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The Rock-itt : July 2010
A fair performance against a very good Serbian side has put some pride back into our boys but that Germany performance will hang around our necks for a long time. At the time of writing the tournament is into the last 16 knock out stage. So far....well, in truth it's been a bit boring. Too many teams trying not lose rather than going out to win. England's goalkeeper Robert Green unfortunately didn't take note of the advertisement behind him! Argentina have looked good along with Portugal and Brasil but when the latter two played each other it was far from the Fiesta of Football everybody expected., I went to bed at half time! The comedy has been coming thick and fast; "Italy and France have both surrendered, the United States has arrived late and England are left to face the Germans......remind you of anything??" "The Socceroos visited an orphanage in Johannesburg, "It's so sad to meet people who have lost everything and are in such a miserable plight", said nine year old orphan Mkalu Owofu." I loved the one from The Guardian newspaper in England about the Socceroos performance against Germany; "It's unbelievable that eleven Australian blokes could get together and not be offensive". Ricky Herbert, bless him he had a great World Cup with the All Whites. The Kiwi's had a great run and their performance against Italy was very impressive, boring, but impressive! With 25 professional footballers in New Zealand against 4,500+ in Italy that was a strong statement made. I really couldn't have watched much more of it though; watching paint drying is more exciting. I expect Brasil to go on and win it, just because they have so much strength in depth although Portugal and Argentina will run them close. Paul, the psychic octopus. No, really! England? No not England. A psychic octopus called Paul has just predicted that Germany will knock them out. Apparently he is a British octopus born in a Weymouth Sea life centre; he has gone over to the other side and has been predicting the German national teams' matches for a few years! Moving forward, Pim Verbeek has now moved on and the net is being cast for a new manager. One name starting to emerge is that of Frenchman Paul Le Guen. He has just been looking after Cameroon at the World Cup, he was brought in very late in their preparations, just about 10 months ago and his contract is now over. He took Lyon to three French Championships, has managed Glasgow Rangers and also taken Paris St. Germain to a League Cup and French Cup win. Back to domestic reality for Manly United, South Coast Wolves away, Rockdale City Suns and Bonnyrigg White Eagles (4/7) at home, will have been played before you read this. Only West Sydney Berries are below us in the League and we play them at Cromer Park on Saturday July 10th. 17th July we have Marconi Stallions away, the following Sunday 25th we have Sutherland Sharks at home. The last game of this rather miserable season is away to Sydney United on August 1st. Bad as this season has been most of our games have still been more exciting than the opening games at The World Cup!! Follow us on Twitter #manlyunited or on the Web www.manlyunitedfc.com.au. Cute child, horrendous Vuvuzela. I warned you! Paul Le Guen, the new Pim Verbeek? He's obviously from the Kevin Rudd School of communication