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!