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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

There's No News...So Let's Make Something Up..Part 1 of Several 100

It's been a quiet week in football in general, apart from the USA's sterling performance against Brazil in the Confederations Cup Final.

So, bored journalists do what they are best at and that is : make something up.

Take this headline in the Daily Mail from a couple of days ago:

'We fear England could ruin our World Cup chances, reveals Brazilian superstar Kaka'

Wow, you think. Kaka must have really taken leave of his senses to consider England a threat to Brazil at the 2010 World Cup Finals.

Well, um, no. He hasn't. Nowhere in the quotes given by Mr Kaka does he say anything even remotely like 'we fear England'.

What he does say are the usual platitudes like "I think England is playing very good (sic) under Capello" and "the most important national teams at the moment are Spain, Argentina, Italy, France and England."

Still, why let the truth stand in the way of a good story. Expect much, much more of this kind of thing before the World Cup actually starts. And much, much more when it's actually happening.

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