Archive for June, 2010

Awesome conflict between Gabby Heinze and the cameraman after Tevez ‘scored’ the 1st goal against Mexico yesterday. I laughed out loud when I saw this live:

Read my full thoughts here.

I would love to be on the England bench in the World Cup. Such entertainment:

American celebrations after Donovan’s goal.

Awesome, just awesome.

Raymond Domenech continued his embarrassing run as head coach of France by refusing to shake the hand of South African head coach Carlos Alberto Parreira. Read my full article here.

Beautiful short film:

A very accurate depiction.

So 'Klose' to Ronaldo's record.

3rd time’s a charm. The World Cup finally got it right today as we finally saw some entertaining football.

The day started with Algeria taking on Slovenia in a rather dull match similar to the ones before it. Luckily, we had a winner as Algeria’s goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi made a ‘Robert Green’ like error letting in a harmless strike by Slovenian captain Robert Koren in the 79th minute. The game finished 1-0 to the East Europeans.

In the second match of the day, the World witnessed why African teams are continuously on the rise in World football. Ghana played a fantastic game against Serbia in the opening game of the ‘Group of death’.

Without their star player Michael Essien, the adventurous Africans had several chances to take the lead against a more defensive and tactical Serbian side. It was one of the more ‘exciting matches’ thus far, and after 83 minutes, Ghana’s efforts finally led to something as they were awarded a penalty from a handball by Serbian substitute Zdravko Kuzmanovic. The penalty was converted very well by a very focused Asamoah Gyan. The match ended 1-0.

And on to the most exciting game of the WC so far. The eagerly anticipated match between Germany and Australia.

I was neutral, but I had a soft spot for the socccaroos as I was there recently and have family there. I also love Koala bears. But make no mistake, Australia was absolutely massacred by Germany tonight (4-0).

The European giants looked highly impressive. I’m not their biggest fan, but it must be noted that they always show up big in all the major tournaments. A proud and disciplined nation. I started to feel bad for the Aussies in the 2nd half. They are now completely demoralized and one of their best players won’t be able to play the next match against Ghana as Tim Cahill was sent off (unjustly).

The match tonight reminded of when Germany thrashed Saudi – Arabia 8-0 in their opening match of the 2002 World Cup. They got to the final that year.

Miroslav Klose only needs 5 more World Cup goals to beat Ronaldo’s record.

I’ll let the highlights speak for themselves:

Oh.. And the horns still need to go.

South Africa considers vuvuzela ban:

From BBC:

World Cup 2010: South Africa ponders vuvuzela ban

South Africa’s World Cup organising chief Danny Jordaan may ban vuvuzelas from inside stadiums after complaints from broadcasters and supporters.

The constant sound of the high-pitched horn-like instrument has so far drowned out much of the atmosphere-generating singing usually associated with games.

And Jordaan, when asked if he would get rid of them, told BBC Sport: “If there are grounds to do so, yes.

“We did say that if any land on the pitch in anger we will take action.”

France captain Patrice Evra has already blamed the noise generated by the vuvuzelas, which has been likened to the drone of thousands of bees, for his side’s poor showing in their opening group game against Uruguay, which finished goalless.

He said: “We can’t sleep at night because of the vuvuzelas. People start playing them from 6am.

“We can’t hear one another out on the pitch because of them.”

Jordaan conceded that while the noise was irritating for some people, they were doing all they could to minimise the impact.

“We’ve tried to get some order,” he continued. “We have asked for no vuvuzelas during national anthems or stadium announcements. It’s difficult but we’re trying to manage the best we can.

“We’ve had some broadcasters and individuals [complaining] and it’s something we are evaluating on an on-going basis.”

Jordaan admitted he was not a huge fan of them himself. “I would prefer singing,” he said.

“It’s always been a great generator of a wonderful atmosphere in stadiums and I would try to encourage them to sing.

“In the days of the struggle (against apartheid) we were singing, all through our history it’s our ability to sing that inspired and drove the emotions.”

Online Petitions (because they will clearly make all the difference in the World):

http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/Banthevuvuzela

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/…ela-noise.html

http://www.banvuvuzela.com/

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=125549918734

Obama says he will travel to SA if the US make the final.

Well, it’s a bit far-fetched for the U.S. to make the final of the World Cup. But it’s a fact that the US have been a proud team everytime they’ve hit  the pitch in a major tournament. Overrated by the biased American media, and underrated by the rest of the World, the U.S. played a fantastic game tonight as the underdogs against England in a 1-1 draw.

The game started off with Steven Gerrard taking advantage of a  nice through pass from Emile Heskey to slot it home after just three minutes.

The match continued with both teams playing conservative. Although neither team really threatened much in the first half, it was clear that England was the superior and more organized team. If  there was ever a known weakness in this English side however, it’s the goalkeeper situation. English goalie Robert Green made a criminal mistake letting in a very ‘saveable’ tamed shot by Clint Dempsey with about 10 minutes to go in the first half.

The game ended 1-1, with both teams missing criminal chances to win the game.

Former European Champions Greece were beaten quite convincingly by a confident South Korean side 2-0. The stadium contained quite a number of empty seats which apparently is being investigated by FIFA as the game was officially sold out. Conspiracy?

In the other game today, a rather disappointing and uninspiring Argentina side took care of business by beating Nigeria 1-0 in a very annoying game (sound/crowd wise) filled with vuvuzelas. Maradona was celebrating like mad after the game; but his celebrations will come short if Argentina don’t pick it up against the stronger sides.

Opening Ceremony.

A disappointing first day.

4 year countdown: over.

Venue: Johannesburg (Soccer City).

Stadium Capacity: 90, 000

Opening Ceremony: Boring, and presented in front of a half-empty stadium blowing in their vuvuzelas.

Here are highlights from the two matches today. I’m sure it’ll pick up tomorrow with the England – USA match.

South Africa – Mexico (kicked off with a beautiful goal from the host nation):

France – Uruguay