Soccer World Cup Lessons Learned

Thank you for the good times World Cup 2010

The soccer world cup is over. After over a month of matches, the conclusion was a 1-0 victory for Spain over the Netherlands in a long, painful and draining match for both sides. Congratulations to the Spanish team for their victory.

Now that it’s over, there are many lessons learned from the world cup this year, and I’d like to share a few with you that I’ve learned throughout….

  1. The officiating was terrible: Or so say the losing teams. There were so many bad calls and so many mistakes by the referees that it potentially have caused teams to lose. One thing is certain though, the refs don’t take shit from any player. You mess with them and your ass is out. How many yellow cards did Netherlands get in the final match? Too many that I stopped counting at one point.
  2. Vuvuzelas are annoying as hell: This world cup was void of chants, country pride, and cheers. Why? Vuvulelas drowned everything out. I hope that the next World Cup is void of this so we can go back to regular chanting, bad mouthing, and screaming at the players on the field.
  3. South Africa is damn cold: Everyone was under the assumption that since it’s Africa, then it must be hot. Wrong! It was so cold over to the point that I’m surprised players still wore shorts.
  4. I hope they don't bring these back in the next world cup

    There weren’t enough hot girls this world cup: Could it be the freezing weather? What kind of girl would want to sit in the cold half naked cheering for her team? Oh wait, there was one. And that was about it. Riquelme , a Paraguay fan, said that she’d run naked in the streets if her team won. I guess she likes the cold weather. To see some pics of her as a lingerie model and a soccer fan Click here.

  5. Soccer in 3D is lonely: Everyone that went ahead and spent a few thousand dollars to watch soccer in 3D at home, watched it alone. With the expensive price of 3D glasses (at $120+ each), inviting friends over was out of the question.
  6. It’s ok to root for a country that’s not your own: So many countries didn’t make it to the world cup, but what makes it great is that everyone roots for somebody. It didn’t matter who you are, where you are, or what country you’re from, you had a team. And in the finals, Netherlands and Spain had a worldwide set of fans, not just from their own homeland.
  7. Maradonna and his kick-ass beard

    Maradonna has a kick-ass beard: Have you seen his beard? That was a kick-ass beard.

In the end, the world cup as always was amazing. Sure it was frustrating at times, but now that it’s done, I’m going to look back at it with good memories of great times watching great soccer.

One Response to Soccer World Cup Lessons Learned

  1. Mojo says:

    I really agree with the officiating piece – there were so many calls that were just so off. I think FIFA should get with it and begin to use technology… at least a little bit… maybe give teams like “2 review challenges” per match, so it’s not abused.

    Vuvuzelas are absolutely annoying! They should be banned from stadiums.

    I think it’s kinda cool that they play in different climates… subject the teams to some additional challenges.

    I also found many people picking teams to support based on politics, ancestry, or where they’ve visited and had a good experience… or that country’s political situation – I feel like more people overseas were supporting the US this World Cup versus the last one… perhaps more favorable attitudes towards the US generally… or that they just played better. I was glad to see Ghana do well for the continent. Very interesting to see North Korea compete… they’re usually not visible on the international sporting stage.

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