Was the 7-1 win by Germany over Brazil in World Cup 2014 an act of poor sportsmanship?
What are your thoughts up the running up of the score in the quarterfinal World Cup 2014 match-up of German vs. Brazil? Do you consider a show of poor sportmanship by Germany to continue to run up the score after 4-1, 5-1, and humiliate Brazil? Or do you think that at the highest level of soccer, it is acceptable to continue to try to score until the match is over? Does it make them poor role models for the millions of youth soccer players who look up to them? Opinions?
First off...it was never 4-1, or 5-1. Germany scored the first seven goals, Brazil scored their lone goal late.
And they have an award for the Golden Boot for the top scorer, so I don't mind if players want to go for that. Next, goals are hard to come by, so if you can get them, do it. Lastly, this wasn't the final. Germany still has another match, so to let off the gas and not play your best sends the wrong message to the team.
Every football fan loves to see goals in a match and this was the perfect entertainment for all of them. Would you rather see 2 teams sit back and defend and play a dull match like the Netherlands and Argentina semi final?
There is nothing unsportsmanlike in scoring goals because at the end of the day, scoring goals win you matches. To be fair to Germany, they have been labelled as the chokers having been knocked out at the semi final stage of the WC on many occasions. This was a statement of intent by them that they are in it to win it this time around.
This is the biggest footballing event which comes around every 4 years. They do not want to take the risk of going easy on the opponent and giving them too much respect.
So in my opinion, there is nothing unsportsmanlike about scoring till the death and these are just a few reasons as to why not. As long as there is no bad mouthing and fist fights (which is unsportsmanlike), it was a match like any other in view of the behaviour of the German players. As for them being role models, they did nothing wrong!
I'm sorry if I may have sounded harsh, it's just that i'm a very passionate football follower :-D
Nope. In soccer its best to take the goals you can get and use every thing to your advantage ass long as its fair. This is coming from a person who has been on both the losing and the winning sides of that type of situation. You play to win
You bring up an excellent point. I definitely would much rather see a high scoring soccer match than 90 minutes of 0-0 of conservative play. Now 90 minutes of exciting near misses isn't bad either.
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