Thanks for this thread. The first World Cup I watched was 1986, the Year of Maradona; this is my seventh. I've seen a lot of good football over the years, and a lot that was not-so-good as well. Some random comments:
1) Every Cup seems to have quite a few examples of poor officiating, but this time around it may be the worst I've ever seen. Today's double-whammy--valid goal for England not counted, goal by offside Argentine allowed to stand--certainly is one of the worst days of refereeing ever.
2) We have sure seen some traditional powers crash and burn this time around, although it's not quite as spectacular as 2002. This time, two former winners (France and Italy) failed to make it out of group play, but in 2002, three former winners (France, Uruguay and Argentina) went out in group play.
3) Some players I'm very impressed by during this Cup: David Villa of Spain, Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina, Thomas Muller of Germany, Luis Suarez of Uruguay, Robert Vittek of Slovakia, Keisuke Honda of Japan, and Landon Donovan of the US
4) Big names who I'm not impressed with: Wayne Rooney of England, Franck Ribery of France, and virtually everyone with Italy (I didn't see as much of France or I surely could name more on their side, too)
5) I sort of remember controversy about the ball from past World Cups similar to the one this year. I think this is not the first time FIFA has introduced a new ball right on the eve of the Cup finals.
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