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    Yeah, the knockout stages didn't quite match up to the Group stage but that is at least partly due to the fact that the Group stage was so unbelievably good. And the 7-1 made up for a lot of the relative disappointment anyway. I've been watching since '86 and watching closely since '90 and as an overall footballing spectacle this is definitely at the top for me.

    As a personal favourite, everything will always struggle to beat '06 due to the facts that a) Australia made it for the first time in my lifetime and b) I was there.
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    I understand what people are saying about the latter stages, but they're rather forgetting about the group stages being a massive percentage of the games played, and most times these games where boring, and playing for draws. If you go back a bit too (which unfortunately I do) a lort of the games were one-sided rubbish with teams who shouldn't have been allowed to qualify.

    In the end knock-out games always have their thing because we'll see a result, so good group stages are more important for my watching fun.
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    I always enjoy the group stages more to be honest. Probably simply because in the first few weeks there are 3 games on a day, and if you're lucky you're able to watch all of them. It's like the beginning of the summer holidays, or Christmas day or something. The fun is underway, but the best is yet to come etc... I think more often than not the best games in these tournaments come in the group stages as well. Kind of a reverse from the Champions League actually.

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    Yeah that is a good comparison, group stage of the Champions League is such a drag but the latter stages are nearly always excellent.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pothas View Post
    Yeah that is a good comparison, group stage of the Champions League is such a drag but the latter stages are nearly always excellent.
    Nah it's a lousy comparison because the group stages are normally awful, take the last one, it was attritional stuff. I practically gave up on the Tournament.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grecian View Post
    Nah it's a lousy comparison because the group stages are normally awful, take the last one, it was attritional stuff. I practically gave up on the Tournament.
    Oh yeah, I just meant this tournament.

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    The group games were good in 2006 and 2002 as well, tbf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    The group games were good in 2006 and 2002 as well, tbf.
    Were they? as good as this year, again i remember boredom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grecian View Post
    Were they? as good as this year, again i remember boredom.
    You were busy watching Fawlty Towers, iirc.

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    I was. I repeat watching it whenever I can, it assuages me from rubbish.

    Actually I've looked at 2002 group stages and you may well be right, apart from England's group it seemed pretty exciting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grecian View Post
    Were they? as good as this year, again i remember boredom.
    2006 was alright - Germany's opener and Australia's group good memories. 2002 was dull, but sledger likes anything vaguely associated with Japan.

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    Probably not as good as '98 for me, but certainly better than every World Cup since. The 7-1 game was just surreal to watch, will probably go down as one of the defining sporting moments of my lifetime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes View Post
    2006 was alright - Germany's opener and Australia's group good memories. 2002 was dull, but sledger likes anything vaguely associated with Japan.
    Not true. I watched this film yesterday:

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