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World Cup Losing its Fizz?

jurgen klinsmann World Cup Losing its Fizz?

Seven of the eight second round matches have been played, with just this afternoon’s France versus Spain match left. But out of the seven thus far, how many of them have been entertaining and had you sitting on the edge of your seat? For me, it’s been just one and that was the Argentina against Mexico match.

Sweden was a disappointment against Germany, England’s win was necessary but not exciting, Portugal against Netherlands looked like a rugby match, and yesterday’s Italy versus Australia and Switzerland versus Ukraine matches were snoozefests.

Today’s Brazil against Ghana match was disappointing because the Africans kept on wasting their chances in front of goal. In fact, I have the same complaint about all African teams in the World Cup this year. Angola, Ivory Coast and Togo all could have progressed if they improved their shooting skills.

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4 Responses to World Cup Losing its Fizz?

  1. Anonymous says:

    The only snoozefests were ENGLAND v ECUADOR & UKRAINE v SWITZERLAND – the other six games were fascinating desperate battles to get through to the quarters! Just because there weren’t lots of goals (obligatory requirement for people over in America?) doesn’t mean that the World Cup is losing its fizz!

  2. WnG says:

    the ghanaian team had great many chances and had ppl rooting fer the underdog pulling out their hair in frustration. but then they dint try to get too close to the goal. but then the brazilian defence was almost impossible to cut through. with nearly 4 on one at minimum, it would have shattered the nerve of the first timers. but one thing that can be said for the african first timer was their remarkable possession of the ball. nearly 53% of the time, and with amazing snatches. it was a good game, even if they lost coz of their lack of precision on the goals.

  3. percy says:

    WELL, I WAS JUST WONDERING WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN IF DROGBA HAD BEEN BORN IN GHANA. BUT THEN AGAIN, HE WAS ALSO USELESS. ETO’O WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE LIKE IT.
    PERCY, FROM SOUTH AFRICA.

  4. Andrew says:

    I set out to blog every World Cup game, and have written posts for most of the games, but I’m totally sick of the referees and the cheats and the defensive systems – it’s such a turn-off. I just can’t be bothered writing about the games yesterday. The sad thing is that the tournament started with so much ‘fizz’ – I thought it was going to be great…

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