If that's not a red, than anything short of two of your teammates holding a player while you repeatedly punch them in the face is not a red.
Yeah agree with that, Germany were lauded for playing attacking football but pretty much all their goals came on the counter agsinst piss poor defences.
When they came up against Spain they were outclassed and reduced to getting men behind the ball like every other side had to against Spain.
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The German thing is really annoying me, as others have said played on the counter, sometimes really direct, and had a chance to play with the beach ball for a longer time then most.
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As good as Spain were part of footballs charm is that there are a multitude of different ways to play the game, and all of them are valid. Football would be the poorer if physical sides weren't around as a counterpoint to patterned passing teams.
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Yet it was a World Cup nevertheless, and therefore amazing. My soul is crushed that it's over.
Don't think it was a bad world cup by any means, Knockout stages especially the second round and the quater finals were better than 2006 on balance.
2002 was no better either in my opinon, outside some hilarious shocks this one was actually better on balance. Would rank this as a middling world cup, 98 still my favourite.
'98 was my favourite too but it's not really a fair fight since back then the world was pretty much just a giant football. Or at least, that's how it seemed in my head.
2006 the pick of the last three for mine. 2002 comfortably the worst.
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