The World Cup, coming as it does once every four years, provides an insane amount of anticipation and hype in the build-up, but like anything that you wait four years for, can be a damp squib more often than it is a gorgeous orgy of climax after climax.
But who the hell cares? It’s a time to enjoy football safe in the knowledge that everyone around you has at least a passing understanding of what football is (they’re supposed to, because, you know, the WORLD CUP is on TV) and your mood swings, violent outrages and unintelligible mutterings are considered perfectly acceptable, if only for a month.
One thing we won’t see this summer is any brilliantly tactical innovation (although if the North Korean keeper suddenly charges up the pitch to try and score a goal, you’ll know why) – but if one of the 32 teams tries anything half as funny as the kids in the video below do, it’ll be the most-talked about thing for the whole month.
They’d eventually be offside, but kudos to the team to try it in the first place.
Will we see any tactical innovations at this World Cup? I’d settle for the ‘no-groin-stamps’ strategy, and fingers crossed that Lampard doesn’t…go Lampard this time around.