Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Why I Hate The International Break

After reading the title of this rambling, you might begin to ask yourself, how could anyone hate the glory and pure emotion of a good round of international fixtures. The national anthems, the over-paid stars playing pro bono, and the nationalistic rivalries never quite do it for me. Of course I love the feelings that the World Cup can conjure- citizens from different countries joining together in the joy of the beautiful game, but why do international breaks come at the worst possible teams in the league season. 

If you read the EPL Race To The Top, you already know the title race is heating up and we are entering an early climax of fixtures that could easily decide the champions. So with that being said, who else besides Darth Sepp Blatter thought would be a great idea to have a midweek international break- for a friendly. 

Let's be honest we know exactly what is going to happen. Robin Van Persie is going to start, even though he shouldn't. He is going re-injure his ankle, and Arsene Wenger will be complaining for weeks about why the Dutch F.A. shows no common sense. We've seen the script before and the plot hasn't changed, just as we were getting in the thick of it in the EPL. So thanks FIFA.

Despite my hatred of randomly placed international breaks, bent on capitalizing financially on Spain and Lionel Messi, you should watch these matches.

England vs France

Easily the European match of the week with a floundering English side taking on a post-apocolyptic French side. As reported by the Dirty Tackle, Blanc says he can count great players on French team with no hands. Funny stuff. Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson, and Kieran Gibbs will all be receiving their first caps, and Jack Wilshire will be absent due to a knocked picked up in training this week.

Spain vs Portugal

Although never noted as a fairly fierce rivalry, the match should be very interesting as Spain will continue to roll obliterate opponents by winning 1-nil in such a fashion you would think they'd score 5. Cristiano Ronaldo will get his dive on, no shocker there.

Italy vs Romania

You should watch this match, solely based on what happened the last time Italy played a Balkan squad. 

Brazil vs Argentina

Pretty much sums up what I hope happens. Despite the fact that Messi will be played out positioned and booed of the pitch when he does not score.

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