Now we may be getting a bit carried here given that not every team has even kicked a ball at the 2014 World Cup as yet, but we're fairly confident that this year's tournament is shaping up to be one of the best ever.
The tournament in South Africa four years ago produced an average of just 2.27 goals-per-game - the lowest figure since the 1990 edition, so it's easy to see why it's not looked back on fondly by football fans - and that's without even mentioning the dreaded vuvuzelas.
A lot can happen in four years though and so far in this year's tournament we've seen a resurgence of attacking adventure and verve, a fearlessness from pretty much every team despite the fact that millions are watching and the hopes of a nation rest on their shoulders.
It's not just goals either, there's been loads to enjoy already from this summer's festival of football, and the fact that there is so much good stuff ahead is enough to make any football fan feel rather excited indeed.
Obviously it would be remiss to talk about how great things are in Brazil on the pitch when there is a lot going on off it too. Protests from Brazilians unhappy with their country for spending millions on building stadiums while people starve and contend with life in favelas mustn't be forgotten even as the best in the world are strutting their stuff.
However football is nothing if not a force for good so here's hoping that the 2014 World Cup can be a catalyst for change. If it can do that, then along with these eight reasons why it is already one of the best in recent years we can safely say it has been a success.
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