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Total Football

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Remember when you slammed the Dutch?
Twenty-eight fouls much too much?
Brazil surpassed them by a touch (Ouch!)
with extra time unplayed.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 The hosts are ten times in the book.
I had to take a second look.
The reputation of a crook
not easily unmade.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Low’s understatement: “They lack flair.”
Anyone believe they care?
It seems they’ll kick you anywhere;
even if they’re winning.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 If it’s to be their curtain call,
too much to ask they play the ball?
A country once big becomes small.
Total football now means sinning.

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Notes

According to online sources, Netherlands committed 28 fouls in the 2010 World Cup Final, including extra time. Brazil committed 31 against Colombia Friday in regulation. Brazil has committed more fouls than any other side this World Cup (96) and has received the second most yellow cards (10), to Costa Rica (12). Netherlands is close behind in fouls committed (91). Germany and Argentina have committed approximately half the number of fouls of their fellow semi-finalists. In fairness to Brazil, it has also suffered the most fouls (95), including Neymar being ‘totalled’ by Zuniga of Colombia. Total football? TM

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/total-football-4/