So what are you going to do now that the World Cup is over? I’m going to revert to my usual summer pattern of reading more books, going for more walks and generally trying to pay more attention to non-football matters. That means that my posts on this blog are going to be even more sporadic than usual.
I didn’t watch all the WC games on TV but I did watch more than originally planned. I blame that on van Persie and his beautiful headed equaliser for the Netherlands against Spain. It was my favourite WC goal and it persuaded me that it might be worth watching a few more games. I was glad I did. There were late goals, surprising results and plenty of drama, which made it a great world cup for a neutral. And I did find it more enjoyable once I became a neutral, after England had departed and I didn’t have to worry about them anymore.
I enjoyed it so much that I’ve added a football book to my summer reading list: Tor! The Story of German Football by Uli Hesse. The blurb on Amazon intrigued me, it says, “Germany did not have professional players or a national league until the 1960s, yet it became one of the most successful football nations in the world. Tor! (Goal!) traces the extraordinary story of Germany’s club and international football …” If and when I read the book, I’ll let you know what I think of it.
Gary Neville thinks that England can’t copy Germany. He is quoted as saying, “We are going to have to find our way of doing it because the system we have doesn’t allow us to adopt the German route in its entirety.” I agree that we can’t emulate their success with our present system but maybe that’s an indication that we should try to change our system.
One other thing that I read today made me smile. If you heard someone refer to “Championship giants”, which team would you think of?
The full headline read: “Championship giants Birmingham City at Aggborough in less than a fortnight for pre-season action.” I’m afraid that isn’t the team I think of when I hear the word ‘giants’.