Con­fed Cup: What we learnt

Kick Off - - LETTERS - Sfiso Xulu, Dur­ban

The 2017 Fifa Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup was full of beau­ti­ful mem­o­ries, but also raised a few ques­tions. Ger­many tri­umphed for the first time, which came as a bit of a sur­prise as the de­fend­ing World Cup cham­pi­ons ar­rived in Rus­sia with a squad lack­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, but man­aged to win the ti­tle with their dan­ger­ous in­ex­pe­ri­enced young­sters. The Ger­mans showed the world that foot­ball is a future-ori­ented sport; na­tional teams from around the world must learn from Ger­many’s con­fi­dence in their youth. The in­tro­duc­tion of the Video As­sis­tant Ref­eree ( VAR) sys­tem in was an­other much talked-about theme. The VAR’s in­con­sis­tency cou­pled with ques­tion­able de­ci­sions prove that tech­nol­ogy is open to hu­man ma­nip­u­la­tion. More ques­tions than an­swers in this re­gard were raised in Rus­sia. Rus­sia’s im­age and global per­cep­tion also rad­i­cally changed fol­low­ing the event, with the power of hos­pi­tal­ity and hu­man­ity through sport chang­ing many fans’ think­ing to­wards the coun­try. I look for­ward to next year’s World Cup!

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