Flight 1 - ‘The Greatest show on Earth’ or the biggest circus in town. A chance to watch the greatest players on the planet at their best or just window shopping the clubs next superstar. Possibly you think its just a minefield of injuries for the current players to find a way through. Whatever you think the World Cup is coming. Not a day will go by in the next seven months without it being dragged into every conversation and commentary. Which of our lads will make the trip and how will they do?
At least on the bright side it might mean the commentators wont start talking about Bale in the first two minutes of every game, (but don’t panic they will still make sure to mention him a dozen times every game). The World Cup, a festival of football that is the envy of every other sport. With FIFA having more members than the United Nations. What if the stadiums are not ready, the civil infrastructure is chaos and FIFA were still fiddling with the rules up to the last moment. In “Flying Down to Rio” we will look at the many links between the “Greatest club on earth” and the competition and how they have affected each other. Some of the more zany chapters in the trophies history and the past, present and even possibly future Tottenham players.
I'm not so convinced about Gomes who the said this week he wanted to get back into the national team. I discussed him previously (1) and cant help thinking he has left it a little late to force his way back but who knows at this stage with the right transfer. In the same group we have Cameroon. Even if Benoit Ekotto makes the trip I'm not tipping them to progress alongside the hosts.
After that there must be a dozen or more Spurs lads asking AVB for Portuguese lessons in the hope they will be spending the summer in Brazil. Group B could see us cheering Roberto Soldado, but he will need to improve his goal tally on the scraps of service he has been fed so far. Some poor finishing in the last couple of games suggests his confidence is in need of a boost but don’t write him off too soon. Expect the Spanish to go through.
Group E brings us to the French. Lloris is a certainty to be named. Capoue and Kaboul will both be hoping for a good run of games and form to impress if they are to book a ticket. No surprises here and Hugo and co to progress. While Group F has Brazil’s neighbours and biggest rivals Argentina. They will be delighted with their draw. Erik Lemelda needs to get to grips with the English style of play. I wonder if sometimes he is trying to impress rather than play his natural game ? What do you think? Anyway a player who could be a big hit in the tournament if he makes the cut.
Group H brings us to Lewis Holtby. I’ve been impressed this season and hopefully he will make the it into a strong German team. His goal at Fulham was excellent. Shame the commentator had to spoil it by his first words being about Bale! Actually it was very Holtby like if you watched him play in Germany and it was very like the cracker he got for the Under 21 side at West Ham earlier this season just a few yards further to the right.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see him make the trip.
I cant see any reason why the manager came out with his comments about no surprises in his squad. How to stop players being motivated with one dumb comment. Players like Dawson and Lennon will be looking for a stunning run of games and form to force their way into his thinking. I think England will go through but will need a winning start.
So who do you think will or wont go ? Any thoughts on early favorites for the whole event? If I had to put my ten rupees down I’d be really boring and not look further than the home team with their history and the fans passion.
The in-flight entertainment on Flight 2 departing as soon when there’s a break in the weather, sorry fixtures. The flight is heading for 1950 (did I mention the flight has Tardis like qualities?) and the first time Spurs were involved in the competition. Have your Boarding cards ready please. Oh and yes I do know the club are also using ‘Flying Down to Rio‘. Well I planned it first and it means I can burst into song at regular intervals.
All together now “Were flying down to Rio, Ri, O Rio, were flying……”
Notes - 1 The Hand of Hugo,24/9/13
Thanks - FIFA, The FA, England on line, THOS, BBC, RKO Films
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