Headed to the bar to watch USA-Ghana, and know nothing about soccer? Don’t know the difference between a striker and a center back? Don’t worry — here are a few comments that will fool your friends into believing you know what you’re talking about.
“The Champions League is so much better than the World Cup.”
Many fans think international tournaments are often boring compared to club soccer, where teammates play together more often and have better chemistry. The numbers bear that out — an average of 2.9 goals were scored per game in this year’s UEFA Champions League, compared to 2.3 in the 2010 World Cup.
“England is going to go out on penalties in the quarterfinal.” (You might want to place a bet on that one, too.)
“It’s too bad Gareth Bale will never play in a World Cup.”
The Real Madrid star might be one of the top five players in the world, but he’s from Wales, which hasn’t qualified for a World Cup since 1958.
“Belgium’s pretty good now, but watch out in 2018!”
Goalie Thibaut Courtois is 22, striker Romelu Lukaku is 21, and wingers Eden Hazard and Adnan Januzaj are 23 and 19, respectively. The best is yet to come.
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