Jerk off…

andy gray

Andy Gray is not pathetic as a commentator, but as the days progress, his complete inability to pronounce any name more difficult than, say Semak or Lahm, is getting extremely irritating…

Bilyaletdinov? Forget it.

Arshavin? A whole nation will pronounce it as Ashravin….

Xavi? Sczjhavee!

And disastrously, Zhirkov.

(p.s. Julie Foudy isn’t great, but isn’t bad either. Derek Rae is good, and that Scot guy Smyth, why does he go threatening people?)

History revisited?

History, as we all know, has an uncanny knack of repeating itself.

And so it might with Michael Ballack.

Remember World Cup 2002? The similarities are many. Ballack was at the center of the story then too. Germany, defeated sometimes, humiliated more often, just about hung around to reach the finals. And well, there was Turkey in the semis. There was another Guus Hiddink team, unfancied to say the least, in the semi-finals. And the Ballack and Neverkusen incident has been oft-repeated, not least in this blog. Chelsea lost the Premiership. Chelsea lost the Champion’s league. And the Mickey Mouse cup. and now Ballack has dragged his team to the finals. Again.

As i told you, history has this uncanny knack of repeating itself.

Thankfully, it is in Ballack’s hands to change the ending this time. He, unlike in 2002, will play the finals.

If for nothing else, for Michael Ballack to not be the just-about man forever, I hope Germany wins the final. It will be apt.

(p.s. Spain has been fascinating. Russia even more so. I will be glad if either of them win. But there will be one deep breath for the poor Ballack then)

Comments on a few teams…

And no I am not seeing every match, this is California, and football time clashes directly with office time…

But am seeing all the highlights… and here I go….

Germany – is still my bet for the championship. They needed a kick up their backsides, and they got it. Metzelder will only get better, Mertesacker is okay really, and Lehmann will not make any more mistakes. The rest of their team is very good.

Italy – Bad luck. Italy out.

Romania – Will probably qualify. Or maybe they won’t. Adrian Mutu is on his way to becoming a great player, but this penalty miss will haunt him. They have a really good defence line, really.

Netherlands – Will not win. And yes, they should. But they wouldn’t. Their defence line has hardly been tested. Malouda does not count. And tiny Sneijder is a star! Van Persie will play a part, and VDV will not.

Spain – And yes, Spain won’t win either. Xavi will perform brilliantly, note my words. Puyol and Marchena can only get better…

Austria – It’s great to watch Austria. They give it their all. No ability, sadly.