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Ian W Mitchell. 22 December 2017.
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Just to finish off and round up the "event of the year" that finally turned out to be the "non-event" of the year, I've collected the following points.
The only things that "stars" are any good for are:
Collecting money (for themselves)- yellow and red cards (for themselves, and sometimes for others), doing little tricks which get them and their team nowhere, committing grievous bodily harm to others and pleading innocence when millions of people are witnesses, weeping bitterly when things don't go as they wish, setting up and carrying out revolts against fellow players and trainers - and pleading innocence when it comes out, insulting officials who are the "police" of the event - and trying to do the same thing in real life.
The list is long, and finally boring, so let's just allow them to carry on living in their little dream world, financed mainly by people who can't afford to finance themselves or their family.
Interestingly enough, although the best player Forlan, (at least voted by so called experts) of the tournament was not the highest goal scorer, he wasn't someone particularly well known before the event.
The winner of the "Golden Boot" (which I think is an apt name for the trophy awarded to the highest goal scorer - I would always know where he could put it) was in fact a German player who wasn't known to the Germans, the World or even to himself, 6 months ago!
On the subject of the Germans (and my comments are not simply because I get my pension from there, but because it's true).
If anyone has won in this disastrous "World event", then I think it is the Germans.
They played the most attractive football, scored the most goals (which proves they haven't forgotten what the point of the game is), were one of the fairest, "fair play" teams, they were - by far - the youngest team in the event, they bolstered their own popularity and that of their Nation by the attitude they adopted towards ALL the population of S. Africa, both rich and poor. They didn't spend millions on accomodation, they didn't earn millions in primes and bonuses - just for being there.
They had the highest goal scoring player, they didn't have revolts, they didn't insult officials, and they finally came out 3rd in the World, and were kicking themselves for not having had enough faith in their own capabilities when they played a team of oldies - future pensioners.
For me, they would have been worthy winners of this event.
They pleased me by showing the English team that they weren't what they thought, and showed the English paying public that their own so called "best league in the world" is (if at all) only so due to the enormous importation of "foreigners". Is there a player "Wigan born" who plays for Wigan...?
They (the Germans) were, are and will remain a "multi-culti" team, thus negating all forms of racist talk about them. I raise my glass to them!
Just a small point to be watched - they are the youngest team, the future is theirs, but will they be able to resist the life of "stars" or will they become like the other "older" - hard bitten, boring stars, only interested in their own profit their own safety and their own Bank Accounts.
In any case - it's finished, and - in this case I, for one, am thoroughly pleased about that.
I may not see another one in this life, and if this one was anything to go by, all I can say is -