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Meanwhile, Germany thrive without putting one particular player up on some superhuman pedestal. Probably a better option than dumping the weight of a nation on the shoulders of one young man.

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Ronaldinho was also a pretender for many years to the throne, never did squat in any world cup and was reponsible for the 2006 all star implosion of Brazil.  Spain was amazing to watch in 2010...the way they geared their assault pressing forward.  But me peronally, Soccer is not the same for me anymore...Ronaldo was just different, It kinda hurts to watch the game and know that I will never see an immortal amongst men, anywhere, in any sport, ever....again.

 

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Ronaldinho was also a pretender for many years to the throne, never did squat in any world cup and was reponsible for the 2006 all star implosion of Brazil.  Spain was amazing to watch in 2010...the way they geared their assault pressing forward.  But me peronally, Soccer is not the same for me anymore...Ronaldo was just different, It kinda hurts to watch the game and know that I will never see an immortal amongst men, anywhere, in any sport, ever....again.


 

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Never ever? That's a bit absolute. And it could take a while or happen right away.

 

In Tennis, people said it would be a long time before we saw Pete Sampras' Grand Slam record eclipsed and very quickly Federer took his place, followed by Nadal and then Djokovic - all three up there with the very best ever.

 

In MotoGP, they wondered who could be better than Mick Doohan. Almost immediately, Valentino Rossi blitzed the sport and he in turn is now being put in the shadows by the phenomenal boychild Marc Marquez.

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Never ever? That's a bit absolute. And it could take a while or happen right away.

 

In Tennis, people said it would be a long time before we saw Pete Sampras' Grand Slam record eclipsed and very quickly Federer took his place, followed by Nadal and then Djokovic - all three up there with the very best ever.

 

In MotoGP, they wondered who could be better than Mick Doohan. Almost immediately, Valentino Rossi blitzed the sport and he in turn is now being put in the shadows by the phenomenal boychild Marc Marquez.

 

Muhammed Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, Peter Sampras, Roger Federer, Michael Schumacher, Royce Gracie, Michael Jordan...All the greats...seen them all....I'm not even a soccer fan...but never, have I seen someone on a level completely different to everyone else, different planet....just different...I wont see that again for the rest of my life, and I know it.

 

 


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I couldn't agree more. The old Brazil relies on dribbling skill and agility (Ronaldinho?), not long crosses. Ronaldo was called "The Phenomenon" for a good reason as well. Zidane was indeed a very special player, but I'd say the 2006 world cup was won not by the entire Italian team, but by Buffon.

 

Though as good as this world cup has been, I'd say the last (2010) world cup was more interesting. Having a final with two countries that has never won a world cup before was indeed interesting.

With all due respect I disagree, this world cup shows that the game is changing, it is not longer the traditional top 10 teams that are going to be the team we see in the later stages of the game, this world cup shows on international level things are changing, games are becoming more competitive, this worldcup was overall a very interesting one. 

 

Changes are coming.

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With all due respect I disagree, this world cup shows that the game is changing, it is not longer the traditional top 10 teams that are going to be the team we see in the later stages of the game, this world cup shows on international level things are changing, games are becoming more competitive, this worldcup was overall a very interesting one. 

 

Changes are coming.

I don´t see that at all it was just the top teams at the later stages actually one of the most predictal outcomes of the last 5 WC:s. There is often a "Costa Rica" in every world cup that is not new :)

 

I am still waiting for the african teams to become stronger but it looks like there is just to big problems with corruption which make it harder to get the right team spirit going.

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I don´t see that at all it was just the top teams at the later stages actually one of the most predictal outcomes of the last 5 WC:s. There is often a "Costa Rica" in every world cup that is not new :)

 

I am still waiting for the african teams to become stronger but it looks like there is just to big problems with corruption which make it harder to get the right team spirit going.

 

I agree, I think Africa is ripe for breeding new talent....its the poverty factor, when a poor kid has zero to do, but give a ball, will keep kicking it till he gets good.  As countries develop, the kids would much rather play on their touch screens than with a ball, what with shool, homework and xbox competing for his attention.  Poverty does funny things to people.

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2 games left! I know what I'm doing this weekend.

 

Also, I hope Klose gets 1 more before finishing his last world cup.

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Brazil's football is imploding before our eyes... great shame.

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And the refereeing is pathetic to top it off.
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I'm rooting for Team Shaolin!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaolin_Soccer

Sorry, I just re-watched that movie yesterday since it's near the end of the big World Cup. XD
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Well, Brazil is top four team in the WC2014, it's quite a compliment.  Just look at the 1-7 and 0-3 loses as loses only and never mind the scores.

 

The implosions are Spain, Russian, Portugal, England.  Surprised that none of the Asian teams, Japan/SKorea, playing much at all....    

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Well, Brazil is top four team in the WC2014, it's quite a compliment.  Just look at the 1-7 and 0-3 loses as loses only and never mind the scores.

 

The implosions are Spain, Russian, Portugal, England.  Surprised that none of the Asian teams, Japan/SKorea, playing much at all....    

I though Korea played some good passing and glimpses of attacking football. Their defence went a bit brazil during the first half of the Algeria game. But what they lacked most were good finishers. E.g. Against Belgium they matched up well, but could not score.

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Well, Brazil is top four team in the WC2014, it's quite a compliment.  Just look at the 1-7 and 0-3 loses as loses only and never mind the scores.

 

The implosions are Spain, Russian, Portugal, England.  Surprised that none of the Asian teams, Japan/SKorea, playing much at all....    

I though Korea played some good passing and glimpses of attacking football. Their defence went a bit brazil during the first half of the Algeria game. But what they lacked most were good finishers. E.g. Against Belgium they matched up well, but could not score.

 

The same could be said to Brazil during their match against Netherlands.

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