Not for long though, I haven't watched any football since Oman's last failure in Doha, but with Khaleegi 18 just kicking off, I'm seasonally back and my seasonal loyalty to the team is back too. I started watching less and less football around two years ago, and stopped completely around a year ago when my favorite club (Juventus
) was dropped down from the top division of the Italian Football League to the second one. There was, of course, the Fifa World Cup 2006 which I watched most of in India, but didn't give much attention after Netherlands's loss to Portugal.
I really like watching football, but the way the game commercialized into fashion and reputation changed it forever, that and my extremely tight schedule, and not having the kind of commitment to follow regularly. My pay television subscription has expired and I'm not bothered to go renew anytime soon.
Both teams on lineup before kick off.
Taken through a Dreambox Linux Based digital receiver
Anyway, so Khaleegi kicked off yesterday with what I consider was the worst opening match in history. From one side, the Emaratis obviously held back after Hilal Saeed
was sent off with a red card in the 27th minute, and on the other side, -and from what I noticed from Oman's game in the past couple of years- our team shines in interactive games. Games with a lot of movement, speed and enthusiasm.
I think that we barely won this one. There weren't any real forwards towards the goal, except for Isma'eel Al-Ajmi's
long-kick that hit the post. Our team got to the goal with the ball a lot, but failed to create danger with it. Whenever there was a possibility for a goal, instead of taking chances, they passed the ball backwards giving the Emarati's chance to build defense and reorganize, which they did every time. I also noticed that Ali Al-Habsi
isn't in shape, the Emaratis were this *pinches fingers together* close to score against him four times, and did manage to score one, with what might have been the stupidest way to stop a ball (dropping to ground). His stay in Bolton is damaging him far more than it's helping him, he should quit.
I look forward to our matches with Qatar & Iraq, they'll be far more interesting than this one. Ohh, and I'm doing a video collage for the match/matches/team which I'll be posting on YouTube when I'm done with.Side Note :
I just learned that there were three screens on the stadium that showed replays (playbacks) of what's going in the game. As far as I know, in the World Cup those screens weren't allowed to show any replays to stop influencing the referees. Thoughts, anyone ?