Almost inevitably, after such a fine tournament, the Under-20s World Cup Final was flatter than the Istanbul pitch on which it was played. And Mark Murphy’s disappointment was a double one.
Eight games left, then. And this tournament is toasting nicely.
This Under-20s World Cup has been a genuine joy so far. And if you are able to watch any of the knock-out stages, you should do so.
Ooops. England played well in this tournament. No, they did. And yet…and yet… Anyway, more of them later.
More news from the 2013 Under-20 World Cup, with Mark Murphy.
Here’s Mark Murphy with a round-up of the last day of action in the first two groups from this summer’s Under-20 World Cup.
Because there has been no slide in quality within the England youth set-up in recent years. Dear me no.
Even Mark Murphy, a serial stalker of low-to-middle-ranking international football tournaments on British Eurosport, was caught unawares by this year’s Under-20s World Cup.
It is a story that, depending on which side of Glasgow football’s ‘Old Firm’ fence you sit, either keeps on giving or won’t go away, even if its central figure since last May supposedly has gone away.
Mark Murphy went to see England play Ireland at Wembley expecting the worst but ended up passing a perfectly pleasant evening.
A combination of “banter” and anti-Islamic paranoia made one banner at the Scottish Cup final considerably more famous than it would otherwise have been.