As a football fan I’m obviously looking forward to the tournament as the international celebration of football that it is. There is still the possibility at this stage that England could w.. w…. get out of their group, and being staged in Brazil, there is an element of “football coming home” to the competitions most prolific winners.
But more than that, I’m desperate for the tournament to get underway so the sports media and the blogosphere will have some actual football news to report. News, in the sense of actual events that verifiably occurred, and which may be reported as fact, or upon which an opinion may be expressed. These two will be easily identifiable from each other.
Unlike the transfer market, which is the diametrically opposite.
At this time of the year I really wish I had never discovered the internet in general and news aggregation in particular. Life was so much less stressful when one picked up one’s rag of choice from the newsagents each morning and contented oneself with that source of opinion, backed up by news of actual transfers on the BBC. But, unlike UKIP members, I know that we can’t return to the 1950’s, and as my job involves sitting in front of a PC all day, it’s practically impossible to escape the stream of contradictory claims (often from the same source, just hours apart) and outrageous speculation masquerading as fact. To be fair, they don’t actually claim the reportage as fact, but the clever use of such expressions as “sources connected to the club reveal”, “friend of x has revealed” and “we understand that”, are designed specifically to implant that belief in us.
Arsenal fans knows very well that Arsene Wenger never gives anything up about potential transfers until the ink is dry on the contract, and if he appears to do so, it is most likely a smokescreen or a bluff, or maybe a double, or even a triple bluff…. And realistically, how likely is it that any other manager would compromise his negotiating position by releasing any information? So we know that any story about a bid for any player for any amount of money is simply speculation. A guess based on possibilities, of which there are an infinite number. A sports sub-editors dream I suppose. I wonder if they have an app to generate them?
So, Cesc is definitely on his way to
Man City, Chelsea, Man United, not for sale, Chelsea for 25, 29.2, 30, 35, 40, 42.5, 43 etc. million and Arsenal have a buy back clause that makes the player available for 25, 30, 35 etc. million if they match / exceed received bids and he states he wants to join Arsenal and Arsenal want him, or not because we have too many similar players and that position isn’t a priority…….
Please, get this World Cup underway. Dissecting the reasons for England’s humiliating loss in Manaus will be a welcome relief.