Ramblings on Argieball and other nonsense
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He is mad, of course, and terribly unstable. He should never have been given the job and despite talk of getting to the semi-finals being a good return and a massive improvement on previous showings in the world cup finals, given the relative strengths and weaknesses of many teams at the World Cup, and the injuries that so many are suffering, this would be an awesome chance to win the bloody thing again. Maybe another manager would do better: he’d bring more and better defenders, Cambiasso and Banega might play, the bench would be more experienced, Heinze would be off doing what he does best, challenging Marseille dockers to headbut contests, etc.
But it’s wrong to say we’ve seen lots of madness from Maradona in recent times. On the contrary, he’s given precious little away and even the headline-grabbing obsession with his toilet seats only suggests an admirable attention to detail of the kind lacking, say, in Mad Mick McCarthy’s Saipan Odyssey, by far the maddest thing to ever happen at a World Cup. Continue reading
Ay, the soul-searching, the San Andreas-like chip on the pueblo’s collective shoulder, along with the cultural obsession with psychoanalysis, it all makes for a foul soup. The banner reads “Only 87 days to go til the World Cup!” and the chattering classes (hello) are worried about the apparent “lack of happiness with which Messi puts on the Argentine jersey.” The eminent Doctor Jorge Rocco gives his beard a hearty yet anxious stroke today, pronouncing: “He doesn’t seem happy, nor is he made to feel welcome by the fans, nor is he well integrated into the group. It’s as if he weren’t really there.” Continue reading