The Best World Cup Ever? - Kabir Chibber - The Atlantic
Geege Schuman stashed this in Soccer
- The online media coverage has been superb, ably assisted by technology allowing everyone to participate. We had everything from the spot the missing ball game to the World Cup of arm-folding to sad footballers. And what memes! Truly, we are entering a golden age of soccer social media.
- It is on track for the most goals ever. So far, before the quarter-finals, 154 goals have been scored, more than at the previous tournament in South Africa. The tally to beat is 171 goals scored at France ’98. There have also been 2.75 goals per game, more than any World Cup since 1982 in Spain.
- This World Cup has already seen the lead change hands in 11 matches, more than in any modern tournament. Nothing makes soccer more exciting than when the balance of power shifts in the middle of the game.
- The Latin American resurgence is real. This year featured four Latin American and four European teams. In 2010, it was four Latin American teams versus three from the center of power, Europe. In 1990, only one team from the continent made it through to the final eight. The biggest stage has proven that all the Argentines and Colombians and Brazilians are playing for the best European teams for a reason.
- The best player in the world may be proving to be the best ever. Argentina’s Lionel Messi has singlehandedly forced his team into the quarter-finals and FiveThirtyEight’s analysis describes him as “impossible” in terms of goals, quality of passing, taking on defenders and every other measure. Messi has now proven everything there is to prove. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, not so much.
The only thing that would have made it better would have been if the USA had beaten Belgium.
It needed to happen this way.
I guess Messi was not "impossible" for Germany to beat.
Have some cake.
Oh my god!! Brilliant connection!! And Messi is ..... Oberyn?
And Germany is The Mountain!