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I’m enjoying this frivolity,
this international jollity,
this staying up till late to watch Iran.
The chance to see Algeria
may oft produce hysteria
in ways that only World Cup football can.
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I’ve scoffed at all the analysts,
the patronising panelists,
yet never touched the dial to change the station.
And I’ve taken no siesta
from this two week long fiesta,
engrossed by every tiny permutation.
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But enough of commentators,
all those earnest cliché staters,
with their Oh My Words and Crikeys and their Strewths,
for real football’s back again,
we’ll have a bit of craic again
when Shels take on the lads from Wexford Youths.