Saturday, July 01, 2006

Au revoir, Brazil ...

Lots of unhappiness in Brazil right now, after being outplayed by France. It was a deserved loss -- the Brazilian passes were sloppy, they didn't hustle for the ball, Ronaldo kept taking dive after dive ... and Zidane looped the ball over the head of many a Brazilian and made him look silly.

As a meta-comment, take a look at the French squad as compared to, say, the German squad, and see whether anything strikes you as odd about the demographics of the French team. Christina's mot juste: "Yeah, the French are good at getting other people to do their work for them."


Blogger JoJo said...

Yeah!!! Vive la could also say that France is good at recognizing diversity :)... I am obviously being sarcastic here.. I think a greater discussion on talent and physical anatomy would need to be open on that subject. If you consider track on fields for instance, your comment would apply to most white man has ever ran the 100 m dash under 10 sec....

8:31 PM  
Blogger Son1 said...

I don't think you can totally lambaste the Germans for their lack of diversity. Several key members of their team are naturalized citizens. Both their strikers for instance, Klose and Podolksi, could have played for Poland. Even more prominent are Odonkor and Asamoah -- the former has provided the spark-off-the-bench on the wings in this WC, and the latter was a regular player in the 2002.

I'm not saying it's as multi-ethnic a team as France, of course, but... give Germany a little credit, perhaps.

10:56 AM  
Blogger Alex said...

Actually, I wasn't lambasting the Germans, I was more surprised with how non-diverse [in the other direction, so to speak] the French team is.

11:24 AM  
Blogger JoJo said...

Come on!!! there are like.....(let mecount) trois hommes blancs.... and we also have the first India native player in Vikash Dhorasoo (

11:50 AM  
Blogger Christina said...


Precisely why I said the French are good and getting other people to do their work ;)

8:27 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home