When your American-self lives in England and the World Cup is here: The true test of loyalty?

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I have never seen England so erm, patriotic. England flags on cars? Puhleeeeeze  folks, this is England, one does not normally display such obvious enthusiasm. You might think that it was the 1950′s Queen’s Coronation. Or the English equivalent of the Fourth of July.  But you would be mistaken– because those England flags only come out for one thing in my experience. Dum dum dum dum…………….The World Cup*.

As I write this I am sitting on my Brown Ikea couch (the same one where Mr. Chill proposed) in my own personal World Cup oblivion. The England vs. Algeria game is on and Mr. Chill is in foetal position on the floor and shouting at the TV:

JesusChristweshouldhaveabsolutelyWHACKEthisteam’.

He doesn’t know  that I am watching him writhe in agony over Cappello because he is locked into a dance with the TV screen. (He also just kicked the air (!!!) just in case you needed to visualise body gestures). All I can say is at least my ears are safe because he didn’t manage to buy a zubuzaleh. Wait ….I had to Google that spelling. Whoops, sorry its Vuvuzela.

Thank god America and England were tied because I would have never heard the end of it from all my English mates.  One of our lovely readers wrote in today:

So ladies, who did you cheer for during the USA v. England match?

While I outwardly sported a patriotic red white and blue outfit, I secretly hoped that England would win. I would love to see the celebrations on the street. It is a dilemma as an Expat, isn’t it? One starts to question their loyalties.

Ok Algeria vs. England Game is over now. Poor England not doing so hot with a draw! Even Time magazine writes ‘Is England the most boring team in the world cup?

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* Not in Wales, Scotland or N. Ireland will you see such a plethora of the England flag, obviously. I get the feeling that some Scottish citizens were a bit upset (bitter? under-doggish? jealous?) about England’s participation when I was in Glasgow and saw a popular shirt that read ‘Anybody but England’. Awwww.

PacificBird gives her take on the never ending football season…. click here

English behaviour / behavior during the World Cup is a little confusing

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Ok, I’m trying to wrap my head around this.  And no doubt certain wordy commentors will set me straight ;)  These are the facts I’m working with:

  • English people favour realism over optimism.
  • English people don’t like to brag – but are masters of the understatement when communicating successes.  It’s like a code they all speak.
  • English people are not inherently patriotic.
  • English people root for the underdog.

But just before the World Cup starts:

  • English people think they will probably win the World Cup
  • English people (well some of them) VERY LOUDLY boast of how amazing their team is
  • English people plaster every surface of every item they own with an English flag
  • English people want to winwinwinwinwinwinwinwinwinwin

Now we’re smack dab in the middle of the World Cup.  I’m writing this the day after the most dull and depressing game of football of ALL TIME when the UK drew nil-nil against Albania.  (Made slightly worse by the fact that it was shortly after the 2-2 USA v Slovenia game that was AMAZING.)

I think the behaviour and reaction I’ve grown to expect is starting to return after that heinous game.  The whole ‘I knew this was going to happen’, attitude started to show by half time.

I still find it confusing, though.  The same thing happened the last time around by I was fresh off the boat so I don’t think I noticed so much.  Give me another couple of years and I’ll have it figured out…

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Note:  I had this scheduled to go out a day after England got knocked out of the World Cup – thought I’d better publish it earlier after the England v Germany trouncing :(

Football Football Football

You already know my feelings about the great British pub and the football that we watch in the pubs.   What about this seemingly never ending football season?  Forget Premiership, Coca Cola Championship and several other tiers of football leagues.  When there is a break in league play we get Carling Cup, European Cup, World Cup, national games, and friendlies - there must be more.  So even though July and August are “the off season,” football seems to go on all year long.  Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays.

“It will never be finally decided who has won the football” Mitchell and Webb - worth watching.

And fantasy leagues?  One must know every goal scorer of every match.  So supporting one team is not enough.  We must watch Match of the Day and Match of the Day 2.

My favourite part (and I’m serious about this) is after you watch Match of the Day or the Saturday Soccer Report – or whatever that Sky show is where you watch all the commentators watching football on their little screens with earphones and microphones attached to their heads.  After all the excitement in their voices and faces and the continuously raised blood pressure… the league tables come up on the screen to overview all the results of the day.  The man who reads out all the scores has the most monotone, unexcited voice.  I can’t get over the extreme excitement followed by the most uninterested voice ever to read football scores.  I giggle every time.  :)

Here’s a funny male perspective on discovering the delights in sharing the British football pub experience.

Happy Soccer Saturday!!