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World Cup diary – Spain humiliated

14 June 2014

8:53 AM

14 June 2014

8:53 AM

You see – that’s the trouble. You write off the World Cup for moral reasons because of FIFA sleaze (and that opening game). And then Spain are magnificently humiliated, cheering me up more than I could have thought possible. Undoubtedly talented, Spain have nonetheless been boring us rigid for too long, with that self-regarding, tippy tappy, stifling of what the game should really be about. The Netherlands taught them that, with great glee. I haven’t been so pleased about a world cup result for ages – well, not since the French fell to bits against Mexico and South Africa.

You sort of hope this is the end of an era, or the beginning of the end of an era. We must now get behind Chile and hope they can take at least a point form the Spanish. A draw would surely see Spain sent home.

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  • shiva

    The Labour Party has been instrumental in creating the environment that
    it is ok to be offended at anything and everything, and that somebody
    should always be culpable however insignificant the offence.
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  • Baron

    That’s what the game is all about, Rod, you win some you lose some. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Spaniards, who had a bad day yesterday, reached further than us for they’re playing quite well, most of the players are articulate, can think, and their names like Xavi or Diego Costa (who was born in Brazil btw) have an aura of mystique about them not like Rooney, Smalling and such.

    • Lucy Sky Diamonds

      The Dutch are the tallest people in the world

      • Kitty MLB

        We lived in Holland for a few years, the Dutch are
        also the friendliest.And love Cats which are also
        very friendly…but whatever you do don’t say
        their accent sounds a wee bit German .

        • Shakassoc

          ‘Dutch’ — ‘Deutsch’. Same difference.

        • Stigenace

          Yeah, I once made a similar mistake suggesting Dutch is a hybrid of German and English. It’s one of the few ways to make a Dutchman unfriendly and I wouldn’t have said it had I known it was such a touchy subject.

      • Trofim

        Don’t think so. Isn’t it them over in Rwanda – the Tutsis? Or is it the Hutu? The Dutch are the tallest people in the sense of people who have their own country?

        • Lucy Sky Diamonds

          The average Dutch man is six-foot-one

          There are taller people belonging to certain populations within countries. This is especially true of the Maasai people, who live in parts of Tanzania and Kenya. But as a whole, the Netherlands are on average, the tallest people.

          • AndrewMelville

            Calvinism – good for your genes too.

          • Stigenace

            Nah, it’s living near or below sea level. The Dutch have evolved to stand in shallow waters.

    • Wessex Man

      How sad that you think that about the entire team. I must say though, I won’t be staying up to watch tonight.

      • Baron

        Hard to generate, Wessex Man, you’re right, but in Baron’s humble view it’s the brainpower that wins it, all top footballers have excellent physical strength, ours included, what we lack, regretfully, is thinking footballers.

  • Augustus

    A nice payback for the defeat in the final of 1963 in South Africa. And for the 80 years war? Was that a flying Dutchman heading into goal?

    • Lucy Sky Diamonds

      Clever clogs.

    • BC

      Do you mean 2010?

  • Lucy Sky Diamonds

    Must be a combination of friday the 13th and the King abdicating……

    Always have a soft spot for Holland. Plucky little nation.

    • Kennybhoy

      “…hence why she sent an English army to the Netherlands …”

      To prevent a hostile power gaining access to the Netherlands’ coast and ports mair like.

  • allymax bruce

    “Spain have nonetheless been boring us rigid for too long, with that
    self-regarding, tippy tappy, stifling of what the game should really be
    about. The Netherlands taught them that, with great glee. I haven’t been
    so pleased about a world cup result for ages” Yes !

    Come on Chile !

  • you_kid

    My Italian friends aren’t hoping for an end of a era, they just cannot wait for the end of one simple game.

    • Lucy Sky Diamonds

      Not long before we are all team europe…..

      • Baron

        If the politicians were to attempt it, Lucy, the masses would take to the streets, it would be the end of the political class.

      • Stigenace

        There’s be no European Championship, no World Cup qualifiers and far fewer players would be required for the internationals which remain. With most of their playing resources devoted to winning club trophies most clubs would love it.

  • wycombewanderer

    I enjoyed your article over in the grauniad.

    They’ve still got steam coming out of their ears.

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