From Trinidad and Tobago, to the United Kingdom, to Germany and elsewhere, the exploits of Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca Warriors in the World Cup continue to make headlines.
That’s despite their 2-0 loss to England on Thursday.
The press and sports pundits have been having a field day.
One of stories in the Trinidad Express is titled The Great Escape, which is also the movie theme song that England supporters like to sing.
Trinidad: Just 420 seconds more
The paper says the Warriors were just 420 seconds away from a glorious result.
Trinis it says, are down but not out.
The Trinidad Guardian is reporting that despite the loss, there was pandemonium on the street of St James, a popular hang-out spot in Port of Spain.
In Britain, the Sun newspaper made reference to England’s late, late show with the headline…. Goodness Gracious Late Balls of Fire! It said there’d been a “late rally at Nuremberg.”
The back page headline in the Independent, Better Late than never.
It was front page news on the Daily Telegraph as well. The paper’s sports section carried a picture of Steven Gerrard, the scorer of the extra time goal looking to the heavens with his arms spread wide.
UK: Thank Heavens
The Telegraph, one of the more restrained publications of the British press, said simply,”Thank Heavens.”
The Times Sports Supplement has pretty much the same picture and a similar headline. “Heaven Sent.”
British press commentators were unanimous in their view that England had not performed well, but they did praise the Soca Warriors for, in the words of James Lawton of the Independent, “playing out of their skins.”
The big question now is what do Trinidad and Tobago have to do to keep their fans happy and get through to the next round.
With England on six points, Sweden on four, Trinidad and Tobago on one and Paraguay with no points, making the next round of the will be an uphill battle.
But, as Trinidad sports journalist Ruskin Mark told BBC Caribbean from Germany, the warriors could just pull through on goal difference:
“Here is the scenario: England must win and win big. Trinidad and Tobago similarly must beat Paraguay and score some goals in that game to have a chance.”
Posted By: BBC Caribbean