Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Utter tripe…

That’s my view on the first week or so of this World Cup. Barely averaging one goal per game, with no standout matches and no standout players. Played in a country with no love for football and watched by fans whose only contribution is to blow incessantly on those interminable horns.

People have blamed defensive coaches, a long season and “rounder balls” but the truth is that the players just are not good enough. The star players have gone. Look at the Brazil line up. No Ronaldo, no Cafu, no Ronaldinho. Look at France. No Zidane. Look at Italy. No Nesta, Maldini – even Pirlo was not included in their opening game.

A generation of players have faded away – Edgar Davids, Ronaldo, Del Piero, Bergkamp, Vieri, Roberto Carlos and many others have kicked their last international ball. There are few pretenders – today’s crop are very fit, athletic and powerful, but just don’t possess the same level of skill and ability.

What makes this worse is that England are no different…