09 June 2006

Let the Upsets Begin

Well, the Ticos didn't quite come through. (Oh, sorry -- I'm talking about the World Cup again. Get used to it.) Costa Rica wasn't able to start the tournament off with a big upset against the hosts. And while I was on the radio at the time and unable to watch the game, I kept an eye on the score and was impressed that they notched a couple goals in their loss.

I've got nothing against Germany (in fact, I've spent some lovely time there), but I'm always a sucker for the underdog. So I was delighted to see that in the second match, Ecuador (#39) did in Poland (#29)*. You can guess that I'll be pulling in general for the lower ranked team. Or for the USA. Or for the Western Hemisphere teams. Or the team with the more inspired play. I'd like to say I'm fully informed about the teams, but I don't regularly get a chance to watch international play. I'll have to watch a few games before I share my favorites.

I'll be closely watching Mexico, Japan, Iran, Ivory Coast, Tunesia, and of course the USA. More on all that soon, depending on results. And depending on the cable guy coming to hook me up as scheduled on Tuesday.

For now, I leave you with a song from Scotland (#59). Oh, the Scots? They didn't make the trip to Germany. And they don't have such a great World Cup record.

Despite qualifying five times for the FIFA World Cup, Scotland have never survived the first round. In 1954 and 1958 they finished last in their group. In 1974 the unlucky Scots were eliminated on a goal difference of one, Brazil scraping through into the second round instead. [read team profile]

As Jim Malcolm (almost-former lead singer/guitarist of the Old Blind Dogs) likes to say, "It's Disaster For Scotland!" So he wrote this (unreleased) song for those on the losing side of the World Cup.

[mp3] Jim Malcolm: "Hurtin' in Berlin"

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*The FIFA rankings, by the way, arguably mean very little, and even less once the tournament begins. Still, it's a fun yardstick to measure teams. So get off my back already. And watch for more soccer (okay, football) songs throughout the tournament.
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