Fortunately, bad as the final scoreline was today in the 2010 World Cup, the title of the post wasn’t it. The 1-0 scoreline was from a previous meeting in the World Cup. In 1950, some sixty years ago. A famous scoreline it was too. The US were considered to have no chance, absolutely no hope, against an England team full of legends and considered by many to be the best in the world, and firm favourites to lift the Jules Rimet trophy.
And yet….it wasn’t to be. Ironically, this was England’s first ever World Cup game. We hadn’t entered previous tournaments because, believe it or not, the English FA felt that we didn’t need to prove we were the best in the world. We already knew that to be true. Really. So the result was perhaps something of a fitting end to our first campaign. Such arrogance deserved a little come back.
Why am I talking about this old game though, when there was a more recent one? As in, earlier today. Two reasons. Firstly, because today’s game was too depressing. The England that turned out today won’t win a World Cup. On the bright side, Gareth Barry is yet to come back, Joe Cole will surely replace Milner, and, I sincerely hope, Hart will replace Green in goal. We can do much, much better than that.
Secondly, because I came across this video that was linked to by someone on Twitter. It’s a great, and tragic story. The story of the man who scored that winning goal for the US in 1950. A chap called Joe Gaetjens, who was a Haitian immigrant, and whose life didn’t go as one might expect it to after making such a hero of himself. You won’t need to be a football fan to get something from this video. Enjoy.