The blue-blooded, highly exclusive club of World Cup champions is about to get a new member. We all know that.
But here’s a little additional perspective on how particularly restrictive admittance to the club has been lately (as discussed yesterday with the encyclopedic World Cup Expert over a selection of cold ones from noted soccer nations in and around yesterday’s semifinal. Who knew
Riddle yourself this: who were the most recent first-time champions? That one’s not such a toughie. Many of you good and clean supporters of the game can identify
But what if we dig just a little further into this Coupe du Monde dirt? What if we exclude first-time winners who exploited and enjoyed the significant edge of home cooking? What if we look for the last first-time champion who did not win as a host country?
And your winner:
Think about that. Something is about to happen at a World Cup that hasn’t occurred in 52 years. We’re about to have a first-time champ, either
I think that’s great for the World Cup. It will make
I’ll have my World Cup Best 11 later today. And we’ll keep the Best 11 theme (and begin transitioning back into some MLS material) later today or first thing tomorrow with my media vote for the MLS All-Star selections – so you might want to leave your entire Friday free to really give that one a nice, long study.