Monday, July 12, 2010

What's wrong with Dutch football


Beats me. But thank God they lost. Holland brought us back to the 1970s: not total football, but the kind of systematic violence that teams like Leeds United used to adopt to frighten teams into defeat. Spain, to be fair, were up for the fight and managed to keep their cool for the most part. Great for Iniesta to take the glory, after he did the same in the Champions League.

I'm wondering what the reaction will be amongst Catalan nationalists, with so many non-Castilian and Barcelona-based players? Visca la selecció espanyola? Or just visca Catalunya (conveniently ignoring Casillas' great save or the fact that Iniesta is from Albacete)? Not easy to see this team as a symbol of rancid Francoist nationalism.