There have been many talking points in the World Cup so far, but it seems that the majority of them have been negative. From player selection to tactics to refereeing and even the ball, it seems that the majority of these mistakes could have been easy to avoid. In honour of hindsight, I present the top 10 do-overs for all things World Cup.
Yes this is an obvious and easy target, but surely there could have been some more altitude testing and more player testing done. It seems almost every player has spoken out against it, and coincidentally, the ones who haven't are sponsored by Adidas.
So far, the Jabulani and the World Cup seem like a match made in hell.
Where to start? Benzema and Nasri were puzzling omissions to a squad that can't seem to score. France have managed to pick a team of individuals who couldn't seem to care less about the team's success.
Terrible atmosphere and terrible results for a French team that really doesn't deserve to progress past the group stage. But really this has just as much to do with ...
It really seems like he's using a magic eight ball to make his decisions, and unsurprisingly it hasn't been working. Every choice he seems to make is wrong. He's angered the fans, long lost the support of his players, and has brought shame to a highly regarded footballing nation.
At this point even a draw to South Africa seems like a good result for France. I'm actually looking forward to what he has in store for his final game in charge.
By the time the commercial was released, the lineups had already been released, and soccer fans knew that Ronnie wouldn't be traveling to South Africa this summer. But production of the commercial likely started long before, ultimately leaving Nike with egg on its face.
The non-soccer fan was then bombarded with a Nike ad campaign which initially heavily featured an international superstar who wouldn't even be playing!
I can't be the only one who's noticed the large amount of handballs so far this World Cup. The infractions ranged from the almost unavoidable (Harry Kewell's red) to the absolutely crazy (Nemanja Vidic, who somehow managed to escape a red card).
I guess Thierry Henry was just a visionary: He actually used his handball for his benefit.
Love 'em or hate 'em, the vuvuzela has been firmly entrenched as a part of the experience in South Africa. But surely the organisers could have never predicted the overwhelmingly negative response from not only the fans but also the players.
Vuvuzela-designated zones in the stadium? Vuvuzela etiquette rules? Any idea seems like it would be an improvement on the current state of affairs.
I will direct you to this article if you haven't heard about this fiasco, but it sure makes for a good laugh.
Basically they tried to sneak in an extra attacker in the guise of a third goalkeeper, but understandably FIFA was having none of that. They say he will play as a keeper or not play at all. I for one hope a situation arises where he needs to play keeper!
I'm sure Capello would love to have a do-over for the U.S.A. game. Starting Milner and King, only to withdraw them before the second half. And, of course, picking Robert Green. He also would have liked to figure out a better alternative to Emile Heskey and the struggling wing players.
England need to find a lot of answers, or they could easily steal the title of biggest disappointment away from France.
Spain's opening performance left a lot of people scratching their heads. Ultimately I think they will bounce back and should at least make the semi-finals, but did they really think they wouldn't need a plan B in case their deliberate, methodical football didn't yield results?
Also Torres looked pretty terrible in that first game. Who knows if he will regain his sharpness before Spain's tournament ends?
What Le Guen was doing in the first game not starting the likes of Song and Geremi is anyone's idea. We knew that Le Guen and Song were at odds but surely leaving him out of the first game had disastrous consequences. Eto'o may be relegated to wide right for Inter Milan, but for Cameroon?
A lot of questions for arguably the most talented African side—the same side that became the first to be eliminated from the World Cup. I bet they'd love a mulligan.
- inconsistent refereeing
- Argentina blaming their defensive mistakes on the vuvuzela
- Spanish fans blaming the team's loss on Casillas' girlfriend (look it up)
- Slovakia allowing a late goal by New Zealand
- Podolski's terrible penalty
- everything about Nicolas Anelka's World Cup