Quote: AJGO @ June 11 2012, 9:16 PM BST
Someone, who shall remain nameless, just asked me 'Is Shevchenko Ukrainian then?'
I told them to think very carefully about the fact that they were watching the Ukrainian national team, and that Shevchenko just scored for them, and they replied that they didn't know it worked that way and thought that teams just bought in players.
After explaining the concept of a national side, and asking if they at least remembered beating Germany 5-1, or if not that England in '66, the reply was 'Well of course it used to be like that, but that was then'. After I'd finished laughing I was struck by the depressing truth of how meaningless and corporate football can seem to be, and that it is absolutely not surprising that someone thought that.
But, GET IN UKRAINE..
When I first started going out with the (now) wife we were watching Scotland play Morocco in a 1998 World Cup match on TV. I remember being totally thrown by her saying, "Which team is Scotland then?"
Quite apart from thinking that everyone knew that Scotland played in dark blue there was the small matter of skin colour which I thought might have made it obvious.
Yeah, Colin Hendry really looks like he comes from Marrakech.
(And yes, I know in that picture Scotland are wearing yellow)