Wednesday, September 9, 2009
England, Africa and the World Cup 2010
I´ve spent the last 45 minutes listening to the first half of the England versus Croatia World Cup Qualifier. Two years ago, a somewhat stronger Croatian team knocked England out of the European Championship, but England seem to have sought revenge and are already two goals to the good.
A victory or even a draw will confirm England´s place in the World Cup in South Africa in June 2010.
My prize to myself on completion of my dissertation will be to travel over-land from Israel, through Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique down to South Africa in time for the tournament. Now how cool is that?
Whatever you might think of football (soccer), the World Cup is an international extravaganza. Africa is the last continent i have yet to visit and i have now found the perfect excuse.
England have a good squad and should be capable to get to the quarter finals, if not semi finals. Watch them implode at any penalty shoot-out.
Ed. Addition: England go on to win the match comprehensively 5 - 1.
The sporting headlines in Britain´s tabloid newspapers go nuts this morning. Check these out: -
Bok of the net! (Daily Mirror) - Brilliant!
3 Lions in Africa (Daily Mirror)- mmmm
Get de beers in (The Sun)- only The Sun!
Ooh-aah Africa! (The Sun)- my personal favourite!
We can win it (Daily Express) - yeah...right!
Watch out world (Daily Star) - tee hee
World class (Daily Mail) - I´m sure Brazil are quaking in their nikes!