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- Bah, the team we wanted to win, didn’t. Argentina went out with a whimper. So much enthusiasm, so much blather, and then poof, it all falls apart. I didn’t like it one little bit. Not a jot.
- Now it all seems so clear. But many people were shocked by the 0-4 against Germany.
- Sure we hadn’t shown we were a proper team, what are you on about? How far are you going to get without something to prop up all the quality we had in attack? No-where, no, no, no. Three or four small lads played up front, all those lads, they played a bit, but the rest, the rest are guys you wouldn’t… you wouldn’t… Look: you can’t have everyone doing their own thing. We Argentines are the biggest bullshitters in the world. We’ve always been like this. We can’t get enough of being right smart-arses. We, we, we – no, sir, we poppycock! The time for me me me is over. The thing is we’ve had good players plenty of times, good groups, a good team spirit, and we’ve even put together some good teams. But then we go on hailing victories [that haven't happened yet], we’ve cheered so many victories, but look at us now. In my day there was a school, an idea, a style – a style that was also a great show! Now even that’s gone. Argentine football is constantly up for sale, the players spread out all over the world. They sell everything they can get their hands on, they’re going to end up bollock naked: our football is going to end up bollock naked. We won’t even have any players. That’s where we’re at. And the farce goes on. Continue reading
Pegamequemegusta has been amazed by how judiciously Diego has used his squad so far. Maybe that’s overstating it: we’ve been pleasantly surprised at the lack of mad, panicky decisions such as those that characterised the farcical qualification campaign, or England’s World Cup. He’s betted heavily on Di María – it should’ve been safe enough – and seems determined to see it out.
Much as Del Bosque with Torres, however, the question appears to be whether he can afford to wait and see if this potential game-changer and game-winner will come into form in time. He assured us yesterday that Di María is fulfilling all his duties and is “ready to explode”. If he doesn’t, though, and keeps on failing to impose himself on games, one of Maradona’s most astute choices could well end up scuppering his World Cup dream earlier than expected. Continue reading
They say that one day in the Estadio da Luz, Saramago, who was an atheist, was surprised to see so many people blessing themselves or looking imploringly at the heavens. “I, too, wait for a sign from God everyday. It’s a shame i’ve never found one.”
Mexico, Argentina’s next opponent in the World Cup, also mourned one of its best writers during this World Cup, Carlos Monsiváis. Once Monsiváis was asked, his compatriot Juan Villoro relates, about the ‘atavistic incapability’ of Mexican football to ‘solve the matter of the maximum penalty’, which could well be a possibility this Sunday in Soccer City. Monsiváis, who believed he was being asked about troubles in the country’s prisons, answered: “There’s too much overcrowding and that provokes riots.”
Monsiváis hated football, just like Borges, who gave a lecture in the Teatro San Martín right as the World Cup was getting under way in 1978. “Juan Villoro said that God is round. In that case,” Monsiváis once said, “you can consider me an atheist.” Villoro, in fact, wrote an excellent book with the title God is Round. Continue reading