So it was a pretty solid win against Wigan as most of us would have hoped would be the case before the game, in all honesty with some slightly sharper finishing it could have been an extremely decent scoreline. The big positives must include another solid performance from the young Pole in goal (what a rhyme), RVP not getting injured and producing some nice touches, and good defensive showings from Djourou and Gibbs. The missed chances of Vela and Bendtner were sort of expected given their lack of games, but still a tad disappointing, the two did combine rather nicely for our second goal though.
The amusing thing for me is the fact that the media seem to think we're taking the competition so so much more seriously than we have done in previous years. Actually very few of our Carling Cup starters started at the weekend, Wilshere and Koscielny were the only two I think. The strong side is more a reflection of our deeper squad than our taking things massively more seriously. Still, we're through to face Ipswich in the two legged semi final, we must have a good chance of getting through that tie and making the final.
Now to the item at the top of everyone's agenda at the moment, FIFA and the decision to give the 2018/22 world cups to Russia and Qatar respectively. Firstly anyone who blames the BBC for this decision is just plain stupid. The BBC's program may not have been well timed but frankly so what, the media are perfectly entitled to expose rank corruption whenever they want, the fact that FIFA have so much dirty laundry is what people should be focusing on, this all links in with the corrupt and nepotistic voting system that has handed the world cup to Russia and Qatar. I would urge everyone to actually watch the BBC's program before criticising it, this criticism should be going in FIFA's direction.
FIFA are a joke, they are useless in all they do, their president Sepp Blatter is as corrupt as they come, many others are as corrupt as Sepp, if not more. FIFA also consistently stands in the face of progress, video technology is still not in use in the game despite virtually all other big sports having incorporated it into their games in a way that has reduced error and helped out officials. If the BBC program did affect the votes then this only goes to prove just how overly sensitive various FIFA committee members are, probably because they are as corrupt as they come.
The decision to hand the world cups to Russia and Qatar does appear a rather political one, it would also not surprise me if certain FIFA committee members were getting some kind of kickbacks for their votes. Whatever actually went on behind closed doors, it is clear that the FIFA voting system is the opposite of being objective, it is archaic and susceptible to clear manipulation. In my opinion Russia is not in Europe and the handing of a world cup to Qatar is beyond a joke.
The sad fact about all this is that international football is dying, it is becoming more and more dreary in comparison to the vastly superior club game. The Champions League produces the best football, the domestic European leagues produce some of the most exciting stuff after this, the international game lags sadly behind. The international game has become more and more boring in comparison to the club game in recent years, and the game's governing bodies are doing nothing to address this, FIFA look after only themselves, UEFA are doing little for the international game too. FIFA needs to be reformed badly, the IOC has been reformed recently to the great benefit of the Olympic bidding process, the chance that anything similar will happen to FIFA appears rather remote, FIFA are completely unaccountable and everything they do is the opposite of transparent.
I'm not the biggest England fan in the world, I do admit, but a world cup in England would have been vastly superior to one in Russia, and a comparison with Qatar is laughable. It's such a great shame that the 'people's' game is being killed by such a corrupt bunch of cronies who are looking after their own vested interests and not the interests of the game of football. FIFA are using the world cup as a money making device to feed their own corruption, the demands that FIFA put on the governments of host countries are beyond a disgrace, no wonder the world cup is being given to compliant corrupt countries like Russia and Qatar, they are happy to dance to FIFA's corrupt tune, what a sad state of affairs.