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World Cup 2010 – Day 25

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 If we hadn’t have lost against France, they say,
Not been cheated by Henry’s handball,
Perhaps we’d have had a good chance, they say,
Of doing quite well overall.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 We’d have breezed to the knockout stage, they say,
And then ‘twould depend on the draw.
From there, it is tricky to gauge, they say,
The quarters at least, maybe more.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 If we played to our highest potential,
We may have done fairly okay
Though one fact is not inconsequential
In guessing the length of our stay.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 We finished behind the Italians,
When qualification was done.
We only got silver medallions,
Twice drawing against them one-one.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 We got beaten at home by the French, you know,
Lost one-nil at home, drew away,
We’re digging ourselves a large trench, you know,
To be happy about our display.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 And Domenech’s heroes and Italy?
They both ended up in the soup.
Both exited sadly and bitterly
Right down at the foot of each group.

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 So these hypothetical chances, my friend,
Of joining the creme de la creme,
Wouldn’t be any higher than France’s, my friend,
And just look at what happened to them.

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Notes

Seems we’ve caught the English disease! How would Ireland have fared if we’d have been there? Many people are saying quarter finals at least, forgetting the dismal, fluked victory over Cyprus and the home defeat to France in the qualifiers. Having said that, a lot of people maintained we’d have won the World Cup in 2002 if Roy Keane hadn’t been sent home! Cloud cuckoo land…

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/world-cup-2010-day-25/