Name that tune as 'boring' goals flood in
IT'S no wonder ESPN opted to show Arsenal v Wimbledon as their taped match this past Monday.
Even if the cable network's programmers hadn't known the scoreline already, the Gunners' recent high-scoring form has been highly telegenic.
That's 12 goals (3-1 v Newcastle, 4-1 v Blackburn) in the past three matches, all seen on TV in Hong Kong.
Nothing succeeds like success, I suppose. But how long will it be before Arsene Wen-ger's side outstay their welcome? After all, it's not long ago that Manchester United seemed to be on every live match.
Seeing Arsenal more frequently of late has enabled us to appreciate better the reasons behind their amazing run of form ? namely the strong performances of Petit, Anelka, Parlour, Overmars, Wreh and Vieira plus Bergkamp and Adams.
Television being an audio-visual medium, the audience has had a chance to get familiar not only with Arsenal faces but also sounds.The crowd noise has been most entertaining. Ironic choruses of 'Boring, boring Arsenal' and '1-0 to the Arsenal' accompanied each goal-fest.
But can anyone help with that tune the Gunners' fans were hymning 'Vieira' to. Some Latin beat a la The Girl from Ipanema, but I can't put my finger on it and have been humming it since.
Answers on a postcard please.
The Italian league is as competitive at the top as England's and this weekend sees a crunch showdown as leaders Juventus host second-placed Inter Milan. One point separates the sides so both will go for the win. The match is live on Wharf Sports.
Juve looked impressive in their two Champions' League semi-final matches (ESPN) recently (despite losing the second leg) and Inter have shown a dogged ability to hang in there. A typical example of the latter was last Sunday's delayed live clash with Udinese (Wharf) where Inter battered away, survived a few Oliver Bierhoff scares, and stole it late with goals by Youri Djorkaeff and Ronaldo, helped by the dismissal of Udinese's 'keeper.
World Cup Official Film (TVB Pearl ) got off to a good start with the 1966 classic last week.
This week's is the best tournament of all, 1970, which produced a fantastic final, an even better semi-final (Italy v West Germany), Pele in his prime, Gordon Banks' save of all time, Peter Bonetti's nightmare in the quarter-final, the first coming of Teofilo Cubillas and tons more.
This was the first World Cup where Brazilian dead-ball specialty came under the spotlight, prompting the great commentary line from BBC stalwart David Coleman to the effect of: 'Here's Rivelino with a Brazilian bender!'. ComedianFrankie Howard couldn't have put it better.
Incidentally, the English football magazine 4-4-2 recently conducted a readers' poll of all-time great goals and a curiously unbalanced list resulted.
Among those cited where two from the 1970 final ? Carlos Alberto's exclamation point, which is a classic as much for its context as its intrinsic quality, and Pele's. Now don't get me wrong, Pele's header was well placed and he did leap incredibly high, but was it really that good? There's a better candidate in the same match, a rocket by the underrated Gerson.
See for yourself after the late news on Monday night.