Australia v England World Cup 2006

England WC victoryThings are almost too good at the moment… am settling into a beautiful home with a beautiful family, exploring a new job that is so good it almost begs description (just imagine being able to turn those dreams of yours into reality – welcome to my job) and just to top it all off the World Cup is about to start… does it get any better?

Seriously though, did I mention the World Cup? Yes, that Cup, the one with ‘World’ in front of it. That one. That’s just about to start. Good.

And I find myself in an interesting position. As I wholeheartedly swore my commitment to Australia I did make note of the absence of any compulsion to support the [insert sport here]roos and, with the obvious exception of The Ashes, didn’t really think it would be an issue. I mean, most Aussies seem to prefer the barmy army to their own fans… so that’s cool right?

But now, with Australia’s first qualification in 32 years, it has come to football… and believe me, it’s a whole different game. Not just because throughout my life I’ve only really been a true supporter of one team, England, but also because dammit, it’s my game, it’s our game. It’s not competing for space with cricket (wrong season), rugby (wrong sport) or any other strange computation of balls and teams. Certainly none that feature 18 huge men-a-side playing in vests on a cricket oval playing ‘catch’ with a rugby ball. It’s absolutely everything and every four years (bar, ahem, the odd 1994) it sees me fall into a heap of excitement, nerves and a blend of optimism and panic that really nothing else comes close to matching.

So am I ‘barracking’ for Australia or England? Well, both of course. But when it comes down to it, there really isn’t a shadow of doubt. C’mon En-ger-land. Come-bloody-on.

6 replies on “Australia v England World Cup 2006”

  1. Dude, I think its awefully Australian to follow your home land, as well as Australia. So, congrats on Englands win last night and I will be back tomorrow to celebrate the mighty Socceroos first victory in the world cup!

    PS. How did England go in the Rugby Union tonight? ;-)

  2. Good on the Socceroos (guffah)! Now if only someone could point out to them that the World Cup is a *soccer* tournament, not a rugby match, things would be right in the world ;-) Still, given that they could face Switzerland, Korea or Fance in the round of 16, who knows, maybe the quarters aren’t that implausible ;-)

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