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July 2nd, 2006 by · No Comments · Armchair Fan, Football

It can also show us a little about the character of the participating nations and even the interested observers.

월드컵 – South Koreans, probably the most ravenous adopters of new technologies, tried a more low-tech approach to following their team. The staff at a Seoul aquarium dressed the penguins in the shirts of competing teams in Group G [Togo, Switzerland, and France], gave them a small football and held a public tournament. Unfortunately they predicted the results correctly, South Koreas penguin lost and was knocked out early.

World Series Soccerball – Who says the yanks don’t get football. If you have the misfortune to have to read financial analyst reports for a living then you can’t have failed to notice the flood of publications referencing the world cup. One shameless example was a strategist note from Accenture which, although having nothing to do with football, featured two businessmen, minus jackets, putting down two briefcases for goalposts. God help us. On a serious note, for them, Wall Street traders have factored predicted dips in trade activity at exchanges across the globe during ‘local’ matches.

Taza del mundo – What we wouldn’t give for a manager with a bit of passion. Nation hero status, at WCO anyway, will follow for Ricardo La Volpe. The Mexican coach, continuing his seemingly constant war with the national press, is currently refusing to speak to them at all. His final words, after tabloid criticism following Mexico’s 0-0 draw with Angola, were ‘don’t break my balls you fucking idiots’. Come on Sven, tell it how it is.

عالم فنجان – Iranian TV have shocked no-one with their coverage of the games. Ignoring the obvious joy of watching sport live they have been adding a 10 second delay to all broadcasts to protect the public from potential ‘indecency’. Spooked by threats of female streakers and political protests, committees will review footage before approving it for broadcast. We assume that will mean absolutely no shots of the crowds during Brazil games and no beer advertising boards.

عالم فنجان – On the subject of beer, it was rumoured that Saudi Arabia narrowly avoided a political incident when the ‘Budwieser Man of the Match’ award looked likely to go to Sami Al Jaber when he scored what looked like the winner in the 84th minute. The Saudi FA were preparing to turn down the award when its blushes were saved when Tunisia’s Zied Jaziri equalised two minutes into extra time. Jaziri, who also scored the first goal for Tunisia, provided the cross that earned Tunisia a 2-2 draw.

世界杯 – The Chinese calendar has been providing an astrological guide the winners and losers during the World Cup. Apparently this year is the year of the Dog. It follows, therefore, that previous winners during a Dog year have a tendency to win again during that year. Nonsense? Well, if you look at the way that the tournament has been shaping up over the last few days, maybe not. Here’s the science. Only two nations have won the World Cup during a Year of the Dog, Italy [twice] and Brazil [thrice]. Crackers!


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