The game’s in crisis, but we get the football we deserve
Over a six-week span this summer, three of the game’s most important Finals failed to produce spectacular – or even half-way decent – visions of the sport.
The Finals of the Copa America, the Champions League and the European Championship produced a total of just three goals – and all three dragged on into extratime, with two decided by a shoot-out.
To broaden the gloom, there’s the most recent World Cup Final. What should have been a wonderful evening in the Rio sunshine was another overtime bore, a dull 1-0 game.
Four extra-time Finals, just four goals in 480 minutes of football. One goal every two hours.
That is football in 2016; the world’s most entertaining sport reduced to tedium. A sport that struggles to produce even one goal on its great days and then has to fall back on a farcical tie-breaker to come up with a winner.
Assuredly, this is crisis time – and doubly so because the sport itself sees nothing wrong. But this is not a temporary aberration, it has been building up for years, as the money pours
Dull...the Euro Final between France (in blue) and Portugal needed extra-time before the only goal of the game