All entries for Tuesday 06 December 2005
December 06, 2005
Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/4503612.stm
The BBC are reporting that players selected for their nation's World Cup squads won't be eligible to play for their clubs after May 15th – ruling them out of the Champions League Final. Are they nuts, or just incompetent?
 It appears that they are merely nuts, and not, as I previously inferred, incompetent. They have made an exception for the Champions League Final, but are intent on screwing over any Football League clubs in the Play-Offs that have players at the World Cup.
Writing about web page http://www.fifaworldcup.com
Well good old Uncle Sepp has handed England a boost before the World Cup, ranking us 2nd behind Brazil. That we are (on average) 6 places behind Brazil has not been touched on, but hey.
Holland has been screwed over by not reaching Japan/Korea, thus placing 15th overall for their WC points and sees them unseeded despite being consistently ranked higher than all of the seeds bar Argentina, Brazil and France (who don't count anyway).
All around this is great news for England as we shouldn't fear anybody from pots 2 or 4. Bad news for Serbia & Montenegro who know that they will face either Brazil, Argentina or Mexico in their group in June.
Finally, my dream Group:
England, Poland, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago.