World Cup

Quick Thoughts on Day One of the World Cup

  • FIFA will have to think hard about who they assign to referee the Brazil matches.  No doubt the crowd intimidated the referee in the Brazil-Croatia match and that had a major impact.  Those crowds are passionate and into it, and it will take a strong official to resist giving in to the intimidation.
  • Croatia should be done better to challenge a jittery Brazil in the first half.  There was space to exploit on the wings.
  • For this game, Julio Cesar looked very shaky and that may be an issue in later rounds.
  • It is going to be very hard to beat Brazil on their own soil.
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