Argentine star Jonas Gutierrez has said something this week that’s a little hard to believe.
Fabio Capello – great manager
Jonas says that his Newcastle team-mates want Argentina to win the World Cup – because Fabio Capello, the current and outstanding England manager is not English.
But neither was our last manager, the Swede Sven Eriksson – so what’s the point? The only player we expect to be supporting the South American country is – well – who else – Fabricio Coloccini.
In fact England’s last full time English manager was Kevin Keegan, come to think of it, and he didn’t fare too well in the job and walked out on England after Germany had beaten England 1-0 at Wembley in World Cup qualifying on Saturday 7th October 2000 – as we recall.
Former Newcastle midfielder Didi Hamann scoring the winning goal in that game.
This is what Jonas said yesterday:
“My team-mates from Newcastle tell me Argentina is a big candidate to win the World Cup. “They want Argentina to win it because they don’t like Fabio Capello – because he is Italian.”
“They want to have an English boss and that’s why they want Argentina to win the title.” “Although it’s strange, because they don’t forget the World Cup in 1986!”
“They respect us and our history – but they still want to beat us all the time.”
How can we forget the World Cup in 1986, when our very own Bobby Robson was England manager and current Argentine manager Diego Maradona cheated by punching the ball into the net – and he got away with it.
Or was it God that punched the ball in the net?
Now, our memory is not as good as it used to be, but we seem to remember that in the old days if you were English and didn’t support England during the World Cup, that used to be an act of treason, and a hanging offense too – as we recall.
How things have changed over the last 40 years. 😀