ZURICH — FIFA's official analysis of the World Cup says championSpain could be the team of the century
, and African countries harmed their chances by employing foreign coaches.
The report criticizes goalkeepers for making "inexplicable errors" —"possibly" because of the Jabulani ball
— but glosses over the refereeing errors that helped eliminate some teams.
FIFA's technical advisers highlightyoung and skillful players as the key to success
. They say teams were punished for failing to change tactics during games.
Their analysis also questions whetherplayers were too tired after long seasons
. The final is described merely as being"littered with fouls, mainly by the Dutch." I'm glad this took FIFA almost three full months to get around to this. Whatever this is.