I'm not going to South Africa. So instead I'm gonna try and watch a bit if not all of every game at work, or at home or in a bar or wherever. On the telly. With a beer. And I'm gonna predict who I think is gonna win. And talk about football stuff. So there.

Sunday 4 July 2010

Q-F: Argentina 0-4 Germany

Wow. I had an inkling the Germans would win this. Narrowly in extra time. But not this. Not four-nil. Not making the Argies - some people's favourites - look like England. Makes our loss look a little less disgraceful.

How do the Germans do it? Every time you look at their squad and think that's one of the weakest squads they've had for a long time. Rene Adler out. Ballack out. Dodgy defence. But they have Schweinsteiger. Podolski. And they have Klose, who shouldn't bother playing club football. Just wrap him up and bring him out every two years for the major tournaments the Germans will always qualify for. He is the ultimate international goalscorer who you wouldn't necessarily want in your club side.

Argentina had a few chances but the Germans knew what they had to do. As against England they always seemed to have loads of players streaming forward when attacking and loads of players tracking back when defending. And Schweinsteiger pulled off the run of the tournament to set up one of their goals.

Respect to the Germans. From an Englishman.