Friday, June 25, 2004

Another One Bites the Dust

Unbelievable but true - the French lost to Greece! Today's performance by Les Bleus was even more jaw-droppingly bad than yesterday's by England, and I'm from here on out I adamantly refuse to venture any predictions. The French seem to have come into the match thinking it was won even before play had gotten underway, and they reaped the just results of their complancy.

Coach Otto Rehhagel has done very well getting this much out of his team, and I hope the Greek fans enjoy their victory while it lasts, because if there is one prediction I'm still willing to venture, it's that it won't last; it wasn't so much that the Greeks played well (though they did play their hearts out) but that their opponents played so abysmally.

I'm still trying to come to terms with the reality that all of the big football powers are now out of the competition. Not one of the countries left in the competition has a population greater than 20 million: does it mean anything, and if so, what?

PS: Frank McGahon was right - David Trezeguet sucked! Why did Santini bother playing him instead of Louis Saha, as one last act of sabotage against his old employers?