Just a quick post to let off some steam about the world cup in South Africa. I dont mean from an English perspective because the team was purely terrible but rather the traditional minnows of world football who have exceeded themselves in this world cup such as New Zealand who are usually more comfortable with an oblong shaped ball, Uruguay who showed solidarity as a team and perhaps most impressively Ghana who carried the flag for South Africa right into the quarter finals. The handball on the line by Suarez was dispicable and if the resulting penalty had been scored who knows what would have happened in the next round should Ghana have gone through. But alas, as extra time proved fruitless Ghana then put forward John Mensah for one of the penalty kicks who didnt really do himself or the team justice. Nevertheless I think its safe to say that an African team will (or to cover my back ‘can’) win the world cup in the next 20 years as the African teams are now an equal match for the South American and European teams.

So its Spain vs Holland in the final and as Spain are the holders of the European Championships I wish Holland the best of luck in Sunday and hope they take the trophy home, its certainly long overdue as the Cruyff influenced Total Dutch Football of the 1970’s never resulted in a World Cup triumph and the consequent Dutch teams ever since have played at times, miraculous football, thoroughly deserving of the World Cup trophy…mind you with Iniesta and Xavi bossing the midfield and David Villa popping the goals in upfront they will have their work cut out. Whoever wins, it will be watched by an English team dispersed across Europe on their summer holidays who should be red faced and embarrassed over their performances in South Africa 2010.