Vickery is obviously highly knowledgeable and did okay last night but some of his camera appearances have been absolutely cringeworthy. He's clearly a radio man who is not at all comfortable on tv. The content is fine but the presentation needs a lot of work before he's going to be on a flagship studio panel. That said I agree about Ferdinand who had little to offer and was a surprising choice for a studio pundit for the final. They would have been much, much better to swap him and Seedorf around and have Seedorf in the studio and Ferdinand for the pointless little short analysis in the stadium slot. Seedorf has impressed me in this tournament. More of him please.lbb wrote: The BBC had their South American football correspondent, Tim Vickery, post-match who put the German win into some context context. For those who didn't see it, a year ago, Oliver Bierhoff, the German general manager, had written off German chances of success in the World Cup - climate and travel being the main obstacles. Germany came through their three group games in tropical conditions before going through extra-time in the knockout stages and finally disposing of the two South American powerhouses in South America. Inexplicably, Vickery has been underused in this tournament when he has a great deal of knowledge to offer as his fleeting appearances confirm. It's difficult to see what we would have lost if Rio Ferdinand had been replaced with Vickery. Instead, Vickery gets 2 minutes and Ferdinand gets a bloody documentary.
For some reason, the line was pushed beforehand that Argentina and Messi had played well throughout and Messi just needed to win the Final to crown this amazing achievement. This was similar to 2010 when we were told by the media that everyone felt sorry for Ghana not reaching the semi-final when I don't actually know anyone who wouldn't have wanted their player to punch the ball off the line in the last minute too. Even if Argentina had been successful last night, it would not have been similar to the tournaments enjoyed by Pele and Maradona. Messi is a great at Barcelona but it's clear he had a largely forgettable tournament and he at least looked embarrassed going up to collect the Golden Ball trophy. Manuel Neuer had more completed passes (244) than Lionel Messi (242) in the tournament. Perhaps with Cristiano Ronaldo winning the Ballon d'Or, it had already been decided to give Messi this award as consolation.
I was just about speechless when Messi got the Player of the Tournament award. He wasn't even the best player in Argentina's team (that was Mascherano and the much lamented Dimichelis and probably Di Maria outshone him too) and largely disappeared once the knock out stages began. It was a laughable call. There were at least half a dozen German's with a better case for it. It's not an award that should be given out on the night anyway. He just looked as if he'd rather be anywhere else but receiving it.