Category: Football/Soccer

Come On England

11 July 2018

Come On England

Today is the semi-final between England and Croatia.

Yeahm, first five minutes and England scored.

Bad lack Kane.  It could have been another goal.

Good save from Pickford.

Oh no Lingard!

Half time.  England dominated the first half.

Oh No Croatia had equalised!

Oh no Croatia is on fire now!

England left concentration!

Substitution:  Rashford replaced Stirling

Extra time!

Woah!  I hope this will not end in that cruel but so exciting penalty shoot-out!

Oh no, is it all over?  Croatia scored!  It is 2-1 to Croatia.

Come on England

Come home England.

It ended in defeat! Saddddd

7 July 2018

England vs Sweden

13 minutes in the game and England has yet to. settle

So many missed chances missed by England over a very scrappy game.

Yeah Maguire scored at 30″.

England 1 – Sweden Nil.

He’s done it again.  Pickford threw the ball too hard.

Stirling missed.  He was stupid, he should have passed the ball.

Half time!

Delle Ali scored!

2-0 to England!

Magnificent saves by Pickford!

Yeah after a 5 minutes added stoppage time, England won.

This talented young team still developing has momentum!


 

3 July 2018

Knock-out games before the Quarter Final

England Vs Colombia

Come on England!!!

Omigod, that was one very fraught game.  England won on penalty shoot-out 4-3.   It was two hours of the most exciting, enjoyable but very tense game. We have an excellent & talented new young goalkeeper in Jordan Pickford, who has been making excellent saves and a crucial penalty save in the shoot out to help England win.

England put a good fight over a dirty game by Columbia, especially during the first half.

There should have been a red card for Columbia and few of them should have been sent out for their dirty tricks, not very sportsmanlike.

Anyway, England played well, most of the time, very calm despite the extreme provocation from the Colombian players as well as the fans, who overnumbered the English fans.  Even the iconic drumbeats of Britannia was easily overwhelmed by Columbia fans vuvusela and their own instruments.

Anyway, well done England!  Good luck for the next game.  Let’s go to the finals.


28 June 2018

Tonight or in an hour’s time, England and Belgium will be playing their final group (G) game.

Who ever wins will be top of their qualifying group.

From all the groups, only 16 teams will battle it out in the knock out games next week. Winners then progress to the quarter finals.

Some are over thinking things tactically & opponent permutations.  If England win the group & their knock out game next week, they could play against current  tournament favourites Brazil in the quarter finals. This could end their run. England have done well with a young talented but largely inexperienced team and squad. New found team spirit is adding to the coming together of a future strong team to challenge the best.

Apparently the current tournament top scorer Harry Kane is not starting but Jamie Vardy will be playing instead.


The Belgium Camp have been upfront and wanted to get  second place in the group by drawing or losing the game. As with England and also if Belgium come second, they will not need to travel from their preferred current Moscow base, have an extra day’s rest and if they win their knock out game, would  get  perceived easier teams i.e. avoiding  Brazil  later in the tournament.

Roberto Martinez  the Belgian manager, rumoured  as saying  “We want to play well but our priority is not to win.” this is being investigated &  if true is unprofessional and divisive.

Come On England

Let’s Play To Win!

Well Belgium won 1-0 in a slow paced game, England despite the team changes, did not appear to step up pace and play with urgency  as they knew they had qualified in second place. England now play Columbia next Tuesday evening. Columbia will prove tough opposition. IF England win, they will face either Sweden or Switzerland in the quarter finals. Both are strong teams but are not at the same level as an on form Brazil.  We shall see.

World Cup 2018 (Russia)

World Cup 2018 (Russia)

Another four years had passed and here we are again, England that is, trying our damned hardest to win the trophy, which has been unattainable since 1966.  As ancient as the history of the Magna Carta of 1066.  🙂

Surprisingly enough despite my lack of confidence of an England win, this world cup has been enjoyable and simply exciting.

The game between Spain and Portugal was heart-stoppingly exciting.  Surely it was the best game of this tournament.  Ronaldo had proven he is still a force to be reckoned with when he scored a hat-trick.  His penalty shoot-out was a reminiscent of a Beckham free kick specialty.

Fairly early on in this tournament, there have been unexpected results, the lose of Germany to Mexico and if Mexico has a better finishing, they could have scored at least a couple more against Germany, Iceland containing the world class Messi of Argentina and then Brazil did not shine against Switzerland.

I am looking forward to the two games tomorrow.  South Korea vs Sweden should be gorgeous, lots of oppas from SK and of course no matter what I still support England who would be playing against Belgium.  I am slightly excited about the England game so I  might put up some England banners and flag as well.  LOL

England, don’t let me down!

 

Soccer Curse of Mick Jagger – Brazilian Pe Frio

Football Curse of Mick Jagger

Brazil 2014 has been one to remember for a long, long time.  So many unforeseen events have happened.  Unfortunately these events, especially the losing part bits are  categorically and serendipitously (for the winners) being blamed to a modern day living icon.  LOL   Arise Sir Mick.  LOL

It seems Mick can’t get no Satisfaction even if he tries!  But not as bitterly and heartbreakingly disappointed as the whole of Brazilian footballing peninsula, when their team failed to provide a semblance of satisfaction to the expectant crowd of the host nation of World Cup 2014.   Their proverbial and iconic Brazilian team failed to Move Like Jagger hence completely and utterly trounced by Germany in an unprecedented 7-1 to Germany.  Thus Mick is now being called Pe Frio, which literally means Cold Feet, meaning a jinx!

Mick Jagger and 15 year-old son, Lucas

Mick Jagger and 15 year-old son, Lucas

Apparently the jinx brought on by Sir Mick started a long way off before the World Cup 2014.   Below is an except from an article from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/10957013/World-Cup-2014-Brazil-fans-blame-curse-of-Mick-Jagger-for-their-7-1-defeat-to-Germany.html

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Sir Mick’s bad luck began in South Africa in 2010, when he watched England being knocked out by Germany, then joined Bill Clinton to seeUSA being knocked out by Ghana. For good measure, he turned out in a Brazil shirt to see Brazil lose to the Netherlands in the quarter-finals.

For most of the 2014 World Cup Sir Mick has been touring with the Rolling Stones, but cemented his reputation as a jinx by telling Portugal fans at a concert in Lisbon their team would win the tournament (they failed to progress beyond the group stage).

He then tweeted a good luck message to England before their group game against Italy (they lost 2-1) and before their game against Uruguay, saying: “Let’s go England – this is the one we win!” England suffered another 2-1 defeat.

At a concert in Rome he told Italy fans their team would beat Uruguay in their final group game, just hours before Uruguay won 1-0 to send Italy home.

Uruguay fans, wise to Sir Mick’s growing reputation as a bad luck charm, took a poster of him wearing an Italy kit to their match, which prompted the craze among Brazil fans for cut-outs of him wearing the colours of Colombia and Chile, both of whom were beaten by Brazil on their route to the semi-final.

Last month, as part of the Rolling Stones’ current world tour, they played gigs in Berlin and Dusseldorf. The good news for Germany fans as they look forward to the World Cup final is that there is no record of Sir Mick lending his support to die Mannschaft.

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Apparently last night, Sir Mick affiliated his support to the Netherlands, who I have to admit gave a crackling performance against Argentina, who eventually won through the heart-rending but exciting penalty shoot-out.

What we all want to know now is which team is going to be chosen by Mick for the much anticipated world cup final?  Would it be Germany?  Would it be Argentina?

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Football, the beautiful game, is not called beautiful for nothing!!!!

 

2014 FIFA World Cup – England Vs Uruguay

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Churchill, the mascot Photo by PH Morton

FOOTBALL IS COMING HOME or the team will, one or the other!!!

 

It is now so quiet in our neighbourhood.  Not a peep, nor sound of cars driving by.  No children playing in the street.  I can see from the window, the street is uncommonly deserted!

Everyone, I can safely assume is, is inside congregating in front of the telly waiting for the start of the game.

Today is a most crucial game for England.  They need to win.  They must win.  If they lose, they are probably out of the group, going the way Spain shockingly did last night.

Apparently England supporters who trekked to Brazil to watch the game, were unable to afford to watch in the stadium as the prices were going sky-high by the minute.  The England game is being held at Sao Paulo. The tickets were selling from £500 – £1000.  Rather expensive to watch England lose.  LOL

Oh, none of that, we shall throw out and out support to England.  They can do it, yet they can.

Come on England, Come on England!!!

DSCN9695There you go, we have our England inspired motiff glass and  coasters, we are ready to watch and hopefully enjoy and celebrate.

Get the beer, Peter.

England World Cup Team Theme Tune by Rik Mayall

Flag of St.George  England

Flag of St.George England

Noble Englishman England World Cup team theme tune by Rik Mayall.

For this 2014 World Cup, there is no official England team theme. We guess as the team and expectations for winning the WC are low and realistic.
During our walk around locally with our dog diesel we have seen a few England flags draped from windows, but not as many as previous World Cups.

Anyway a popular and unofficial theme has been found as a tribute as sadly this week one of our comic genius’ Rik Mayall passed away at only 56 years of age. I enjoyed laughing at his manic antics in BBC’s “The Young Ones” and “Bottom.”
He was also brilliant as the slippery, odious and ambitious at all costs politician in ” The New Statesman.” Hmm..he was an amalgam of real-life politicians. 😉

Rik also guest appeared in several episodes of the brilliant and clever historical and hysterical funny “Blackadder” comedy series with Rowan(Mr Bean) Atkinson.

This video made by Rik some years ago in 2010, has now been adopted as the 2014 England World cup team theme..brilliant and a fitting tribute.
Rik invokes Shakespeare’s Henry V the bulldog spirit which the English and British have been known to display. We hope the England team do well, they a have a tough group but have talented younger players are coming through and we shall see how they perform on footballs biggest stage.

With this fuss about his video coming back, Rik would no doubt be telling us all to “f**k off.” 😉

Enjoy the video and RIP as much as your frenetic energy and humour will allow Rick. 🙂

Global Beautiful Game in Brazil for the World Cup 2014

Global Beautiful Game in Brazil

Yes the global beautiful game has begun. Teams from 32 countries now contest the greatest of games trophy in Brazil. Whilst England is the home and originator of the modern game of football, Brazil is regarded as the game’s spiritual home. This once poor country which is now among the richest, adopted football with a passion and fervour unrivalled in any other soccer playing nation.  Brazil have won the WC five times and national pride demands they win a sixth on home soil. It would be a national disaster if they don’t!
England have won the WC once, way back in 1966 at Wembley Stadium.  I was 11 years old and have memories watching the games on the family’s TV in black & white view, as widely available colour TV was a few years away. 
The 1966 England  team were most talented as they proved.  My favourite player was the legendary goal keeper Gordon Banks, I am lucky to  have his autograph.  Gordon was acknowledged as the world’s greatest Goalkeeper of his era. When England played Brazil at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, Gordon’s stunning save against Pele the then world’s greatest football player, has become the stuff of legend in football folklore.
Since 1970, England have never shone at subsequent World Cup Finals. Only under the late great England manager Bobby Robson did they show some promise in the 1980s.
Many think that England cannot produce the team spirit and understanding of the 1966-70 team, where most of the players came form one or two clubs and knew each others style.
Since the 1990s, the English Premier League (PL) clubs and the many millions of pounds generated have dominated the English club game to the detriment of the national game.
Rich PL clubs buy top talented expensive foreign players on fabulous wages.  This has weakened  home-grown talent coming though and those talented  English players can be pressured by certain clubs they play for not to get injured  in international tournaments as the investment and money-making potential is the priority for Premier League clubs, who want to win the top club competitions such as the European Champions League (domestic cups such as the FA Cup are now a poor second in the goals of rich PL club owners ).
 
The England team and squad now have a crop of talented youngsters coming through, if only they can make a  team spirit and national pride above club when required,  that teams like Germany and Brazil have created to meld together a winning team.
 
England fans are passionate about their game and team. 
England Flag
Our flag out and proud!
As Jean and I take our lively Terrier for a walk around our neighbourhood in the evenings, we have seen the gradual appearance of a number of England flags with the distinctive Red Cross of St. George being draped from bedroom windows in houses and flats/apartments; many cars and vans now sport a small England flag too!   We must look for our flag too and we look forward to the England games and hope that our team will progress in the tournament of this Beautiful Game.

The Genuises of the Beautiful Game

fociFootball, or soccer as known in many countries in Asia and the Americas, is called the beautiful game.

I am used to people being passionate about games but not as much as those who  live and breathe football.

What is it about the game that even the geniuses of soccer come out with the strangest or weirdest adage, quote or saying.

Let us see who these culprits are:


Argentina are the second best team in the world and there is no higher praise than that.
– Kevin Keegan

Don’t ask me what a typical Brazilian is because I don’t know what a typical Brazilian is. But Romario was a typical Brazilian.
– Bobby Robson

“I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel.”
– Stuart Pearce

“I couldn’t settle in Italy. It was like living in a foreign country.”
– Ian Rush

“I’m not prepared to make any comments on the World Cup in Qatar in 1922.”
-England manager Roy Hodgson

I felt a lump in my throat as the ball went in.
– Terry Venables

If you can’t stand the heat in the dressing room, get out of the kitchen.
– Terry Venables

“My parents have been there for me, ever since I was about 7.”
– David Beckham
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“Too many of today’s owners have carte blonk.”
-Southend manager Phil Brown

The Germans only have one player under 22, and he’s 23.
– Kevin Keegan

We must have had 99% of the match. It was the other 3% that cost us.
Ruud Gullit

“We haven’t been scoring goals, but football’s not just about scoring goals. It’s about winning.”
– Alan Shearer

You’re on your own out there with ten mates.
– Michael Owen

New England Manager

José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix, OIH, or simply José Mourinho, is a Portuguese football manager, currently the head coach of Real Madrid. He is commonly known as “The Special One”

The England Team have had no luck winning the trophy since 1966.  This is surprising as the team has excellent, premium paid players.  Why can’t they not deliver when playing for their home nation?

New England Manager

Bring Jose Mourinho to be the new manager of the England Football team. He will surely make football sexy. Go on, go on. get Mourinho!!! And inspire players to play as a team.

 

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