World Cup fever? The entire nation is catching it

World Cup fever? The entire nation is catching it

So the domestic season is done and dusted for another year. Well done Chelsea, your squad has done you proud. Let no man say they’re not a classy bunch of individuals, both on and off the pitch.

Anyway, now that nonsense is out of the way, the countdown can begin in earnest to the most eagerly anticipated event of the summer …the Littlewoods sale. Only joking guys, you know what I’m talking about; the greatest show on earth, the tournament of all tournaments, the FIFA World Cup.

To say the anticipation is growing is something of an understatement. Holidays have been booked, sick-days pencilled in and an astounding number of dental appointments made. It’s still several weeks until England play Slovenia in the pivotal game of their qualifying group, yet already several hundred thousand fans instinctively know they’ll be coming down with something nasty on that day. It doesn’t take a massive amount of imagination to picture the scene:

Boss’s phone rings.

Boss: Hello

Employee: Hi boss, I think there’s something wrong with my eyes.

Boss: Really?

Employee: Yeah, I can’t see me coming in today.

I have a mate who is travelling from Australia just so he can watch the games with like-minded obsessives. He’s booked my spare room for the entire month of June and asked me to email the exact specifications of my TV so he can calculate the optimal viewing distance from sofa to set. Bear in mind that the Aussie’s are also competing and all the matches will be shown down under, he just feels it would be wrong not to be “among his people” when the first ball is kicked in anger. Bless him.

Of course, the shrewder boss will rig up a few giant flatscreens in the workplace and allow staff to down tools for a couple of hours during key games. This would be good for morale, create an excellent sense of bonhomie and improve the Boss/Worker relationship immeasurably.

The only slight problem is agreeing which games are key. Anything involving England has to be key, that’s a given. Brazil games are always key, they’re too glamorous not to be. It’s our duty to watch Germany, just in case they lose, so their games are key. Spain are favourites, and games involving the favourites have to be key.

Italy? key. France? key. The African nations? key, key, key.

Then there are the matches involving any Premiership players, it would surely be rude and disrespectful not to classify these games as key.

Which means the only matches that can be classified as less important than work are those involving North Korea. And they play Brazil first, so we’ll be watching that one anyway.

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  1. Posted by Joel on May 11, 2010

    Don’t forget watching all the players playing from your favourite club… one in your case Dave.

  2. Posted by Kate on May 13, 2010

    Your mate is travelling from Australia so he’s in the same time zone – being in Sydney I’m not looking forward to 1am, 3am and 5am starts….but then again I have a new baby (footie fan in the making?) so looks like I’ve timed it perfectly for those night feeds!

  3. Posted by sharad on May 13, 2010

    This did happen a few years ago at school when important games were on, we have big screens and free bacon sarnies to get the kids in.
    i DO beleive that this could be Englands time, the competition is outstanding but so are our players.


    Is this not the greatest spectacle on earth.

  4. Posted by sharad on May 13, 2010

    This will be the greatest spectacle on the planet. Could this be Englands time?

  5. Posted by Daniel Sprock on May 13, 2010

    Well observed, Dave.
    What’s with the assessment “It’s our duty to watch Germany, just in case they lose, so their games are key.”
    I must admit i feel some sort of pity towards a nation that still has to build its self esteem upon Germany losing while secretly (or maybe not THAT secretly) looking up to (even admiring) Germany for all its efficiency and successfulness.

    Chew on that one…

    Btw, can we still occupy your spare room end of July???

  6. Posted by Joel on May 14, 2010

    It’s our duty to watch all the big nations, hoping they get knocked out.

    I, for one, would like England to play Honduras in the final.

  7. Posted by brew on May 21, 2010

    well, i have betted on england getting to the final but to lose bcos my luck this year as been bad if u see what i mean??

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