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Is this the best World Cup ever?

What a dramatic FIFA World Cup this has been. So many games have been decided by narrow margins and as we head toward the quarter finals there is still no clear favourite. There have been upsets, controversies and an astonishing number of last minute goals to keep fans on the edge of their seats.

And what goals we have seen! Tim Cahill's glorious strike against the Netherlands, Robin van Persie's crafty header against Spain and, perhaps best of all, Colombia's James Rodriguez sublime volley against Uruguay. Scoring opportunities don't come along too often in a football match, but efforts like these make the wait worthwhile.

Or at least I think so. I'm loving this World Cup, even though Australia has long since left the building. With 12 games to go, the number of goals scored in Brazil already exceeds the total number scored four years ago in South Africa,and I can't wait to see what might happen next.

But how about you? Has this tournament made you a convert to "the beautiful game"? Or is this something that will interest you for a while - perhaps as long as Team USA stays in it - and then be forgotten until the next one rolls around in four years time?

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bestwriter wrote on June 30, 2014, 1:13 AM

I am not an ardent follower but whatever snippets I get to watch are pretty interesting.

AbbyBiha wrote on June 30, 2014, 1:19 AM

I am following the World Cup every 4 years and despite the match being at the dead hours of the night for us in this part of the world, I am still following it and coming to the office the next day weary-eyed and all but that is it, it comes every 4 years and who would want to miss it. I like that goal by James Rodriguez above all the rest and not everyday you see a goal like that!

Scootermac wrote on June 30, 2014, 4:57 AM

Even for people who would never watch a game,the highlights can be pretty exciting. That's how I've been seeing a lot of games because of their early start (New Zealand time)

Scootermac wrote on June 30, 2014, 5:16 AM

Hi AbbyBiha - I'm glad you're enjoying the Cup too. When you see an exciting match it does make the late nights or early mornings seem worthwhile.

PenFlavor wrote on June 30, 2014, 6:21 AM

USA is making quite a stir, though I only saw one match I think it does not count. emoticon :sad:

Anja wrote on June 30, 2014, 6:47 AM

I have heard only snippets of streamed games coming from the other computer. I would have to watch a sport long enough to get invested in a team and the players in order to get really interested. It takes me a while to become truly caught up, and even then I am inconstant in my devotion.

JanetHunt wrote on June 30, 2014, 3:40 PM

Scootermac I like keeping up with it but have to admit I haven't watched too much of the matches on television. I am still rooting for my USA team though! :)

nbaquero wrote on July 7, 2014, 9:21 PM

scootermac A little late, but here is my opinion.I have watched about 10 World Cups in my lifetime. This is the best World Cup for many reasons, among them the close matches, the great goals scored, the upsets, etc, and except for some controversial calls by the referees, the tournament has been problem free.

I have always read that Mexico 1970 was one of the best ever, I would think Brazil 2014 would be the second best.

allen0187 wrote on July 10, 2014, 9:38 PM

Not the best World Cup but definitely one of the better ones in recent years.

That Tim Cahill goal is a beauty!!!

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 30, 2015, 12:27 AM

I don't follow the World Cup. I follow race car driving. I just never got into soccer/football as much.