We've wrapped up a great tournament. Let's go over some of the things that made WCP Cup 2011 a memorable one (and it was memorable).
The Good - El Salvador managed to take Republic of Ireland to shootouts in a semifinal that many thought could be a blowout.
The Bad - The men's and women's finals featured the exact same teams as 2010. No mix-up in teams made it less interesting.
The Ugly - Ireland destroyed pretty much everyone except for El Salvador. Even in the final the score flattered Laos.
The Good - Group D provided a steady diet of very good games that always meant something for the outcome of the pool.
The Bad - Neither of the teams coming out of Group D sniffed the final or showed they could contend with Ireland.
The Ugly - Scotland ended up getting mercilessly pounded in every game. Yikes.
The Good - Sudan surprised everyone with a strong showing in the tournament opener against Laos and a great win against El Salvador.
The Bad - Nobody really remembers about Sudan because they lost to Colombia(!) and didn't advance out of the group.
The Ugly - Judging by their two best games, Sudan had a legit chance to challenge Ireland on pure athletic ability. We'll never know.
The Good - If you were a player, coach or manager, you got into every game for free.
The Bad - If you were a fan you paid $7 per day and $10 to watch the final.
The Ugly - I'm 99% certain that prices will go up again next year. So get ready.
The Good - The referees during the Group Stage were consistent and called things like they were meant to be called.
The Bad - There were some heated games in the playoffs that maybe could've been handled better.
The Ugly - Teams and players blaming the referees for losing. Suck it up - nobody wants to hear it.
The Good - The blogs that operate (with or without the support of the organizers) provided an entertaining and enlightening look at the games on a nearly daily basis.
The Bad - Things sometimes got a little heated between blog owners and tournament organizers.
The Ugly - People who go on the blogs to attack the blog owners anonymously. Congratulations, you're officially a coward with no sense of self or an appreciation for originality or freedom of expression. The lowest form of blog commenter, and yes, there are many low forms.