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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Just A Reminder To The Revisionists

I've kept meaning to mention this in the past, but now's my chance. Ahead of the World Cup draw tomorrow, when all the 'real' journalists assess England's chances of winning the 2006 World Cup Finals, I'd just like to debunk the revisionist view of the 2002 Finals once and for all.

England didn't get knocked out because of Sven's inability to make tactical decisions against Brazil or because Seaman (who had a fabulous tournament to that point) made a mistake. We got knocked out because our squad was fairly thin, because we had to play two players - Owen and Beckham - who were both injured and because we were playing Brazil, for crying out loud.

When you all buy your World Cup Tickets and are sitting there watching your team actually play, try to keep in mind what's really happening as - a year or so down the line - journalists are sure to use the benefit of hindsight to tell you that something different actually occured.

posted by mark_s at 5:16 PM


Blogger Paul Baker said...

Come on, we are English; we should never let the truth get in the way of a good story. Especially when it comes to supporting a football team.


4:03 AM  
Blogger mark_s said...


You are of course 100% correct. How silly of me to think otherwise.

1:32 PM  

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