The 2014 FIFA World Cup heads into the Round of 16 on June 28 and so far, this has been a thrilling ride and is expected to kick up a notch. Some teams are where they should be, others are not, which is why we decide to ask our readers, “Who has been has been the biggest disappointment at the World Cup?”
Spain leads the votes with 66.67 percent for two games, two shocking and rightfully deserved defeats.
Spain entered the tournament as one of the favorites but was eliminated from contention after losses to the Netherlands and Chile, the former of which was nothing short of embarrassing when Robin van Persie and the rest of the Netherlands national team scored five goals while Spain managed to score just once.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the Brazil 2014 World Cup saved face with a 3-0 win over Australia in their final match—goals by David Villa, Fernando Torres, and Juan Mata secured a much needed victory for a Spanish side that was not willing to take another humiliation.
Followed by England with 30.77 percent votes; its worst performance in decades. This year was the first time since 1958 that the English national team failed to advance past the group stage and finish in last place in the table. The Three Lions were defeated by both Italy and Uruguay and bowed out of the 2014 World Cup in disappointing fashion after limping to a 0-0 draw with final group winner Costa Rica ending up with just one point on the board—now they returned home to their fan-less welcome home.
And lastly, 2.56 percent votes for Portugal, who has been nurturing hopes of topping Group G. But Cristiano Ronaldo, who was hailed as the greatest player in his generation, was largely ineffective when Portugal crashed to Germany and dominated them by 4-0 and then grabbed that desperate draw with the USA. And finally, they won a fruitless victory over Ghana but thanks to them United States advanced to the Round of 16.
The madness of group play ends here and the 2014 World Cup has officially moved on the knockout stages.
For next week’s poll, we ask our readers, Will a current WSOP bracelet holder win the main Event?” Check back next week to see what our readers think.