June 28, 2016

"As if Brexit wasn’t enough, Iceland beat England 2-1 in Round 16 of the Euro 2016..."

"... in what many international soccer analysts are calling the greatest upset in the history of the tournament."

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35 comments:

David said...

Rolando had no comment.

rehajm said...

As if Brexit wasn’t enough, Iceland beat England 2-1 in Round 16 of the Euro 2016...

England's record is one win one loss.

MayBee said...

Iceland isn't in the EU.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

I guess the idea is that the vote to leave the EU was an upset loss for England but it took me a while to figure that out and it still seems like too much of a stretch.

Alexander said...

Alternate headline:

English team supports Brexit, seeks to leave continent at earliest opportunity.

tim maguire said...

Eric, good point. They may be upset that Brexit won, but that's not what "upset win" means. Stupid journalists.

David Begley said...

Only 300,000 people in Iceland. Per capita, most athletic nation on Earth.

AReasonableMan said...

The hand of god.

TWW said...

And I believe its round OF sixteen.

The Drill SGT said...

AReasonableMan said...
The hand of god.


alternately:
$hit happens :)

Fernandinande said...

As if Brexit wasn’t enough,

I guess we're supposed to assume that "Brexit" was a bad idea.

Bobby said...

Drill SGT,

"Hand of God" is a reference to the 1986 World Cup, when England was defeated by Argentina, 2-1, on a goal Maradona scored with his hand (and that consequently should have been nullified, but the referee missed it). To go from being, essentially, the best team in the world to losing to Iceland is, perhaps, the nadir of English humiliation in soccer (which, after all, they created and is their national sport). Most Americans probably can't understand how humiliating this is to the English- perhaps something like if our national basketball team lost to Panama or something.

And if Iceland takes down France in France next... Look out!

Henry said...

If you haven't checked out the Reykjavík Grapevine Twitter feed, scroll backwards to the gametime tweets and enjoy. Brilliant stuff.

Gýlfi is warming up his wing'd shooting boots. Gamesmanship from these spoilt prima donnas will not get to him.

The gold tooth’d god Heimdallr sounds the Gjallahorn, and the second half begins.

It started with mockery of Ronaldo and Portugal.

Kassaar said...

Where would we be without “international soccer analysts” eh?

Robert Cook said...

"England's record is one win one loss."

Yes.

Robert Cook said...

"I guess we're supposed to assume that 'Brexit' was a bad idea."

That's what the usual suspects* want us to believe.

*(The financial elites who profit from the EU and those in the media who act as their stenographers.)

Limited blogger said...

They shouldn't have bothered to play the match, and awarded England the victory; that would have avoided this additional insult. Hadn't England suffered enough?

MadisonMan said...

Hand of God should also be viewed in the context of the Falkland Islands war that was several years previous.

n.n said...

The propaganda of [class] diversity, anti-native factions. They fear and loath losing the leverage to micromanage people's lives and the material incentives that accrue with determining their fate.

traditionalguy said...

Go Vikings, go.

mockturtle said...

Great editorial in the WSJ by By William McGurn, titled Who's the Xenophobe Now?

John Tuffnell said...

Next up for Iceland is the smiting of the French.

mccullough said...

Funny that England has its own soccer team. Guess Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland aren't really that important

William said...

So far as auguries go, it's not a positive sign. However, when Cameron announced the Brexit results a bluebird landed on the podium where he was speaking. The media completely suppressed news of this.

Jim said...

Nigel Farage at EU Parliament today. Rising to his feet, he began by sarcastically thanking his fellow MEPs “for the warm welcome” before landing his first blow: “When I came here 17 years ago and said I wanted to lead a campaign to get Britain to leave the European Union you all laughed at me. Well I have to say, you’re not laughing now are you?

“And the reason you’re so upset, the reason you’re so angry, has been perfectly clear from all the angry exchanges this morning. You, as a political project, are in denial. You are in denial that your currency is failing.”
‘Virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives"
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/28/meps-boo-nigel-farage-insults-in-european-parliament?CMP=share_btn_tw

tim in vermont said...

I see I got here too late to make all of the obvious jokes. Is "You win some, you lose some" taken?

Rick said...
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Rick said...

Guess Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland aren't really that important

They have their own teams at their own request. Wales and NI qualified for the Euro Cup, Wales beat NI in the Round of 16 last Saturday and will play Belgium in the quarters Friday.

Paul Snively said...

I've never seen a penguin move that fast.

coupe said...

Wrong pole. Penguins in Iceland, would be like Bibles in Arabia.

Bobby said...

mccullough, Rick,

But if the Brits did field a UK team, instead of each of the four home nations fielding their own squad, just think about how much more competitive they would be! I mean, I wouldn't want to be in charge of picking the squad because you're likely going to get beaten to death by whichever country is "slighted" and has their best players left off the roster (probably the Northern Irish in almost every year), but they'd almost certainly have more than 1 World Cup title to show for it.

Also, they could fold in Gibraltar, because that would really make the difference!

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Marc Puckett said...

Jim at 1107, The Guardian says that Nigel Farage was being nasty, intemperate, 'petty, unlovable, essentially terrified'-- and yet I didn't see that in the video at all. My ears and eyesight are failing, I guess; must be why I'm seeing penguins in Iceland.

eddie willers said...

Once again, Hank Hill should be heard from:

Hank: “Bobby, I never thought I’d need to tell you this, but I would be a bad parent if I didn’t. Soccer was invented by European ladies to keep them busy while their husbands did the cooking.”

Bobby: “Why do you have to hate what you don’t understand?”

Hank: “I don’t hate you, Bobby.”

Bobby: “I meant soccer.”

Hank: “Oh. Oh, yeah, I hate soccer. Yes.”

rcocean said...

Wow, the Iceland players look like they actually come from Iceland.

Amazing.