Friday, August 04, 2006

One of the most infamous moments in modern football history. The referee in the 2006 Portugal v. England World Cup match prepares to give England's hope, Wayne Rooney (white shirt), a red card in response to Portugal's Christiano Ronaldo's (red shirt) plea for the ultimate judgement after a rash charge by Rooney on a Portuguese opponent. Rooney promptly pushed Ronaldo to the ground, doubly earning himself the card, and Ronaldo winked to his own bench as Rooney walked the walk of shame. Both are club team-mates at Manchester United.
This sequence of events exposed the debacle that was the English football squad, which had no strikers left after the sending off, having thought it unwise to take the highest-scoring English man in the Premiership (Darren Bent) to the games and instead choosing the 17 year old Theo Walcott who had never kicked a football in a premiership encounter.

England was left without the Messiah and this team which had suffered the self-delusion of winning the cup died with a whimper. England might learn a lesson from France which fielded only 2 caucasian players, Ribery and Barthez, and managed to get to the finals. One must always choose the best team, Jesse Owens disproved Aryan supremacy in sports more than 70 years ago. Posted by Picasa

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