By Ollie Irish
Henry Kissinger, a brainy man but a man nonetheless (see above), gives his thoughts on the history of the World Cup to the NY Times:
“Brazil has played the most beautiful football, while Italy has specialised in breaking the hearts of its opponents, and for Germany everyone attacks in a way suggestive of Erich von Falkenhayn’s huge flanking movements in World War I – and everyone defends.”
You don’t get punditry like that on ITV or the BBC (though I am a big fan of Clarence Seedorf on the Beeb – what a bright, charismatic man). Shame.
Fed through an ‘Alan Shearer expert analysis’ translator, Kissinger’s erudite quote would look more like this:
“Brazil showed us some samba magic, Gary, Italy defended in numbers, and the Germans beat us on pens.”