Jose Enrique Fancies Spain For World Cup – What A Surprise

Jose Enrique has given an interview with the Newcastle Journal this morning, evven though he is on vacation – somewhere in in America with his girlfriend.

Jose Enrique – Spain joint favorites with Brazil

Jose has talked about the upcoming World Cup in South Africa, which kicks off two weeks tomorrow.

And the Spanish U21 International believes his country can win the whole thing. Of course Spain are already reigning European Champions and have some great players in their squad – so that’s very possible.

Jose said:

“Spain are one of the countries who can win the World Cup, but it is very difficult,”   “There are probably eight teams in the tournament who have realistically got a chance of winning it. England are another one.”

“You need that little bit of luck, it’s the same as the Champions League. Some games are 50-50, like Barcelona and Inter Milan.”

“Barcelona are the best team in the world, but Inter beat them and played very well in the two games before they went on to win the final.”

“Expectations are very high in Spain because we are the European champions. I don’t think we will ever have a better chance of winning the World Cup because of the players we have got right now.”

“But that doesn’t mean it will happen. We have beaten a lot of the other international teams, but that doesn’t mean anything when the World Cup starts.”

England must also have a decent chance of winning the World Cup, which of course would be the seocnd time ever, after their heroics on home soil in 1966, which I still remmber as though it was just yesterday.

Strange that.

But they will need to improve vastly from their lackluster dispklay against Mexico on Monday night, in a game in which Mexico looked the better side – but goals count and England seemed able to score them at the right times in that game.

Next up will be a game against Japan on Sunday.

One of the countries in their group, the USA,  looked even worse on Tuesday night when they were well beaten by the Czech Republic 4-2. Other teams in England’s Group C are Algeria and Slovenia.

Football (soccer) in still not too popular over here, and there are many other sports more popular than soccer in the US. NFL Football, College Football, Baseball, Golf, NBA and College Basketball and NASCAR being a few of them.

It may be the 8th most popular sport here – if that.

With the great Fabio Capello in charge of England, we have to think England has a decent chance of doing well, but the lads will have to show a lot more mental strength to win the whole thing.

We’re tired of seeing English players in a penalty shoot-who go to take a penalty as though they were going to the gallows – and yes they usually miss too.

Have some confidence lads – you may even be able to score and then win the whole thing.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • G

    May 27, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #1

    To be fair like, Spain have to be one of the favourites for the tournament. In the last 3 years they have gone from being a team that are always lacking in major department, to a team that is perfectly balanced with plenty of strength in depth. For me, its between Spain and Brazil.

  • geordielad880

    May 27, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #2

    My side for the world cup would be:-







  • Purely Belter

    May 27, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #3

    i really give england a chance of winning the world cup as long as they keep rooney scoring goals and the results dont go into penalties.
    top 4 i think will be england, brazil, spain and ivory coast

  • G

    May 27, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #4

    I hope you are right Purely Belter, I have England down as quarter finalists for this one.

  • G

    May 27, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Backtracking to your article again Ed, would it be possible for you not to refer to football as soccer, and from now on refer to the colonial game as hand-egg? Cheers.


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