The England Obituary, Part 3: “Ha Ha Ha!”, Or “Bloody Hell!”?

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6 Responses

  1. Brenton says:

    Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski figure that making it to the World Cup and getting out of the group stages is about as good as England can hope for, given the size of the country, dedication of fans, all these other stats I can’t remember…

    Sometimes their quantification is annoying, but the key point makes sense. Making three successive quarterfinals at major tournaments is really good. Brazil are better, the French (excepting this time) are better, and the Germans are better. Face up to it, and the next time you guys lose after making out of the group stages you should be a lot happier.

  2. ejh says:

    Every read McKinstry’s book on Geoffrey Boycott? It’s actually really good except when he deals with Boycott’s trials in France, when it’s basically a rant against the bloody Frogs. What’s worse – a stupid bigot, or a bigot with brains?

  3. Martin says:

    England didn’t win their qualifying group, which was one of the main reasons they went out early.

  4. mark murphy says:


    I was referring to the qualifying group FOR the finals – Croatia, Ukraine et al… Sorry, if I didn’t make that clear above. :-)

  5. RichardG says:

    Brenton; if it was all about the size of the country etc, how does one explain the sucssess (relative to us of course) of the Dutch? What’s their population; 16.5 million or so?

  6. Brenton says:

    It’s not “all about” anything in particular. The authors look at a wide variety of factors and come up with some interesting conclusions. The book is a good read; I highly recommend it.

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