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domingo, junio 13, 2010

A Poor Workman Blames His Tools

So far we've had two mega goalkeeping errors in the first days of World Cup. England's Green let in a shot because he didn't follow a rule that even middle school goalkeepers know: get in front of the ball and smother it. Don't try to catch it from the side. Ever. The result was a 1-1 draw between the US, which was really stung early in the first half, and England, which for all its star power doesn't play like a team. The tabloid press in the UK today was really ugly.

This is what makes for ugly press:

And then today, as if yesterday's goof weren't enough a wake up call, Slovenia, a country the size of Houston, beat Algeria on a goalkeeping error. And, instead of just eating crow and moving on, the Algerian coach had this to say:

Algerian coach Rabah Saadane said the new World Cup ball was a challenge for goalkeepers.

"Everyone saw what happened with the ball, and what happened yesterday with England's goalkeeper," Saadane said. "You have to adjust to the flight of the ball."

Yeah. I saw what happened. Here it is:

Coach, that's not a problem with a ball. That's called goalkeeper spacing out. Nice try though.

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