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Now I Understand Why I Hate English Football

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Whinging, Whining Loser

I’ve hated football for 20 years or more now.  With the World Cup I’ve finally come to understand why.  English football is rubbish.  It’s been corrupted and destroyed by an incurable cancer of money and venality.  English football players are overpaid ponces, whores and playthings for foreign potentates.  They cannot play the game anymore.  They stand around worried that they’ll make a mistake, that they’ll bruise their poor little knees, fracture some obscure little bone in their foot or that their orange-painted slag will run off with their best mate while they’re training.   They seem much more concerned about getting their name in the newspaper than on the scoresheet.

I do remember a rare glimpse of sanity in this crazy world when a year or so ago the great Bobby Charlton apologised for the £80 million pound transfer fee for Ronaldo and described it as “vulgar”.  He had that absolutely right.  Screaming and curling into the top corner from 40 yards in the last minute of extra time right.

Talent. Honour. Pride.

I’ve just watched the most riveting, scintillating, magical game of football between Spain and Germany.  It reminds me how much I used to love the game and how much I and other British sports lovers are losing out.  It was a joy.  I saw beauty there in the poetic movement and interplay.  There is nothing beautiful about the English game.

In 1970-71, when I was 13, I was lucky enough to attend every home game at Highbury stadium.

My Hero

Arsenal won the double that year and Bob Wilson was my hero.  I played in goal too and even today I still treasure that special camaraderie between goalkeepers.  Even as I’ve lost interest in the game I’ve still retained that love hate relationship with the most important position on the pitch.  I’ve been angered and bemused once again at the inane remarks of commentators.  Only occasionally do they compliment a goalie or even understand what it involves .  Usually it’s either a “blunder” or an “easy save” or  “straight at him”.   Don’t they realise that it was “straight at him” because he was in the right place to begin with.  There’s no such thing as an easy save.  Bob Wilson used to have a reputation as an “unspectacular” goalie – because he was almost always there before the ball arrived!  There are no excuses when you’re a goalkeeper.

There isn’t any passion in the English game anymore.  I don’t think they know what it is.  Passion for that bunch of losers is what you get in a lap dancing bar – innit bruv?   There’s very little pride either.   Even at its very best football can never compete with rugby as a real sport so when the BBC had the audacity to hijack Invictus and try to apply some of it’s wonderful, uplifting qualities to the English football team – well, I was just disgusted.

The Spain Germany game was wonderful and I expect the final will be too.  The Spanish were inspired and fluent.  The wonderful Xavi is a powerful symbol of how useless the English chavs are.   The multiracial German team was a redemptive lesson for us all.  They were proud, positive and every colour of the rainbow.  Schweinsteiger, the archetypal aryan stormtrooper, strong, fearless and utterly reliable.  These players are so talented they don’t need to feign fouls or injury.   They just get on with the job – beautifully.

So the World Cup has been a very big but very pleasant surprise for me.  I’d fallen victim to the propaganda that the Premier League is the best football in the world but that’s been proven to be a great big lie.   It might be the richest league but that’s exactly what has ruined the game.

As a Welshman, for me nothing will ever come close to rugby. I’m glad I’ve found pleasure in football again but English football has finally proved itself to be the very worst football in the world.

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  1. English footy isn’t the worst in the world and rugby is crap in comparison imo.
    But I do have a fair amount of sympathy for what you’re saying.

    I definitely think players are scared of getting injured and that alone tells me they aren’t trying 100% all of the time.

    But then, our media doesn’t help, as the expectation/pressure placed upon some players is surely intolerable.
    I think our game has now reached the stage where players are more concerned about making a mistake, as opposed to “going for it”.

    Witness the krauts and their fast paced counter attacking, for example.
    Very low expectations and they performed, whereas our mugs just froze.


    July 8, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    • Well spot on! Yes, it’s all hype, media driven, impossible expectations placed on not the brightest or most mature shoulders.

      You should try with rugby. In comparison, football is thin and insubstantial. At its very best football, perhaps, has the edge in finesse but on every other level, every day, in skill, courage, determination, flair and character, rugby has it all.

      Peter Reynolds

      July 8, 2010 at 11:08 pm

  2. You’re gay, Rooney is the best. I bet you’re friends with Almunia.


    July 9, 2010 at 12:57 am

  3. Exactly to the point, which many young football fans worldwide do not understand now. English football is an absolutely overrated sport, colored with glamor and false passion thanks to the media.


    July 9, 2010 at 6:11 am

  4. i agree with what you’re saying. there’s too much gossip, they’re too highly paid, their WAGS get too much attention and the press is just tearing up every single thing, bringing a whole new level of scrutiny.

    it was refreshing to see great teamplay and no need for feigning fouls indeed. 🙂

    thanks for stopping by!


    July 9, 2010 at 7:08 am

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  6. It annoys me when the England camp say they performed badly because they were tired. They should try playing tennis for 11+ hours over three days, as did Isler and Mahout at this year’s Wimbledon tournament. And then Wayne Rooney complains about being “bored” while out in South Africa. Honestly, they are just a bunch of spoiled kids.

    Wendy A.M. Prosser

    July 9, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    • Wendy, I am with you all the way. These men have become decadent caricatures of sports stars. It has destroyed them. Rooney was probably “bored” in South Africa because he left his Playstation at home.

      Peter Reynolds

      July 9, 2010 at 7:43 pm

  7. Joe Corrigan was my hero. Well done for sticking up for goalies. People definitely seemed to have more respect for the keeper back then – Pat Jennings with his hands the size of dinner plates, Bert Trautmann’s broken neck etc. etc.

    Bob Wilson went to our local junior school here in Chesterfield – just a goal kick away.


    July 15, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    • Just keep on narrowing that angle!

      Peter Reynolds

      July 15, 2010 at 11:46 pm

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