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Poor World Cup - "good for football"

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by kickit (U14296864) 07 July 2010
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This has been one of the poorest World Cups I've seen, however I think it could be good for football for a number of reasons -

- It has proven that 'big' names don't necessarily always get the results you want. This may stop people seeing teams as 'one man' teams, or pre-judging results or teams based on how they look 'on paper'; this will also remove the fear factor a little and help more players to play with confidence and possibly realise their potential. This could eventually at least 'balance out' player costs and wages (although all costs/wages could do with some form of 'capping' in my view).

- It's proven that any team/player can have a good or bad day. When you enjoy watching Japan more than Spain, you know it's time to put to bed some common preconceptions.

- It's shown that good management is as important as talented players. It's also shown how fickle managers, players and supporters can be wshen things haven;'t gone our way. Who's to blame, everyone!

- We can now stop overhyping our English players and national team, lower our expectations (!) and let them play and develop. Unfortunately i bet the next post on this forum will be about pinning all our hopes on Jack Wilshere. Poor lad!

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posted Jul 9, 2010

I think theres been a few good matches but its been pretty average. England, Portugal, Italy, France, Argentina, Brazil and Spain have all underperfromed and one of those teams s in the final, think that says it all really.

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posted Jul 9, 2010

comment by FootballScience (U14141987)

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I think theres been a few good matches but its been pretty average. England, Portugal, Italy, France, Argentina, Brazil and Spain have all underperfromed and one of those teams s in the final, think that says it all really.

- England, Italy, France, Brazil and Spain. Have underperformed.

Portugal were good i reckon. Beat North Korea, Held Brazil to a draw, unlucky to lose to Spain.

Argentina were good, but like england, got found out by Germany.

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posted Jul 9, 2010

Agree with Hansen on Brazil they imploded constantly annoyed by what they believed to be Robbens playacting. Brazil should have been out of sight in the 1st half they played some great stuff. On the tournament itself its been good but with a lot of poor matches.

Slovenia vs Usa, Slovakia vs Italy,Uruguay vs Ghana even Germany vs England i all enjoyed. Uruguay were a real surprise Forlan, Suarez impressed. Their was a lot said for the lack of goals 139 so far. Usa 94 had 141 with just 52 games. In saying that their was so many missed chances and cautious play that contributed to it. That goal by Van Bronckhorst is what i remember just a stunning strike.

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posted Jul 9, 2010

I'd give this WC a 6,5 out of ten.

Vuvuzelas were a nuisance most of the time - choking flair, atmosphere,suffocating emotions triggered by events on the pitch. Vuvuzelas an example of ill-guided political correctness: They are in no way deeply-rooted in South African folklore.

Best games all in all, (i.e. drama included):
England - Germany & Argentina Germany.

Particular flops: Roones and Ronaldo.

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posted Jul 9, 2010

England doing poorly Not equal to ABd World cup. Anyone who saw has wathced world cup 1990 and even 1994 and think this was the worse world cup lose credibility. Even Jaopan Korea 2002 was not much to speak of.

By the way attendence in this world cup was one of the highest.

This wrold cup was also them msot intense in that upto the last round of group mathces few teams were safely in the next rounds, and many big guns were in danger of getting knoced out in group stages.

How many great games we saw in 2002, in 94. And don't even compare 1990 to this world cup.

It was so bad that fifa decided to go to 3 point win system.
In England group all but one of the matches ended up in boring draw.
Argentina bored, hacked and fouiled their way to the finals and gave us a boring final.

Vuzula or whatever were great too. It is fahsionalbe to complain about them.

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posted Jul 10, 2010

Why are so many SA contributors all sore and over-sensitive about the negative comments? Why do you care, and why are you even on a foreign website complaining about it? We aren't relevant to you any more and we aren't important, as we're constantly told, so I have to wonder why you're here.

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posted Jul 10, 2010

Oh, and Hansen was right - the atmosphere has been grZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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comment by ctwand (U6651946)

posted Jul 11, 2010

the swearing, racist, insulting and repetitive chants that are characteristic of European football, where police have to keep opposing fans separated, where a wrong look and landing up in the wrong area outside the stadium spells certain danger and where violence is always in the air.
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This is a clear case of an overdose of US media coverage of football (soccer as they call it).

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comment by gary (U9509528)

posted Jul 11, 2010

Just glad it is over, and we had the itv option, no offence Alan Hansen!

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comment by Bonhof (U14549728)

posted Jul 12, 2010

I'm afraid I have to agree that most matches were ruined by that constant irritating droning noise, let's just hope that Lawrenson doesn't make it to Brazil in 2014.....

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