I guess Spain were worthy winners of what was a dull tournament. They had the best balance to their team and a decent bench. The big guns disappointed with Brazil and Argentina falling short while I suppose the Germans surprised more than most. The Dutch were solid throughout but lacked the creativity to excite as much as the ‘total` footballers of the past. Most teams were pretty well organised and were capable of getting a result as the Swiss did against Spain early on in the competition.
There have been times in the past when these tournaments have influenced the playing styles of club football but there is little to adopt from the rather mechanical fare offered in this competition. We have learned something though, Thierry Henry isn`t the only nor the worst cheat in international football and with enough egg on their faces Fifa can be made to see some merit in technology after all. Not all technology was appreciated by ‘keepers in this competition though as the technology of aerodynamics supposedly applied to the Jabulani ball is apparently the reason for even the best of keepers being made to look a bit suspect at times.
We have also learned that appointing a coach because of his success in European club competition doesn`t guarantee an improvement in international fortunes. Despite his reputation Capello has been uninspiring and possibly one of the most conservative coaches the England side has had. A braver man than Capello is needed if England are to earn any credit in these tournaments.
But with the carnival over we can return to real football. Maybe some vuvuzelas will now appear in the club shops and if so the first chance to use them at an Arsenal game will be the friendly against Barnet this coming Saturday and with a couple of games in Austria beforehand the Emirates Cup gets underway a couple of weeks after at the end of this month. We should get to see Chamakh and Koscielny in action in Arsenal colours for the first time. Shortly after this short pre-season we are away to Liverpool in the first game of the season. Will we have done enough by then to strengthen the defense as was intended?
The transfer window doesn`t close until the end of August though so even without the vuvuzelas there`s still plenty of annoying noise to come but you do get accustomed to it after a while.
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