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Netherlands-Denmark 2-0

A disappointing match. The Netherlands won, but through luck rather than brilliance. The Danish defense was solid, and try as they might, our side just couldn't get enough room to manoeuvre in front of their goal. Also, they lacked both speed and depth in their play during the first half, and it was all rather boring to watch.

They picked up the pace in the second half and, especially after Elia was brought in, brought some flow into the game...but it took a Danish own goal to relieve the pressure and for a while it seemed as if we would have to content ourselves with that for a win. Thank God Dirk Kuijt scored a genuine Dutch goal in the 85th minute, enabling the team to walk off the pitch with their heads held high. But so far, the only team that's really impressed me with their play is, painful as it is for me to have to admit, die Mannschaft.

If you had better things to do than sit down and watch the game, FIFA have been kind enough to put this video showing a few highlights of the match up on its webpages.

I also watched the match between Italy and Paraguay, and enjoyed that much more. I always like to see gli Azzurri being taken down a peg or two, and the Paraguayan squad did just that. Viva Paraguay!

Mum called to upbraid me about the fact that I hadn't shown up at my niece's birthday party yesterday. I tried to tell her I most probably would have done if anyone had invited me or at least would have let me know when they were planning to have the party (her birthday having been earlier in the week), but she didn't accept this as a valid excuse. Moreover, she let me know that since I wasn't currently doing anything of any importance, and my sister and her boyfriend have booked a romantic break for two in Madrid, my youngest nephew will be staying with me next weekend.

I like my nephew well enough, I do. But I hate to be taken for granted as a babysitter. Why his older brother and sister can't take care of him for 2 days? Because they made it clear to my sister, when she booked the holiday several months ago, that they didn't like to be taken for granted as babysitters, either.


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Jun. 15th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
It wasn't until I told my sister that I was afraid my anger and resentment might lead me to actually hurt her children (I was that mad), that she stopped taking me for granted in this way. And then I became more willing to look after them.

Why was I so angry? It wasn't just the constant babysitting, it was the constant demands for money to buy food, formula, nappies and then her using her pension (what she was SUPPOSED to use for these things) to buy cigarettes, booze and drugs. That made me angry. And with every child she had (and at the time, she had four), the angrier I got.

People should be sterile by default in this world and have to do courses and take an exam before they are prescribed something that will allow them to get pregnant. And only if they do well with that one child should they be allowed another. And two's enough in an overpopulated world.

Yes, I have issues.

And I haven't even gotten to the disappointment being felt here at the dismal performance by the Socceroos against Germany. Fortunately, I have more sense than to get up at 4am just to watch soccer. :)
Jun. 15th, 2010 08:36 am (UTC)
It wasn't until I told my sister that I was afraid my anger and resentment might lead me to actually hurt her children (I was that mad), that she stopped taking me for granted in this way

I can see that I'm going to have to have a conversation along similar lines with my sister, and my mother for that matter, too.

Although my sister has never pumped me for money to buy necessities for her children during all the eight years of her involvement with her drug dealer/husband (we had no contact whatsoever during that time; plus she had my parents to rely on), since we've re-established contact in 1994 she has fallen into the habit of off-loading her kids on me every time there's a new man in her life. I wouldn't mind if it were just the occasional stay-over, and if I would be asked first; but why does she always always always have to form relationships with men who say they don't mind her having kids but then don't want them around? Why do her kids' needs and wants always have to come second to those of whoever she's fucking (excusez le mot) at the time?

Although I wouldn't go as far as you and say that people should be sterile by default, when I look around me I do see that there are an awful lot of people who seem to have multiplied without havinjg given the matter much thought and without much idea of the responsibility they, not their immediate family or even society, should carry for their offspring.

As for the Socceroos: it's only been their first match. There's still a chance they might scrape through, but they're going to have to work for it.
Jun. 15th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, I don't think the Socceroos will make it past the first stage - it'll be years before we mature as a soccer-playing nation, especially as our major sports (Aussie Rules and Cricket) are far and away ahead of soccer in terms of fan number (and thus, young people who'll want to play it as they grow up). It's okay, I secretly support Holland anyway. :D
Jun. 15th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
I'm quietly confident Holland will make it past the group stage, but I'll make no predictions on how far they will eventually go (they've never brought the world cup home yet so there's no reason to suppose they will this year).

The Kiwis have just done better than the Aussies, in drawing level against Slovakia. That last minute equaliser was very well-deserved and I'm absolutely delighted for them. Perhaps your countrymen can bask in the reflected glory of your near neighbours?
Jun. 15th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
Hell no! There's way too much rivalry between our two nations. It's loving, and we'll be pleased for them to do well, but we won't support them en masse. Most of us will do what I am: supporting our second team when Aussie goes out.
Jun. 15th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
Poor Kiwis! It seems they really are the underdog, then.

Call me an optimist, but I haven't picked a second squad to support yet. I'm determined it should be a non-European team, though, so...if the Kiwis can draw level against Italy (or better yet, beat them) in their next game, then I think they'll be the obvious choice!

(Basically, I'll support any team that whoops Italy's butt. Since Euro 2000, I've been that petty!)
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