To think if Tom Donohoe never left Scotland, we probably would not have seen the likes of Pele, Romario, Ronaldinho or Ronaldo and the 5 time winners would maybe not even have reached the dizzy heights that Scotland pray they one day do.
When writing this I thought that maybe I could just politely ask Brazil to give up there place in the World Cup and allow Scotland to play considering we practically gave them football but apparently FIFA and the Brazil government think I am "Ridiculous" and "A complete eeijet" so I unfortunately Scotland will not get to play in the World Cup this year but who knows? Maybe 2018? 2022? 2026? I am almost positive that by the year 2062 Scotland might qualify for a World Cup again.
Anyway how about we actually talk about the World Cup. It kicks off this Thursday and celebrations have scattered through Brazil like a Mexican wave on speed but that's why we love Brazil - the dancing, the music, the once in a lifetime atmosphere as we believe that absolutely anything could happen.
Since the early days when the World Cup only involved invited nations it has come a long, long way to now being the largest sporting event in the World. Even for countries like Honduras or Costa Rica who nobody gives a hope in hell, this is a special time. These players get to play in front of thousands of people in a massive stadium and millions more around the world on TV. This for most players is the biggest moment of their careers and I cannot wait for that first match to kick-off and be caught up in World Cup fever once again.
What were we supposed to be talking about again?
Oh yeah, Tom Donohoe. The man who gave birth to football in Brazil. I still love Tommy, but like the little boy who kicked his ball in someone's garden awkwardly asks "Can I have that ball back?" I - on the behalf of Scotland - ask the whole nation of Brazil "Can we have that ball back?"
|Please can we get the ball?|