Post-World Cup Links

Rules and Regs:

Jonathan Wilson thinks the tournament should be cut down to 16 teams, and have global qualifiers. This sounds amazing, and hence will never happen. Goal-line technology is, predictably, staying off the FIFA agenda. As I’d hoped, extra officials will be used in some big games. Simon Burnton thinks the logical conclusion of current football is boredom. Will vuvuzelas be banned? Does anybody care? The FT wonders what will happen next for South Africa, and the Brazilian government responds to criticism by throwing money at 2014.


Fergie wants a winter break which he says would help England be better. Not sure why he cares about that though. Gerard Houllier says that it was all Rooney’s fault. England tickets will be cheaper for friendlies as the F.A. fears that the dismal World Cup performance will mean that fans stay away. In any case, they will have to look for a new sponsor as Nationwide will not be renewing. Can Jack Wilshere save England, or indeed Arsenal for that matter? The Independent offers some tips for the 2018 bid.


All-powerful Xavi uses his octopus-like mind to predict that Fabregas isn’t long for north London. Genius. Carlos “Caveman” Puyol weighs in on the matter too. Meanwhile with the addition of joint World Cup top-scorer David Villa, will Barcelona be the best club side ever, or will their 4-3-3 stifle the little poacher? Nobody is sure where Fernando Torres will be next year either – does Huntelaar’s appearance in the northwest suggest bad news for Liverpool?


Anelka is sticking by his patently absurd view of team unity, and claims he did nothing wrong. Meanwhile the underage prostitution story officially moves beyond the revolting Ribery and threatens to drag Benzema’s name down too, though convictions seem unlikely. Particularly when the former sports minister thinks it’s not a big deal because “she didn’t look fifteen.”


Joachim Löw and his backroom staff will all remain in place for at least one more big tournament. No further news on just how gay the German team really is. The Guardian’s Mark van Bommel gallery goes from strength to surreal strength, and the brutish midfielder contributes to Johann Cruyff’s anger with his homeland. Why Diego Maradona has a say in his future is utterly beyond my comprehension.

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