These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Ending Fatigue: The World Cup Arc occurs after the team has already won the big game the entire series has been building towards, and is order-of-magnitude shorter and worse-written than what came before. However, the wrap-up, and subsequent Distant Finale at least give everyone their dignity, and serve as an excellent ending to the series.
Ensemble Darkhorse: Rui Habashira of the Zokugaku Chameleons proved surprisingly popular in one of the character polls, where he placed 5th and was the only character not from Deimon or Ojou in the top 10 (well, besides Kakei at the #3 spot). Despite his fairly minor presence in the series, he has a very strong fan following - which is probably why he was revealed to be the mystery player on the World Cup team.
To a lesser extent, Juumonji, who has the most characterization out of all the Ha-Ha Brothers.
To a much greater extent, you have Gokuu of the Shinryuuji Nagas, a character wedged deep in the background who hardly appears at all but has a surprisingly large fan following.
And of course, the most memorable character of the series, Hiruma.
Family-Unfriendly Aesop: According to Kid; Never follow your dreams. Ever. When they play Hakushuu, he turns out to be right.
Fan-Preferred Couple: Though they're only hinted in the series proper, Sena/Suzuna and Hiruma/Mamori do have their own followings.
Harsher in Hindsight: After the Seibu and Deimon game, where the rivals are awaiting the Kanto tournament for their rematch? Gets a lot less heartwarming when you know that they wont get a rematch, and all the gunmen have in their future is to get crushed by Gaou.