Don’t get us wrong – we love the World Cup. But a little bit of critiquing won’t do any harm
1. People who haven’t got a clue about football talking about the World Cup
It is nice that people who don’t their Assou-Ekotto from their Eboue suddenly find football interesting for four weeks every four years, but listening to conversations between people who really don’t know the first thing about football is quite irritating.
2. Empty seats
Overpricing and an unnecessary pandering to commercial partners means that attendances have taken a hit at some of the tournament’s lesser games. Perhaps the thousands of empty seats will be the wake-up call FIFA needs, but we suspect not.
A footballing lesson from Germany aside, the standard of football on display so far has been pretty poor. Hopefully the better teams will warm-up as the tournament progresses but it hasn’t been thrill-a-minute so far.
Unlike some, we are not overly offended by the sound of an angry swarm of bees at every match. What we do miss is the atmosphere, chanting and singing that you would normally expect to hear, which is drowned out by the plastic trumpets.
5. Lack of goals
Again, Germany is the exception to the rule. Seeing the net ripple a few more times certainly wouldn’t go amiss.