Saturday, June 24, 2006

MY LAST WORLD CUP 2006 POST - MAYBE

Good job Zico Japan, for the lone goal against Brazil (I hear that is the first goal scored against the football powerhouse at this World Cup). I can't say much more, as I slept through my 3:30 am alarm and missed the match altogether.

As much as I think Japan could have won against Australia and Croatia, they didn't. So, as a result, I suppose this is just proof that they're just not that good. As in, worse than even I expected.

It seems to me that while there are some good players on the Japanese national team, they lack passion and teamwork (and IMHO, they need a coach who is a first and foremost a strategist, former star or not). The lack of passion is something I find across the board in Japan. I could write a book on this. As for the perceived lack of teamwork, there are some (MUCH better informed) sources of the same opinion. Apparently, the team is suffering a rift between star player Hidetoshi Nakata (Bolton) and, well, everyone else.

It's no secret that I think Nakata is hot. But this World Cup has definitely diminished my respect for him. I don't know him personally, of course, but his body language and facial expressions when speaking with his teammates appeared somewhat bossy. He also made a lot of long cross passes that ended up being freebies for the opposing team, because no mortal could possibly run fast enough to catch up with that shiznit.

It must be difficult when your teammates don't reach your expectations or aren't up to your standard. But Ronaldinho puts up with it, and look how much cooler he comes off in the media.

As my high school volleyball coach used to say, a team is only as good as its worst player. (Which was probably why she thought it would be okay to kick me off senior year.)

2 Comments:

Blogger teahouse said...

Yeah, I don't know much about soccer, and I've never followed it much. But I think it has the hottest male ball players of any sport.

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry they let you down-- clearly, they needed you at the helm to teach them teamwork, and offer inspiration-- surely, had they known of your impassioned support they would have won it for you--

~bluepoppy

6:32 AM  

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