What other conclusion can seasoned football watchers come to? - explusions, resignations and treachery! say au revoir mondial, France!
It used to be the preserve of Holland. Edgar Davids was sent home from Euro 96 and Johann Cruyff refused to play in 1978. The Dutch regularly descended from Total Football to Total Disintegration.
Before kick-off, South Africa's biggest contribution was the vuvuzela, but they raised their game against a disillusioned, dysfunctional French, finalists only four years ago and World and European Champions at the turn of the century.
Jonny Hart's report also includes a rallying cry from Frank Lampard as England face a do or die final group game with Slovenia.