Well as Gibraltar isn’t in the World Cup, why would I be interested? In fact I can’t believe it is four years since Spain won in South Africa.
At the time, we had reverted to our frequent TV-less status, so we were invited next door to watch it with our Spanish neighbours. Partner accepted, but I stayed at home not wanting to ruin Spain’s chances.
And in the end, they won, thanks to me staying at home.
With that they became only one of eight countries to have won the World Cup.
And the other countries are:
Haha. You’ll have to look it up.
1) This country has won five times and is the only one to have played in every World Cup
2) This country has won four times and, along with 1, is the only one to have won a consecutive title
3) This country won it three times and has made the most top four finishes
4) The inaugural host and also the winner of the first World Cup, went on to win another one
5) Hand of God, need I say more, they won twice
6) Won at home, probably their finest moment, their only win (they beat country 3)
7) Another home win and their only win, blasted their opponents, country 1
8) And back to the beginning, with the current title holders, who won for the first time in South Africa, the first time the World Cup was hosted in Africa
The World Cup began in 1930, there have been 19 tournaments, held every four years. Due to WW2 there were no World Cups in 1942 and 1946.
However the world’s first recorded international match was between England and Scotland, held at Glasgow in 1872. It was a goalless draw.
In 1904 FIFA was formed, but international tournaments were slow to take off. In 1908 football was recognised at the Olympics and that year, hosted by London, England took gold. We haven’t always been crap at football because we took gold again at the next Olympics, held in Stockholm. Not even on home ground!
Meanwhile there was a strange event held in 1909 in Italy. Countries were invited to send a club to represent their nation. The English FA refused to join in, but West Auckland were invited to play by the organiser. West Auckland?!!
They won, and successfully defended their title two years later. According to wiki, the 1909 match had been described as the first World Cup. And won by West Auckland? I think that is a wicked stretch of the imagination. The team was probably full of miners who hammered the opposition into the ground. Hardly a World Cup.
England continued to be huffy regarding international football, withdrawing from FIFA from 1920 -1946 citing war issues, so they never played until 1950 when it was held in Brazil. At the time, host locations swapped between Europe and South America as they were the only two continents deemed capable of playing decent football. Yet, participation was limited in the first half of the 20th century due to a three week journey across the Atlantic. Something to think about for this year’s tournament in Brazil.
Gib won’t be there ie in Brazil as it has only just (2013) been granted membership of EUFA. Let alone FIFA. It’s only taken some 14 years. And why was that? No prizes for guessing this one. Spanish opposition. Apparently if Gib got accepted, those naughty nationalists in Catalunya and Pais Basco would want to play too. Clearly Spain does not recognise the difference between a British Overseas Territory and a Spanish autonomous community.
Spain threatened to exhaust all legal means, and shock! horror! to withdraw Real Madrid and Barca from European football. Bet that would go down well with the two clubs concerned.
Gib had to go to arbitration three times to finally get accepted into EUFA. While football means nothing to me, why shouldn’t Gib be in EUFA or FIFA just because Spain doesn’t want? Nasty bullies.
What does mean something, is the proposed new stadium. The current one doesn’t meet EUFA standards so we borrow one in the Algarve. Plans are to develop the ugliest stadium ever at Europa Point. I swear Gibraltarians have no conception of the beauty of the Rock. The link is well worth a look. Proposed stadium is ugly, unsightly and totally out of keeping and lacking in scale. Maybe Gib doesn’t have space for a EUFA stadium?
World Cup 2014
World Cup? I’ll be rooting for Ghana again. Loved their play last time, and the impromptu dances after their two goals by Boateng and Gyan against the USA were brilliant. As were their goals.
For anyone who is missing my health updates …
More after tomorrow’s return to hospital, assuming transport has been booked. Oh and physio. Another story.