So that’s the end of the World Cup.
It’s been something of a disappointment, with some really exciting games in the group stages giving way to defensive and unimaginative football later on.
And something needs to be done about penalty shoot-outs. They make for good drama but are simply games of nerves and don’t really feel like proper football. Games are being decided by what are effectively lotteries where teams can win despite not really deserving to.
It’s time they were abolished and replaced with something else. One idea I’ve heard is to get the mascots on for ten minutes each way to see if they can do better at scoring. My more serious preference would be is counting yellow and red cards, so that teams can be rewarded for discipline and are encouraged to battle on if, for example, it’s still a draw but they are behind on disciplinary points.
Any other suggestions? The sublime and the ridiculous are both welcome.