At the time of writing this article 31 of the 32 places at next summer’s World Cup in Russia have been claimed. The last spot will go to the winners of Peru v New Zealand, which will have been played in the early hours of Thursday morning, our time.
The recent play-offs have witnessed a pouring out of emotion. Jubilation for some and great despair for others. This was also the case during the last round of group matches. For some it was a case of “so near, yet so far”. A qualification campaign that has spanned nearly two years had ended in failure.
Of course, at this stage no one has won anything. 32 teams from all around the globe will gather to contest the 2018 World Cup Finals, but there can only be one winner. Some may have had a very successful campaign, boasting a 100% record, but what each country has done in qualification will count for nothing, when they arrive in Russia.
England are the only representatives from the home nations. So, over the next few months we can expect the usual “over the top” hype, especially after the recent friendlies against Germany and Brazil.
Locally, The Beavers currently sit top of the form guide table for the last 6 matches. But like winning a qualification group, no prizes are handed out for this achievement (maybe a manager of the month award though). Although, our recent run has been so impressive, it has seen “The Old Historian” thumbing through the record books to keep us up to date. Undefeated in the last twelve and winning the last five, league games, is certainly a record to be proud of.
Although Dowse and the lads can take a great deal of confidence from this terrific run of form, the only thing that counts is where they end up at the end of April. Like the World Cup and many other competitions, there can only be one winner. Who remembers the team that was top of the table at the end of August?
In our modern society, the “game of life” can often be about “winners” and “losers. Nobody likes to be labelled a “loser” and it can badly affect our well-being. But we all have different gifts and abilities, so it is unfair to make comparisons and give people labels, especially as we are all equal in God’s eyes.
In God’s “game of life” there are only winners!! The only stipulation is you must play the game as God intended and carry on until it is finished. At the end, there will be a “victor’s crown” for all. Play up and play the game and you will collect yours!
Updated 07:39 - 23 Nov 2017 by Rob Overfield