Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The World Game

I love sport in general and one of my favourites is Soccer/Football. I think the greatest thing about Soccer is that it is a the World Game, played in pretty much every country and followed like a religion by people of all race and nationality. It’s not hard to see why either. It is the simplest of ideas – Kick the ball into the goal, goalkeeper can use his hands to stop the ball.

The tactics of Soccer is where the simplicity of the game becomes so much more. Possession over Position, Long Ball, Counter attack, Set Pieces, 4-4-2, 3-4-3 or 3-4-1-2. Watching an expert analyse the specific tactics opens a whole new perspective to the game and it certainly helped me develop my own tactical approach to the FIFA video game franchise (I am the top of the FIFA rankings as well).

The World Cup is so epic. Most people see it as a one month competition but in reality it is a four year journey to unearth the world’s greatest footballing nation, culminating in the finals that feature the 32 best nations from all corners of the earth. Every match is important and every nation that features in the World Cup is brought to a standstill when they play. If aliens came down to attack earth during World Cup time they would probably postpone the day of attack for a month to watch the tournament play out.

Despite the terrible jersey's I still want Australia to go well in the Cup...Last chance tonight to qualify for the final 16.

It’s history is rich and captivating. Every World Cup is a contest not just between countries, but also between continents. There have only been 7 winners in 18 World Cups: Brazil (5), Italy (4), Germany (3), Argentina, Uruguay (2), England, France (1). Continents? South America - 9, Europe - 9.

So who will go ahead in this years tournament? Can the flair of Brazil outdo the strongest midfield ever seen as Spain looks to claim it’s first title? Can Maradona’s heir apparent - Lionel Messi - lead Argentina to overcome the might of the superstars of the English Premier League? Will the relentless attack-orientated Chile breakdown the overdefensive, boring ‘let’s just dive and get a penalty’ mentality of Italy? Or will Africa, Asia, Central/North America or even Oceania become the third region to claim futbol’s ultimate prize? No they won’t, Brazil will probably win…

The chance to see Lionel Messi in full flight is enough to get me wet for this World cup
- Eden (while listening to Vienna Circus Live @ The Beach Road Hotel)


  1. Lee Sullivan - Founder and Chief Instructor of BOTMJune 23, 2010 at 1:29 PM


  2. Great Blog Babe, I love it!!!! And U r right... South America is the best!!! Vamo' Chile y Brazil!!!! NO ARGENTINA

  3. el ive read better locoJune 24, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    hmm, wasn't the best eden blog i've ever read. Something was lacking throughout. plus, there was a typo. how amater..

    also, you wern't at all original with your italy diss. A little dissapointed.


  4. Number 1 in the FIFA rankings? I think not...

  5. el italy suck locoJune 29, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    I take that back. blog was good. italy suck.

  6. Russ my skills have surpassed your measly 09 abilities.

  7. Let's play tomorrow, we'll see who's number 1