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September 08, 2008

Team Holland: My Story / Croatia vs England

Team Holland: My Story

When I was young, I had no interest in Holland. I mean, why should anyone be interested in Holland? This was me until the summer of 2004. Something strange happened that year. That 'something' was Euro 2004. During Euro 2004, I realised that there was a group of men in orange who played lovely football and looked really cool as well. They were people from Holland. That's why I have been keeping an eye on Holland for the last four years. It sounds familiar, doesn't it? I mean there are loads of neutral fans out here who are keeping an eye on Holland.

Team Holland is going through changes. The team has their goalkeeper, skipper and coach changed. The changes have not been easy. Take the friendly game against the Aussies for example. The team used to have three goalkeepers and now it has two. In the game, the goalkeeper got a red card, so the other goalkeeper had to get on and a player at the front had to be substituted. At the end, Team Holland lost at home. If that red card counts, the Dutch probably have a goalkeeper crisis this week, though I hope not!

Croatia vs England

For England, Zagreb of Croatia is more like a graveyard than a stadium. It was there when everything went WRONG for England. Paul Robinson's feet missed the ball with a Borat advert in the background. How stupid was that! You see, if you consider the sacking of Steven McClaren as burying alive the Brollyman with sand, by the end of the last Zagreb game, the sand had gone up to his knees.

Here are some tips for Mr Fabio Capello to follow if he wants to lead England to World Cup. Trust me, these work.

Mr Capello should:

  1. Stick to his gun and instinct.
  2. Ignore what the FA says about certain players e.g. Rooney. Some of these players are overrated.
  3. Select his own squad. It's his squad. Ignore what other people say about it.

Mr Capello shouldn't:

  • Work with Brian Barwick! Brian Barwick doesn't understand football. He only cares about the money FA makes from expensive TV deals! That's why some of us couldn't watch the England game on Saturday and will not watch the England game on Wednesday!

Some words for Slaven Bilic. Slaven, Stay in Croatia and don't come to England because you are too cool to come to England!


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