Archive for June, 2007

Mighty Estonia beaten by Plucky Brits

June 22, 2007

Mighty Estonia beaten by Plucky Brits

“And Alexander wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer…” is not a quote expected from, well, anyone in connection with the England Team any time soon.  It is just about possible that we will qualify for Europe but with McLaren’s back to the future style team selection even that is looking dodgy.  Yeah yeah, injuries etc but the lack of an effective successor to Mr Spice is exposing the lack of depth in the squad.

The situation is not helped by the Gerrard/Lampard debate.

Dave’s quick guide to football logic part one – Gerrard and Lampard are the same player.  Gerrard is better.  Pick Gerrard.  Put Lampard on bench as cover.  Have a midfield quartet of Hargreaves (Carrick as cover) then Gerrard (Lampard) with Joe Cole on left and Successor X on the right.  Leaves space for Neville (Richards) and for Ashley Cole and gives us two strikers.

Easy you might think but noooooooo…for some reason Lamps remains in the team even though everyone can see that he’s not good enough at the moment.

So, we go into the break in contention but not convincingly.  All still to play for and all still to lose.
 

Do you agree with Dave?

Dave says:
“Owen is over the hill.  Get Walcott on the pitch now and let him stay there.”
 

Dave’s team for 2010:

I will be merrily predicting the team for 2010 as we go – do you have an alternative?  It won’t be any better I can tell you.  You don’t get through a ‘leg’ of meths a day without picking some knowledge up young fella me lad.  Ahem, sorry about that, the leg has a mind of its own sometimes.  Anyway here’s my selection:

Foster; Richards; Terry; Carragher; Cole; Hargreaves; Cole; Gerrard; Lennon; Walcott; Rooney.
 

That’s it for now, time to get the leg out.

Hint on 2010 ticket prices

June 22, 2007

Here is an article that appeared on Page 1 of The Star on June 8, 2007 (Slindile Khanyile):

South African 2010 World Cup organisers have for the first time given an indication of how much match tickets are going to cost.

The cheapest tickets to the first World Cup in Africa, which will go on sale in 2009, are expected to be below the £58 (about R560) price range used in the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Danny Jordaan, the chief executive officer of the 2010 World Cup organising committee, yesterday said prices for tickets had not yet been finalised.

“We must also wait for the final draw to take place and that will be in 2009. We will then be able to finalise the ticket prices.

“But the cheapest would be below the cheapest tickets in the Japan/South Korea World Cup (in 2002), which was $50 (R350).

“It would also be cheaper than Germany (2006), which was e58,” said Jordaan.

In the meantime, we’ll keep an eye on any other rumours, hints, etc surrounding ticket prices, as the affordability issue is a hot topic in South Africa.  As an example of what constitutes ‘affordable’, the upcoming Kaizer Chiefs vs Tottenham Hotspur game in Durban has most tickets priced at R35, and the most expensive at R100, which is about GBP2.50 and GBP7 respectively.