Friday 17 August 2018

We have the sweetest sporting deal on earth

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Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Verily we have been favoured by the gods. They have blessed us in such a way we can celebrate without hesitation the performance of a team of ours which was beaten 6-0 in a World Cup final.

To everything there is a balance - if you are America, or Russia, the way it works is that you win a truckload of medals but you also have certain expectations which mean that if you get beaten 6-0 in front of the world, it is a very bad thing.

In the old Soviet Union, you could be sent to the salt mines for less. There would be talk of "root-and-branch" reform, there would be a deep interrogation of the decline in the character of this generation which had somehow brought such sadness on the Motherland.

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