I don’t usually support any one particular team at World Cup tournaments. I enjoy simply watching good football on offer during the competition.
Having said that, I’ll admit to some sympathetic leanings towards England, simple because of my experience of having lived there as a student and understanding the passion the English bring to their favourite sport. While I won’t be upset at an England defeat, I can certainly understand what a huge boost (and sense of relief) it will be for the long-suffering supporters of their national team.
I will always watch as many Brazil games as possible for the simple reason that they often tend to play the best (and most enjoyable) football. And with Ronaldinho and especially Kaka (watch out for this dude, he could upstage everyone yet) playing at full flow, it’s hard to see many teams coping with them. Their only weakness, as it has been for decades, is their defence.
In the end, though, the World Cup is all about the joy of football. And I look forward to watching some of the best ambassadors of the game displaying to the world what football is really about:
OK, so you and me and your pet dog know all about him. But unlike the rest of the players in Germany, you can bet your bottom dollar that this guy will be the only one smiling, laughing and generally having a good time no matter what the circumstances. If Chelsea were to bag him, they’d actually become respectable overnight. But that won’t happen since Ronnie still has principles…
This kid has more talent in his little finger than the entire Malaysian U-20 + MyTeam combined.
Whether he’ll make the starting 11 regularly is uncertain, but when he does come on, keep an eye on him.
The unfortunately-nicknamed Brazilian wunderkind is my choice for potential player of the tournament. With all the attention everyone else will be paying Ronaldo, Ronaldinho et al, Kaka might just emerge from the pack to lead the Brazilians to a 6th victory.
I just want to see that Robo-Crouch dance.
Could this finally be Henry’s international big break? While he did well in France ’98 (although he played as a winger), 2002 was a horrible year for France. This could be well be his moment to shine, and as a striker, there aren’t really that many players who are more brilliant in the final third of the field than him.
What can I say? As a Liverpool supporter, it would thrill me no end if Stevie G turned out to be the England team’s talisman instead of the Chelski/ManUre players. Get in there, Captain!
What’s football – much less the World Cup – without them, eh?