Right now, the only thought in your head, if you’re an All White, is that you’re going to put your heart and soul on display this Saturday to get New Zealand to the World Cup. But, if you’re a fan, what should you expect to see on the pitch this Saturday?
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Since we’re on the topic of footballl criticism in Argentina (otherwise known as “sucking it”), let’s review a few criticisms, and, just for fun, I’m going to remove the names.
If you see Argentines celebrating today, it’s more from relief than elation. This should’ve happened already. It really shouldn’t have been this hard. And if you’re looking for a culprit for the late qualification, look no further from the man at the top. Diego was a Rolls-Royce of a player, but he’s a beat-up, rusted-out AMC Pacer of a football coach.
What possible crazy decision could Sven-Goran Eriksson make next? Surely nothing could top Notts County? Nothing would surprise us now. At this point, he’d have to take the job managing North Korea in the World Cup to shock me … and so he has.
At the start of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, I had a small wish which I felt would probably go ungranted. I wanted my country of birth (Argentina) and my country of residence (New Zealand) to make the trip to South Africa. Little did I know that it wouldn’t be the All Whites, but rather the Albicelestes who would make this wish an unlikely one indeed.
Argentina’s current plight has posed a very difficult question for me. What’s worse: for Argentina to miss the World Cup Finals in South Africa; or for them to qualify — thanks to Diego Maradona and Martin Palermo — and then fail miserably at the Finals?