Cybereagles

The Undisputed Number One Home for All Super Eagles Fans
It is currently Wed Sep 23, 2020 4:01 am

All times are UTC + 1 hour




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 3 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:59 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:40 pm
Posts: 327
Article

JOHANNESBURG — I know, I know. We have only seen 14 of the 64 games that will be played at World Cup 2010, so it’s hard to come up with any definitive trends yet. But the paucity of scoring chances and goals is getting worrisome. Consider:

• Brazil’s 2-1 win over North Korea on Tuesday was the first game in which a losing team had scored a goal.

• There has yet to be a single player who has scored more than one goal.

• Only 23 total goals have been scored in the first 14 games of World Cup 2010, by far the lowest of any 32-team World Cup. Compare that to the first 14 games of World Cup 1998 (34 goals), 2002 (39) and 2006 (31).

The question is: Why? Here are some possible answers:

• The ball really is causing problems—but for the attackers, not the goalkeepers. Does anyone recall a goal scored on a bending direct free-kick in this tournament? Me neither. But I have seen a lot of usually deadly free-kick takers launch their attempts high over the bar. I’m starting to wonder if the Jabulani’s flight characteristics are proving a hindrance on free-kicks.

• The altitude in South Africa is preventing games from opening up. I have no idea if this is the case, but think about how differently the U.S. plays against Mexico in the high altitude of Mexico City than at the much-lower altitudes of, say, Columbus, Ohio. Less desire to run equals more compact defenses.

• The relative parity of this World Cup draw. Again, I’m just speculating here, but there is much less variation in the difficulty of the groups this time around. When France, one of the top unseeded teams, got drawn into Group A with host South Africa (the worst seeded team), it ensured that there really wouldn’t be a Group of Death this time around. Relatively even teams might mean fewer goals. What’s more, there don’t appear to be any truly terrible teams in this World Cup. Remember when Germany spanked Saudi Arabia 8-0 in 2002? I doubt we’ll see any scores like that in this tournament.

Then again, this low-scoring “trend” may turn out not to be one at all. No fewer than 50 games remain in this World Cup, and we have yet to see Spain (the tournament’s most entertaining team). For that matter, Wednesday’s game between Chile and Honduras, two of the most attack-minded teams around, could kickstart things in the right direction.

What do you think explains the low scoring?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 1:01 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jan 25, 2005 3:01 am
Posts: 50311
...this is only reason yanks hate soccer, low scoring, they want basket ball scores :woot: :woot: :woot:


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 1:07 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:40 pm
Posts: 327
meh, its been a boring WC so far.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 3 posts ] 

All times are UTC + 1 hour


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Benedict Iroha, Bing [Bot], Google [Bot] and 36 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group