One of a kind?
So it’s a given we shall top the league heading into the break, the VAR scandal rages on, plus we shall have ins-and-outs when the next window opens says the horse’s mouth.
All that remains is to complete the remaining fixture and head off to the sun of Australia for a lovely midseason break to invigorate players and far flung supporters.
That’s basically the current CelticFC news, and with the SFAs lies or ineptitude already expertly laid bare (thanks everyone for the great dissection of this farce) my eyes look ahead to the reason for the big break.
The upcoming spectacle of football aka The World Cup.
I’ve never approached the tournament so flat.
It just doesn’t feel correct, Christmas time and all that.
It’s not even taking place in a true footballing country.
It’s so hot they shall only play at night.
Desirable human rights record.
I could go on.
There’s part of me that can’t get enough of World Cup games and this particular tournament has its own uniqueness.
For starters the players themselves aren’t at the end of their long grueling season for the first time in recent memory which in theory should bring better football via fresher, less jaded teams.
Possible bonus number 1?
Number 2 is the players themselves. We have what I consider to be the best three strikers on the globe gracing the tournament in Messi, Ronaldo. Mbappe. Each could score the goals to deliver the biggest one going, and for the first two names its their finalé while Mbappe covets that world’s best striker label and winning the cup for his beloved France would go a long way to claiming that title.
If Neymar wishes to join the world’s best conversation Qatar is his prime chance.
This battle alone makes this particular Cup ultra interesting.
Another possible bonus?
Next let’s talk about the heat. Those temperatures suggest to me that colder climate teams might struggle for instance England, Germany, Poland and Canada (delighted they made it).
The heat and time of day shall also affect the crowd, as will the limited availability of alcohol, there’s a good chance of less stadium atmosphere than usual which in my mind means better technical football rather than blood and guts style with your support roaring you on.
Another possible bonus?
Controversial or not, England continue to fascinate me given they have the biggest league in the world but can’t crack International football despite their players being immersed at a very high level. They went close last time, showing the players are learning, and this is their manager’s final mission impossible with the squad he has honed in my opinion.
Do or die time.
Die it is, and watching it always raises a smile.
Actually when I scour the globe I don’t see any ‘great’ teams out there. There’s no clear favourite in these eyes, which delights me. Sure some are strong, but there’s no stand out team.
So having contemplated the bigger picture I’ve came to two conclusions.
I personally would like this World Cup to deliver one of the following.
1,,,Messi drives his team to the ultimate victory.
Folks I’ve written before how I would rather have CR7 up front that Leo, that accuracy/conversion rate etc, but I accept the chap is special. I maintain Diego’s better given he actually went and done it, but this lad is special, and this is it from his perspective.
The chat around the best ever should be judged upon World Cups, it’s the best stage for the best players. Turn it on there, or not.
Leo is often mentioned in the greatest of all time conversation but until he lifts that trophy I’m not entertaining it.
It’s put up or shut up time for him.
2,,,A different than usual champion.
Well it’s a rarity tournament, never envisaged before ie winter but in the heat thus midseason,,,
it deserves a different champion.
Not one the favourites but an outsider.
Senegal won the African Cup of Nations and are used to the heat, plus each other, and they have a fantastic talent in Mane playing arguably his best football.
Belgium have one of the globes finest players in DeBruyne, and many consider this a new golden generation.
Uruguay have won the thing before and frankly have nothing to lose by going out and attacking the World Cup plus they are used to the heat.
Frankly I would be delighted if any of the above won.
This World Cup has the potential to be the strangest ever, so a different Champion for this different occasion?.