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Friday 28 November 2014

10 things you'll hate about the World Cup

Didier Drogba
Diving
It always happens. Didier Drogba is the king, but watch out for some South Americans desperately trying to steal his crown.
Poor refereeing
The officials are supposed to be the best around, but several of them will get big decisions wrong changing the course of the tournament. I doubt, though, any will be as bad as Graham Poll. This bloke would sit on his own knee. Remember four years ago when he showed THREE yellow cards to a Croatian before sending him off.
Moaning goalkeepers
They have already started. USA's Tim Howard has called the new World Cup ball terrible. Get over it mate, and get on with it. I never heard Pat Jennings complain about the ball.
Average players having a good World Cup and being considered superstars
Liverpool have made a habit of signing these clowns over the years. I give you Phil Babb and El Hadji Diouf for starters.
Dreadful games
There will be a few of these. It is called the World Cup, but it doesn’t have the best teams in the world and on occasion it shows. For instance, if New Zealand are better than Russia, then I’m an All Black.
Abbey Clancy
The hype surrounding England
You'll go with it at the start, but it may get a little too much the further they go, especially with Gary Lineker and Adrian Chiles fronting the coverage.
The Vuvuzela Horn
By the time the final comes around on July 11, you'll be hearing this in your sleep. It's a brightly coloured plastic horn which will be enthusiastically blown by the South African football fans. Its noise is deafening, especially when hundreds of fans are blowing them all at the same time. Imagine an irritating giant bee buzzing around your TV.
Everyone becoming an expert
It's bad enough having to listen to Johnny come lately Manchester United fans going on about the offside rule, but when you get people who don't even know United exist taking an interest in all things South African it can do your head in. These five week know it alls will be telling you who Fabio Capello (pictured) should pick in his team and exactly how Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard can play together.
Northern Ireland not being there
Wouldn't it be great if David Healy, Steve Davis, Aaron Hughes and the lads were in the Rainbow Nation strutting their stuff? Sadly we didn’t make it. Our magnificent fans would have lit up South Africa. Here's to Brazil 2014 then.

From moaning goalkeepers to armchair pundits, there are a few downsides to the World Cup.

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