Has This World Cup Been Any Good?

6 Jul

I can’t decide. Lot of folks saying it’s been the worst ever, but the English always say that after crashing out on penalties. I think above all else I’ll remember it as the competition of crazy cards. At the end of the group stage this WC had seen more cards than the whole of Japan/Korea saw. That’s just rubbish: with the exception of the Holland/Portugal game, it’s really not been a dirty competition.

I’ll also remember it for all the diving, Ronaldo and Henry in particular. Fifa needs to give itself the power to ban players after the game, based on the video evidence. That’s the only way it’ll get resolved, although a video ref in the stands and immediate yellows for diving will help. I really think it’s ruining the game… makes me sick to see a player as talented as Ronaldo or Henry going down with the slightest bit of contact, or even worse just out and out diving. They’re all at it, and we have to stop it somehow.


4 Responses to “Has This World Cup Been Any Good?”

  1. rantingbrit July 7, 2006 at 12:23 am #

    This World Cup has simply highlighted the short comings of an inadequate system, for what is the greatest sporting event on the planet… for me it even eclipses the Olympic games… I’m sorry, but the games just aren’t what they used to be, I think the scandal and corruption involved in the selection process turned me off a long time ago.

    What are we talking about here with all this diving…? It boils down to one thing – Accountability. Like anything else in life when there is no accountability, people take the piss and will continue to do so in an increasingly brash manner, until they ARE held accountable.

    For this modern game of football, that means an instant video replay, additional fifa officials in the stands, not to dilute the referees authority, but to assist him in making the right decision, a fair decision, the kind of decision we expect, deserve and which leads to a true result based on the facts…

    (pick myself up of the floor, wiping the tears of laughter from my eyes at the thought that the FIFA fat knackers would ever consider a sensible move such as this…)

    Failing this, I would suggest that during the 2010 world cup, England field a first eleven dressed as clowns, big floppy feet, red noses, the works, maybe even a few sealions, Rooney can drive a clown car straight up the middle with confetti shooting out of the exhaust…. If we’re going to take part in a competition that is a spectacle for all the wrong reasons, we might as well dress for the part….

    Yawn… RB

    http://www.rantingbrit.wordpress.com (hope you dont mind….sick of talking to myself over there…)


  2. strugglingwriter July 7, 2006 at 5:29 am #

    I totally agree about the diving. That probably hurts soccer in the US a little, though they do the same thing in hockey. I completely agree with a video review. This would surely stop players from diving once they are hit with game suspensions.


  3. kaimac July 7, 2006 at 7:12 pm #

    RB – I personally think they’ll be unlikely to allow a video ref just yet, but post-game suspensions based on video evidence would certainly be a step in the right direction, I think.

    SW – absolutely. If Henry got a red card for either the dive against spain, or the one against portugal.. forcing him to miss the next game (the final, in the portugal case), he’d think very very carefully about diving again.

    The great man agrees with me, too:


  4. another Ranting Brit July 9, 2006 at 4:54 pm #

    I think they definitely need to crack down on the diving with post-match suspensions by way of video review. It’s the only way to stop it. Players won’t be rolling around like they’ve been shot, if they know they could be out for the next match.

    But what about the lack of goals……especially come knockout time. Teams get too scared to attack, for fear of giving up one on a counter-attack. Then we see deserving teams go out on penalties. Not sure if FIFA will ever look into adding an extra sub during extra time, or…..and I realize this would be a huge change to the game…..allowing players who were subbed out to be subbed back in. It’d cut down on the tiredness these players must be feeling after 90+ minutes. Not sure it’ll ever get to that though.

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