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by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 12:14:25 AM EST
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As pointed out elsewhere in this thread, actual soccerfootball fans are usually more concerned with referee errors than with goal averages.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 04:14:46 AM EST
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As I pointed out, the importance of referee errors diminishes when there are more goals scored. So far, we have a roughly 30% in goals compared just to World Cup 2006. Since there is now an average of 1.7 goals per game, I predict this World Cup will be the worst ever for refs deciding matches. Or best ever, apparently, because most here seem to have no problem with the 1.7 goal average.

fairleft
by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 11:15:15 AM EST
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Should say "roughly 30% DECREASE in goals"

fairleft
by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 12:12:17 PM EST
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the importance of referee errors diminishes when there are more goals scored

Just ask about NBA basketball...

Other topic: does it matter that all 1.7x goals look very much the same?

by das monde on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 11:10:09 PM EST
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I suspect that's an almost entirely-American view, and I doubt even the vast majority of Americans would agree with it.

It's a view that tends towards a lack of appreciation for defense and strategy.  Same way people who don't care about the sports much want to see home runs in baseball and high scores with lots of passing in American football.

That's basically wishing they'd throw half the game out.

It's also a view that tends to glorify the overpaid prettyboys instead of the guys who do the really hard work.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 09:23:35 AM EST
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My sense is that a balance between offense and defense is what most baseball and American football fans want. We are experiencing a 30% drop in goals this year from 2006, now down to 1.6 or 1.7 goals per match. I can't quite believe that the imbalance doesn't irritate most everyone who isn't an extremely stout traditionalist. Especially because the paucity of goals very much increases the importance of refereeing errors, and we know there will be many of those. No one, I assume (too much), likes bad calls deciding matches.

fairleft
by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 11:18:48 AM EST
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One thing you maybe haven't taken into account is that the first round of games is always lower scoring than average. teams tend to pay more conservatively, because a defeat at this stage can make it much harder to qualify for later stages of the competition. A draw however does not puncture a teams hopes for the later stages of the competition.  From now on teams will have to play a more attacking style to avoid elimination, which will open up defences more, and ensure more goals.

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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 02:02:48 PM EST
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In addition, teams are testing the waters. Now that everyone has seen the other teams play they can adapt their play to their opponents, etc.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 04:38:08 PM EST
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