The FIFA World Cup begins tomorrow and I still don't know which team to support. Brazil has been touted to be the tournament favourites by everyone. Even a baby the size of a football might giggle when someone utters the name ‘Ronaldinho’. I generally like to be one who does not support the overwhelming favourites. So, I thought I would support England because I've been watching loads of EPL and I know how each player in the England squad plays(Well I don't know how Theo Walcott plays, but what the hell, even Ericsson does not know that). But the fact that the English treated us Indians like bitches in the early part of the twentieth century makes me feel guilty to say that I want them to win. It's a pretty stupid reason, but hey, there are 32 teams and I need to support only one of them.
To my dismay, I figured out that each team has a flaw:
France: The main supplier of footballers to Arsenal. Me being a Man U fan, I cannot even think of supporting such a team.
Netherlands: Arjen Robben always looks like he has something stuck up his nose.
Italy: I heard that an Italian company fired a South Korean footballer who worked for them because he slotted the golden goal in the previous world cup to send the Italians out of the tournament. Stupid spoilt sports shouldn’t be supported. Now, that’s a good example of alliteration.
Spain: They're winning everything. Alonso in F1 racing, Nadal in clay court tennis. Nah, can't support them.
That only leaves the underdogs and I don't think any of them have the quality to reach the World Cup Finals. So I have decided to be a neutral spectator for all the matches. It will be an interesting experience, not knowing which team you want to win. This is also helpful in a way cos I will not have sleepless nights wondering whether my chosen team will qualify or not.
The matches are slated to appear on ESPN-Star and I am really excited about the prospect of watching quality football on a channel that hires 'pundits' who actually know something about the sport. Hopefully, ESPN-Star does not keep up their annoying trend of having both English and Hindi commentary played simultaneously. Honestly, I cannot understand a thing.
So, with the World Cup beginning tomorrow, I can safely say that some of the enormous amount of boredom that I have been experiencing will go away and bother someone else who doesn’t know what to do with his time. So be gone boredom! See you on July 10th!