After two days of World Cup soccer and 5 games, there have been three ties and only 7 goals scored. I know it’s called o jogo bonito, beautiful game in Portuguese, but I call it el juego aborido, the boring game in Spanish.
I did watch bits of pieces of some of the games, including most of the USA v England match. Of the teams I have seen, Argentina has impressed me the most in a tough win over Nigeria. Greece performed sluggishly against South Korea. Fortunately, I didn’t see the scoreless tie between Uruguay and France. I listened to the first half of the match between the Brits and Yanks on Spanish radio and the Argentine announcer made the game sound much more exciting than it actually was. When I finally got home, I put it on ABC but the English speaking broadcasters were so monotone and uninterested, that I had to flip around to find the game in Spanish to keep from falling asleep.
And those Brits. They should have easily defeated the Yanks, but they squandered chance after chance to score and pressured goalie Tim Howard all night, who apparently broke a few ribs in a collision early on in the game. The Yanks simply could not get anything going, and if it weren’t for a botched “grounder” by the Brit goalie Green, the Yanks would have little hope of advancing out of Group C. As is, with goalie Howard’s cracked ribs, team USA may struggle in the prelims.
There’s not enough scoring and excitement in soccer in my view. A near goal doesn’t do it for me – it’s like a missed shot in basketball or a long ball that was caught on the warning track in baseball. Yellow cards provide the most drama in the matches, kind of like a technical foul in basketball or a roughing the passer in American football. But the worst aspect of the World Cup is that a game can end in a tie. That’s just not acceptable. There should be penalty kicks at every stage of the tournament. And a 0-0 tie – it’s as if the game had never been played. Shame on futbol, el jogo b o-o ring.