I've just picked up the Guardian and read this:
'Ashley Cole's pace and attack down the flank is key'
Fine? Should be 'are'? Either, with slightly different meanings?
The hustle and bustle of this city attracts me.
I take it you're not supporting an English-speaking country, not that I'd have known from your amazing command of the language!
At club level, the best football is played in Spain, Italy, and England. Football anywhere else is satirical mimicry.
At national level, I think Spain, Germany, and Brazil will be the top three. I will be rooting for the best team. May the best man (or team) win -- that is what I say.