English disease


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English disease

A generic term for any of a number of conditions which are said to occur more commonly in the English.

English diseases
• Depression
• Football (soccer) hooliganism
• Hypochondriasis  
• Rickets  
• Syphilis
• Sweating sickness (sudor anglicus)
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Klopp -- in a similar vein to long-serving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, has belittled what he sees as the English disease of an obsession for transfer spending to attempt to achieve a quick-fix for all ills in a squad over hard graft on the training pitch.
So this notion physically hard football and strong tackling is just an English disease makes me laugh.
I detect a dose of a terminal complaint and here I paraphrase John Le Carre, who in his latest novel, "A Legacy of Spies," talks of our suffering from the incurable English disease of wanting to play the world's game when we are not world players any more.
Sunderland's midweek sacking of Simon Grayson 13 minutes after their draw with Bolton is another worrying case of what used to be seen as an English disease.
BECOMING TRUE BRITS THERE must be a Polish word for "sickie", but if there isn't they'll have to invent one because the English disease is obviously catching.
Chapters are: rival sports league formation and competition; the pyramid market of the European Sports Model; the English disease; where to play first (away or home) in a best-of-two tournament?; long-term and short-term causes of insolvency and English football; the optimal competitive balance in a sports league?; live football demand; sport talent, media value and equal prize policies in tennis; career duration in capital-intensive individualistic sports; determinants of national medals totals at the summer Olympic Games; economic prediction of sport performances from the Beijing Olympics to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
What was once the "English disease" has long since found new homes across the globe.
And not to brush the issue under the carpet, there are far more serious problems overseas that put the "English disease" into sharp perspective.
"Where hooliganism was once described as 'the English disease', we now set an example for others to follow.
It was once the English disease. Crowds of embittered young football fans with far-right sympathies kicking, fighting and abusing their way through Europe, trashing stadiums and laying waste to peaceful towns everywhere they turned.
But, perhaps mindful of the old English disease of letting one win get to their heads, skipper Steven Gerrard is singing from the same hymn sheet as 'Lamps' and gearing up his troops for a big battle in two days' time.
TELEVISION is enjoying a bit of an affair with the 70s at the moment, a decade of world tension, rolling recession and the era which spawned the "English disease", Brotherhood Of Man and credit cards.
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