: WE HAVE LOTS OF NEW FRIENDS
LON: WHAT ABOUT INVASION RUMOURS
FK: THOSE ARE THE FRIENDS I WAS MEANING
Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the ceasefire
which ended the ten-week Falklands War. The war began when Argentine forces invaded the nearly undefended British archipelago, and ended with a decisive British victory following a counter-invasion (which the US Navy had considered to be a “military impossibility
”). This war—in which 649 Argentine soldiers, 255 British soldiers, and 3 civilians were killed—is still a fresh memory for the countries involved, as seen from growing tensions between the Argentina and England sides at the World Cup in Brazil
. Only two current England players
and four current Argentina players
had been born when the war occurred.
Yesterday, during the pre-World Cup friendly between England and Peru being played at Wembley Stadium, there were three goals scored, but the moment that captured the most attention has been this unbelievable, incredible paper airplane toss
"On 25 November 1953
, an international football match was played between Hungary - then the world's number one ranked team, the Olympic champions and on a run of 24 unbeaten games, and England... The British press referred to it as the "Match of the Century" - the originators of the game, against the finest team in the world at that time." [more inside]
Sometimes called the "Miracle on Grass
", the USA's 1-0 victory over England in the 1950 World Cup
is arguably the biggest upset in the history of the cup; when a team of school teachers, dishwashers, and postmen
beat the "Kings of Football". It was the Game of Their Lives.
Today, they had the chance
to do it again
New Order's 1990 official World Cup song, World In Motion
, promised a new, actually listenable era in football songs. So what has England seen since then? The endearing Three Lions
for the hopes of Euro '96. Fat Les' Vindaloo
celebrated the marriage of matches and curries. Meat Pie Sausage Roll
celebrated the meal options of your average footie ground. On The Ball
celebrated the meteoric rise of Ant and Dec. In 2006, we had a novelty cover of a novelty song
, the unspeakable
, the unelectable
, and the so bad it loops round to genius
. [more inside]
Sir Clive Woodward to switch from rugby to football?
Sir Clive Woodward is the head coach of the England rugby union team. Appointed in 1997, he has had stunning success, including winning the 2003 Rugby World Cup
. On Tuesday, the Daily Mail
carried an incredible story: Woodward was planning to turn his back on rugby
in favour of association football (soccer). Premiership club Southampton appear to be his next port of call
with his ultimate aim, the England football team.
Is it possible for a head coach to switch sports like this? Many experts think not
. Is there any previous example of a coach switching sports like this?
World Cup Fever!
The draw for the group stages of the FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan was made on 1st December. England got an awful draw: Argentina, Sweden and Nigeria. The USA look like they did much better: Portugal, Poland and one of the hosts, South Korea. As an Englishman, I'm pretty down about it at the moment.