To reply to your points:
1. I agree, it's become the shame of the game. It's a modern trend that doesn't do anyone any good. Saying that, it's a very physical game and people do get injured - broken legs are not uncommon, the players aren't kitted out like robocop
3. Again I agree, but a 4-4 draw involving (say) Real Madrid and Barcelona is fine in my view.
4. Not always the case, certainly not in the Premiership.
Lastly, regarding the athleticism involved, the game is more to do with technique than pure fitness.
I should say I'm not a huge fan of the game these days and I don't like the commercial element (and the gambling involved) and the way it divides the fans - Manchester City or United, the london clubs etc. However, it's a game anyone can play (for nothing) hence it's global appeal and that's why I'm interested in the 'World Cup'.'thirdsystem'
- fitba eh, I take it you're scottish ? It's footer or footy in my part of the world