|Who's it going to be this time around? (Pic: Fifa World Cup Facebook page.)|
This is made much easier too when you're in a country that is taking part – one that's not England that is. Plus, from this perspective, it's not just any country, it's Colombia. That rather odd but at the same time enjoyable game of tejo may be seen as the more authentic, national 'sport' for some, but there's no disputing what the real passion is.
Indeed, such is the importance of the game to the masses, had La Selección's (the national team) luckless superstar, Radamel Falcao, known a few months ago that he wouldn't make the finals, he could have ran for president where he would, without much doubt, have been elected at a canter. There'd be no need for this upcoming second round of voting, and with it La Ley Seca, which we now have to 'suffer' through on the World Cup's opening weekend.
|President Falcao? (La Selección Col.)|
So as we ready ourselves for four weeks of what will hopefully be a memorable football feast, here's the Wrong Way 'sideways' take on things.
'This World Cup, I'll be mostly supporting...'
I'd probably be doing Colombia a service by not supporting them, given how most teams I want to see win never actually do. But it is my 'second home' these days, so one must do one's 'patriotic' duty.
Outside of Colombia, I've always had a soft spot for Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica – oddly enough these three teams happen to be in the same group as England.
Put your money where your mouth is
If you're betting thinking about how much you're going to win rather than what you might lose, then lumping, significantly, on the winner coming from South America, at odds of about 10/11, looks a nice option. That's going by the fact that European teams have never won the tournament when it's been held in the Americas.
|Looks familiar... (featurepics.com.)|
All those might seem a little boring, aimed more at the professional, heavy punting gamblers. So for a fun bet, where a small stake could win big, an each-way dabble on Ivory Coast at 150/1 might give you a run for your money; there's something about the national flag that resonates. The 40/1 about Colombia is also interesting. Yes they must face Ivory Coast, but both teams can emerge from the group. Plus it gives an added incentive to feverishly support my adopted country.
|'Very good.' (futbolwallpapers.com.)|
While football/soccer national teams rarely sing their respective anthems with the same gusto as their rugby equivalents, it's still nonetheless very much part of the build-up to kick-off. When it comes to this side of things, I'm very much a traditionalist and stick with the tried and trusted. So in the absence of the Celtic nations, it's hard to beat either France's La Marseillaise or Il Canto degli Italiani for the Italians
Whisper it, but due to constant exposure over the last couple of years, even the Colombian anthem is beginning to sound semi-decent these days.
World Cup cameramen are usually pretty adept at picking out the attractive ladies watching in the stands. Down through the years the majority of these have tended to be Brazilian. So what a 'tough' assignment those working behind the lenses will have this year. Who do you leave in, who do you leave out? If any TV company needs assistance in this area, I'm willing to lend a hand – on the ground, in person of course, it's the best way. Wrong Way – always here to help.
Right, time to let the football do the talking.