Why We Lose at Football
The curse of the inventor. The Greeks invented philosophy. The Romans law. The Welsh face painting. The French tennis. The Muslims algebra. The Egyptians engineering. None today are any good at their chosen subject . The English invented soccer.
We are true Corinthinians. Our sporting instincts are deep and profound. We believe that playing with an effective goal keeper, someone who can use his hands, insults the spirit of football. So we picked a well known hair dresser.
Part of this spirit means we do not like to hog the ball. When Johan Cruyff said”I love playing the English ,they always give the ball back.”,he was like so many Johnny Foreigners missing the point.
We love the little guy, the underdog. We went to war for plucky Belgium, faraway Poland, the Falklands-you didn’t seriously think we were going to bully and beat gutsy little Iceland.
Many of our players are seriously rich. And why not? Some can kick with both feet, many are handsome, some beat up taxi drivers, all are a credit to this blessed plot,this earth, this realm. But four days after Brexit and the pound still falling ,understandably these lads had something more important on their minds than a game of football.
As well many of our players are involved in charities. How could they concentrate on football when so many Syrian children are in refugee camps, so many Iranians are suffering and youth unemployment stands at 50% in many countries.
One day other countries will realise that there is a lot more to life than winning football matches. Until that day England and its players plough a lonely but essentially Christian furrow. Their reward may not come in this life, but it will come. Well done lads, Putney is proud of you.