Steve Sidelnyk's Football Blog 18th October 2013 : World Cup Edition!

Photo courtesy of Craig Young
England did it and qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil top of the group and showcasing some fine young talent!

A convincing win over Montenegro after a nervous first half and an even more convincing win over our old bogey team Poland meant that the Four Lions made it without having to go through any complicated mathematical goal difference process or even without Beckham having to score a last minute free-kick : O )

Living in LA and seeing it converted to a sea of blue every time the Los Angeles Dodgers (Los Doyers......see later for explanation) progress to the World Series of Baseball, feeling the expectation and hope of every man, woman, child, dog, cat, etc, is exactly like our seemingly fruitless plight of attending the World Cup or European Championships.

They even have their own Gareth Southgate in Nick Punto who, in the last innings of game 2 in LA, decided to try his Usain Bolt-ness and attempt to sprint to the next base early only to be dismissed by the eagle-eyed pitcher!
He went from hero to zero in a second and we all know that feeling all too well......when Southgate stepped up to take THAT penalty in Euro 1996...........NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

BUT we now have up-and-comers like Jack Wilshire, Andros Townshend, Daniel Sturridge, Theo Walcott to hang our hopes on and with no more John Terry and Paul Scholes, Roy Hodgson, the England manager,  is building a younger more dynamic team who with time should mature into a great England side................and according to Radio Five Live in the UK after a two hour plus extended debate on how it was "written in the stars" that we would even win it this time!!!!!!!!! Cue : Brazil, Argentina, Netherlands, Ecuador, Iran, USA, Australia, Chile, Italy, Russia, Colombia, Japan, Spain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Costa Rica, Honduras, Korea Republic, Switzerland, Belgium AND our nemesis team Germany ........
all of have qualified already.

There were some great premiership performances around the world in the various teams with Romelu Lokaku (Everton) being instrumental for my dark horse team Belgium's qualification and Sergio Aguero (Argentina and Man City) giving great accounts of themselves.

Tomorrow sees a return back to our shores with the return of the Premier League and some tasty ties with Newcastle v Liverpool being a fixture that has produced a lot of goals and Villa v Spurs on Sunday with your breakfast!

Which also brings me to mention that our beloved Cat and Fiddle will be open for all early games too and lots of other fantastic events, so here is a link to their calendar and you can watch all the games whilst indulging in your beverage of choice and some fine British breakfast fare! :

Here are a few little tidbits of information as to the difference between The World Series and The World Cup! :

The World Series is the annual championship series of North American-based Major League Baseball (MLB), played since 1903 between the American League (AL) and National League (NL) team champions. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff and the winning team is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy.[1] As the series is played in October, which is one of the fall (autumn) months in North America, MLB also refers to it as the Fall Classic. The most recent World Series was won by the San Francisco Giants, who defeated the Detroit Tigers in a four-game sweep in 2012. In the AL, the New York Yankees have played in 40 World Series and won 27, the Oakland/Philadelphia Athletics have played in 14 and won 9, and the Boston Red Sox have played in 12 and won 7, including the first World Series. In the NL, the San Francisco/New York Giants have appeared in 19 World Series and won 7, the St. Louis Cardinals have played in 18 and won 11, and the Los Angeles/Brooklyn Dodgers have appeared in 18 and won 6.

The FIFA World Cup, often simply the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champions are Spain, who won the 2010 tournament in South Africa.
The current format of the tournament involves 32 teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about a month; this phase is often called the World Cup Finals. A qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three years, is used to determine which teams qualify for the tournament together with the host nation(s).
The 19 World Cup tournaments have been won by eight different national teams. Brazil have won five times, and they are the only team to have played in every tournament. The other World Cup winners are Italy, with four titles; West Germany, with three titles; Argentina and inaugural winners Uruguay, with two titles each; and EnglandFrance, and Spain, with one title each.
The World Cup is among the world's most widely viewed sporting events; an estimated 715.1 million people watched the final match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup held in Germany.[1]
The next three World Cups will be hosted by Brazil in 2014Russia in 2018, and Qatar in 2022.

Hence what that means is The World Series is basically ONLY North America and The World Cup is basically.............................every country in the World!!!!! ..................Maybe a geography lesson for our American compadres???? : O )

Whilst I was at the Dodgers game I noticed a looky-likey for out very own Wayne Roonaldo : Matt Adams of The St Louis Cardinals...........but judge for yourselves :

Earlier I mentioned Los Doyers and its basically what there hard-core hispanic fans call them.............not a racist slur! :   ............... follow them on twitter!

Well done England and good luck to The Dodgers.....we understand how it feels : )

Steve "Tiddlywink" Sidelnyk


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