Now, back to journalists. I know there's global animosity towards the media, whether for conveying irrelevant news or controlling the content of news, but the effects the media has are unfathomable. Overpowering teams has detrimental consequences. The English media has been hyping England's World Cup chances ever since they started their very impressive qualification campaign. Labelling the cohesion of the national team and Fabio Capello a match made in Heaven. This was easy to absorb and accept given Capello's CV and the list of world class players at his disposal. However, it was obvious from the qualification stage that England were following in the footsteps of Capello's previous managed teams, winning unattractively. However, this didn't register with the media, as the team seemed invincible. Now, the media fed the English team's ego and sent them on a suicide mission. If you ask me, I think they're lucky to be advancing to the second round. This is a basic and mundane felony executed by the media.
The real crimes committed by the media are those concerning the French national team. One article in www.goal.com titled "Traitors, Secrecy, Back-Stabbing and Mutiny - France's South African Story", talked about the contemptuous state of France's football team. It criticized the players' attitude towards the coach's decisions, and their incessant attempts to abdicate Raymond Domenech. Now, these problems were reflected in their results on the pitch; for this reason the media (NOT the fans) had the chance to blame on-field incompetence for off-field dramas. So the blame goes something like this, "The players refused to train, hence they are revolting which doesn't reflect decent role model attitude, and were rewarded with zero points in the group stage". Fair enough. But then they go on to say that the players are being obnoxious and apathetic to their stature and what they mean to others around the world. Now, the reason why the players are receiving this kind of criticism is because they have not produced any results, they were discordant. If we take into account a winning outcome, then the dilemmas on the training ground would be made obsolete and the players would be considered heroes. Therefore, I can conclude that the shame/abashment/incompetence/pettiness that has been so intensely advertised by the media has nothing to do with the players' actions in training, but solely on the results of their matches. So what the media needs to do, is look for another place to harass people and leave our World Cup alone!!!