BK World Cup discussion
The Torture Window is open for business again and it seems like we are being linked to every top player in the world apart from Messi, Ronaldo and Bale. That’s a corny cliché, and I know it, but it feels like that to me. The media always seem to have a story and some sort of news on every top player around and why we are interested in him and/or why he wants to join Arsenal. So every time a top player, who you think might be ‘off the radar’, pops into your mind, expect the media to have an article on him, when you wake up in the morning to read the latest Arsenal transfer news.
Is it me or does anyone else get the feeling that when top players are continually linked to other top clubs, like Chelsea, the player actually signs for them? The stronger the link between the player and the club, the more likely the player is to sign for that club. When it comes to Arsenal, however, it seems to be the entire opposite. The more we are linked with a player, the less likely we are to sign him.
The media seems to be one step ahead of us Arsenal supporters but no one, not even the media, seems to be one step ahead of Wenger.
We may well have to deal with two more months of terror.
Thank God the World Cup is on this year! I have seen some great football so far, especially from the South American countries and it seems that the gap between the big, ‘powerhouse’ countries and the smaller ‘walkover’ countries has become a lot smalle; and it seems that there are no easy games in the World Cup. This reminds me of how the EPL is now, where there is no easy match. In future international tournaments I can actually see some of the ‘small’, ‘weak’ teams surpassing some of the ‘big’, ‘powerhouse’ teams.
The four quarter-final matches we can look forward to are:
France vs. Germany
Brazil vs. Colombia
Argentina vs. Belgium
Netherlands vs. Costa Rica
The winner of the France vs. Germany match will face the winner of the Brazil vs. Colombia match in one of the semi-final ties and the winner of the Argentina vs. Belgium match will face the winner of the Netherlands vs. Costa Rica match in the other semi-final tie.
The winners of the two semi-final ties will face each other in the final and the losers will face each other in a match for 3rd place.
I believe it is impossible to call the result of any of these quarter-final ties. I can see the matches getting even tighter now we have reached the latter stages of the 2014 World Cup and the gulf in quality between the teams in each tie seems pretty small. This is just one of the reasons I can see a lot of matches going to extra time and even penalties. Other reasons behind some of the matches going to extra time and all the way to penalties, might be because of the playing conditions and the players of the teams possibly adopting a ‘safety first’ approach. A cautious approach will minimize any possible mistakes and the last thing players want to do is make a silly mistake in matches of such high importance, which might lead to less attacking football.
Whatever happens we will be treated to some great games of football!
But what I really want to know is what you guys have made of the World Cup so far. So without further ado, I would like to hear some of your views and predictions relating to this current World Cup. Below are some questions to get your juices flowing.
1) Which teams do you think will win their ties and make it into the semi-finals?
2) Which teams do you think will make it to the final?
3) Which team has impressed you the most so far throughout the 2014 World Cup?
4) Which team has disappointed you the most so far throughout the 2014 World Cup?
5) Which player has impressed you the most so far in this World Cup?
6) Which player has disappointed you the most so far in this World Cup?
7) Which player do you think will win the Golden Ball (best player) award?
8) Which player do you think will win the Golden Boot (top goal scorer award) award?
9) Which player do you think will win the Golden Glove (best GK) award?
10) Which player do you think will win the Best Young Player Award?
Written by: AFC.