The Final Nail In The Coffin Of Passion

No country sings the anthem louder and prouder and Brazil, and no country has fans that want it more. This was spectacular proof that that just isn't enough. Not by a long shot...

Last Updated: 09/07/14 at 10:12 Post Comment

Latest Articles

James Alexander Gordon: A Message Of Thanks

8 comments

The voice of our footballing childhood, James Alexander Gordon's reading of the classified football results made us feel warm inside, a reminder of a bygone time...

All Pumped Up And Then....Nothing

10 comments

While the rest of us are all thrilled that football is back and spent the weekend aroused, Johnny says it was all the same old, same old - he's waiting for it to get better...

All Articles

At some point in every single season you will hear some blow-hard going on about how England's footballers lack passion, how they should sing the national anthem, how they don't play for the shirt, how they don't care and how, if only they did all of these things they would become far more successful.

This is a stick that has been used to beat England players with for decades. Why don't you play with more facking passion? Why don't you have more obvious pride? Why can't you belt out the anthem like a soldier going into war and certain death?

A lot of us have always said this is the default view of the phone-in moron and have quietly but profoundly despaired when we hear it trotted out every single year of our long and bitter lives.

But now we can point to Brazil 1 Germany 7 and say, shut up you dopey idiot. Just shut it. No-one cared more, no-one sang their anthem louder, no-one lacked passion and everyone played for the shirt than Brazil. They lost. 7 bloody 1. It is not hard to work out why.

Turns out passion isn't enough, singing the anthem loud isn't enough, playing for the shirt isn't enough, caring a lot isn't enough. Indeed, all of these things, far from being essential can more clearly be seen as being an unbearable pressure; a pressure which crushes even the strongest soul.

As I said in my column on Monday, the over-bearing desire for Brazil to win from all and sundry was too much, it was out of proportion. As soon as anything went wrong, the team fell to pieces spectacularly. They were the tightrope walker who looked down.

Hopefully this will forever put to rest the idea that victory in football is due to much else apart from football skill, organisation and confidence.

If fans could inspire a win then surely Brazil would have won 7-1 not Germany. No amount of passion outweighs any amount of being any good and if those who push it as a panacea to footballing inadequacy don't realise this now, they never will.

John Nicholson - he's on Twitter

Good article Johnny (better than the last one ). I like the comparison with England this time. From my time playing team sports, passion (if defined as rah rah) lasts up to maybe 5 mins, then you have to kick on and play the game. It is no substitute, for skill, organization and desire.
- dcpremo

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ow are people still backing Arsenal for the title? It's like you're predicting the tide not to come in; Arsenal will finish third or fourth and make the quarter final of the Champions League. It was ever thus.

thefuldutch
F365's Season Predictions

N

othing screams 'Panic!!' when your new manager brings Fellaini on as a sub for your star signing of the summer and within 5 minutes you concede the winner. I know it is only the first game in but I would seriously be sh1**ng myself I was a Man Utd supporter. This has the potential of being very nasty indeed.

stevemelbourne
Now Are You Nervous, Louis?

I

n the words of Pete Townsend, meet the new boss, the same as the old boss. Though I would comment that it's 3 more points than we picked up in the same fixture last year, so that's a 100% improvement.

uncle monty
No Sign That Liverpool Will Lessen Attacking Intent

Latest Photos

Footer 365

Transfer News: Valeri Bojinov reportedly due to talk to West Ham about Premier League return

Former Manchester City striker Valeri Bojinov has travelled to England amid reports he will hold talks with West Ham.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois wants rival Petr Cech to stay

Thibaut Courtois wants Petr Cech, his rival for the Chelsea goalkeeper's jersey, to stay at the club.

Champions League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger slams decision to send off Aaron Ramsey

Arsene Wenger described Aaron Ramsey's dismissal as "unacceptable" after Arsenal picked up a 0-0 draw at Besiktas.

Mail Box

Dear Brendan, Please Sign Di Maria

That's the request to Brendan Rodgers in the mailbox, and not just because it would annoy Man United fans. Plus, more thoughts on why Arsenal didn't want Cescy back...

Man United Fans Still Pining For Mourinho

The morning mailbox ponders where United might be now had the club appointed Jose Mourinho last season, while Chelsea fans are getting very excited...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property