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A mistake you make is assuming that goals equate to entertainment. There is a relationship but it is not linear. Football is not basketball, where herds of giraffe run up and down their court to take it in turn to drop their ball into a bucket.

A good match is largely one between two well-matched teams purposefully attacking and creating chances. Whether or not those chances are taken becomes irrelevant; it is sufficient that there should be regular moments of genuine tension in the match. A one-sided thrashing is rarely entertaining for the neutral.

The problem with the games is not that there have been too few goals, it is that the games are dull. There have already been too many games with long stretches of time spent in aimless plodding in midfield, misplaced passes and woeful lack of imagination. This is because the structure of the tournament is such that lesser teams can profit by closing down on play to eliminate mistakes rather than profit from adventure.

The quality of play invariably improves once the first round is over and the more clueless teams have been sent packing.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jun 14th, 2010 at 02:23:08 PM EST

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