World Cup Review
So…what did I think of this edition of the World Cup? Well, I can honestly say that it has been one of the most poor ones that I’ve seen.
Individual talents failed to light up the big stage (bar Forlan and Müller), and was marred by ludacris refereeing decisions at shocking rates.
Teams played ULTRA-defensively – sacrificing beautiful football in the meantime.
It’s also worth pointing out the failings of Messi, Rooney, Lampard, Torres and Kakà to score a single goal between them.
As for the winners? Congratulations to Spain.
However, I don’t feel that the best team won. Spain had lost their opening match, and then one their last 5 games by one goal – becoming the lowest scoring winners in World Cup history.
It is in my opinion that Germany, by far, played the better football in the end showing the true meaning of football – scoring goals to win…but in the end, how often do the best teams win?
Nonetheless, I’m not taking anything away from the Spaniards, after all, this means that Switzerland beat the World Champions…
Going on to individual awards, well done to Diego Forlan for winning the Golden Ball, though I voted differently, mostly based on my principals – but I’m more than happy that the Uruguayan adds another feather to his 2010 hat.
Had Thomas Müller been nominated, I’m sure that he may have walked away with the trophy – along with the Golden Boot and ‘Best Young Player’ awards – an excellent World cup for the young German – whom I can’t wait to see more of.
…and finally, Iker Casillas – voted best ‘keeper in a tournament marred by horrendous showings of the custodians…and Casillas did put on a horror showing against Switzerland himself…remember the tackle with his feet? But all in all, I guess it was his cleansheets in the knockout phases that helped him to the award.
Regrettably, I’ve lost my admiration for both Xavi and Iniesta – the former for trying to play the referee, and the latter for his diving an lack of sportsmanship – both of whom I held in high esteem prior to the finals.
So how do I compare this World Cup with the last? I have to say that I enjoyed Germany 2006 a hell of a lot more than South Africa 2010 – I mean we didn’t have the outstanding match for the final, and lacked good matches overall…but hey, you can’t always have what you want.
Out of the matches, the pick of the bunch would be:
Argentina 0-4 Germany
Uruguay 1-1 Ghana
Uruguay 2-3 Germany
Maybe the reason for the lack of contentment with this World Cup was due to the lack of hype heading into this one…I can surely say that I was far less excited going into this World Cup than Germany 2006 – which ultimately has to be the fault of the South African organising committee…
To conclude, lets hope that this is the end of the Vuvuzelas…I’ve forgotten what it’s like to watch a match without that awful buzzing sound…
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