Smarmy Army! Is this the poshest World Cup ever?
Alex Duval Smith
"Something has happened at the World Cup and it goes beyond goalkeeping errors. The England fan - that much-feared smirking lout best kept the opposite side of a riot shield - has been transformed. In South Africa, he is a gent and though he still orders pints, he is likely to be seen with a plate of tapas on the side.
"Hedge fund trader Mark Thomson, 33, was delicately tucking into a light lunch at Cape Town's Wafu restaurant yesterday, watching the sun sparkle on the Atlantic in the posh Mouille Point area. "England fans? I haven't seen many. There was a bit of chanting at the Waterfront shopping centre earlier. But generally everyone is very quiet and well-behaved," he said.
"Thomson has come from London with a friend to see three matches in nine days, including tonight's England clash with Algeria. It will also be attended by Princes William and Harry, the cast of a new BBC drama Outcasts being filmed in Cape Town and Boris Johnson, the London mayor."
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"Smarmy Army! Is this the poshest World Cup ever?", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2010. Consulté le 03/10/2023. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/smarmy-army-is-this-the-poshest-world-cup-ever-