I saw this photo on Twitter on Friday and, I gotta say, try as I might I quite simply cannot in good conscience let this one go through to the keeper.
Is that tea he’s drinking??? By joves old bean I think it is!
The coach of the New Zealand national football team is drinking a cuppa tea luv at a press conference ahead of a crucial World Cup qualifier.
What’s he trying to say by doing this?
That he couldn’t be more English if he got badly sunburnt on an overcast day walking across a pedestrian crossing with three other guys on their way to losing to the Germans on penalties?
Is that really the image he wants to portray – a guy who says he learned everything he knows from Marcello Bielsa – reminding us that his true spiritual home is the land of two formations – 4-4-2 and 4-4-2 with a diamond midfield?
Is that it?
Alternatively, perhaps he’s trying to compare himself to the man who achieved the greatest miracle since Moses parted the Red Sea? A man who accepted a mission even more impossible than the All Whites beating Argentina over two legs? The guy who won a World Cup with England – Sir Bobby Charlton:
Or perhaps he is trying to emulate another of his role models, a man widely regarded as the world’s undisputed king of fine, free flowing, Champagne football?
Or maybe Anthony Hudson just likes tea.
Whatever the reason, I will say this: He just went up a million miles in my estimations.
I love anyone who embraces their culture. If I was the All Whites coach I would love nothing more than to stuff my face with a plate full of Bucatini all’Amatriciana while Winston Reid sits next to me extolling the virtues of catenaccio.
And the more I look at that photo the more he looks ice cold cool. Badass even…
The only way he could top this would be to mix it up with a bit of Kiwiana. I would give my back teeth to see him whip out a Griffins Ginger Nut and dunk that sucker.
Maybe next time?
I gotta say though, no matter how cool he undoubtedly is when he imbibes his national drink, he will never be as cool as my countryman Andrea Pirlo imbibing ours…
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