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Golden Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II wearing the Sovereign's ins...

Queen Elizabeth II wearing the Sovereign’s insignia of the Order of Canada and the Order of Military Merit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Queen had a Golden Jubilee this year. I don’t know whether Queen Lizzie was very excited or not. It is not easy to tell. However, a golden jubilee of posts will soon hitting the Press. Tonight the lofty number 48 goes out.

What drives people to blog? I am sure some studies have been conducted by the intellectuals who reside in the wisdom towers of our ‘esteemed’ universities. It will be interesting to find out the outcomes. I have read a few ‘About’ pages and they are, I would like to posit a view, a window sometimes into the blogger’s mind. Well, some may think that is a naive perception, but it does make sense.  My ‘About’ is as barren as any can ever be. Why is that you may wonder. It’s because of fear of the unknown. Fear that people who obtain that little glimpse into my soul may use that and destroy me. Just kidding. My ‘about’ page is a little atomic representation of my  persona. Some share a little bit at a time to whet the appetite. Others like to share more about themselves and believe an open book policy is the best policy. I am sitting on the fence, like a typical Liberal.

The other Saturday I spend a day at Liverpool Museum (England). A wonderful place to get to know about the past. Reconnect with the origins of Man. It’s like a fountain. It’s a vast repository of historical facts, artefacts  and also does educates shows on the lunar system. Historical artefacts from all the continents are expertly curated. There is an amazing array of  objects one never even imagined existed. I have always been interested in History and the Philosophers, so it was great spending sometime with the likes of Marcus Aurelius, Socrates, Plato etc. Looking at all these effigies from a bygone era, relics from hundreds of years, possibly thousands made me think: Did they use to worry too about people having a proper look into their psyches? Or is it because the information age has made us extra sensitive because of the ‘1984’ world we live in (George Orwell) . These worries I am sure have been part of human nature since the beginning of time. For those who know the Bible, the ‘apple’ incident I think is a case in point. No matter how we live or where we live, we are always concerned someone may want to get an edge over us. And sometimes we succumb. Self-preservation, Nature’s first great Law, has always been part of us.  The transient nature of life emboldens our resolve to ensure we survive. Its been drummed on us to be always on the guard.

Blogging is fun.It is also cathartic and can be therapeutic.It is quite interesting reading the posts. I find great joy in the knowledge that there are millions of like-minded souls out there who want to share their knowledge, experiences and sometimes very personal lives with the rest of the world. I will continue reading the ‘About’ pages and the posts and  hope with time I will get a better understanding of the ways of the world. I look forward to writing my 50th post – Should I celebrate wildly like the cricketer hitting the half-century or should I celebrate with the grace and poise shown by the Queen during her Golden Jubilee celebrations?

Being a fence-sitter, I cannot make up my mind just yet.  Typical Liberal.

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England were knocked out by Italy. Outplayed for most of the match apart from the first 20 minutes of the first half (normal time). Possession statistics are quite damning. The facts speak for themselves. Pirlo was in total control of the match and England seemed to think defence was the best policy.

Does the type of football typified by England really work in modern tournament football? I suppose looking at the way Chelsea FC’s victory in lifting the Champions League this type of football has got its merits. The belief that the end justifies the means comes to mind. However,the main disadvantage is that neutral supporters get turned off easily. Moreover, ‘parking the bus’ as this style of football is euphemistically called makes a mockery of the  sobriquet ‘the Beautiful game’. There is no beauty in the display. The only ‘beauty’ I suppose is seeing  the not-so-appealing team winning and their supporters screaming in utter jubilation. The end does justify the means.

England will need to go back to the drawing board and find a way of improving on the performances displayed at the EUROs. Players will have to be more technically adept, and they above all else will need to have total belief in their own abilities. Theat belief seemed to be lacking. Psychological support may be needed here. There are some excellent players in the Prem League. Admittedly a significant number of the exceptionally good ones are not English. However, the likes of Ste Gerrard, Lampard, Terry, Ashley Cole, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joe Hart, Glenn Johnson, just to name a few are good enough to grace any national team. And win the major trophies.  There will be some tricky matches on the way to the World Cup and these players will need to make sure that these choppy waters are overcome. The Coach has wide-ranging experience plus an expert knowledge of different systems, so therefore the future should be rosy.

One area though I feel the FA & the clubs need to address is how the young boys are taught to play football. Technical skills must be made the be-all and end-all. There is no place for hoofing the ball upwards, in the hope someone will head it in. Players must be made to understand importance of possession football, defending as a unit and above all be able to beat the opponent  with easy. It has taken Spain a few years to get to where they are now.the Germans keep working on improving their systems, and the other European countries are becoming technically more proficient. Croatia were quite impressive, even Russia and Poland. The future is here and we have to make sure our fast-paced football can cope with the  tiki takas of this world.

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