

Ho-hum. That Japan v Croatia match wasn't exactly a festival of exciting football, was it? TDH would say Japan played about as poorly as any team in the tournament. Not that they didn't run - they did - but so many errors, so many errors. And as against Brazil, the Croats failed to take their chances. Can we please move on from this round and dump some of these teams?

TDH isn't in a hurry to see Australia go, though, since they're currently playing an attractively offensive (if occasionally slow - Viduka!) sort of football. A win against Croatia shouldn't be too tough to manage. The Croats looked so frustrated that TDH doubts they'll put in much effort.


Both Brazil and France showed sparks of the magic that made their individual players famous, but with little result. Sure, the Brazilians did enough to deserve the win against the Aussies, but there wasn't much in the way of attractive link-ups. Regrettably, Fat Ron probably did just enough to get another start - but Parreira might be wise to play his reserves.

The French deserved what they got, too. TH finally converted one but wasted a host of other chances. And the Korean fans sang non-stop, a tribute to the enduring nature of their support. It ain't just about 2002 anymore.


Pity Togolese fans. Their players - the first ever to reach the finals from their country - are holding out for a $200,000 payday and have threatened to forfeit the team's next match. Such an absolute lack of national pride seems shameful. TDH would play for his country for free. What happened to honor?


Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

France are SO bad!

Do find it hilarious that Henry is having such a stinker. Every ounce of respect I ever had for the bottler was lost after his comments about Ribery. Rarely have I heard such bollocks or been so angry at a footballer for a team I don't even support. This might be the first time its ever said, but after seeing Drogba's brilliant leadership, I'd much prefer to have Didi on my team than Titi.

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