Steve Braunias’ World Cup Diary

June 20th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Metro is running a compilation of thoughts on the World Cup. Day 7 includes me:

I’m backing Germany to win the World Cup. It’s only fair as they get so grumpy having to work hard, paying tax, to fund the lazy Greeks and Spanish, so winning the World Cup would cheer them up a lot.

Of course a cheerful German is still much more grumpy than a pissed-off Kiwi, but just like poverty, it’s all relative.

I’m hoping Sami Khedira will score the winning goal for Germany in the final, as it will lead to celebrations throughout the Muslim world, and stop the civil war in Iraq.

Also it would means lots of close-ups of Lena Gercke, who is one of the smarter wags.

Also Martyn Bradbury:

Who d’you think will win the World Cup?

My brain says Brazil, my heart screams Tyrion Lannister.

Seen any heroes or villains so far?

Why are the commentary team on TVNZ so obvious and dull in their commentary?

Is football a socialist paradigm, a worker’s collective, or a capitalist model, which rewards individual excellence?

It’s an opiate for the masses that distracts them from solidarity against hegemonic power structures ruled over by a corrupt sports bureaucracy who make drug cartels look civic-minded.

For once I agree with Martyn.

And the Ruminator:

Who d’you think will win the World Cup?

Germany is looking pretty good.

Have you seen any heroes or villains ?

Wayne Rooney is an ugly bloke, isn’t he.

Is football a socialist paradigm, a worker’s collective, or a capitalist model, which rewards individual excellence?

Football is the perfect capitalist model. In theory, every team could win it, couldn’t they? Oh my god! Costa Rica beat Uruguay! Goodness! Costa Rica could go all the way!

That’s football giving false hope to the proletariat. Give them a slice of glory and watch them gobble it up and be satisfied.

But then by the end of the tournament, the elites (Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Argentina) will rise to the top and take it away. Because screw the poor. Screw them. It’s as if Milton Friedman designed the tournament.

It would be far better if Milton had designed it.

And Whale:

Is there a World Cup on? Football? I’m too busy playing a combination of House of Cards and Game of Thrones in the truly best game there is on this planet…politics.

Politics is a fun blood sport!

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6 Responses to “Steve Braunias’ World Cup Diary”

  1. SGA (983 comments) says:

    June 20th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

    I’m hoping Sami Khedira will score the winning goal for Germany in the final, as it will lead to celebrations throughout the Muslim world, and stop the civil war in Iraq.

    Or Mesut Özil, for that matter?

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  2. kowtow (8,186 comments) says:

    Muslims and the world cup?

    Haram.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27896257

    21 killed in yet another outrage from the religion of peace and tolerance.

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  3. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    I’d like to see Brazil win it. When they’re in form, they make the game look *ridiculously easy* – much easier than it really is.

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  4. James Stephenson (2,145 comments) says:

    I’d like to see Italy win it, partly because I love most things Italian, but mainly because I’ve drawn them in the sweepstake.

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  5. scrubone (3,091 comments) says:

    I have my doubts if that’s really a genuine Martyn Bradbury quote – I mean, where’s the attack on John Key?

    (Seriously, it doesn’t sound like Martyn at all)

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  6. Scott1 (512 comments) says:

    Round of 8 predictions
    Brazil, Colombia, Switzerland, Germany, Chilie, Italy, Argentina, Belgium
    Round of 4
    Argentina, Italy, Brazil and Germany
    Then
    Brazil Argentina for an all S American final

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