Few teams at World Cup play 'the beautiful game'
Brazilians call it 'o jogo bonito', the beautiful game, and for the most part, no one plays it more beautifully.
Unfortunately, many players, and teams, don't try to play soccer beautifully. They're more in the Al Davis mode, playing to "just win, baby", and quite often, even a tie will do.
The first round of the World Cup is designed to reward winners, but it also, to a lesser extent, rewards teams that tie. Losers, of course, are not rewarded at all, so smart teams try to avoid that.
Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).