July 05, 2004

Not again??!!

OK, so I'll have to eat my words. Portugal lost. Exactly the topic around the kopitiams and mamak stalls this morning. How Figo and co. failed in their mission to exact revenge on the hapless Greeks. How Portugal held possession for so long and failed to capitalise. How this was their (or rather Portugal's old guard) last chance to win an international honour. Poor little Greece. They will remain humble behind their much "bigger" opponents. Oh...they will just go back to Athens and show off the cup. How exciting can that be if not for the fact that Euro 2004 was only their 3rd participation in a major tournament! And they are hosting the Olympics this year! Much needed ego boost and interest generator? Hmmmm.....coincidence?

Portugal aren't the only loser I pressume. Random check revealed that many punters have placed a bet on Portugal winning this morning. Looks like, along with the Greeks, the bookies will be laughing all the way to the bank with this match. And yes, if you had "eaten ball" from the bookies (or friends), you would also be laughing all the way to the bank throughout this tournament.

Which begs this question. When will minnows like Malaysia create an impact in the Asian football scene? We are only ranked some lowly 100 plus in FIFA's world ranking. But hey, miracles do happen don't they? As it is, Malaysia aren't even in the final round of Asia's Euro 2004, the Asia Cup 2004. No miracle then. It amazes me to read that Singapore, our tiny neighbour down south, have implemented a comprehensive plan to qualify for a future World Cup. Wow! What are the odds in that happening? But then again, M-I-R-A-C-L-E. And if they do make it and Malaysia is still languishing lowly, where do we put our face? Malu la Bang! Somehow one gets the feeling that our football team won't even come close to winning anything even in the south east Asia region. But then again..M-I-R-A-C-L-E.............NOT! :)

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