- I know nothing about North American sports.
- When I say “Americanise”, I include South America.
- I fell asleep three times last season watching Arsenal from the armchair.
- The Euros have churned out some very dull games.
Simplistically, there may be two ways of looking at it. Defending (as a team, individually and tactically) is getting better, or, quality attackers are fewer and further between (combined with the tactical etc, as above).
The problem with all these theories is when you look at The Copa America (TCA) and the abundance of goals and attacking football. As I sit here, my 15 year old son as two mates staying for the weekend, and I’m staggered at their knowledge of players. One listed the entire likely Croatian starting XI way before any announcement. Anyway, he also explained to me how for the Quarter and Semi Finals of TCA, extra time is not played, instead they go straight to penalties.
We all know the lovely old tale of an Englishman explaining the rules of cricket to a bewildered American chap. It remains to this day a source of complete loss to the latter, how a match can last five days, and still end in a draw.
So my angle today is this. How the heck do we make football more exciting, and why does South America produce so many great attackers?