God Bless America

 64 years ago – just a couple of months before I arrived on planet earth, the first World Cup to be held in Brazil took place. England deigned to enter the competition for the first time in history, and were drawn to play in a first round group alongside Spain, Chile and the USA.
Having invented the game England were undoubtedly the team with the best pedigree in the world and when they thrashed both Italy and Portugal in warm up friendlies only weeks earlier it seemed that they would lift the trophy for the first time. The world’s best player Stanley Mathews was rested for later matches.
But the incredible occurred. An American team of part timers, fed like a sacrificial lamb to the three lions, scored the only goal of the game and eliminated the tournament favorites, 1-0.

The USA goalscorer carried off the field

Tonight the USA play Belgium.
They should lose.

Perhaps they will. But before you write them off, remember 1950.

I know my mother will.

Published by Rob

Now 70, I'm getting back into website development and brand protection, as well as showcasing the delightful artistic talents of my beautiful wife Lynne. My projection will encompass a lifetime of database marketing, as well as the Christian democratic socialist ideals of my wife and I.

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