In the Olympics, a bronze medal is still a coveted trophy, so there seems to be a point to a third-place soccer match. The third place match at the World Cup has also been some consolation to fans when the host nation, such as South Korea or Germany, has been able to perform one final time for their fans.Those instances aside, many consider the match to decide who is third in a World Cup tournament is completely irrelevant. Most people only remember who raised the trophy.
Andrea Canales covers MLS and women's college soccer for ESPNsoccernet. She also writes for soccer365.com and contributes to a blog, Sideline Views. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.