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My Heart Sank AGAIN, All The Way To Hell for England Soccer Team

November 23rd, 2007 · 5 Comments ·
 
 

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England has failed to qualify for Euro 2008. I am not so sure whether I will be watching that tournament next year. It is like eating big Mac without the beef.

I thought that the team would make it. Just a draw was good enough. I don’t really have mood to write about the match, after my post about England loss in 2006 Worldcup – that is the post which I first published on 2 July 2006, a day after England was defeated by Portugal. As my defunct old blog is no longer available, I decided to republish it. It is one of the posts which I wrote with so much emotions.

And here it is…

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The quarterfinal match between England and Portugal in Gelsenkirchen at Germany on July 1, 2006.

I like England soccer team as much as I like working out in gym. So, allow me to write about soccer in this post.

It is indeed a sad day for England fans when the team lost to Portugal in the penalty shoot-out with the result of 1-3. I do not blame the penalty takers. It takes guts to go out and take one. I have to admit Portugal goalkeeper, Ricardo, has done a fantastic job for going the right way. How many goalkeepers on earth is able to save 3 times out of 4 kicks?

Ricardo did exactly that.

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I do not blame the fact that Wayne Rooney got a red card. Just like what happened to David Beckham in 1998 France Worldcup which he was sent off in the match against Argentina. People will talk about the sending-off. I thought the referee could have blown for a foul on Wayne Rooney earlier as it was two against one.

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It was a pivotal moment for England as Wayne was crucial for the team, the only reliable striker the team has. After Michael Owen was sent back to England due to injury, I have no faith on Peter Crouch and the teenage Arsenal striker Theo Walcott. It is indeed a big let down to see Sven-Goran Eriksson brought only four strikers by omitting Jermain Defoe from Tottenham. I miss those days when Alan Shearer was still there. Shearer may not be the best, but he scored goals.

The sending-off of Rooney had a massive effect on England on the game. It was down to the remaining ten England players on the field to finish the job but they could not do it. You could see Steven Gerrald and Owen Hargreaves running almost every corner. Hargreaves played well that day. In fact, he was the sole England player to put his spot-kick in the net in the penalty shoot-out.

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Before the Worldcup, I had high regards on Frank Lampard. Until I saw his performance for his five matches in this Germany Worldcup, I changed my mind.

Pat on the shoulders on John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville, Ashley Cole and Robinson. These men have done everything for the defence.

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It is sad to see a man like John Terry cried for the defeat.

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Hargreaves broke down with tears too.

Many people have criticized David Beckham. But, David Beckham has done the best for the team and for his last Worldcup appearance. Beckham was in tears when he went off the field after he got injured on his right ankle after defender Nuno Valente stepped on him. David will best be remembered on his penalty kick goal against Ecuador that sent them to the quarterfinals. In fact, on that match, a few minutes later, he vomited on the field because of dehydration.

Beckham did everything he could, as a captain, for England.

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I may be an arm chair critic. I definitely not the best person to know everything about soccer. However, if I were to do witch hunting, Sven-Goran Eriksson, I am sorry, but you are fired. You should have brought more strikers there and your tactic just did not work.

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And my beloved England team, I weep for you. My heart sank, all the way to hell.

On 22 November 2007, once again, I cried for my beloved England team.

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5 responses so far ↓
  • Angie Tan // Nov 24, 2007 at 12:20 AM

    England played very poorly. The back four was asleep most of the time.

    The stupidest thing I noticed was that they were playing for a draw. As we know, in the game of football, when you have clawed your way up to draw and there is about 15-20minutes to spare, you go all out to win. Especially against a pretty good team like Croatia. Right after the 2nd goal from Crouch, I could see England trying to play the “old England passing game”, something which you don’t see very often in a VERY long time.

    Anyway, my worse fears is that should England qualify for WC 2010, they will be at a “disadvantage” because some of the youngsters did not get enough exposure in an international competition. :-(

    Don’t get me started on Macca (Steve McClaren). He deserves to be hung from the gonads by the way the team was setup and his choice of players. It boggles the mind.

    *Sigh*.. It was painful to watch.

  • Mike // Nov 26, 2007 at 6:10 AM

    Sigh, after Russia handed England the ‘get out of jail free’ card against Egypt too. It pains me to admit, but if England can’t take advantage of gifts like that then we don’t deserve to play in the finals.

    Don’t get me started on McClown either – why did he start with SWF? He tries to dribble around defenders (and fails) because he can’t cross the ball. Need I mention where Crouchies goal came from?

  • Terry Rose // Nov 26, 2007 at 6:21 PM

    You are Singaporean right or Malaysian? Stop being so obsessed with other countries’ national team. Your own country is doing great at World Cup qualifier. I am not from Singapore but I hate people who grieve about other countries’ teams rather than their own national team. I bet if England or MU comes to your country then you’ll come to the stadium to watch? I hope you do the same when your own country plays.

  • bobby // Nov 30, 2007 at 10:08 AM

    i’m also very sad england is out of euro 08…what is euro without england…. :(

  • cicada // Dec 2, 2007 at 10:51 PM

    I am one that really happy though, sorry to say that guys, but i dont like them, they just live in their own dream wake up ! they’re not that great if u look at their history in football, we know them cause of the tv ! a bunch of overpaid players with ego high as the sky.

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