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The World Cup as I saw it …

July 16th, 2006

Matapos ang isang buwang pagpupuyat, natapos din ang World Cup. Nagwagi ang Italya sa kanilang ika-apat na titulo bilang World Cup Champion.

I rooted for the Italians in their final match against France, but altogether I was not impressed how the matches were played during this World Cup. Except for some teams like Ghana and other underrated teams who really played with their hearts, most teams played a very defensive type of football. It seemed like most of the powerhouse teams have prepared themselves in playing defensive tactics than in scoring goals. So everybody ends up waiting and praying for the final whistle to blow in order for their team to settle scores in a penalty shoot-out. And a lot of matches during this World Cup were concluded in penalty shoot-outs including the final match, the second time where the World Cup title is decided by a penalty shoot-out. A penalty shoot-out is like a lottery, the team who wins it simply has more luck than the other.

The excitement and thrill of attacking football where scores are settled in full regulation time is what I missed in this World Cup. The only attacks I saw were attacks that gained nothing but flashing red and yellow cards. The great Zidane ended his brilliant football career this way, he retired with a flying color – red. World Cup 2006 will go down in history as having the most issued red and yellow cards.

I hope to see more exciting football four years hence in South Africa. By that time, I hope and pray that African and Asian teams will finally make it to the finals.

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  1. July 17th, 2006 at 14:39 | #1

    Sa tingin ko kaya naging very defensive and tema ng mga games ngayon ay dahil halos lahat ay naghahanda laban kay Ronaldinho at Ronaldo. Maybe next time, they can add additional extra time, parang third extra time where meron ng golden goal rule…

  2. Sam
    July 17th, 2006 at 17:31 | #2

    Hi Major Tom, tama ka mukhang ang mindset ng lahat ay defense play esp when all anticipated a match with Brazil. On the other hand, perhaps Brazil thought na easy lang mga magiging kalaban nila kaya sila sobrang kumpyansa ni hindi nga nila pinasok sa first line-up in their match against France si Adriano kaya si Ronaldo lang ang kumayod. Lahat ng matches ng Brazil dino-double team palagi si Ronaldinho kaya hindi makaporma. It was already too late when they decided to let in Adriano and Robinho. Only Argentina played with a very typical South American attacking football. Their Group stage match with Serbia Montenegro where they scored 6 to 0 was the only match that I really enjoyed.

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