A real bonus for me this World Cup (blog) is being able to watch live games from Germany, due my 'sleep all day-up all night' routine. Yet being sick during this period one forgets very quickly who’s who. So many games, so much talent, it’s bewildering yet I’m really impressed with those teams fielding predominately youth squads, like Equador, and someone else I forget...
I’ve just awoken thinking about a sensational game I saw this morning, Argentina v Serbia/Montenegro, and I’m trying to recall if I’ve seen a better team to date. No matter, so impressive were Argentina I’m picking them to go all the way to the Final. And if there’s a classier midfielder in this competition than #10 Juan Roman Riquelme, please let me know.
Now, England, what’s to be done ? They are such a star-laden team yet produced the most frustrating football to watch. I know their style is hitting long balls up front to towering strikers or releasing overlapping wingers to slot vicious crosses into the goal square. And yes, they usually produce the desired goal but geez, one wonders what a more tactically imaginative coach could have done with such talented players.
One thing England do have going for them is their fans wonderful repertoire of songs, funny, uplifting or ridiculing. Compared to say...Australia ! Who can forget the Barmy Army's devastating taunt last Ashes cricket tour with, ‘You’ve only got one song !’.
Which has me wondering if the Aussie fans in Germany have been able to add some variety to their limited chants. Here's a collection of classic English chants, helpfully translated into German (trust the English). Further to this, can anyone, English readers especially, nominate more English chants, and the music they’ve adapted ?
UPDATE : Australia to bid for 2014 World Cup ?