Soccer… the “beautiful game”?

I watched Spain and the Netherlands in last Sunday’s World Cup Final. My love is baseball, but when the World Cup is on, I try and follow.

One comment I hear consistently after a World Cup Final from commentators is they wished the final had been more “beautiful” or some such phrase. They feel, somehow, the final didn’t give a great picture of soccer.

Not being acquainted with soccer, and completely baffled by this “off side” rule, I just want to know… what DOES make it a beautiful game if the final is NOT a beautiful game?

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