midnineties

“When he played for Tottenham Hotspur in the midnineties, Jurgen Klinsmann, the present coach of the USA, was an infamous diver. At away games, fans would hold up handwritten numerical signs to score his Olympian efforts: 5.6, 4.9, 6.0. Perhaps that’s how we need to shame Arjen Robben. Costa Ricans, get your numbers ready for Saturday.”

In today’s World Cup recap, Jonathan Wilson on the political fear of soccer and how to shame a pathological diver.