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06-27-2012, 05:56 PM
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0-0 tie in the SEMIFINALS decided by penalty kicks. Spains "wins", if you want to call it that.
Ugh. No wonder most Americans remain prejudiced towards soccer.
I wonder why it is in these international tournaments that the games seem to get progressively worse as the tournament goes on.
Unlike other sports, you can't have players keep running 100 yards back n forth forever.
As a person that grew up watching soccer almost exclusively, I have no problem admitting that a sport like basketball is objectively a much better "spectacle" when you're talking about an average game between good teams.
What makes soccer exceptional is the uniqueness of various teams that reflects national character, unmatched international rivalries (on the order of Canada-Russia in hockey), unequaled drama of once-in-4-years tourneys, individual skill.. so a good match between top teams dwarfs any other sports event. But you have to wait for it, and it's admittedly an acquired taste. In some ways like baseball for Europeans.. knowledge of history is a huge part of the enjoyment.
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