Five Quick New Year Wishes

Obviously, in an ideal world I’d say “knickers” to football and go for the alpaca (see left), but this isn’t really an option and, besides, this place remains a football blog rather than an alpaca blog (although I’m open to suggestion on this subject as well). Anyway, I’m still a little feverish, so here are a handful of hopes for 2008. 1. That the BBC and ITV take the European Championships as seriously as they should do, even though England aren’t there. The big television companies should welcome the opportunity to get away from the jingoistic nonsense that has blighted every major international football tournament since at least 1996. They should grasp the nettle and do something that journalists should pride themselves in doing – telling you things that you didn’t already know. Obviously it will be much easier for them to go on and on about how many of the players of view are from the the Premier League and “how much poorer” the competition will be for England not being there, but hope springs eternal. 2. Somebody, please, other than Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool to win a domestic trophy. I am fully resigned to the fact that it is now asking too much for anyone other than the aforementioned foursome to win the Premier League or, indeed, take the top four places in the Premier...

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