Five things we've noticed from the World Cup so far
1. The emphasis is on attack
With goals galore – 28 so far, giving an average of 3.5 per game – this is the highest scoring World Cup since Spain ’82. If we were being cynical we’d say it’s down to almost every side boasting a woeful defence, but let’s just say it’s because we’re back in the spiritual home of the beautiful game.
2. Football boffins need to up their game
Out of all the innovative ideas put forward that could genuinely improve the game, what do we end up with? A can of foam that keeps the wall back 10 yards at free-kicks.
3. There’s an element of the sinister this year
We quite like the cartoon villainy that has crept into football recently, from Fifa’s headquarters resembling Bond villain Ernst Blofeld’s underground lair, to France boss Didier Deschamps alleging drones have been sent to hover over his training pitch and gather information on his team.
4. The cameramen may well have been compromised
We’re more than a little concerned that’s there’s been some sort of PC directive to the cameramen this year, as there’s been precious little shots of hot fans in the crowd. Heck, we’re in Brazil, when the ball goes out of play cut to a woman wearing a bikini. It’s the way things have been for decades.
5. Goal celebrations could do with some work
Usually we see signature celebrations that become synonymous with the tournament itself. From 67-year-old Cameroon centre forward Roger Milla’s corner flag shuffle in Italia ’90 to Bebeto’s baby swinging celebration in USA ’94. Last night England physio Gary Lewin (pictured) dislocated his ankle celebrating his side’s equaliser against Italy, and while we admire the effort, it’s unlikely to catch on.