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Letter: The boys from Brazil and the Beautiful Game
Published on June 18, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

Couldn’t wait for this time around, and now the day has arrived Thursday June 12, 2014. I have taken time out (as I always do this time around) to watch the 64 matches which have always been telecast from its inception I understood many years back since I was a lad.

Today’s opening fixture between the host country Brazil versus Croatia has been well anticipated to be a win for the country who manufactures the most skillful of them all. Brazil by far has been one of the biggest inspirations for many a kid’s dream to showcase his or her talent in the world’s number one sport.

Suffice to say, my time taken off to concentrate on the beautiful game will surely and (going to press), is already starting to show good results as the host country has put on display a fairly good account of the skillful works in the world game.

Brazil has gone ahead to a good start, in maintaining its opening match gain with a 3 - 1 win over the second ranking in their group A, Croatia. [Check out www.sleonaire.wix. com/lnjislandproperties] blog section to score on your various groupings. Oscar to my liking gave a good account of what a good footballer needs to display at such world competition level.

The second day of the tournament was a bit disappointing for a merely unfamiliar under-performing Cameroon team. The black lions seem still affected by their late-paid bonuses (which I understood was last minute thankfully settled by the intervention of their government via FIFA’s promise) will not get to another group stage even under the divine talisman Samuel E’to and may not advance with their current lackluster approach to the beautiful game. Football to my knowledge is supposed to be played with agility, tactics and prowess… none of this was shown in the Cameroon features.

The Netherlands showed the world what soccer is all about… exhibiting total control and skill of the game; unlike the Spaniards they weren’t willing to play 90 minutes with an outcome of penalty kicks to resolve the end. They simply went ahead showing the world the individual skills of their mascots… Robin Van Persie, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder, all world class rated footies who ply their trade overseas in England, Germany and Turkey respectively (a lesson for England to adopt if they want to play to truly win the world cup)… As St Lucian/Dominican ~ British national 31 years old Toronto FC soccer ace Jermain Defoe was again left out of England’s World Cup line-up. A lad with a fairly brilliant colourful CV, having started playing from England’s youthful 16, 18, 21 and above national side… What an oversight for these British (media) selectors to have missed.

Top British footballer Jermain Defoe reminds me of Jamaican born England former national player John Barnes who was constantly left on the reserve bench for 60 minutes, then upon getting him off the bench only to save England’s face in the beautiful game’s final 30 minutes.

Furthermore! Why don’t the English do like the norm, and farm-out some of their world class nationals to play in the World Cup, the popular Premier League is very much on par with the German BundesLiga, Dutch Eredivisie League and Spanish La Liga. These three mentioned European football leagues have all enjoyed immense popularity in the past and have continued to recall their ace players from England and overseas to gel alongside their home based top notch.

While on the topic of overseas based players, the Ivory Coast footballers have put on a great entertaining match against a very defensive Japanese side. But that was when (The Elephants’) mighty talisman Didier Drogba decided to come off the bench in the 60th minute of the game. I reckon this 36-year-old most sought after Galatasaray Club footballer may end his career back in England, despite his age.

Can’t wait to see the Germans display what will qualify them to play in the finals against Brazil, Holland, the Ivory Coast and perhaps the young Ghanaians.

Enjoy the Beautiful Game

Stanley Leonaire
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