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2010 Football World Cup - Various Comments & Stories
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 5:32 pm    Post subject: Spain-Portugal Reply with quote

Ooooh double posting but it seems Spain beat Portugal 1-0 and the star players from each country weren't at their best.

Oh well - now a couple of days until the next matches so might get some sleep at last..... super grin
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:45 am    Post subject: Congrats to the Oranjes Reply with quote

Netherlands beat Brazil 2-0 - and I see Tygol has already updated the scoreboard, what wonderful efficiency, Tygol!

Tonight's match, Uruguay-Ghana, is something to watch too. I can't wait! bleh I'm rooting for Ghana!

Inkling7, did you and your significant other get some shut-eye during the couple of days' respite between matches? Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 1:49 pm    Post subject: May the best talented and sportsmanlike team win the W Cup! Reply with quote

Well he got up halfway (had a sleep before the match started) during the Brazil Netherlands match - was so tired due to nasty issues at his work. We were a little disappointed that Brazil went to pieces but neither mind the Netherlands. Both now watching and hoping for a Ghana win but will probably support Argentina over Germany - however won't really mind a German win. Hoping for a Spain win over Paraguay. Even though he is a South American my other half can see dirty players over clean ones and therefore doesn't mind who wins. Must admit the Brazilians lost the plot tonight and we both admire the Netherlands for their sportsmanship. May the best talented and sportsmanlike team win the world cup!!!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:27 pm    Post subject: Uruguay-Ghana Reply with quote

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Both now watching and hoping for a Ghana win but will probably support Argentina over Germany - however won't really mind a German win. Hoping for a Spain win over Paraguay.

Aargh!! Uruguay won! And by quite a large number of goals too. Mad
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:40 pm    Post subject: Tonight's matches Reply with quote

Tonight's matches should be interesting though and I think that the Netherlands will defeat Uruguay when they next meet.

Yes we were both disappointed that Ghana who was winning at one stage then lost the plot like Brazil did but were ultimately cheated out of winning by the deliberate Uruguay 'hand of god'.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 5:19 am    Post subject: Great shot Reply with quote


Germany's Mueller fights for ball
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 6:04 am    Post subject: Maradona's exit Reply with quote

Diego Maradona: Exit, grimacing, the real star of the World Cup
David Randall laments the passing of Maradona, the most animated character since Mickey Mouse

Sunday, 4 July 2010


Who said men in suits are dull?: Diego Maradona's pitch-side theatrics offered some of the best entertainment of the World Cup, but were not enough to save Argentina from defeat

It is with great regret that we report the passing, at the quarter-final stage, of this World Cup's most popular slapstick comedian. Diego Maradona, whose animated bobbing and weaving up and down on the periphery of Argentina's matches has made him look like a Weeble in a designer suit, could only gesticulate despairingly from the sidelines yesterday as his side wobbled and fell down 4-0 against a fearsomely impressive Germany.

Maradona, who was once the best player on the planet, became a star once again this year when he arrived for a summer season in South Africa. His erratic body movements caught the eye (especially of those standing next to him), and by Argentina's second group match he had attracted a devoted following.

Very soon, even in the matches' more frenzied moments, the camera would cut away to the apparently demented little body weebling away. Such was his range of meaningful (and meaningless) gestures as his bouncy little frame hurled itself into everything but the action that, at times, a more entertaining match was going on in the technical area than on the pitch. Maybe someone will produce for Christmas his finest St Vitus moments in a DVD set.
Unfortunately for our collective sanity, we are likely to see the England team again. The confirmation that Fabio Capello (or Postman Pat, as his players apparently call him) will retain the manager's job is one factor, and the soundness of the thrashing Argentina received is another.

Even as Maradona disappeared up the tunnel yesterday, his busy little hands sending semaphore messages to an unfair world as he went, revisionist elements were clearing their throats and voicing ominous sentiments.

"See," they said as Germany smacked yet another goal past the hapless Argentine custodian, "England weren't so bad after all." And as the fourth, unreplied score was notched they perked up even further and started to venture the idea that Gerrard & Co were really one of the better sides at the tournament. This is where you need Maradona – he had gestures for opinions like that.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:03 pm    Post subject: Netherlands into WCup final, 3-2 over Uruguay Reply with quote

Netherlands into WCup final, 3-2 over Uruguay
By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer
17 mins ago

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Arjen Robben emerged from the bottom of an Oranje mosh pit, mud on his brow and a smile on his face.

For good measure, he threw kisses at his teammates and fans. His goal gave the Netherlands a 3-2 victory over Uruguay and a spot in the World Cup final.

Now that's a Dutch treat!

The big prize — that elusive first title — is still one game away. But this was such a moment to savor that most of the squad made a curtain call nearly an hour after the biggest Netherlands victory in decades, leading about 1,000 orange-clad fans in cheers that figure to last until Sunday.

That's when the Dutch play either Spain or Germany for the championship of the world.

"If you win the final, you make yourself immortal, at least in our country," Robben said. "We will do everything we can to take the Cup back."

Long wasteful with its soccer talent, the Netherlands sure has found the right touch in this tournament.

Stars Wesley Sneijder and Robben scored three minutes apart in the second half as the Netherlands advanced to its first title match since losing in 1978 to Argentina.

"We are so close," Sneijder said. "There is nothing bigger than the World Cup."

And nothing better than sharing it with their countrymen.

So out came Robben, Sneijder and their teammates long after the final whistle, to join the celebration in an empty stadium — empty except for that rollicking section of fans still singing Dutch songs, waving flags, and bowing in unison. The players joined in from the field, several on the shoulders of others, some taking photos. Back home in Amsterdam, the victory touched off mass celebrations, too.

Winners of all six games in South Africa, 10 in a row overall and in the midst of a 25-match unbeaten streak, the Dutch have the look of champions — with an Oranje hue, of course.

"This is unforgettable," said Sneijder, now tied with Spain's David Villa for top scorer at the tournament (five goals). "It was a tough fight and toward the end we complicated matters.

"Sunday we play in the World Cup final. I have to get used to that."

Besides the loss to Argentina in '78, the Netherlands fell in its only other appearance in the final, to West Germany in 1974.

Both of those title-game defeats came during the golden period of Dutch soccer, and in the opposition's homeland. No such worries this time, and no country outside of Africa has had as much fan support as the Netherlands.

Inside Green Point Stadium it looked like a Florida orange grove. Outside, a Netherlands fan in a blue and white bodysuit stood on stilts and played a vuvuzela — badly. It was about the only thing that didn't measure up for the Dutch.

And a tournament that looked like a South American fiesta early on will end in a European showdown for the second straight World Cup. Sneijder and Robben made sure of that.

Sneijder's goal came somewhat unexpectedly because Uruguay had shut down the Dutch offense for much of the second half. His left-footed shot from just inside the penalty area barely ticked the leg of defender Maximiliano Pereira and, with Robin van Persie almost deflecting it again, the ball skidded past goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

Then Robben sent a cross from Dirk Kuyt past a flat-footed Muslera with a brilliant header. His teammates piled on in an Oranje Crush celebration, and Robben came up from it muddied and merry — and with the knowledge that, ahead 3-1, the Netherlands was likely headed to the championship match.

Uruguay was without dangerous striker Luis Suarez, whose handball on the goal line in the final seconds of extra time against Ghana saved his team in the quarterfinals. He drew a red card for that, and spent his suspension on the bench watching his undermanned teammates come up just short.

Pereira made the Netherlands sweat with a goal in injury time, and Stekelenburg's late save preserved the biggest Dutch win in decades. The Dutch have now won 10 straight and are unbeaten in their last 25 games.

Robben was replaced late in the match, and at the final whistle he fell flat to the turf as he ran back onto the pitch. Mark van Bommel hustled over to where the ball came to rest, picked it up and hugged it. His teammates then began a joyous stroll around the field, some of them barechested, as the vuvuzelas blared and Dutch flags waved in the stands.

"This is very special," Van Marwijk said. "After 32 years we play the final again. Such a small country! We can be very proud of this."

The Jabulani ball Van Bommel grabbed has been a source of criticism for its unpredictability, particularly the way it can soar. When Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, a true defensive halfback, puts one in from 30 yards off the far goalpost, well, let the debate begin again.

The Dutch captain gave his team the lead in the 18th minute, and the Oranje pressed for more, but when they let up slightly on defense, the superb Diego Forlan pounced. He was given far too much open space in the middle of the field and, from just under 30 yards, his left-footed drive went off goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg's hand and into the net.

Stekelenburg was screened just enough by defender John Heitinga and didn't get a good view of the ball until it was too late.

While several Dutch players threw up their hands in frustration, Forlan celebrated his fourth goal of the tournament with a suave wave of his arm. Suarez leaped off the bench in jubilation.

Forlan left in the 85th minute and coach Oscar Tabarez revealed after the match that his star played with a painful thigh.

"From minute one he had a problem," Tabarez said. "I'm not dumb enough to take him out at 3-1 when the match wasn't lost. He was injured and could not continue."

Tabarez said the better team won.

"We did what we could, we accept the defeat," he said. "We're sad because even though nobody gave us a chance, we were close."

Van Bronckhorst was in his accustomed role early in the second half when he headed a long shot by Alvaro Pereira away from the net after Stekelenburg was caught out chasing a stray back pass. And the Dutch defense was under siege in the final minutes as Uruguay sought to tie it.

The Celeste will head to Saturday's third-place game, not bad for the last team to qualify.

But not nearly what they wanted. The Dutch and their fans have that.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:09 pm    Post subject: The WC Logo Reply with quote

Found in a discussion on the Net:

First up, take a look at South Africa's flag, with an emphasis on it's colours; Red, Blue, Green, Gold & Black.

Secondly, take a look at the African continent, look at it's shape.

Now, look at the FIFA 2010 World Cup - South Africa logo. What do you see? Behind the figure, you'll see a stylized version of the African continent made up of the colours of the South African flag. What this means is;
1) the World Cup is in South Africa, hence the colours
2) South Africa is a diverse, multicultural country, hence the many colours
3) the shape of the African continent to emphasis that while this World Cup is hosted in South Africa, it is also for Africa.

Now, the figure. No, it is not a skinny black dude. South Africa is considered the cradle of mankind. Some of the oldest pre-modern human remains have been discovered here. Because of this, South African caves are adorned with very old rock paintings and if you have ever seen rock paintings depicting humans anywhere in the world, you'll see a similarity between them and the black figure in the logo. Also, South Africa's oldest residents, the Khoisan, also known as Bushmen by the rest of the world, painted their history on rocks in a similar fashion to early humans. And these rocks are generally a reddish-brown in colour with mostly black "painting", hence the orange and black of the figure and this backround. You'll also notice orange and black is the colour of the World Cup. The black figure, while being a stylized image of a footballer doing an over-head kick, is also a homage to the importance of South Africa in human evolution and pays respect to it's earliest inhabitants' "artwork".

Then in the top left, in blue, is a stylized version of the World Cup trophy, similar to what can be found in the Kore/Japan logo of 2002. This could also be South Africa paying respect to the first country outside of Europe & the Americas to host a World Cup. South Africa's way of relating to them for being another first.

See, nothing malicious.

To which our AV member and friend Hao-Nhiên added:
BTW, the ball that's being kicked, it's not a bird. It's a simile of the cup itself.

One learns something every day. Mind you, I myself never thought it was a bird.
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