Experiences of an American woman who was married to a Serb.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Serbia's World Cup Team - Only As Good (or Bad) as Whoever They're Playing?

Inconsistency, thy name is Serbia. I kept asking my husband, "Do these guys train together normally?" Because to my uninformed eye, they're playing like well-meaning people who met a few weeks ago.

After the embarrassment of the Ghana game, I was so sure the Serbs were gonna be crushed by Germany. A funny thing happened on the way to the Aryan Nation (aside from last names like Gomez.) Suddenly these Serbs turned into a serious team to beat. "They must have practiced like crazy all week!" I exclaimed.

"Oh no," my husband and step-daughter answered in perfect unison. "The Serbian team is only ever as good as the team it's playing. Whether they win or lose is really down to the luck of the moment." Which is why, despite whupping the Germans, my family is confident they'll stink against the stinky Australians on the 23rd. No win is ever assured.

The only thing we can be sure of is that frankly we have the Best Damn Good-looking Coach in FIFA! That suit, that haircut, that tan, that air of gravitas, those little crinkles by his eyes... all the other coaches look like schlumps compared to Radomir Antic.


Anonymous said...

Aryan Nation? Now we're using Nazi terminology? I hope you know what the real meaning of Aryan is: Indo-Iranian. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryan

And is the remark about the names like "Gomez" supposed to be some kind of a racist joke? Because it ain't funny to me.

Anonymous said...

why do people always have to take things so seriously??

Rosemary Bailey Brown said...

... and we lost to the Aussies. Plus, annoyingly, the official game summary on FIFA's site referred to Serbs as "Eastern Europeans". Um, Central Europe, hello??

Anonymous said...

Hello? Geographically, most of Serbia is in the Balkan peninsula, which is Southeastern Europe. Only Vojvodina could ever be considered Central Europe. Linguistically, culturally and genetically Serbia does belong to Eastern Europe more than Central Europe, so get your facts straight.

Anonymous said...

O my God, what is your problem? I could undrestand your concern with the first coment, but you could put it nicely, and look at the map former yugoslavia means(south slavs)politicaly westerners above 50 years often use eastern europe term to refer to Balkan region because of the cold war i believe cold war is over. No need to use venimous language. Have a great day!

Lisa Petrarca said...

I love how people only leave aggressive comments under the guise of "anonymous".

Too bad that Serbia lost...but at least you have a hot coach, love the way you look at the positive!LOL!