Previous tournament tantrums have come from the likes of Roy Keane, Stefan Effenburg and Edgar Davids.
It seems we’re still waiting for the first major bust-up of Germany 2004, ending in either the walk-out or explusion of an influential but troublesome player.
So far, only Togo’s manager has thrown up his hands and decided the World Cup “Fussball-fest” isn’t worth the fuss.
Hopefully, though, Angola will set a good example – they do, after all, have Love on their side – on the bench, anyway.
Not to mention Goliath, who I was disappointed not to see starting in goal, and who would be a headline-writer’s dream if his side came up against Beckham’s England.
Other lovely names in the Togo squad include Jamba, Loco and Lebo Lebo.
Had he only been able to turn in a late chance last night, things could have turned out rosy for Mateus.
How sad they decided to leave at home, however, the likes of Freddy, Jo-Jo and Rats, who sound more like wiseguys shooting dice in a Damon Runyon story.