Author Archives: Michael Hudson

About Michael Hudson

Itinerant football watcher, incompetent right back and writer for In Bed With Maradona, Japan Soccer Mag, The Football Pink, Sabotage Times and others. One forty-fourth of Ockley Books' 'Falling for Football', one third of the Northern League programme of the year. The Accidental Groundhopper.

 

Enjoy the World Cup – except when you play against us!

While the public mood is muted in Argentina and one of building resentment in Sao Paulo, enthusiasm for the forthcoming World Cup is bubbling on the streets of Montevideo, capital city of reigning Unofficial Football World Champions Uruguay. ‘Welcome! Enjoy the World Cup – except when you play against us,’ a friendly customs officer greeted me at Colonia del Sacramento, an hour-long ferry ride from Buenos Aires. Two-time winners of FIFA’s showcase competition, Uruguayan fans on Montevideo’s main boulevard, the Avenida 18 de Julio, described a draw which places La Celeste in the same group as England, Italy and Costa Rica as ‘both a dream and a nightmare’.

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