Not a good World Cup – Roll on the Premiership
July 11, 2010
Average to below average in my honest opinion.
Italia 90 had a lot of close, drama packed knockout games, France 98 was a lot of fun, Germany 2006 was decent, alas Africa 2010 was not much cop on the pitch.
Vastly devoid of many exciting topsy-turvy games in the closing stages of the tournament, one team took control of the game and generally saw the game out.
Where were all the exciting matches with extra-time and penalty drama?
The Jabulani ball certainly had an effect, it made good goalkeepers look average, they had no chance at times.
Aside from the South African games, were there any full to capacity stadiums? I saw large swathes of empty space in many games, and not just in the group stages!!
England were crap, France were a disgrace, Germany magnificent, Spain smooth, Argentina mobile, Holland very dull, Uruguay refreshing, Ghana jinxed… and much like the World Cup itself, Brazil boring.
What are my hopes for the final tonight? 2-2 after 90, with a last-minute equalizer from either team to take the game to extra-time drama, maybe penalties.
What do I expect? A dire game that Spain will nick 1 or 2 nil with the Dutch sitting back allowing the Spanish to keep the ball for large periods of the game, in the hope they can kill them on the break.
Germany tried that in the semi, and got nowhere.
Spain are the worst side to play these rope a dope tactics against, they WILL eventually kill you.
Essentially you are lying down playing dead from the get-go, hoping to fool the predator at some stage; this does not work against Spain unless you fluke it like the Swiss did.
Holland need to have a rumble with Spain, they have the offensive players to get into the Spaniards weak defence and in particular, Busquets, who is the weak link.
David Villa takes on Wesley Sneijder for the Golden boot, they are level on 5 goals a piece, Forlan and Muller also have 5, but expect Villa to make it 6 tonight.
We deserve a good final, but expect boredom for 75 minutes.
Enjoy, I shall be hosting a World Cup final Barbeque Party at Chez Stringfellow, for a few close friends and family members… and there will certainly be more entertainment in my back garden than on the telly!
EDIT: If you fancy a punt on the final, just wait for whatever Piles Palmer and his degenerate gambling greengrocer suggest.. and do the opposite… quids in !!!