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It’s Classic Clip Friday: Alan Partridge’s Guide To The World Cup

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“The proof is in the pudding… and the pudding in this case is a football!”

Today marks the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and what better way to celebrate than with Alan Partridge‘s… um… unique guide to the event (circa 1994), as originally broadcast on BBC2’s The Day Today.

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It’s Classic Clip Friday: Absolutely – McGlashan On England’s World Cup Draw

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Sorry for the late arrival of this week’s classic clip, which I will mostly be blaming on technical difficulties.

In fact, I was having problems finding the clip I wanted to post in honour of England’s ludicrously easy FIFA World Cup draw on Friday afternoon, which now has every Scot in the world fearing the worst – a repeat of the year that dare not speak its name.

In the initial group stages of the competition next summer in South Africa, England will face those giants of world football: Algeria, the USA and Slovenia.

No offense to supporters of those three teams but, well, it’s a bit like John Rambo being drawn in a group with Frank Spencer30 Rock‘s Kenneth the page and a Star Trek red-shirt in a jungle warfare competition.

And so here is what every person in Scotland thought of as soon as they saw the draw. From a September 1990 episode of the excellent Channel 4 sketch comedy show Absolutely, it’s (lion) rampant anglophobe McGlashan’s take on the injustice of World Cup football draws.

Incidentally, you’ll find much more McGlashan ranting if you click here (the original YouTube videos had been removed but I’ve replaced them with other sources, so they are working again now).

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