The football has finally begun...except for you know who

Ahhh...that's better, isn't it? After the chess matches of the first round at the World Cup, the coaches have decided it's time we were treated to some football.


And what football! Uruguay crushed a poor South Africa, while Mexico beat a divided French team. The French FA have got exactly what they deserved for sticking with the bungling Domenech. Four years ago, they only reached the final when the senior players like Zidane and Vieira essentially took charge. They were rubbish at Euro 2008 and useless here. As one French daily put it: "They should change the emblem of the national side from a cockrel to a headless chicken."


Argentina looked great going forward as they overwhelmed the South Koreans but gave away a soft goal. They could be another Brazil 82; loved by neutrals but possibly vulnerable to a good, pragmatic, side. But isn't it fun to have a team playing in such an uninhibited way!


Greece shocked everybody by beating Nigeria and then Serbia defeated Germany in a mad game where they did their best to blow it by missing sitters and giving the Germans a penalty. Fortunately for them, Podolski was allowed to take the spot-kick, despite having shown a Heskey-like prowess in front of goal all game, and he promptly fluffed it. And why did Joachim Loew take off Ozil, his hitherto most creative player? Lunacy.


Oh, and England were terrible. Rubbish. Pony. I could write pages on why but I'll do that tomorrow. I have to be up at 6am to go to to Rustenburg for Ghana v Australia for Talksport.


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