In my opinion, famous players such as Iniesta and Ronaldo may simply be overwhelmed by the competitions between clubs. It’s the case for most spanish players, since FCBarcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid all went far in the Champions League. This theory could explain the loss of the Spanish national team, even though they were champions for three years in a row (between Euro and World Cup).
In addition to that, the groups were unequally chosen. There were groups such as number D, with England, Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica - all of them are great - while others were really easy (e.g: Group E - France, Switzerland, Honduras, Ecuador). Consequently, I think it’s unfair that the English team is disqualified simply because its opponents were stronger than France’s.
Last but not least, I find that Brazil’s extremely hot weather had a strong impact on the performances. How could European players, who live in a cold region, play under a burning sun that South Americans were perfectly used to? It definitely changes the scores.
To sum up, there were many different reasons behind this mystery. But is it a bad thing that for once, the qualified teams won’t be the same as usual? At first I was disappointed (I was a Spain supporter), but then I realized it’s not that bad. Maybe this year someone will surprise us, some team will come out of nowhere and get the trophy. Anyway, may the best win… and may no one forget fairplay!
My predictions for the winner? Argentina. What about yours? Leave your opinion in the comments :)