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As someone who thinks goalie is the most enjoyable position to play in, I just have to shake my head in disbelief at these clueless remarks.

Yes, clueless, don't take it as a personal insult but there's no word in the English language that better describes them.

Solution: an adjustable goal mouth: make it wider till the average number of goals per match is, like 6 or 7. Of course, this is a strictly know-nothing American "I want my entertainment" suggestion, and mebbe there are more 'elegant' modifications available. For example, make the goalies wear army boots and/or dark sunglasses.

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And my other point is, such matches would still exist, when they deserved too, i.e., when in fact the goalie and/or defense was really great, or teams' offenses truly sucked.

... 80% of the WC teams do not have great defenses and goalies. Which ones do? We may never know.

I can assure you football fans have no trouble telling an outstanding defence of goalie when they see one. For instance, I can tell you from the 25 minutes I saw of the England-USA match that the USA's Tim Howard is a good goalie. If you can't, and moreover if you think all you need to do is look at the scorecard for one game to tell if the defence or goalie were good or bad, you really need to watch a lot of football before you 'get it'.

Over the course of an entire tournament, however, averages do show the best goalies and defences (and offences). And there are awards for the goalie that concedes the least goals over a year-long tournament, or who has the highest number of games with no goals against, and so on. The equivalent of the .400 baseball batter is the goalie that keeps his score sheet clean for over a thousand minutes of play.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 05:42:13 PM EST

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