One of the most appealing aspects of international tournaments is the way that they compress the usual narratives of football competitions. The life cycles of teams are suddenly measured in weeks rather than months, making every moment so much more decisive – and the same is true for anyone attempting to say what they think about those moments. A pundit pulling on their opinion-forming trousers will find their musings proved, disproved, rebutted and rebuked several times over by the players in question before they’ve had a chance to get those trousers through the wash and back on their legs for a fresh round of pontificating. These hothouse conditions make a tournament fertile ground for being wrong, and here are just a few of 2012’s mistaken opinions.
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