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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Groundhog day

So the Swede's gone and the new English messiah has arrived (and Steve McLaren as well!) and England got off to a great start in a meaningless friendly against a Greek team who were really not interested.

Never mind, England won 4-0 and so of course all the chat now is about how "liberated" the players were, 'cos they're suddenly now playing with real passion (because they're playing for an Englishman) and also these papmpered, multi-millionaire so-called professional athletes have suddenly (in a couple of days) finally learned how to pass the ball to each other.

Well we all know "El Tel" is a genius and England are gonna win Euro 2008 and the World Cup in 2010. What a load of crap!

I remember a day in 2001 when a demoralised, underperforming England side went to Germany and slaughtered the Germans 5-1 in a fantastic display, having been "liberated" by their new Swedish coach and given the confidence to express themselves after the debacle of the Keegan era...and of course England were then going to win the World Cup in 2002 and Euro 2004.

...Groundhog day...

Never mind - at least the Blades are back where they belong - in the Premiership! I predict we will stay for a least 3 seasons - Autumn Winter and Spring! But at least it'll be fun and good old Neil Warnock will provide some entertainment on the sidelines when we are being thrashed by all and sundry!

Roll on Saturday - but did we have to get Liverpool in our first game...?

Up the Blades!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Explanation of the offside rule - Just for girls

I love this - so funny! You've got to laugh really - remember its just a joke!!

You're in the shoe shop. You see a pair of shoes by the till that you
must have.

Closer to the shoes than you is a rival female shopper. You can see that she badly wants the shoes. Both of you have forgotten your purses. It would be totally rude to push in front if you didn't have the money to pay.

A friend of yours further back in the shop sees the position you are in. She prepares to throw her purse to you. If she does you can catch it then quickly move round the other shopper and buy the shoes.

At a pinch your friend could throw the purse ahead of your rival and while it is in the air you could nip round the other shopper, catch the purse and buy the shoes.

But remember that until the purse has actually been thrown it would be very wrong to move forward of the other shopper.

There you go, poppet!

Football is a funny old game...

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Its been a flippin' great first half

...wonder if the second half of this tournament can live up to the start!??

32 games down - and now the World Cup really begins - all the teams now working out their tactics for the final games, who to rest, etc, how to prepare for the second round (if already thrpugh) or how to salvage some pride (if they are already out) Biggest disappointments so far - England and Brazil, even though both have won their matches and not conceded any goals, they don't look like competiton winners. Most impressive so far, Argentina, Spain and - despite that fact that they have lost both games - Ivory Coast. Pity the Ivory Coast boys are going home...

Don't get too hyped about Argentina yet - the history of the tournament is littered with teams who were spectacular and yet went home empty-handed. Remember Holland in '74 and Brazil in '82. And I'm told Hungary in '54 were by far the best team in the competition. Cruel game, tournament football - its not always the best team that wins.

Anyway keep following the World cup with your World Cup wallchart. Get your copy here.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Are Brazil fated to win the World Cup?

Friend of mine sent this today...fascinating!

Only problem is that when you draw attention to these patterns, they always go wrong!

Let's see if it works this time, but even if it doesn't its fascinating all the same...

What I am talking about? Here goes...

Brazil won the world cup in 1994. Before that, he had won this title for the last time in 1970.

If you add up: 1970 + 1994 = 3964

Argentina won the world cup for the last time in 1986. Before that
only in 1978.

And 1978 + 1986 = 3964

Germany won the world cup in 1990. Before that, Germany won
in 1974.

Look: 1990 + 1974 = 3964

This could lead us to guess the winner of the World Cup in 2002, since it should be the winner of the 1962 World Cup.
(In fact 3964 - 2002 = 1962).

And Brazil won the world cup in 1962! (And, in fact, Brazil won the 2002 WC)

This numerology seems to work...

And now, who would be the winner of the 2006 world cup?

Let's see, 3964 - 2006 = 1958

And who won in 1958?....

Oh, Brazil did!!!

Follow the Wolrd Cup - and see if the pattern coninues, with your World Cup Wallchart.

Download your copy here

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Germans ovecome the Poles - just!

The Germans won their second game today and almost guaranteed qualification to the second round. A hard-fought battle with the Poland team. The Poles probably thought they had done enough for a draw as the clock ticked over into injury time. But I just knew the Germans would score – they are famous for these last-minute goals!

Anyway, as the Germans celebrate and the English prepare for today’s game against the Soca Warriors, here is a great joke which perfectly captures the age-old football rivalry between the 2 nations.

A German family head out one Saturday to do some shopping. While in the sports shop the son picks up an England football shirt and says to his sister, "I've decided to be an England supporter and I would like this for my birthday."

His big sister is outraged by this and promptly whacks him round the
head and says, "Go talk to your mother." So off goes the little lad with the white and red football shirt in hand and finds his mother.

"Yes son?"

"I've decided I'm going to be an England supporter and I would like this shirt for my birthday".

The mother is outraged at this, promptly whacks him around the head
twice and says, "Go talk to your father." Off he goes with the football shirt in hand and finds his father.

"Yes son?"

"I've decided I'm going to be an England supporter and I would like this shirt for my birthday."

The father is outraged and promptly whacks his son around the head 4
times and says: "No son of mine is ever going to be seen in THAT!"
About half an hour later they're all back in the car and heading towards home. The father turns to his son and says;

“Son, I hope you've learned something today?"

The son says, "Yes dad I have."

“Good son, what is it?"

The son replies, “I've only been an England supporter for an hour and already I hate you German B@stards!"

Monday, June 12, 2006

Jeeps! What a start to the competition

Wow! What a blazing start to the competition! From a 6 goal thriller opening match, the World Cup has delighted and entertained so far with every game. 8 games completed already – that 1/8 of the competition over and if the rest of the games are as good, the next few weeks will be a real feast of football.

A big feature of the opening games is that the so-called “underdogs” are not going to be whipping boys. They are taking the game to the big teams and really giving them a fight – as evidenced by the incredible 0-0 draw achieved by the “Soca Warriors” Trinidad and Tobago against Sweden, despite playing half the game with 10 men. Most disappointing team so far – England! Despite all the hype and the fact that they actually won their game, they looked poor and their inability to keep the ball by playing short simple passes will make them come unstuck against the better teams later on.

I’m off now to load up all the results in my World Cup Soccer interactive wall chart. Remember you can download you copy now using the link below.

World Cup soccer interactive wall chart.

Friday, June 09, 2006

The Football World Cup begins!!!!

Just a few hours to go until the big kick-off in Germany! The first game is Germany vs Costa Rica. This marks a big change in tradition – usually the first game involves the cup holders. FIFA are constantly trying to change the format – for example, this is the first tournament where the holders now have to qualify again. Up until now the holders have had an automatic entry into the finals.

Be interesting to see how Germany perform. German football is in the doldrums at the moment, but they always do well in tournaments (they have reached the final more than any other team) and home advantage is usually good for at least a ¼ final place…

Anyway, the anticipation is building! Got my Footabll World Cup Interactive Wallchart safely installed on my pc and I’ve been playing around with it. It’s amazing! I’ve been using the “what If” feature to develop a strategy for Trinidad and Tobago to win the cup – well, we can always dream…

Anyway, I’m gonna be tracking the progress of the tournament using the Wallchart. Remember you can grab yourself a copy as well. Just use the link below.

Download your Football World Cup Interactive Wallchart here.

Lets play ball!