Can`t believe the World Cup is finally here. Just when you start to miss the Premiership, they beam a whole month of uninterrupted International football into your living-room,"great success". Really enjoyed your article in the magazine last week Derek and look forward to hearing your take as the World Cup unfolds. I think Argentina have one of the most talented squads at the World Cup, but i just feel the whole world is just waiting on Maradona to forget to take his crazy pills, send Messi home, use Tevez as a substitute keeper and emerge from the dressing room like Al Pacino in the final scene of Scarface. Would love to see Sepp Blatter`s face then. As an outside chance, i think the Dutch would be worth putting some money on. With players like Sneijder, Van Der Vaart, Van Persie and Robben to name a few, i can`t believe no one is talking about them doing anything at this tournament. Like you said in the show, America have a team that could cause the mighty english some problems. It would be great to see America do well at this World Cup and hopefully spark a public interest back in the States for football. How great would it be that the next time i visit America, i can sit in an Irish bar and talk football to a Yank.
Really enjoyed this article. A good guide to the feast of football that awaits us this month. I`m sure the whole of Ireland will be rooting for America come Saturday, but for the first time in my memory, Ireland has a new more evil enemy, France, or to be more precise, Thierry Henry. With one movement of his hand, Henry managed to elevate himself to the same level of hatred, in Irish people`s eyes anyway, as England. Good to see an Irishman can write a piece on the World Cup and not mention this. Enjoyable read but here is one Irishman who still says " Lest We Forget ".
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