Am I a bad person for not being that into the soccer World Cup? It’s all the rage at the moment and suddenly many people seem to know many things about the sport. I have tried to keep up with the latest, but can’t seem to enjoy the tournament a huge amount.
One exception was seeing the Dutch team destroy the defending champions Spain. If there is one team I’m a supporter of it’s the boys in orange – they have come so close to winning, but never quite got there. I love a good underdog story.
Also, my wife is of Dutch heritage so there may be some bias there too.
When I say I enjoyed watching the Dutch beat the Spanish, what I mean is I enjoyed watching the highlights package. The only goal Spain managed to score was a penalty, which to my untrained, average Joe eye looked pretty dubious.
And therein lies my main problem with soccer – all to often the outcome is left almost to chance. Did the referee or linesman make the right call? Was the player on side or not? Did the striker use his hand or his head to score?
Many times we only know what the correct call should have been once its shown in slow motion reply – after the fact. By then the wrong decision may have been made, irrevocably altering the outcome in a way it never should have.
Yet, despite this the game remains the most popular in the world, and I can see why – the skill of the players is incredible and the passion of the fans is infectious.