Sit Back And Enjoy The World Cup Ride

Brazil has some well-publicised socioeconomic problems bu, whilst Daniel Storey isn't ignoring them, he's also not apologising to anyone for being pretty bloody excited...

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jonnywishbone2 (Arsenal) says...

I agree with jamesmac. His point is supported by the fact that every World Cup since has boasted a higher goals-per-game average. The idea that Italia '90 was a classic tournament is, I suspect a rather Anglocentric one. This is probably rooted in a combination of factors including England's glorious failure; the emergence of an emotionally fragile once in a generation English talent; the fact that for a large number of journos it would have been an early football memory and (perhaps most importantly) the indelible association of that tournament with the hauntingly beautiful Nessun Dorma.

Posted 5:08pm 12th June 2014

herriot says...

In my opinion France 98 was a great tournament with fantastic players at their peak like Zidane, Ronaldo and Suker and all time great goals like Bergkamps and Owens.......or maybe it's because it was my childhood tournament and the last time I got to see my beloved Scotland at a World Cup..........

Posted 2:58pm 12th June 2014

jamesmac (Arsenal) says...

Obviously agree with the sentiments Daniel, but one thing that bugs me, and quite a lot of England 30 somethings are guilty of it - 1990 was not a classic tournament. It was so bad that they brought in the back pass rule as a result. For people in their 30s, it was a great memory, and great emotions, and England did well. But in objective terms, it was one of the most boring and cynical tournaments, epitomised by the final.

Posted 11:32am 12th June 2014

hump3. (Ipswich Town) says...

Damn right. We are all conscious of the socio-economic issues, which will be around in exactly the same form (if not worse) when the Olympics come by the way, and I have registered my concern, in triplicate. There, done and done. Now, let us move on from the entrée and feast on the banquet that awaits, its all about the football now. Beer, check, flexi, check, pre-tournament enthusiasm, check, novelty foam England hand from way back (is this acceptable?), check. All set. Bring it on. Boas-vindas Brazil 2014!

Posted 8:49am 12th June 2014

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