Everybody’s talking about it

I’m afraid I’m going to be one of those rather annoying people who only pays attention to football when the World Cup is on. Come on England and all that.

Thankfully, I wouldn’t dream of being one of those annoying people that puts flags on their cars, so I think the two balance each other out quite nicely.

I know very little about football. Really, really little. I used to “support” Manchester United when I was too young to know any better. I have never lived anywhere near Manchester, so I must have only picked them because they were doing quite well. When I say support, of course, it really means caring enough to know who Ryan Giggs was, and maybe collect stickers because stickers were fun.

I did learn the offside rule, though. Another brownie point for me, I think.

For the upcoming event, I know a few things, but not enough. I know that people don’t like the balls. Not enough panels. RG told me.

I was discussing who was on our team with my brother (who is understandably a bit more clued up on these things than I am).

“Is David Beckham playing?”


“Oh, but he’s the only one I’ve ever heard of.”

“What about Wayne Rooney?”

“Oh yes, I’ve heard of him.”

“You must have heard of others.

“Well… there’s the tall one. And the one who busted up his knee.”


So there we have it. The extent of my World Cup knowledge. The off side rule. Not enough ball panels. No David Beckham, a tall bloke and a busted knee.

Good times.

Our World Cup sweepstake in the office is remarkably complicated but I have drawn France. I wanted France (nothing to do with a certain Frenchman, promise), so it was a surprise that I actually managed to select them. I was entrusted to draw for someone else and picked Brazil for them. Apparently Brazil are quite good.

The person that was landed with England was quite philosophical about it. “They won’t win,” she said. Thing is, she actually wins everything, always. The Grand National sweepstake? She won that. A competition for a meal in a restaurant? She won that. She goes to bingo and wins there. It wouldn’t be out of the question for her to win this.

If England do get the trophy, I will be sure to thank her for you.

6 thoughts on “Everybody’s talking about it

  1. The ball needs more panels, stupid thing.

    Yeah, I heard Brazil aren’t too bad, but not the favourites, the Spanish are. I wouldn’t mind them in the sweepstake, though, knowing the luck I sometimes get, I’ll be stuck with Slovakia.

  2. Pfft – France. Never. Gonna. Happen.

    We’re at fever pitch in our office, the World Cup can’t start soon enough. I think it’s all down to the online sticker album that everyone had a go at completing.

    It’s at: http://en.stickeralbum.fifa.com/

  3. It is an ancient tradition to complain about the word cup ball. Every world cup I can remember – and there have been quite a few – has had the same thing happen. A new ball is introduced and immediately goalkeepers complain that it moves around in the air too much followed a few days later by complaints from other players. Every new ball that is introduced is claimed to be the roundest ball ever. I am starting to believe balls must have been cubic when I was younger.

    The complaint about the number of panels is new to me. How many panels are on it?

    Strange thing is if you look back to when they changed from 18 panels to 32 there were identical complaints.

  4. Every new ball that is introduced is claimed to be the roundest ball ever. I am starting to believe balls must have been cubic when I was younger.


  5. I wonder if proper fans get annoyed at the 4-yearly attention from casual fans (and even non-fans)..
    I’ve got a vague idea of how some teams perform but have completely lost track of who the good players are, that’s normal for football for me but for most World Cups I try and figure out at least the top few (particularly England). This year – no idea! Will be fun learning it all.

    Hope the buzzing horns aren’t too much though..

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