This WC should've been the GOAT, but absolutely everything went wrong.
Just look at the teams:
>England, unironically with chances to win it.
>Italy, with a better team than in 2006, prime Del Piero, Totti, Maldini, Vieri...
>Spain, a great generation, Morata, Hierro, Raul, Puyol, Mendieta, Valerón...
>Portugal, with prime Figo, Pauleta, and Rui Costa.
>Argentina: Verón, Zanetti, Ayala, Samuel, Simeone, Crespo, Aimar...
>Brazil: GOAT Brazil.
>France: Even better (names) than in 1998.
>Germany: Based Ballack, Kahn and Klose.
>Sweden: Larsson, Ljungberg, young Ibra, Andersson.
And this was the main cause, those groups were awful. Plus Korea cheating.
Argentina and France really brought it on themselves though. You could argue that the penalty on the England match was refball in Argentina's case, but the main thing is that the two most stacked and hyped NTs of that WC struggled a lot to score (France didn't even score at all)
>losing to England and getting our of the WC in the group stage
The Korea - Italy referee was arrested for possession/smuggling heroin in United States in 2010.
'98 was pretty much the perfect WC
>Entertaining games and plenty of goals
>Legends having their swan song (M.Laudrup, Matthaus, Stoichkov, Hagi, Schmeichel, Bebeto, Baggio etc.)
>World superstars of the time all performing (Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Zidane, Bergkamp, Salas, Vieri, Batistuta, Suker, Davids etc.)
>GOAT Songs (Carnival de Paris, Three Lions, Vindaloo, The Cup of Life)
With that goal we would have made it to the second round.
But staying up late and getting up at 4am to watch a game while wrapped in a blanket made it the comfiest wc for me
>le pierluigi collina is a good ref meme
>le argentina had good team meme
>le bielsa is a good manager meme
>le let chinks win impossible games, noone will ever tell they bought the refs meme
>le rig all those games yet forget to buy the 3rd place match meme
>you now remember Harte missing that penalty in normal time
I know one of our penalties was dodgy as fuck, but we nearly beat Spain.
Although seeing as how Spain's next game was against those cheating gooks, maybe losing when we did was a blessing in disguise.
>you now remember Uruguay 3-3 Senegal
>you now remember Uruguay going 3-0 down to fucking Senegal
>you now remember Morales missing the open goal in the last seconds
You mean Sukur?
Also Turkey had pic related
We were decent, It was only two years ago """""Turkey"""""" got it's first UEFA Cup.
This, Rivaldo, a dirty diving monkey, got Şaş redcarded by pretending that he got hit in the face directly by a ball
(Huezillians replying and claiming that match """""""exposed""""""""" Turkey in 5 mins)
>EM in Japan
>the lose the first fucking round
Although it makes sense Japs suck. They probably think the time always slows down when they have the ball and are about to kick it. Or they can jump in the air for a minute.