Yo, Gadgety. Of course I saw the Netherlands-Spain score. Six goals in one match. Zowie. But one high-scoring match does not mitigate the trend of soccer scornig to shrivel a little bit year-by-year as cowardly coaches stack up their defenses and frustrate the other team's gifted attackers.
Let's look back. In 1982, in the only double-figure scoring game in World Cup history, Hungary buried El Salvador, 10-1. That match, by itself, improved the overall goals-per-game average in the 1982 Cup from 2.64 to 2.81. But (like Netherlands 5, Spain 1) it was the exception that proves the rule. Since then, the goals-per game average has steadily diminished, to 2.71 in '94, to 2.50 in '02, and in the last two tournaments, 2.28 and 2.30. In sum, we've averaged the equivalent of a 1-1 tie in 128 games played in the last two World Cups.
I notice that no one has challenged my hypothesis that the absence of scoring frustrates soccer fans to the point of violence. Nor has anyone challenged the notion that more GO-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-OALS! would make soccer more FU-U-U-U-U-U-UN.
One of my points is that the crooked fuddy-duddies of FIFA are ruining a "beautiful" game. Who stands with the fuddy-duddies, and who wants to set the players free?
Tangey. Your comment disparaging my soccer knowledge over the issue of "extra time" vs. "overtime," is a matter of tomayto/tomahto niggling, the sort of petty swipe that identifies you as not a sports fan but as a sort of soccer nationalist pitting the ony spirt you really know against all the sports you've ignored all your life. Please note that I understad soccer, or, if you prefer, "futbol," well enough to know where its flaws lie, how it is corrupt, what rules changes would improve the sport and WHY it's so incredibly dull to watch UNLESS you've been watching it all your ife because TV in Europe, South America and much of Asia only broadcasts one sport -- soccer! In America, we have a variety of sports on television, including soccer, and we usually choose something — anything — else. Benjamin
@David Benjamin: Stand outside any bar near any university campus in America for a while, especially near closing time, and I defy you to reiterate your preposterous assertion that Americans are no good at hurling!
Max the Magnificent. Very few of us are still alve who remember 43-man squamish. Bless you. In high school, a few friends and I did everything we could to play 43-man-squamish, but we needed 86 players to even THINK about getting up a game. A brifge too far...
Icovey, I beg to differ. Stand outside any bar near any university campus in America for a while, especially near closing time, and I defy you to reiterate your preposterous assertion that Americans are no good at hurling!
@lcovey: If Americans can't be the best at something right out of the gate, then it isn't worth caring about.
One thing I've noticed since I moved to America is that there has to be a winner. Americans simply cannot wrap their brains around a game like cricket that can go on for days (or weeks) and then end in a draw :-)