There are plenty of lines that seemed to be rolled out by the pundits and commentators before and during each tournament, here are our ten favourites...

  • 1 The World Cup doesn't really get going until the Brazilians have played.
  • 2 Italy are notoriously slow starters.
  • 3 The Dutch are their own worst enemy and will self explode because of in-fighting between groups in the camp.
  • 4 Germany will be ruthlessly efficient.
  • 5 Japan and South Korea are technically very good but they are vulnerable against the high ball.
  • 6 Pele predicted an African nation would win the World Cup (and they play the game with a smile on their face, though they are very physical and have lost the unpredictability from their play now that they all play in Europe).
  • 7 England's players have to show more passion.
  • 8 There are no easy games in the World Cup any more.
  • 9 Brazil are far more pragmatic these days.
  • 10 The Americans will have more fans than any other team apart from the hosts (yeah, right).