The Raven Flies at Midnight

All sorts of opportunity for skullduggery in the England/Trini/Svenska group now. Could Trinidad and out-of-it Paraguay devise a dastardly Monroe Doctrine of sorts, with Paraguay allowing the Soca Warriors to pour in goals in hopes that England will stuff Sweden? Will Sven sneak over to his countrymen’s camp in the dead of night bearing an offer they can’t refuse: both sides play an ineffectual, attack-free game (there’s a stretch for both them) to ensure Sweden goes through and that England wins the group?

Or will they all just play it straight, each of the four teams going all out for Hono(u)r and Country? This seems like the first good opportunity for World Cup conspiracy theorists since South Korea’s win over Italy in ’02. Knock yerself out.

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About zachdundas

Freelance journalist. Author of The Renegade Sportsman (Riverhead Books). Thank you.
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2 Responses to The Raven Flies at Midnight

  1. Dan says:

    Monroe Doctrine, that’s not a WWII ref is it? No, no of course not: Monroe was president in the late 1800s. Phew! But what about Teddy Roosevelt’s Corollary? Walk softly, and aim for the back of the net….

  2. Zach Dundas says:

    I’m just trying to outdo the British press in the tired-historical-reference department.

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