It’s hard to believe, but it’s over.
After 30 days and 64 games, World Cup 2010 has come to a close in South Africa. Spain took home the trophy after a 1 to 0 victory over the Netherlands in overtime. It was a tense game, but it sadly proved what I thought of Spain through out this entire tournament: they came in expected to win, but scoring eight goals in seven games pretty much tells you they got through based on their group. They did not put in a World Cup worthy performance over the course of the month in my eyes, but what is done is done, and now we start the four year track to Brazil.
Before saying good bye to South Africa, let us hope FIFA stick to its word and reviews the use of video technology. It’s time has come and would have solved a lot of problems this year.
Let us hope we never have to hear the word (or sounds of) vuvuzelas ever again.
And before we leave the dark continent, Shakira performed the official song “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)” at the closing ceremonies.
And now we start the slow, long march towards Brazil in 2014.
It’s impossible to predict what countries will even be in the group of 32 when the tournament begins on June 13, 2014 (except of course the host nation). My personal prediction?
If Germany holds together the team we saw this year, which only lacked in experience due to their young ages, and they get four years of experience under their belts, they could be an unstoppable force. They were tight, they were cohesive and they were one of the few teams that played as an actual team. They were by far one of my favorite teams to watch this year, and I was rooting for them to go all the way, but at least they came in third.
Things may also be very different in this country come 2014 for the popularity of the sport. Deadline Hollywood reports the final game pulled in 15.5 million viewers, the highest ratings ever for a football game broadcast in English in the United States. Perhaps some of you are finally catching up to this amazing sport, and hopefully you’ll be tuning in again comes 2014.
I know I will be.