The football world cup drew to a close on 9th of July with yet another penalty shoot out, this time between the French and Italians. It was noticeable this time around just how many of the games finished up on penalties even after extra time.
There was a distinct lack of passion and an air of caution and safety play running throughout the whole tournament. The final between France and Italy should have seen some zest and flare; after all, we had two of the worlds most passionate and traditionally spirited footballing nations battling it out. But the whole thing came down to yet another session of just kicking at goal skills. Whilst penalty shoot outÂ’s are not without a certain nail-biting tension, wouldnÂ’t it be better to have that Â“sitting on the edge of your seatÂ” feeling, confined to the actual 90 minutes of football? If this trend of uninspirational football continues, wouldnÂ’t it be better to cut to the chase and have 90 minuets of penalty taking instead? Congratulations however, must go to Italy on their win and letÂ’s hope that when they return in 4 years time to defend the cup, they actually play some Â“realÂ” football!