It is apart of the culture in African football but they are very annoying to hear throughout 90 minutes. To be fair it has died down a bit since the departure of the host nation but still manage to make an appearance in the remaining games. It’s disappointing only for the fact we don’t hear no football chants and crowd reactions towards certain decisions.
9. The Jabulani Ball
The Jabulani ball has taken some criticism since the tournament began over 2 weeks ago and by the evidence we have seen it deserved it. Many players who have played with the ball in South Africa have struggled to adapt with the new Adidas ball, claiming that it is to round…what do you want guys, a ball shaped like a square or something? It seems a bit of an excuse to me, however, having watched all the games in South Africa so far, it’s clear to see that it is very different from previous tournament balls. Players have misjudged the flight and bounce, as well as failing to really hit it properly (exclude Carlos Tevez of course). For those reasons stated above, it does make for disappointing viewing at times.
8. Fernando Torres – Not performing like he is capable of
The Spanish striker does not look like he is in the grove this summer as he has been in previous tournaments, and so far in this World Cup, Torres has not been able to find the back of the net. The Liverpool hitman does not look the same player prior to the competition beginning, and its visible to see that he is either unfit or has other things on his mind. Many (including me) thought that Torres would be amongst the other elite strikers in the world battling for the illustrious golden boot. Unfortunately this is not the case this year. Generally, Torres has been poor in South Africa, and for those who placed a bet on the 26-year-old to be top goal scorer of the tournament, well it looks like you guys have lost your money.
7. France – So much Talent, yet no cohesion
The French have got to be the biggest joke in world football today. So much talented stars like Franck Ribery, Yoann Gourcuff, Patrice Evra and Thierry Henry yet they failed in what was one of their worst World Cup campaigns for a number of years. Raymond Domenech was useless as ever as the French manager, and trouble within the camp prior to the tournament and during it certainly didn’t help the cause either. A number of problems caused the Les Bleus to underachieve and evidently failed miserably in their attempt to qualify to the next round. It’s disappointing because we expected better performances from some of the players the football world has to offer, but instead everybody was sucked into the mayhem off the pitch. The FFF has a big crisis on their hands.
6. Didier Drogba – Not seen as much as we expected
The Chelsea hitman had a great season for the West London club and was tipped to be amongst the contenders for the golden boot. Unfortunately, during a friendly game against Japan a week before the commencement of the World Cup, the Ivory Coast striker broke his arm. Drogba struggled and many thought he was out of the tournament. However, the 32-year-old recovered in time and managed to appear in all of the Ivory Coast matches. He only scored one goal against Brazil but this was only a consolation. Africa’s star man was not 100% fit and because of this, he was unable to replicate what he did last season in this years World Cup. A big disappointment for the continent of Africa in whole.
5. Cesc Fabregas – Can’t get into starting XI
One of the best midfielders in the world, yet the 23-year-old Spaniard still can’t get into the starting eleven of the Spanish team. Many fans of the player (along with me) find it hard to believe that the Arsenal captain still cannot feature in the starting line-up in this summer at the World Cup. Fans may say that it’s because Spain acquire too much creativity in the midfield already, so there is no need for Cesc to start, which is maybe a fair statement. However, Fabregas could get in the team if Del Bosque alters a few players around. Instead of playing Sergio Busquets who plays as the anchor midfielder in the team, Xabi Alonso should drop into this role, which would allow Fabregas to play along side Xavi in the centre, leaving Andres Iniesta and David Silva on the flank. Get Cesc in, we want to see him perform more in the World Cup.
4. Italy – Defending champions out after 3 games
The Italian national team were a big disappointment this summer in South Africa. The Defending world champions were tipped to qualify from their group which featured Paraguay, Slovakia and New Zealand, they didn’t succeed and were an embarrassment to say the very least. The Azzurri were poor in results and performances and only managed to conjure up 2 points and worst still, ended up bottom of the group. They are one of three World Cup teams that as world champions have failed to get through to the round of 16. The only bright note to take back to Italy this summer was Fabio Quagliarella’s audacious chipped goal which deceived the Slovakian goalkeeper, other than that, Italy were poor and many expected better.
3. Referees – Bad Calls
There have been a number of bad refereeing decisions in the World Cup, four instantly come into mind. German striker Miroslav Klose received his marching orders for two ridiculous bookings against Serbia. The challenges deemed to be fouls but they do not justify two yellows and a red card. Another incident was when USA faced Slovenia. USA had a massive goal disallowed in the 85th for absolutely nothing, thankfully for the US fans it didn’t really matter in the end. Mexico were hard done by against Argentina this week when Carlos Tevez netted a goal from a visible offside position, which the officials failed to spot, and of course who could forget what happened to England this past Saturday. England were cruelly disallowed a clear over the line goal against Germany which has called for goal line technology to be introduced. A fair amount of refs have done well, but others have spoilt many promising games this summer…sort it out FIFA.
2. Wayne Rooney – Does it for club but not his country
Wayne Rooney alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the best players in the world…Do me a favour. The England international was a ghost of the player we saw last season at United, and was clearly one of the worst performers in an England jersey this summer. The 24-year-old bagged 34 goals in all competitions for the Red Devil’s, and was in scintillating form leading up to the World Cup this summer. For some reason he did not perform and failed to even net a goal in South Africa…360 minutes on the pitch and nothing to show for it, garbage.
1. England – Over hyped and underachievement at its finest
This is definitely the biggest disappointment (if you support the national team of course) the World Cup has seen this year. The Three Lions were so disappointing this summer that they made Greece look brilliant. England had arguably one of the easiest groups in the World Cup yet they couldn’t beat USA and Algeria and barely beat Slovenia. They scraped through the group behind USA who finished top (what a joke) and were faced with the task of Germany in the last 16 this past Saturday. Fans, the media and pundits alike all thought they were going to smash Germany and rip them apart…what happened? England got taught a massive lesson in how to actually play football. Too many overrated and overpaid player’s in the squad and there was simple no excuse for the way they played in South Africa. Fabio Capello and the English players all share the responsibility of coming home earlier than expected. Absolute joke and believe me or not, that’s me being nice.
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