So the whole world is getting ready for the World Cup, the quadrennial fest of footballing excellence.
Am I the only one who finds all the hype over the top? Think of the negatives:
1) Too many crap teams. This year’s cup boasts a uniquely embarrassing set of really bad teams.
2) Even good teams struggle to play good football. It’s summer, it’s hot – definitely not football weather. Plus few teams play together sufficiently often to develop the kind of squad cohesiveness that permits play to truly flow the way it does at a good club. With the exception of
3) Too few good goalkeepers. Apart from Buffon and Casillas, there really aren’t many around. Defensive heroics are part of a good game of football – don’t expect much on this score over the next few weeks.
5) FIFA itself. These guys make the IOC look like Franciscans with a Sarbanes-Oxley fetish. Parasitism at its worst.
Still, roll on. At least it’s a common narrative for a few weeks.