Losing some enthusiasm for the World Cup

I take some pleasure in correctly guessing Holland’s ascent in the World Cup (see for yourself from my June 11 post) but it wasn’t so fun to watch them beat Brazil last night. I get tired more quickly of every foul being hotly disputed, every fall giving the impression of a possible amputation, the cynical acting and protesting to the referee before he has a chance to make bad calls.

Normally I love watching Robinho display his talents, for example, but when I see him screaming at every whistle and in everyone’s face—purely for the sake of trying to get an edge on the referee, nothing to do with any actual play—it makes me want that ungraceful oaf, Mark van Bommel, to take him out on one of his patented clumsy tackles.

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