So we are now half way through the main footballing event of the year – there has been some excitement – the rain and thunder and lightning over the France match on Friday was quite something! You will gather that the football isn’t something that particularly excites me – however I believe I have a cunning plan that would ‘improve’ the tournament.
we are currently hearing all about ‘the group of death’ which includes Germany, Italy, Holland and Denmark – as only two teams go through, one of the top sides will drop out at the end of this stage. On the face of it that is fine – it was the luck of the draw. However the knock out stage is already known in terms of who will face who and this is the bit I have an issue with.
The talk was all about playing for a draw or X needs to beat Y if we don’t want to face Spain in the next round (something like that anyway). That is just wrong – so why not draw the knockout after the first round of tables, then everyone would play for a win (which is surely what the game is about?). I realise this would play havoc with people booking accommodation ahead in the correct location for their teams games – but that is a small price to pay for a ‘better’ tournament!
If England manage to by-pass Spain by playing in a specific way to manage that, and then go on to win the competition (unlikely I know!), then isn’t it a hollow victory – almost like cheating?
Told you I don’t like football!