Memories of the World Cup 2006
Here are my reflections.
I have to say I told you so: I said that “Italy will win” long before the World Cup started (see here and here), mainly because of their ability to “lock up” big games, and the fact that they have a left-of-center government now. But few TV-cameras recognized Napolitano in the stands.
Striker I would love to have in Liverpool: I will give you this one, all fans of Arsenal: Thierry Henry.
Midfielder I would love to have in Liverpool: We already have Steven Gerrard, but to see Bastian Schweinsteiger or Franck Ribery running up and down the sidelines of Anfield would be great.
Defender I would love to have in Liverpool: There is only one Fabio Cannavaro.
Goalkeeper I would love to have in Liverpool: I really like our own Pepe Reina, but Jens Lehman or Gianluigi Buffon are both great. If I had to choose I would go for Buffon.
Player I would love to have in IFK Göteborg: Steven Gerrard, of course.
What should Sven-Goran Eriksson do know? Help my beloved Bologna to get back to Serie A.
Advice to England: Penalties should follow after all games in England that end in a draw. Apply this in all games, all series, on all levels. Then all English players would have taken, and scored, quite a few penalties in decisive moments before you reach the World Cup.
Sweden’s problems? Out of all players in the squad, only one came from the greater region of Stockholm (Rami Shaban, the sub goalkeeper). We need better playing grounds and better football schools in Stockholm, where loads of talents seem to be lost.
And what did Materazzi say to Zidane? ”Bruno Cheyrou is the new you” (only Liverpool fans and football nerds will get this one).
I hope my sister’s boyfriend’s older brother still lives in South Africa in 2010, and that old friends in the ANC still will remember me. A World Cup in Africa sounds very nice, but right now four years seems very far away.
Thanks for discussing this with me Andreas, Klas and Örn.