Sunday, June 29, 2008

Congratulations to the Spanish national football team. They finally won one. I didn't think they could. I didn't think they'd get past Italy. But they won fair and square, and they played better than the Germans. Everyone played well; probably Xavi and Torres were the best. Senna has had a great Eurocup, and his value has probably doubled. Possibly the main advantage Spain had: the average age of the players is the youngest of all the Eurocup squads, something like 26.8 years. Stats show baseball players peak at age 27; if that translates to soccer, and I bet it does, Spain's guys are, on the average, just hitting the best years of their careers.

Puyol had a good Eurocup, which surprised me, because he was all beat up physically during the late unlamented Barça season. Iniesta was OK. Xavi was excellent. Fabregas was very good, and he'll be playing here again within a couple of years.

Barcelona needs a forward. I wonder if they make a big offer for Torres with the, say, €50 million they're going to get for the three big stars who will be leaving soon.

The celebration isn't too wild around here; there are a few firecrackers going off, but it's not as if the Barça had won something. Toni Soler had a piece today in La Vangua about the people like him who "don't care" if the Spanish team wins; of course, what they want is for Spain to lose, but saying so would seem unsporting.

It is true that the announcers have been obnoxiously nationalistic through this whole thing; there have been a good few pieces in the Catalan papers about this, and they're right. Rather than, say, reporting on the game, they've been leading cheers.

Anyway, congratulations to the players, and we hope the fans are happy. I bet a lot of people show up for work hung over tomorrow.

9 comments:

Anthony said...

VISCA ESPANYA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dave Barnes said...

John,

No one cares about futbol.
How about some of your excellent writing about economics, culture, politics?

thanks,
dave

Dave Barnes said...

John,

I hope you are OK.
We miss you and your wonderful, insightful writing.

,dave

kaj said...

Is it not about time posting again?

Funkman said...

Igre za odrasle
Igrice 123
Amazon search
Internet zarada
Igre Igrice
Watch Movies online
Demotivational posters
Besplatne igre
Besplatne igre igrice
Igre

klimatyzacja said...

Hello Admin something you are really a great article :)
klimatyzacja i klimatyzatory w biurze, klimatyzatorfirmie, domu, klimatyzacja Warszawa, co trzeba wiedzieć. Urządzenie serii HTS stanowi klimatyzator uzupełnienie oferty HiRef CCAC Telecom (klimatyzacji precyzyjnej) stanowiąc klimatyzacja
zespół złożony z części zewnętrznej iklimatyzacja Warszawa wewnętrznej, spełniający wszystkie niezbędne wymagania dla klimatyzacji precyzyjnej pomieszczeń telekomunikacyjnych i klimatyzacji technologicznych
klimatyzacja w domu• Układ sterowania zainstalowano na karcie jednostki parowacza z zabudowanym lub przenośnym wyświetlaczem
klimatyzacja• Łatwość obsługi oraz pełny dostęp od spodu urządzenia gwarantuje możliwość szybkiej interwencji serwisowej
klimatyzacja • Sterowanie mikroprocesorowe - dostępne w różnych konfiguracjach - umożliwiaklimatyzacja zarządzanie pracą dwóch urządzeń w trybie czuwania i trybie pracy rotacyjnej.
klimatyzacja wszystko co powinieneś wiedzieć o klimatyzacji i klimatyzacja wentylacji w pigulce, jak wykonać klimatyzacja czy wentylacja wie wielu jak dobrze to klimatyzacje zrobić już mniej, szczególnie dobrą klimatyzację
Mini Shiki Sai Kan posiada większość funkcji swojego większego „brata” i jest doskonałym rozwiązaniem dla klientów z klimatyzacje ograniczonym budżetem, ale wymagających wysokiej jakości Thanks to confirm my comment will not accept lives

George Wells George Wells said...

I like this website. This website helped me with prayer learning. Good job. Thank you. and welcome to my home to see you ~! My address is: true religion jeans outlet.Let us discuss the true religion jeans related topics.

graduationdress said...

Trendress is the company with many years experience, we are the best company for purchasing on discount wedding dresses , Graduation Dresses , flower girl dresses, mother of bride dresses, and other formal dresses directly from Hongkong. Our dresses prices are very cheap in the market, and in the same time goods come with quality guarantee. We have exclusive contracts with many Chinese and Indian manufacturers, who continuously supply our warehouses with their latest dress models.

louboutin boots said...

Same is the case with trendy looking hermes sale. When these are christian louboutin sale, the excitement just gets doubled.