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Inspired by the brave exploits of our dear Costa Rican heroes. Thanks for the most creatively bankrupt, yawn-inducing, game-ruining performance by a team in a decade, you guys. I had almost forgotten how awful it is watching a tournament featuring a team that hasn't got the simplest idea on how to play football. I had flashbacks to two of the worst tournaments in living history, WC 2002 and Euro 2004.

Does anyone really like watching games featuring so-called "surprise" teams? I mean really? I love a boring playoff game a la Belgium-Argies as much as the next one, but the CRC matches are really pushing it. Let's face it, the more surprises, the worse the tournament. I can imagine loving them if you're some dyck regionalist or a football-hater who only watches the results the following day, but does anyone who actually wants to look at good football enjoy them? Who wouldn't have wanted a tight, classic QF featuring Holland against a class side like Italy or England instead of this?

CRC didn't have one coherent attack in this game. Not one! They were nowhere near World Cup class, and it pains we'll see them and their like in the cup time after time just because they happen to be located in a place where everyone else sucks even more. They had no right playing in a WC. In Europe they'd have been a pot 5 team. And to top it off their cünt fans celebrated after the full-time like they'd won the f'n championship. Poor chaps seemed to think they were some sort of penalty masters just because some random fuzz-fingers from Kostas-land vacuumed in all their shots. Guess what? 0-0 doesn't actually win the game for you! Understand, you better understand.

Tim Krul should be given a parade and statue for his unforgettable service to football. And thank god in 4 years we'll return to Europe for a predictable and exciting tournament.
 

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I don't necessarily disagree in regards to the quality of the football which does take a hit the farther the underdog teams go.

But again, people here complain all the time. When everything is predictable and the same 5-6 big teams are always the ones left every time, people complain about football being boring and being killed by money or whatever. Then, when we actually get something not so out of the ordinary and surprises happen, people then resort to complaining about the quality of the football and how it would have been better if another big team was in their place instead. Opinions constantly change on what people prefer to see.

Costa Rica were pretty dire offensively today, but they're not known for their attacking quality and it must be remembered that they've done an awful lot to get here, topping one of the Group of Deaths and prevailing on penalties after a gruelling 120 minutes, half of which they played with 10 men, in the last round. Understandably, their bodies weren't physically up to the challenge to give that Dutch defense more of a proper assessment. In comparison, with the so-called big teams, what was France's or Brazil's excuses for their poor performances in this round? They didn't produce much higher standards of quality on the pitch in the quarterfinals, either. Better than CRC, sure, but not at this standard the OP speaks of. And how about England or Italy? They weren't there because they couldn't score let alone defeat this Costa Rican team. Maybe you should tell them to do better next time if you want to see the big nations overpopulating the last eight of the World Cup.

I honestly have no complaints about Costa Rica. Yes, they don't possess much individual quality or are renown for their attacking approach, but they did the absolute best they could in this tournament and almost made it to the last four, something nobody gave them a chance of doing so before this whole thing started a few weeks ago. Seeing these underdog stories and surprises are part of the beauty of football and gives some fresh hope to everyone that these things can happen through such strong collectivity and unification with a sound tactical plan and a healthy work ethic, no matter how much stronger the other teams may seem on paper and no matter how much money is pumped into the sport. I applaud teams like CRC for their effort and I think most would feel the same, rather than complaining about it.
 

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Fully agree. If the underdog genuinely has a golden generation that rampages through the olg guard then so be it, but nothing in this cup came close. Colombia pretty much just surrendered the first half and CR was happy to sit back and wait for pens.
 

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So was France and even Argentina or Germany who slept over one goal advantage. Algeria in other hand fought to the end the germans.
 

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Football today is cowardly and sold.
Few teams play and dare to propose.
 

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fuk the bitch....im done wit him
 

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Bullshit post that shows bullshit knowlege of football outside big names and sides. Of course it would have been awesome for Costa Rica to have more attacking options but we have limitations.

We're sorry we dont have the population, geographic location and economic resources to be producing quantity and quality of footballers both in attack and in the back. But thats why getting to where we got is huge for us, while it would have been a failure for the dutch. You have to stop thinking that just because bigger football nations have the quality, everyone should do too (same goes for teams).

That doesnt even touch the narrow minded idea that football can only be played at a certain way. We're in the XXI century, and we still have this archaic idea that sports are only about attacking, that the art of defending is negative or "anti". This just shows a severe lack of understanding of the game.

So basically Costa Rica did wrong to football for not opening up, not acknowledging their limitations (Costa Rica cant play a 4 men d cause it exposes them, but oh to please some random nobodies they should have "for the good of the game")...open up and receive the 3 goals that everyone in the match thread were predicting cause sure that would have been exciting!!!!

And here's the funny thing, no one discusses the severe limitations in Holland's attack today, the fact that they only show up in final 15 minutes of each half, and that the only way they can is through Robben running and gaining a foul (either a legit one or a dive), but that was basically the only interesting attacking move Holland made in the game. Re watch the second half tell me what Netherlands did till the 35th? Predictable Depay movement, with Van Persie getting caught offside and Robben teaming up with kuyt on CR's weakest side hopping for a near area foul.

But sure lets bash Costa Rica who doesnt have Robben, Sneijder, Van Persie...for not attacking like random internet fans wanted.

We're sorry we made you lose money on that 3-0 bet you placed with our defense that only got 2 goals in the tournament (one from pk and one with 10 men down). Its not our fault that you still expect teams to be naive in their approach in an important match of the WC.
 

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Surprise teams, underdogs, David-slay-Goliath stories and the like are only welcome in football if they play ball.

Everyone loves a fairy-tale story. For teams not favoured and less talented but wish to win the hearts of the football world, you either play your heart out and lose (USA in this tournament), overcome adversity through team spirit (Italy 2006), efficient attacking play as they do not create many chances (Romania in USA'94) or simple application of creative and exciting football (Colombia).

Costa Rica in Brazil 2014 and Greece in Euro 2004 are perfect examples of anti-football teams who win no neutrals over. At the end of the day, it's not about having more powerhouses or less smaller teams upsetting the form book that benefits football. It's about your approach to the sport, the tournament, and the match that wins you fans.

So to address your opening thread directly, surprises are NOT the bane of football as this is a generalisation, but surprise results will only benefit football if the team delivering the surprise is true to the spirit of football. Simple enough to understand, no?
 

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The last underdog who actually kicked all kinds of ass with style and without ref help was Croatia.

And, four stars don't make a team an underdog...even with crappy players and expectations. Italy will always be Italy.
 
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