Want some news with your despair?
I’ll get the Canadian Content out of the way first (you’ve been very patient, rest of the world). Steve Davis laments that Canada won’t get to pick up a potential rivalry against the USA.
And there are some more additions to the Carousel of Sadness; Daniel Squizzato with as good an argument for continuing to support the national team as any. Disasters and missteps tend to draw the best out of Squizz. Massey gets some of his sillies out, including the line that holding the games in Toronto had anything to do with anything. Duncan Fletcher piles on the tears.
Steve Brunt betrays his part-timism in the Canadian soccer sphere with a populist attack on the CSA, which would be fair if it contained something of substance. As in how, for example, did the CSA “ignore” the wishes of MLS clubs? By voting in Victor Montagliani for president? Or not passing the full reform recommendations? These are pertinent points, but Brunt merely brushes past them on his way to a poetic flourish which will no doubt satisfy the usual fly-by-night, do-nothing imitation iconoclasts.
And Nigel Reed with the craziest sentence in Canadian soccer this decade:
Tragically, Dwayne De Rosario will join the likes of George Best, Ryan Giggs and many other fine individuals who never got to play at the World Cup.
In all of these takes, there is a “let’s look at what’s wrong later” vibe, which I find disappointing. Lick your wounds, fine, but don’t take too long. Pull up your boots, take a look around you, get working!
Hey, a wax figure of Neymar looks like a woman!
Barcelona are rumoured to be mulling over an offer to Lionel Messi to stay until 2018. So no moves to Stoke then.
Finally today, La Liga Loca with a majestic round-up of the hand-wringing in the extremely ridiculous Spanish press over Spain’s 1-1 draw with France.