“We didn’t underestimate them. They were just a lot better than we thought.” – Bobby Robson after playing Cameroon at the 1990 World Cup.
I promise not to do too many world cup posts as I know a lot of you probably aren’t to concerned with the final destination of the trophy, however it would be rude of me not to stick in a bit of football speak as a huge wodge of the world’s population will be obsessed by the on field antics for a whole month.
In fact I do love the getting together of nations, the hopes and dreams, the history, stories, individual memories and of course the opening ceremony. It is a feast that will hopefully be worth the four year wait and will be another way to bring us bloggers even closer together.
For the next few weeks I am aiming to do a post each week on a football book (or perhaps individual fascinating story if inspiration strikes) as well as carrying on with my usual reviews, thoughts and possibly something a bit different if I get the inspiration.
I am hoping to present these books in a way that may possibly interest the non fan…I don’t mean to presume that I can entice you to pick up the book yourself, that would be a bonus but is possibly a little to like wishful thinking.
What I really want to attempt, is to show an aspect of the game perhaps not thought about by the casual or non fan that may persuade you to enjoy the game with a different view. Unsurprisingly the books I will review will be more to do with the theory and perspective of the game rather than autobiographies and such that will have limited appeal.
I hope that this will appeal to a few of you and also that there will be a bit of banter flying around with all the countries involved as well as anybody else that wishes to join in. I will be following all of your respective teams that are participating and hoping that England can make a respectable impact on the tournament.
If nothing else grab a team and take an interest, even if it is just catching the highlights, you never know you could get into it…as usual England’s hopes are there to be dashed, that said it’s a good excuse to crank out the finest football song that there is…