In a monumental upset, Senegal beat France in the first match of the World Cup today. A Hollywood screenwriter couldn’t have dreamed up a more compelling plot: France is the reigning champion, Senegal is a former French colony, this is their first World Cup match ever, and their entire starting eleven play professionally in the French domestic league. Amazing stuff.
Michael Davies, of ESPN.com’s Page 2, is at the World Cup. His diary, “The Other Football,” is excellent.