16 Jun 2014


I should have posted this earlier, but with all the World Cup action and late nights around my work schedule, it's been quite a busy time. Disappointed for England and Japan respectively, but we have Thursday to turn it around. I believe.

But I'm likely not as disappointed as the Spanish, as I watched them capitulate against the Netherlands in the lower ground of Shoreditch's Forge & Co for an evening with The Green Soccer Journal. The football lifestyle magazine were celebrating the launch of Issue 7, an edition featuring the likes of Per Mertesacker, Phil Jagielka, Victor Moses and, so ironically, Iker Casillas. It was a night to forget for the Spanish captain — though one he will most certainly remember, possibly his final game ever as far as I'm concerned — as a packed out exhibition space watched the Spain side get demolished by a rampant orange attack force. Arjen Robben was simply ridiculous and Van Persie's equaliser outrageous.

Perhaps the perfect sort of game for a bunch of English neutrals (still with hope and optimism, remember) it was a great occasion and highly enjoyable surrounded by quasi-indie-hipster football fans. The month-long tournament is only a few days young, but boy has it been brilliant so far. The launch exhibit remains open until Wednesday (presumably with the television screens still on) so I might treat myself to another game or two there.

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