So far, it’s been a wonderful, wide open World Cup, full of anticipations, frustrations, elations and exasperations – of achievements and disappointments, surprises and status-quos.
It’s been a World Cup of both beautiful and erratic play that’s now up for grabs by a new champion, because the defending champion, Spain – also the reigning two-time European Cup winner (2008 and 2012) on both sides of seizing the 2010 World Cup – with their aging roster, was dominated and eliminated.
This World Cup in fun-in-the-sun and party time Brazil has been action-packed throughout, especially when comparing it to the more tepid South Africa-hosted 2010 world championship tournament. And this year’s global event has so far featured nearly four times more goals than four years prior.
For the segment of Americans who prefer their sports to produce offense over defense, with lots of scoring and not able to grasp the athletic structure, build-up, chess-like drama that demands patience leading to excitement, the goal scoring in Brazil must bring at least some enjoyment.
Actually, on the other side of the spectrum, one of the best matches played so far has been host Brazil versus Latin rival Mexico, which ended in a scoreless tie, but was made must-see theater because of a bevy of incredible saves made by Mexican goalie Guillermo Ochoa – wow, wow and more wows.