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September 20, 2018

Oh poor Brazil, you are seriously stretching my patience this time

Brazil's forward Neymar (3rd L) gestures after a Group A football match between Brazil and Mexico in the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 17, 2014.
Brazil's forward Neymar (3rd L) gestures after a Group A football match between Brazil and Mexico in the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 17, 2014.

Oh Brazil! I was supporting you to win the World Cup at home but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. From the opening game of the World Cup it was evident that Luis Felipe Scholari’s side were going to struggle in this tournament. The referee did them a lot of favours in the opening game including awarding a penalty that wasn’t really one, and denying Croatia a goal that was really one.

Which means that at the very least the hosts should have had two draws thus far. And yes the draw against Mexico was so boring save for goalkeeper Ochoa’s saving antics to give analysts at least one talking point. I’m beginnng to feel that I should have stuck with my original France team, or the team I defected to in 2010, The Netherlands. Both are definately performing better than the hosts, but I could be speaking prematurely. Brazil can yet top their group and improve greatly as the tournament progresses.

Oh Spain! This curse of the defending Champions! After winning France ‘98, Les Bleues had an unimpressive tournament in Korea in 2002; losing their opening game to Senegal. In 2010 defending Champions Italy never made it out of the Group stages and now Spain. It’s tough to comprehend how you can rule World football for about seven years and then crumble in such embarassing fashion.

Book-makers have made a lot of money on bets of who will qualify for the next round from Group B. It was pretty obvious from the start that the 2010 finalists would sale through but alas! It wasn’t to be. I blame Coach Vicente Del bosque for sticking to aged players and an old playing style, even as other teams learned how to counter their style. I also felt he should have played Cesc Fabregas more and carried Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas to Brazil. Del Bosque was so predictable and that crushed them.

Oh Cameroon! What a lot of hot air! Once you qualify for the world cup you need to focus; on the game. Players were still demanding allowances as they took off for Brazil and while their federation needs to style up, the players need to realise what a priveledge it is to play at a World Cup. Their performance was dismal and I have now words for Alex Song’s red card. This world cup seems to be going against the status quo, and I’m enjoing it for that very reason. Only one team has impressed me unreservedly and that is Germany.

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