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Out of the Blue

Congrats to Spain for winning the World Cup, and congrats to the World Cup for finally helping me understand and appreciate association football/soccer, as I never really got the sport before (though the last game was not a great spectacle). We watched the final, the third place game, and a few other matches along the way, and will miss the spectacle and the excitement of the whole event now that it's over. We even got used to the vuvuzelas eventually, though we will not miss them at all.

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1. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 12, 2010, 13:18 DG
Hasn't been a great tournament IMHO, all the star players seemed off-form - though admittedly quite a lot of that is really due to good defending - so games lacked individual flair and brilliance. Also, much of the drama has been about extraordinarily important referee mistakes, which is a shame especially since the refs got off to a very good start.

I don't want to rag on the vuvuzelas too much as they're a part of the game over there, after the first couple of games I got used to it. But, even ignoring the unpleasantness of the sound, they drowned out the fan songs and chants which are a huge part of the game everywhere else and provide a much better atmosphere. I suspect this played a big part in many games lacking rhythm on the pitch because players really do respond to it.

As for the final; I think Netherlands thought they were playing Speedball or something, that'd have been dirty play by the standards of a local Derby game.
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