Saturday, December 13, 2008
From one point of view, there is nothing to like about Napoli. There's a je ne sais quoi about Levezzi's face -- after every whingey foul, I want to strike him repeatedly with my shoe. Furthermore, the resemblance between German striker Denis and Dolph Lundgren is too disturbing to overlook, and if Hamsik had any more teeth he'd be digging for carrots on the touchline.
And yet they have pace, they look fancy in front of goal, and they create a hell of a lot of chances and do so with economic precision. And I found myself, bizarrely, more attracted to the end of a 3-0 match with little or no inclination to cheat and switch over to El Mega Super Top Clasico on GolTV. They are of course the once great side of the eighties, winning scudettos with the help of unsung, work-a-day striker Diego Maradona. They have come roaring back into Serie A, and look to have serious ambitions for a Champions League berth. They also hail from an area of the country that is notorious for corruption, crumbling infrastructure, and high crime rates. Sound familiar?
So there you have it: I've made my choice.
On another note, this one for Canadian soccer fans: I'm very heartened by the huge web response to De Rosario playing for TFC next year, but does anyone else feel we might be setting ourselves up for a Barack Obama-sized disappointment come April? Does anyone really trust either Chairman Mo or Little John to build a tactically-sound team around His Nibs, even with our blessed allocation money left over?
Moving on, does anyone else think the perpetual circle-jerk with regard to CSA restructuring, both on blogs and in the trad media, is getting very old, very quickly? Does anyone else find if you scratch the surface a bit of the "it's not funding, it's incompetence" crowd, you find a bunch of small government conservatives with their own axe to grind? And is anyone else annoyed that Canadian soccer journalists who've been in the game forever have done a terrible job in educating new TFC fans on just what the shit is wrong with the Canadian national set-up, and what we can all do to help fix it?