Had a good couple of bets in recent days. Went for South Korea to beat Germany only because they were at 20/1 and just seemed excessive odds and then had Tunisia to beat Panama 3-1 so managed to cash that out around the 70th minute.
There was a good programme on BBC a week or so ago about England managers (not sure if you can access it or have seen it) and they showed a bit of the 'homecoming' after Italia 90 on it.
Did strike me as strange that there was a real sense of euphoria amongst some people. Looks very strange on reflection - can't imagine us decking the streets for Liverpool if we had lost against Roma in the semi final.
Yeah, exactly. References to that England team are very common and people often speak of them as a team to look up to, although, well... they failed.
I can totally understand that sort of euphoria if a smaller country (perhaps one like Croatia, who reached the semis in their first ever WC), but not England, where people seem to have such high expectations of their national team.
I find it a bit of a paradox that people can expect so much yet celebrate failure like that. I mean, in nations where demand for success really is greatest (Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Germany), I can't possibly imagine people celebrating a team such as that. And don't get me started on Gascoigne, I find those tears quite pathetic.
Even the 1982 Brazilian team, arguably one of the most talented ever, seems to be more revered outside Brazil than in the country... give the people the relatively boring 1994 side and they will take that cup over playing nice football and losing every day of the week!