Alex Massie

The stars were bright, Fernando...

The stars were bright, Fernando...
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Memo to the Associated Press and the New York Times: describing Fernando Torres as a "slumping striker" and claiming that he had "been invisible in this tournament" makes you look like a bunch of chumps. Better, you know, to say nothing than expose yourselves in this fashion*.

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Anyway, having written this genially mean-spirited blast against the Germans, I'm obviously delighted that Spain triumphed. For once the best team won and now, of all the "major" european powers it's England that have gone the longest without hauling in a significant trophy...

*This sort of ignorance, of course, infuriates American soccer fans who do know their stuff, appreciating, like, that goals aren't the only fruit...

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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