The 2010 World Cup is upon us and there isn't much that hasn't been said already. All the leagues around the world are finished and champions have been crowned. The media has covered every angle imaginable. Or have they? Or should they? Is this about the sport anymore? What will we remember about this World Cup? A great goal, a new venue, a great comeback, injured players who never made it, a bad call by a referee, a new star rising, overlooked players, 4-4-2, 3-4-1-2, 3-4-3, bad subs, FIFA 2010, Pro Evolution Soccer, cynical plays, idealistic strategies, the importance of statistics, playing it safe, the need for new technologies to be introduced, disappointing performances, who's a favorite, who's a dark horse, 3D? There's so many things going on that even trying to compile all these stories into one blog would prove to be impossible and circling every other issue. They are all connected. And I will try to touch on all of them and hopefully engage some readers.
Soccer is so many things to so many people. It's a big part of my life, watching several games every week, playing a few games, playing Pro Evolution Soccer and reading online journals and newspapers. I don't presume to know a lot about this game, just about what it means to me and what I get from it. I was born in Argentina and I support our team, regardless of the controversies surrounding our coach, players, strategy, track record and hopes. I will stand up and scream Goooooooool as loud as I can when the moment comes, and enjoy a good game regardless of what color the jerseys are.
The only thing I'm left with even after watching and reading and hearing about every team that made it to the final 32, is the old adage which leaves all expectations behind: "Every game needs to be played."
Now let the ref blow his whistle.