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“I slashed and burned through my 15 minutes of fame. And now it’s time for me to extinguish the flame.” The time has come for me to wrap up this column and give another young writer a crack.
Whatever happened in Monday morning’s World Cup final, it has been an exhilarating tournament. Germany and Argentina have both played their part in restoring some faith in the world of football.
Germany’s annihilation of Brazil finally put paid to the myth of Jogo Bonito. Brazil has been a mediocre football team for years, and their semi-final capitulation showed just how far behind they’ve fallen.
Has this been the best World Cup ever? Or has it been a purely dramatic one, full of tension and excitement and some not overly impressive defending?
The World Cup always draws out the part-time football fans, but with Wollongong back on the A-League agenda, how does your city fare when it comes to boasting a genuine football culture?
This World Cup belongs to the Americas. After a couple of tournaments dominated by European teams, the 2014 tournament in Brazil is all about the re-emergence of some regional heavyweights.