Mexican Waves, Facebook and Online Shopping

Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved the Olympics and the two week it was on I was glued to my screen screaming land of hope and glory as our amazing athletes created some of the most historic moments in British sporting history. I jumped for joy as Gemma Gibbons slammed her was to an Olympic silver medal and I have been in awe at the masterclass given by the British athletes in the velodrome, but one thing that I didn’t agree with came to light during the Brazil- South Korea game in the semi-final of the football at Old Trafford.

I attended the game with my dad and as we are both avid followers of football we were quite excited to see the silky skills of Neymar and co. But as the game began I couldn’t help but notice that the woman sat in front of me was doing her shopping. During the game! She was online shopping during the match! And if that wasn’t enough she then logged on to her Facebook and proceeded to post a status telling her ‘friends’ where she was followed by a picture of her watching the game. Which funnily enough was the only thing she wasn’t actually doing, watching the game!

I understand when people say that the Olympics allowed people who wouldn’t normally go to a football match to attend and experience one. But if that’s what Olympic football brings then I’m sorry but I don’t want that. If the Brazil-South Korea game is anything to go by then I can honestly say that I didn’t enjoy my Olympic football experience, and that’s including the GB-Senegal game where the atmosphere was duller than dull and the football wasn’t much better.

However back to the shopaholic. She wasn’t done yet, she then proceeded to get overly orgasmic over a Mexican wave.Now I know people love them and yes, they do look good, but being a home and away United fan nothing churns my stomach more and I firmly believe that they do not belong in Old Trafford. I didn’t join in with them and I never will. Don’t get me wrong I love supporting my team and I enjoy nothing more than feeling the Stretford End roar, but Mexican waves, come on. How’s that going to help the players, it doesn’t spur them on. It tells them that the games that boring we’ve had to throw our arms in the air like we’re on the big dipper to keep ourselves occupied. I’d rather watch Aguero’s league winning…. No actually forget.

Honestly I really really loved the Olympics. I loved everything about them. But in my opinion and I hate to say it, the football was a disappointment. I expected to hear ‘Rule Britannia’ bellowing from the terraces at full velocity but instead I got ‘Viva Mexico’ from an online shopping-Facebook addict who I hope got the curtains she wanted.


… Introducing Team GB’s New Manager for the London 2012 Olympics, David Beckham

No it’s not a fact, David Beckham is not the new Team GB manager but in my opinion it’s exactly what should happen.

Whether you agree or not I’d like to know but if Beckham is not involved on the pitch come July which i believe he should be, he surely must be orchestrating proceedings from the sideline.

Now I know there may be people out there who will say that he has no managerial experience and that if he was picked to play for Team GB that his selection would not be based around his technical ability as there are other players who may be far more active and mobile than Beckham. However it cannot be denied that David Beckham is one of our countries’ most influential personalities, one of our countries’ biggest stars and also one of our countries’ all time sporting heroes. He is a man who fought tooth and nail to ensure that London would host the 2012 games, a man who devoted his personal time to fly from country to country to meet organising officials in a bid to sway their opinions which he undoubtably did. His name bears a substantial amount of weight wherever in the world you are and if Beckham would have been picked I can guarantee you that there would not be a prouder man representing his country than him.

Now it can be argued that there are other players who deserve a place in front of Beckham, Micah Richards being a prime example in the opinion of Stuart Pearce but how did David react to the news that he wasn’t selected? By showing a display of passion, ferocity and commitment in the California Classico against local rivals San Jose. Topped off with a trademark free kick and in my opinion clearly demonstrating that he be would be the perfect man to lead a young team through what looks to be a competitive tournament as his dedication and determination is second to none. He is a leader on and off the pitch, a role model to young children and he would be the perfect man for the younger players to look up to as he has the character and attributes to inspire and encourage a successful showing for Team GB this summer. This is clearly shown through his commitment to the England setup and his enthusiasm to jump on a plane and travel the thousands of miles required to compete for his country.

If the Olympics is being used to blood young players such as Manchester United’s Tom Cleverly, Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand and Swansea’s Scott Sinclair then surely it should be used to provide experience for a man who I am sure the whole nation would support and get behind. Surely the sight of a suave David Beckham strolling Armani clad along the sidelines looking like coolness personified would inject confidence into the pulsing veins of our football crazy nation rather than the scruffy shaggy Stuart ‘physco’ Pearce nervously biting his nails looking like a fourteen year old boy wearing a suit for the first time. And although Pearce may have a better managerial past than Beckham, Pearce was a man who ex-England manager Fabio Cappello treated like a rag-doll and who Roy Hodgson deemed unsuitable for a place in his staff for the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine. He also had unsuccessful spells at Manchester City during which they lost to Chesterfield and Doncaster Rovers in successive years. In the 2005-2006 season he lead City to a 15th place finish after losing nine out of their last ten games and in the following season under his control they scored a dismal 10 goals at home in the League, an all-time Premier League low scoring no goals after new years day.

Don’t worry, I’m not just basing my argument on who looks the part but in the eyes of the players and the fans it does make a difference. However let’s not forget Beckham’s achievements so far as a footballer, he is one of an elite group of players who have won the domestic league in three different countries. He holds the record for the amount of appearances made by an outfield play for England with 115 caps, 58 of which he led as captain scoring 17 goals. He also currently has the third highest number of assists in the premier league with 152 during 285 appearances for Manchester United in which he scored 85 goals. He is a six time Premier League winner, two time FA cup winner, La Liga winner during his 116 appearances for Real Madrid, MLS cup winner with LA Galaxy and not forgetting the famous last gasp Champions League victory in 1999 in which he provided two beautiful corners to set up the goals. Surely a man who has provided us with so many iconic moments such as the stunning last minute free-kick to secure world cup qualification against Greece and the half-way line wonder-goal vs Wimbledon deserves the chance to proudly lead his country into one of it’s most glorious hours.

With David Beckham comes a mass of media attention and an army of adoring fans and I’m sure the prospect of seeing him may have been the reason many people purchased tickets for the games. He has millions of fans and him being appointed as manager would boost the image and status of what has to be said is a tournament which in the past has had little spectator interest. It would also help avoid the repeat of the embarrassing scenes of thousands of empty seats from Beijing 2008. It would generate masses of public interest and surely increase Team GB’s support, therefore consequently increasing the teams confidence as a team of young raw talent could be capable of an amazing achievement if they were backed and encouraged by the whole nation and let’s not forget that the games should be good for the whole of Britain, not just Stuart Pearce, it should be the people’s games and I believe that Beckham would make it that way.

Now don’t think I’m discarding Stuart Pearce’s achievements with England U21’s, it’s just that he has clearly been deemed unfit for a first team coaching place and I think the mantle for the Olympic Games should be passed to someone who can truly create an Olympic Legacy. He’s even been replaced by Gary Neville who seems to have been a success within the England camp. A prime example of how past players can use their experience to help a squad out and no-one has more experience than David Beckham. And I assure you no-one would be prouder than him to lead his country especially as manager.

Agree or disagree? Let me know what you think.