Winners & Losers

I was going to write a lengthy article summing up this tournament as a whole, but then I sat there and thought… there will be hundreds of people all doing the same thing. Two things finally put me off the idea. Firstly, I couldn’t be bothered. I have a million, trillion things to write for this blog, and I don’t really have the time. Secondly, everyone else is going to be doing the same thing. Now, that hasn’t stopped me for the last few weeks or so, you might well think, but I think that the point is to make it clear that there have been winners and losers both on and off the pitch over the last few weeks. Winners Italy – Obviously. Watch Italy’s performances again and you’ll see that this wasn’t some dour, drab, ground out World Cup win. Their defensive play was superb, granted, but they also managed the frankly remarkable achievement of ten different goalscorers over their seven matches. In the face of remarkable adversity at home, the players pulled together into a tightly knit unit. An outstanding performance. Germany – Not just the team, who overturned all expectations to play some brilliantly high-tempo attacking football, but also their supporters, who were a credit to their country and even their police, who organised vast numbers of people in a mature way and minimised trouble...

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