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Boo-Hoo England

Failure to reach Euro '08 is having long-term ramifications on the English side, namely the next World Cup.

No Mourinho, no O'Neill, no Hughes, no Lippi. There is one clear choice.

As a nation mourns, cabinet making and auto repair move to the forefront of English competitive pride.

Let's reflect on England's finest moment ("Niiiiiice!"), with signboard and voiceover from our friend from Kazakhstan:

By Steve Goff  |  November 23, 2007; 10:32 AM ET
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Comments

It couldn't happen to a more arrogant and condescending footballing nation.
The newest blow to their over-hyped ego is that they have been dropped in the FIFA rankings to 12th. Which means they are a lower seed in the 2010 WC qualifying draw, which means they are in a tougher group. So things get worse for the most overrated soccer country on the planet.

Posted by: Felix | November 23, 2007 10:57 AM | Report abuse

how about Klinsmann as English Manager...

Posted by: Ben | November 23, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

The electronic billboard flashes up Borat as Robinson flubs it . . . Kazakh consipiracy?

And we all thought the third base line at RFK was bad . . . how about the goal box at Wembley? What a hop!

Posted by: delantero | November 23, 2007 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Goff,
Have you heard for certain that Jose is out of the running? I can't find any articles that say he's out...I think he'd be the best choice to take over. Although, Capello has said that he's interested...

Posted by: brian | November 23, 2007 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Brian: A BBC source reports that Mourinho isn't interest in the job because he will have infrequent contact with the players. They also say that if he took a national team job, it would be Portugal.

Arsene Wegner isn;t interested because he doesn't know anything about managing English players :-).

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | November 23, 2007 11:49 AM | Report abuse

You make a good, albeit veiled, point I-270, Exit 1.

There are few English players who could adequately play Arsenal's style. Joe Cole, maybe Lampard or Rooney... that's about it.

For England to return to the fold, they need an Alan Shearer-type who will unapologetically play the fast, direct style of soccer that can make England dangerous.

Posted by: Joe Doc | November 23, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

"As a nation mourns, cabinet making and auto repair move to the forefront of English competitive pride."

Any country that produces or produced cars like Jaguar, Triumph, and MG must, by necessity, excel in auto repair.

"During last summer's World Cup, £100m was spent every week on food and drink, including an unusual amount of pies, pizzas and cans of Stella Artois."

At least Jon DeNunzio (I think) won't have to worry about a shortage of his favorite beer.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | November 23, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness Kazakhstan is the number 1 exporter of potassium.

Posted by: Azamat Bagatof | November 23, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Uhh no Lippi? He said:
'I have had no telephone call. If it comes we will see,' Lippi was quoted as saying in Friday's Gazzetta dello Sport.'

Sounds like he is waiting by his phone.
I see Capello but Lippi is indeed a World Cup winner.

Posted by: BI | November 23, 2007 1:15 PM | Report abuse

You're right, Steve, there's only one clear choice for the job...

Steve Sampson...

;-)

BRING BACK THE 3-6-1!!

Posted by: Joseph D'Hippolito | November 23, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Bora looking for work?

Posted by: Lost in BA | November 23, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

A bit OT, but both Cavalier teams are in action tonight in NCAA tournaments, one at Klockner (at 5:00 p.m., if you're in the neighborhood), the other at UCLA. Both matches can be followed at:

http://www.virginiasports.com/liveStats/liveStats.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=17800&KEY

There will also be action in Baltimore (Loyola) and Norfolk (ODU) on Saturday. It can all be followed at:

http://www.ncaasports.com/soccer/mens/scoreboard/div1/2007/1123

http://www.ncaasports.com/soccer/womens/scoreboard/div1/2007/1123

Posted by: 22201 | November 23, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I thought we were going to see some MLS trades today??????????

Posted by: Yo Goff | November 23, 2007 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget about Greg Ryan as a dark horse for the England job. He could be a perfect match for the long-ball style England made famous.

Posted by: Jamie | November 23, 2007 3:16 PM | Report abuse

How about a dentist takes over and does them and us a favor?

Posted by: Hoost | November 23, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I thought we were going to see some MLS trades today??????????

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Why would there be trades the day after Thanksgiving?

Posted by: Goff | November 23, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Nathaniel Merriweather | November 23, 2007 4:42 PM | Report abuse

There are few English players who could adequately play Arsenal's style. Joe Cole, maybe Lampard or Rooney... that's about it.

For England to return to the fold, they need an Alan Shearer-type who will unapologetically " Joe Doc!
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Joe Doc, I agree with Rooney or may be Joe Cole...But Fat Frank playing for Arsenal? No way!! Lampard is one of the the most overrated soccer players today! Would you play him over Fabregas, Hleb or Rosicky?? Not in million years ;).

Capello could be a decent choice for England. Alan Shearer is completely unproven and should not be mentioned at this level!
Oh...wait...Geoff is right, Bruce is available! Case closed!!

Posted by: Charles | November 23, 2007 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Felix: you said it all. Most overrated footballing nation on earth.

Any word on Kamani Hill? He was cut by Wolfsburg. I imagine the Quakes would have the inside line, but someone should give him a shot here.

Posted by: papa bear | November 23, 2007 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Fabio Capello is in discussions with the FA. I believe that he would be an interesting choice, and if he selected current Italian U-21 technical director, Gianfranco Zola, as his second in command, it would greatly ease his transition to English football. Perhaps Gianluca Vialli might have a role as well.

Mister Capello speaks limited English, and Zola is fluent. Perhaps more importantly, he knows their player pool quite well, and is well-respected.

Mister Lippi turned down the Birmingham job, and has stated that his lack of English skills would be an impediment to his hands-on style of player management.

Posted by: Steve Amoia | November 24, 2007 6:31 PM | Report abuse

The New I-League indian football is up for relagation system even though it is about 12 years old league from NFL. Why should be MLS be afried of?
http://www.indianfootball.com/index1.html

Posted by: td | November 24, 2007 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Having no team in either the New York or LA markets in the top flight, for starters. Can't imagine our TV "partners" would be real pleased with that.

Posted by: just sayin | November 24, 2007 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Rumors of Real Madrid scouting Jozy Altidore. I'm not sure how I'd feel if he ended up signing with them. I think Jozy would have an extremely hard time of making it into any meaningful games. Certainly a much harder time then Freddy Adu at Benifica.

Altidore would be better off signing with a smaller team where he could get some much needed playing time.

Posted by: noptov52 | November 24, 2007 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: td | November 24, 2007 10:34 PM | Report abuse

What about Bojan Krkic?? That kid is 17 and he is just incredible. I'd be surprised if he does not become one of the greatest all time.

Posted by: BI | November 24, 2007 11:33 PM | Report abuse

In the NCAA men's tournament, Virginia, Loyola (Md.), and Old Dominion all won their first-round games, so they join Maryland, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia, who had first-round byes. In fact, Loyola will be at Ludwig Field, and Virginia will be at WVU on Wednesday.

In the women's tournament, the Albicelestes of Chapel Hill were knocked off by Notre Dame in the round of 16. In fact, three of the top four seeds (UNC, Penn State, and Stanford) were upset; Virginia took UCLA into overtime, so it was almost 4-for-4. The three teams doing the upsetting were all from the Big East (ND, West Virginia, and UConn). Incidentally, the Washington area is well represented on WVU's roster, including star striker Kim Bonilla, who grew up in Dumfries.

Posted by: 22201 | November 25, 2007 10:32 AM | Report abuse

What about Bojan Krkic?? That kid is 17 and he is just incredible. I'd be surprised if he does not become one of the greatest all time.

Posted by: BI | November 24, 2007
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I agree. He could be real chellange to Messi. I like both. And Messi is in my opinion the best player in the world right now. Bojan will be loved by all the ladies.

Posted by: td | November 25, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

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