Another (men’s) World Cup is now in the history books and we turn our sights back to the usual league action. It is, however, fun to reflect on what just happened down in
I’ll start with something the last two champions (
Speaking of Messi, he blew his chance at greatness. His level of play decreased as the tournament progressed and in the final missed a clear shot on goal. It’s a shame he’s being criticized excessively because he still has had a stellar career regardless, but in the end he didn’t deliver; and worse, he didn’t seem to really want it.
This has been a good World Cup. I disagree though that it has been spectacular. The World Cup has a problem that unfortunately cannot be logistically solved: the knockout rounds. Yet again, the first round games provide excitement and goals, with teams knowing one mistake is not deadly so they go forward and attack with confidence. Once we got to the knockout stages… 1-0, 0-0, 1-0 at extra time… again. The Germans’ annihilation of
Fortunately, it seems at least in the
We’ll see. In the meantime, congratulations Germans! Enjoy the four years.