Craig Bellamy: Not a Good Loser. Or Statistician.
When you lose to a team you expected to beat, you’re supposed to show at least some humility, right? At least credit the opposition with something? Not Mr. Craig Bellamy.
In his post match interview after Wales 2-0 home defeat to Finland, Bellamy showed a worrying lack of humility. According to him, Finland are “not a good side”, which is at least a vague criticism. But he was a little more specific about Finnish goalscorer Jonatan Johansson
“Johansson … yeah … he’s scored. Don’t know how. I don’t think he’s a good enough player to score.”
Quick bit of info:
Craig Bellamy’s international goal tally: 16.
Jonatan Johansson’s international goal tally: 19
OK, Johansson has had 39 more caps and four more years to get those goals. But 19 is still the bigger number.
Also, not sure how Wales fans will feel about Bellamy’s review of the match:
“You’ve just seen two poor sides trying to contest this group, and none of us got a glimmer of hope of qualifying”.
Not sure how Sky Sports will feel about it either, after paying good money to screen the game.
To be fair to Bellamy, he’s doing this interview after a tough tough defeat and is obviously all emotional. And there’s a lot to be said for players expressing their actual opinions instead of just doing the old PR dance. So in a way this is a good thing.
But there has to be a happy middle ground somewhere. A way to express your opinion without insulting your teammates, the opposition team and one particular opposition player in general.
Which I believe is exactly what the YouTuber who added the owl-Bellamy-sheep post-script to that interview is trying to say.
[vid spotted on 101GG]