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Guest Blog | Is VAR Spoiling The Beautiful Game? – England Fans Have Their Say”

Dear Readers, Please check out this article on VAR.

“Is VAR Spoiling The Beautiful Game? – England Fans Have Their Say”

So far VAR’s involvement in the World Cup has led to major controversies. Ronaldo has gone from loving VAR to hating it in the space of a half of football – but what do England fans think? Betway asked 350 Brits their opinions on VAR in the World Cup.

Stand Out Survey Stats: 
•       1 in 5 British football fans doesn’t agree with the use of VAR during the World Cup for fear of it ruining the beautiful game.
•       But 97% of Brits disagree with the referee’s decision during the World Cup.
•       39% of Brits are only willing to wait 30 seconds to a minute for a VAR decision during the World Cup.
•       15% don’t think England will benefit from VAR being used during the world (85% believe England will benefit)
•       But 69% of Brits think technology like VAR is helping to improve accuracy in football.
•       However, only 24% Brits know what VAR analyses during a game, with 76% in the dark.
•       53% of Brits think retrospective red cards will improve payer discipline in the World Cup.

With this year’s success so far, England fans are feeling hopeful about their chances in Russia 2018. But looking back in history, might there have been more World Cup victories for England if VAR had been on their side in the past?

Key decisions which have gone against England in previous World Cups, including ‘The Hand of God’, perhaps the most famous moment in World Cup history, still pain England fans 30 years later. Betway has looked at moments in England World Cup history, which may have led to a VAR-y different result, had the technology been in place.

Betway has depicted the VAR alternatives to those all-important England World Cup moments here:

Is VAR Spoiling The Beautiful Game? – England Fans Have Their Say


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Guest Blog | Is the World Cup Legacy Worth it ? | Check out the stats

Dear Readers,

I came across interesting read today. This article talks about  Cost of holding a World Cup and its economic impact.

Kindly Check out the other Guest Blogs and my own personal blog too.

Stand out stats:
•       Korea and Japan (2002): Cost $7.5 bn and led to a $4.36 bn profit.
•       Germany (2006): Cost $6 bn and led to an $8.11 bn profit.
•       South Africa (2010): Cost $4 bn and led to a $1.62 bn profit.
•       Brazil (2014): Cost $14 bn and led to a loss of $670 m.

When hosting the World Cup, the country often has goals in mind – to bring in tourism, build a legacy but most importantly, to make a profit.

But with past hosting countries, such as Brazil, turning their former stadium’s into parking lots – is planning the World Cup worth the strenuous game plan?

Credit brokers, Money Pod, have uncovered the costs of hosting the biggest spectacle on Earth and analyzed whether this has led to a profit or loss

Article Link – Is World Cup Legacy Worth it?

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Does Messi need to win the World Cup ?

Does Messi really need to win that coveted World Cup trophy? If the answer to this question was so simple in terms of Yes or No then I wouldn’t have been writing about this in the first place. 
Let’s not think emotionally over here. We will try to bring in all different perspectives. If you are reading this then please think and participate if you have any different thought process to this question.

The Way Messi Plays the Game

We all know that Leo Messi has performed at the highest level over the past decade. He has been scoring almost 50 goals per season, but to counter argue people will say CR7 is also doing the same.
But for Messi is not about goal scoring records and collecting awards. Messi is much more than just goals. As we have seen a lot of times that, the way he sees the game as if some one’s playing on PlayStation.

Vision is second to None

The vision he has is second to none. Vision is all about the awareness of the game while you are off the ball and reading the game. The moment he receives the ball he makes the right move.
Even when he dribbles and scamper past players makes spectators go Wow. He infuses confidence in players around him to step up their game.

World Cup Glory

Now coming back to the WC. I know WC is a great tournament and biggest stage where pressure and expectations are high. Everyone should keep in mind that football is a team game played by 11 players to achieve the result. Pele won 3 WC with great Brazilian team as he had players around him to help him achieve that and by stating that I am not undermining Pele’s effort and his achievements.
We have seen average players winning WC and champions league because they were part of great teams. We should be looking at the longevity of one player to asses the greatness.

World Cup 2014 Miss

So when people say that Leo Messi has not won the WC, so he is not the greatest, then we have a counter question to them if Higuain had scored in Final against Germany in 2014 then Messi would have been greatest ever.
It’s good that people are expecting him to achieve that because he is worthy of that discussion. He wins the WC or not he is the greatest ever as I have seen when I am alive.
Because you can not compare other players with Messi by throwing some statistics and great records.
He gives you joy simply watching him play even if doesn’t score. He contributes heavily to the team’s cause day in day out and if someone does that for you over a decade, then one must not be afraid to say that he is the greatest ever.

No need to Hate other if you Love Messi / Ronaldo

All of this also indicates that the greatness of Cristiano Ronaldo as he is competing with Messi at least on records. Maybe that pushes them to go up even further.
Keeping all this in mind people who think Messi is the greatest ever also should not disrespect CR7 as he is also a consistent performer at top-level for Barcelona over a decade.Love both of them.
I am not Xavi or Barcelona fan who always say that he is the greatest just because he is part of their team. Think logically and be rational as a true football fan and then you may not even need my influence to answer this question.
Till then enjoy the beautiful game.
( Check out this blog to read more about the same topic – Football365 Blog )