South Africa

A Good World Cup?

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I am not the best person to comment on the World Cup, or football as a whole. It is not something that I have a great interest or if I am honest respect for. This World Cup has not really helped me with this view either!  

FIFA had I believe made a very brave move in giving the World Cup to South Africa to run, I think they have actually done them proud and the event appears to have run extremely well. Yes there have been a few empty seats, the majority it would appear due to a lack of corporate entertainment being taken up. I do however feel that the tournament has been let down by the very people who should care about it most – the players and FIFA.  

The attitude of some players and the way they behave is I believe a very poor example to the kids who will have watched the tournament to see their heroes. The list is large;  

Close to home, the England players attitude to the fans quite frankly stank. I was appalled when they did not even acknowledge the fans at the end of the game against Germany when they got knocked out of the tournament.  

Rooneys comment at the end of the Algeria game was also unforgivable.  

Half the England squad also did not sing the National Anthem (unlike all other teams) – and yes boys you are playing for your country, not for Rooney.com or similar!  

Funny - I thought the Goalkeeper was in yellow?

 

The worst I saw though was Uruguay, the blatant hand ball to stop Ghana going through – appalling professionalism!  

This is also before we consider the performance of FIFA!  

Sepp Blatter the boss of FIFA has today said he is happy with the way the World Cup has gone. He is pleased we have all survived the vuvuzelas, but has nothing to say about goal line cameras or any of the other poor football comments!  

Lets hope the final is one to remember for the right reasons.  

Come on FIFA, lead by example and get your game in order. Otherwise you will lose your fans and then your fabulous wealth – actually, perhaps that is what is needed……….

Nottingham get behind England!

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It’s good to see that Nottingham City Council have finally sorted out their ‘flag issues’ surrounding the World Cup!    

After a shaky start which involved council staff taking down flags erected on a road in Clifton by a pensioner (which made the national news) and then a personal apology to the pensioner concerned by counsellor Jon Collins (and the flags being reinstated) –  the City have now done us proud with this;    

photo: Scott Osborne

 

The massive 18-metres wide by 8-metres high flag has taken pride of place on the front of the Council House – a landmark building in the city’s central Old Market Square.    

The impressive sight is intended to add to Word Cup fever in a city which has a strong footballing history, and is also looking to be a host city for the 2018 World Cup.    

Councillor Jon Collins said;    

“We’re hoping that in eight year’s time, the World Cup could be coming to us but in the meantime this flag shows everyone the size of Nottingham’s ambition and pride. We reckon it could well be the biggest St George’s flag in the country.”    

Nottingham is also to play host to an infamous piece of World Cup memorabilia from next week. The shirt worn by Diego Maradona when he scored his controversial ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the 1986 World Cup is to go on display at Nottingham Castle.    

Let’s hope that after last night’s little goalkeeping issue things improve for us in South Africa!