2022-11-25 12:12:11

Just when you thought it was safe to step out of the digital bunker

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The Guardian
By Rob Smyth

THE ITCH IS BACK

Your super, soaraway Football Daily always looks forward to Black Friday. Unashamed dopamine fiend that we are, well never tire of watching viral videos of adults (sic) brawling doggedly over an immersive multi-room speaker system they dont need or particularly want, and which was 50 notes cheaper when they walked straight past it a week earlier. Today, that entertainment will be supplemented by Fifas new post-Thanksgiving celebration: Bloke Friday, in which a load of men play a load of football in front of crowds made up of a load of men.

Its the start of the second round of group games at the Human Rights World Cup, and yes the last five days really have flown by. There are four more matches, which means six hours of entertainment, or 17 if you include added time. Irans dramatic win over Wales is followed by Qatar 0-2 Senegal and Netherlands 1-0 Ecuador, which, depending on results, could end with Qatar becoming the first team eliminated from their own tournament. Then its the biggish one. England v USA! USA!! USA!!! Tommy Shelby v Tony Soprano. Mark Corrigan v George Costanza. Barely suppressed self-loathing v barely suppressed self-loathing. England have never beaten the USMNT at a World Cup they lost unthinkably/hilariously in 1950 and drew 1-1 in 2010, when the unfortunate Robert Green made a career-defining howler and ITV missed Englands only goal because they cut to a Hyundai advert. The good news for UK-based viewers is that Fridays game is being shown on wait, never mind. At least youll have Roy Keane.

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