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Scoop! New statistics question validity of German soccer success

Here’s something spooky for those who think the universe is one great religious conspiracy to keep the concept of God alive.

I can’t believe I just wrote that without taking one too many of my gran’s prescribed tranquilisers. Anyway, living in Spain it’s impossible not to get caught up in the soccerfest madness which is the Eurocup. Even Anji, who doesn’t know one end of a soccer ball from another, has watched a couple of matches. Though I think I might have to show her a red card for the final and send her out of the room, as she keeps asking me why do they do this? and why do they do that? Read more


2 comments on “Scoop! New statistics question validity of German soccer success

  1. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    June 28, 2012

    Wow, I can SO taste your sarcasm!! I actually have never heard of this PIGS, & she you say 3/4, I can’t help but wonder who is the last 1/4. You have me gripped – please do tell.

    Are you actually saying here it’s a scam? I don’t know – I’m not up with the soccer news (like Anji!) but I wish to know.. can you tell without being in trouble??

    Only if.

    I can’t change your way, But I do so much wish you both the best…


    • Bryan Hemming
      June 28, 2012

      I’ve been editing it as you read, Noeleen. And it’s a bit different now.

      The PIGS acronym makes up Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain. All their economoies are bust in effect. The acronym should have included Italy and Iceland too, but bankers are wankers that can’t spell or add up properly.

      Like all professional sports, there’s always a scam somewhere whether it’s performance enhancers, gambling or bribery. Not all the time, but definitely some of the time

      But there are other factors. It doesn’t take a genius to work out, when Germany with a population of almost 90,000,000 to select a team from, get to play countries like Ireland, with a population of less than 5,000,000 to choose from, who the most likley winners will be. Of course, that’s the way it is. But it does go some way to explain why countries like Germany do far better than coutries like Ireland in many other fields apart from sport. But it doesn’t explain why England is so good at losing. Now, why is that? I keep asking myself.


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