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Goal! – And no goal!

I’d heard about the Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal for Sweden against England recently but last night was the first time I’d seen it.

How about this?

These moments of magic are so rare in football these days. Remember Rene Higuita?

Who he?

Well here he is in action for Colombia v England at Wembley in 1995:

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Funny Old Game

In January 2011 I wrote here about Roy Hodgson being replaced by Kenny Dalglish as manager of Liverpool.

Yesterday Dalglish was sacked by Liverpool.

Today Roy Hodgson names his first England squad.

Aye. It’s a funny old game…….

Music for Harry Redknapp

Quiet at the Back….Please!

Brian draws my attention to the following Nike ad which was put together in the expectation of England winning the Six Nations rugby tournament via a grand slam.

It would seem that the rugger chaps are just as presumptuous as the soccer lads.

Of course for the Scots amongst you to find this in the least amusing in any way whatsoever, would be infantile in the extreme. I therefore show it for information purposes only.

South Africa – Three Lions Missing!

Reality Bites

It has been abundantly clear to all but the most fevered England supporters and those who occupy the rarefied atmosphere of the BBC and ITV studios that England were never going to win the world cup.

Today’s game, the shocking refereeing decision at a crucial stage notwithstanding, was a one sided affair.

England’s defence were terrible and were entirely to blame for Germany’s third and fourth goals. Their team had no width.

The pundits are currently totally bemused by the England performance today.

On the basis of the group games it was pretty much what the rest of us expected.

England – New Tactics

I noticed that the commentary team today were trying out new tactics.

Rather than mention 1966 directly there were oblique references – “England fans will be heartened to learn that they are wearing the red strip” and before the two minute mark, Bobby Moore and Bobby Charlton got a mention.

The first direct mention of 1966 took twenty minutes, just after the first German goal (Goalkeeper to Klose – goal!) “England haven’t come from behind in a world cup tie since you know when- 1966”

And the second, after a perfectly good England equaliser from Lampard was not given, “Germany will see that as retribution” (think Geoff Hurst)

Until England’s goal they looked in very serious trouble. But for an incredible miss from Klose on the half hour mark they could easily have been 3-0 down.

We’re now at 44 minutes and apparently “The German fans will see today’s incident in combination with Sir Geoff Hurst’s as 1-1”

Methinks the German fans, 66% of whom were not even born in 1966 have reasonably successfully moved on from that disappointment.

It’s half time and England have survived a first half onslaught.

It could have been 5-0.

Or 2-2.

Great game.

Shame about the commentary.