World Cup, How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways

A Spanish fan celebrates David Villa's goal as he watches the World Cup soccer match against Portugal during an outdoor television screening in Madrid June 29, 2010. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)

Man, I am seriously jonesing for some football. After nearly three weeks of up to three games a day, suddenly, my world has dropped off a cliff. A blank, non-football day arrived yesterday and worse still has been followed by another one. What do I do? How do I live my life without the skeleton of football to give each day shape and direction? I miss it as badly as you miss your first promiscuous girlfriend when she decides to be promiscuous with someone else.

The hole in my life is deep and wide (which reminds me of my first promiscuous girlfriend as it happens). It feels as though a relationship has ended. I look back fondly to those glorious first few days when it was all fresh and new, when all still lay ahead and its’ mysteries where unknown. Now, with just eight games (if you include the game to decide 3rd and 4th place) left, the end of this summer love affair is already in sight, leaving us with a month long void which we will try and fill with interest in the Europa League and those meaningless friendly tournaments.

The World Cup is the glorious spectacle that it is because it only happens every four years. However, as my footballing summer starts to feel somewhat emaciated already, it strikes me that it would be a very good idea to have some sort of tournament every July.

Of course clubs would say that everyone plays too much football and they need the rest but hey, what about all those players who were either injured or not picked much throughout the season; in other words the majority of clubs squads. What about them? They can’t be tired in fact I bet they’d relish a chance to play some football.

So why can’t we have an international tournament each July purely for those players who have played less than 20 games in the previous season. It could be between countries or between clubs, I’m not fussed, just gimme some football, dude. It wouldn’t have the status of the World Cup or the Euros but it would quite crucially, give us football junkies a sweet hit of our drug at an especially fallow time.

It would form part of the pre-season training for those coming back from long-term injuries and it would give the perma-benched a chance to impress. The clubs or FA’s would love it because it would bring in even more money from TV rights and tickets in a month that is dead as far as football in concerned. It’s a gap in the market and a gap in the calendar, so surely it’s a no brainer.

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