@pippy Maybe because football is the number one sport in over 100 countries, and rowing and track cycling are minor sports in about 15 countries.
And anyway, English footballers don’t lack for passion, drive and guts. If they could win just by trying harder they would; it’s the skill, guile and composure they’re lacking.
@pippy active 2 weeks ago
Should England go to the Football World Cup in Moscow? I’m generally against using sport as a political football (excuse the pun), but this is different as there is a risk to both footballers and fans. It presents the Russians with too many opportunities to be a least difficult, and much worse is possible. I know that if England, Germany and other NATO countries were to withdraw from the competition then it would severely degrade the event. Then again the Russians would have a great chance of winning it. a difficult call as it is up to the individual Football Associations rather than governments. Early days yet and by then is could all be brushed under the carpet, but for how long do we let Putin keep getting away with swinging his weight around? View