We’re down to the last 8. If you feel like you don’t know what to do with yourself in the two day “break” until the Quarter finals, then you’re not alone. Here’s a dose of World Cup magic for you: 7 reasons why this world cup is shaping up to be one of the best ever
1) The goals.
With 154 goals scored, Brazil 2014 has already overtaken South Africa 2010 and its bound to be one of the highest scoring world cups if not the highest- the record is 171, France 1998.
2) Miguel Herrera
The Mexican coach’s touchline antics have tickled the funny bone for many. Its a pity they lost to the Netherlands, I would’ve liked to see more of this:
3) James Rodriquez
From obscurity to immortality. The current leading goal scorer has set the tournament alight with his 5 goals in 4 games. His first goal against Uruguay is, for me, the goal of the tournament so far:
4) “Smaller teams” giving “bigger teams” a run for their money.
I say “smaller teams” in inverted commas, cos there’s really no such thing as smaller in the world cup. We’ve seen Chile outplay Brazil but they still tumbled out. Netherlands may have won, but Mexico won the hearts of the world. Algeria may have lost to Germany, but they made an entire continent proud.
5) The rebirth of the Ultimate Goalie
This world cup has showcased the highest quality of goal keeping seen in many years. Mexico’s Ochoa, Chile’s Bravo and Nigeria’s Enyeama have stood solid between the posts. The rise of the goalkeepers culminated in the Belgium vs USA game, which saw Tim Howard make 15 saves – the highest number in any world cup match. This of course led to a twitter trend #thingstimhowardcouldsave:
— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) July 2, 2014
6) The goal celebrations
I wonder if they practice goal celebrations like they practice set pieces or spot kicks?
7) The fans
Not just those in Brazil, but fans all over the world have embraced this tournament.