Close, but no cigar

June 15, 2010



Today, Didier Drogba and Cristiano Ronaldo, two of international football’s biggest stars, met on the field instead of Vanity Fair’s changing room. Despite their presence, both of their teams failed to impress.

Actually, that’s my feeling for all of today.  New Zealand’s last minute equalizing goal against Slovakia was exciting, as was North Korea’s resolve against Brazil, but overall, after two ties and Brazil’s predictable victory, the whole day felt to me like a big old stalemate.

Soccer geeks might accuse me of being a thrill-seeking, goal-loving superficial fan, but I’m not only measuring the matches by the number of goals scored (which, by the way, has been far less than in 2006). I just find it ironic that the countries “most likely to win” haven’t been all that impressive in these first World Cup matches, and in my opinion, a lot of it comes down to their arrogance. Tonight, Brazil bored us as they dominated North Korea. I guess the trouble in soccer is, as the NYT notes, that it never matters how good you look, the only thing that matters is to win. Does this strike a chord, Nazionale Italiana 2006?

Speaking of chords, I spent all today singing the Sven-Goran Eriksson song! Remember, from 2001? The one the English were singing after they beat Germany 5 to 1 under Sven’s coaching?? Well, Sven’s coaching the Ivory Coast now! But that doesn’t mean we can’t sing the song….

Tomorrow’s matches are Honduras v. Chile, Spain v. Switzerland and South Africa v. Uruguay. Meanwhile, the Frenchies are getting all excited about Thursday’s game against Mexico. Hmm. Should the game menu be baguette and brie or tortillas and guacamole?

Food for thought.

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2 Responses to “Close, but no cigar”

  1. Al said

    The final score can not cancel of the shame of the first 45 minutes of Brazil “warm up”. Brazilian team exibited a rather insulting behaviour, looking down to their decent opponents, and never challanging the NK goalkeeper.
    Spectators prefer real football, not a cat vs mouse deadly play. Why Brazil behaved like a team of Dads playing a team of Primary School Children? N-Koreans proved not to be kids, though.

  2. Giovanna said

    Very disillusioned with this World Cup

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