BEING beaten by Britain in a military conflict is the secret to winning the World Cup, it has been claimed.
Finalists Germany and Argentina have both been defeated by Britain in wars, a blow which may have spurred them on to sporting success.
Military historian Tom Logan said: In 1945, Germany waved the white flag. Nine years later, theyve won the World Cup.
Similarly, in 1982, Britains forces ejected Argentina from the Falkland Islands. Four years later, in 1986, Argentina lift the trophy. With Germany as finalists, wouldn’t you know.
Humiliation on the battlefield at the hands of Tommy Atkins seems to act as a great motivator to these nations.
“Italy, theres another one.
“Because Britain is directly responsible for these nations’ sporting triumphs, it is entirely fair and legitimate to say that whenever they ‘win’ we are the real winners.”
Logan believes that perpetual World Cup bridesmaids such as the Netherlands could take a leaf out of Germany and Argentinas book.
He continued: Fabricate a pretext, stage a seaborne invasion of the Yorkshire coast only to be briskly annihilated by our troops, and you watch within the decade theyd be World Cup winners if Afghanistan or Iraq havent pipped them to it.
Its just a shame we havent had a civil war in a while. Otherwise we might score some goals too.”