27.6.10

world cup 2010 – not a year for europe perhaps?

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History has it that in 18 previous editions of the World Cups, no European team had won the trophy in the 8 times it was hosted outside the continent, whilst being runners-up 6 times. Bad omen? Pumpkin

Year Hosts Winners Runners-Up
1930 Uruguay Uruguay Argentina
1950 Brazil Uruguay Brazil
1962 Chile Brazil Czechoslovakia
1970 Mexico Brazil Italy
1978 Argentina Argentina Netherlands
1986 Mexico Argentina West Germany
1994 USA Brazil Italy
2002 Japan/South Korea Brazil Germany
2010 South Africa ??? ???

world cup 2010 – continental statistics

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Every football fans have been talking about the South American flavour in this year’s World Cup, with all their qualifiers, a total of 5 of them,
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay have qualified for the Round of 16.

The same cannot be said however with their European and African counterparts, who have failed to really provide the spark. I dont know That includes the failings of 2006 finalists, Italy and France. Out of 13 who had qualified, only 6 -that’s less than 50%- Germany, England, Netherlands, Slovakia, and Iberian neighbours in Spain and Portugal have qualified, all playing against each other, meaning their number will be cut-halved to three come the Quarter-Finals.

Africa meanwhile were disappointing in the first World Cup on their continent. Some even anticipated that this will be the year for an African country to finally become the World Champions. Out of 6 qualifiers (including the hosts South Africa), only Ghana have qualified, with heavily favoured Nigeria and Cameroon the biggest disappointment.

Asia and CONCACAF countries have both gained from the European and African demise, as Asia provided 2 out of 4 qualifiers (South Korea, Japan), and CONCACAF provided 2 out of 3 qualifiers (USA, Mexico).

Oceania provided New Zealand as their sole representative, but went out after a World Cup they can be proud of. 3 draws in 3 matches against Italy, Paraguay and Slovakia, not a bad feat for a nation in only their second tournament.

Big Grin

world cup 2010 – day 16: round of 16 starts, uruguay and ghana into last eight

June 26
URU 2 v KOR 1
GHA 2 v USA 1 (aet)

The Round of 16 started with grit last night, as both winners had to carve out narrow wins against their opponents. Luis-Suarez-Uruguay-v-Sou-006 First up was Uruguay and South Korea in the Port Elizabeth Stadium. Both teams were generally equal to each other, but it was La Celeste who drew first blood, when Luis Suarez scored into an empty net, after Korean goalkeeper Jung Sung-Ryong made a mistake, failing to deal with Diego Forlan’s cross. The scoreline remained at half-time. South Korea went all guns blazing in the second, and was rewarded for their hard work and industry, scoring through Lee Chung-Young’s header in the 68th minute. It was however proved little for the Koreans, when Suarez scored a beauty in the 80th minute, curling his shot past the despairing Sung-Ryong. South Korea had their opportunities later on, but Uruguay held on, celebrating in the rain for their first quarter final since 1970. Applause

1260742_full-lnd Later in the day it was Africa’s sole representative Ghana’s turn to dispatch the USA in the Royal Bafokeng Stadium. For the third time in 4 matches, USA fell behind when Kevin Prince Boateng scored in the 5th minute, with a left footer from the edge of the area. USA were well behind Ghana in the match until half-time. They improved in the second half, and got their reward when they were awarded a penalty after Clint Dempsey was felled in the area. Landon Donovan duly converted, and the score remained until full-time, moving the game into extra-time, the first of such in this year’s tournament. Ghana however scored early again in the extra-time, this time through their top-scorer, Asamoah Gyan. USA never look like threatening after that, not as they did in their previous matches, as the Black Stars kept the African flag flying in the tournament. Smug Next appointment, on 2nd July with Uruguay in Jo’burg.

world cup 2010 – day 16: facts & figures at halfway stage

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Matches played
= 48
Goals scored = 101
Average goals per match = 2.1 goals
Best attacking Applause = Portugal, Argentina (7 goals scored)
Worst defence =
North Korea (12)
Yellow cards = 176 (3.6 cards per match)
Red cards = 13 (1 in approx. 4 matches)
Most disciplined team Angel= Spain (yellow cards = 0, red cards = 0)
Worst disciplined team Shame on you = Chile (yellow cards = 10, red cards = 1)

Highest scoring match = Portugal 7 vs North Korea 0

Nil-nils Sleepy
Uruguay vs France (Group A, 11 June 2010)
Ivory Coast vs Portugal (Group G, 15 June 2010)
England vs Algeria (Group C, 19 June 2010)
Paraguay vs New Zealand (Group E, 24 June 2010)
Portugal vs Brazil (Group G, 25 June 2010)

Top scorers
3 goals 
David Villa (ESP)
Gonzalo Higuain (ARG)
Robert Vittek (SVK)

Big Grin

26.6.10

world cup 2010 – day 16: round 2 beckons, group stage completes

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The fixtures for the Round of 16 was confirmed last night after Groups G & H finished their group matches. Happy

June 26
Uruguay
v South Korea
USA v Ghana

June 27
Germany v England
Argentina v Mexico

June 28
Netherlands v Slovakia
Brazil v Chile

June 29
Paraguay v Japan
Spain v Portugal

The table standings after all group matches are completed. Happy

Group A

Pld W D L F A Pts
Uruguay 3 2 1 0 4 0 7
Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 2 4
South Africa 3 1 1 1 3 5 4
France 3 0 1 2 1 4 1

Group B

Pld W D L F A Pts
Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 1 9
South Korea 3 1 1 1 5 6 4
Greece 3 1 0 2 2 5 3
Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 5 1

Group C

Pld W D L F A Pts
United States 3 1 2 0 4 3 5
England 3 1 2 0 2 1 5
Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 4
Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 1

Group D

Pld W D L F A Pts
Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 6
Ghana 3 1 1 1 2 2 4
Australia 3 1 1 1 3 6 4
Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 3 3

Group E

Pld W D L F A Pts
Netherlands 3 3 0 0 5 1 9
Japan 3 2 0 1 4 2 6
Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 6 3
Cameroon 3 0 0 3 2 5 0

Group F

Pld W D L F A Pts
Paraguay 3 1 2 0 2 1 5
Slovakia 3 1 1 1 4 5 4
New Zealand 3 0 3 0 2 2 3
Italy 3 0 2 1 4 5 2

Group G

Pld W D L F A Pts
Brazil 3 2 3 0 5 2 7
Portugal 3 1 2 0 7 0 5
Ivory Coast 3 1 1 1 4 3 4
North Korea 3 0 0 3 1 12 0

Group H

Pld W D L F A Pts
Spain 3 2 0 1 4 2 6
Chile 3 2 0 1 3 2 6
Switzerland 3 1 1 1 1 1 4
Honduras 3 0 1 2 0 3 1

world cup 2010 – day 15: portugal, spain, chile completes the 2nd round line-up, as ivory coast, swiss, hondurans pack their bags

South Africa Soccer WCup North Korea Ivory Coast Day 15 marked the halfway stage of the FIFA World Cup 2010, with the completion of group stage matches. 4 matches were played in Group G and H, to decide who will accompany Brazil to the next round. Ivory Coast had to win big against North Korea in Nelspruit to overcome Portugal’s huge goal difference. The Ivorians did win, but even that win was not enough, as Portugal and Brazil drew nil-nil in the Durban Stadium, in a game where chances were limited. Ivory Coast started the ball rolling early through Yaya Toure (14’) and Romaric (20’), prompted fans to think another goal-feast was on the horizon. But it was not to be as the next goal was only scored in the 82nd minute through Salomon Kalou. The results meant Ivory Coast would be disappointed for the second successive World Cup, marking a disappointing tournament for Africans (5 out of 6 are out) so far, while Portugal would follow Brazil to the next round as the group’s runners-up.

The last group, Group H meanwhile had higher stakes, as all 4 teams still had the chance mathematically to qualify, with Euro 2008 Champions Spain in the thick of it. Chile met Spain the Loftus Versfeld Stadium. Spain needed to win, while Chile only needed a draw to ensure their places in the next round. 1258785_full-lnd Spain got what they wanted, with a 2-1 win, their goals scored by David Villa (24’) and Andres Iniesta (37’). Chile got their goal 2 minutes after the break through substitute Rodrigo Millar. Chile’s cause were made tougher earlier when they went a man down after Marco Estrada was red carded after adjudged to trip Fernando Torres in the run-up to Torres’ goal.

Wilson-Palacios-006 Switzerland and Honduras meanwhile slugged it out Bloemfontein. Both teams needed to win for a chance to qualify. However, it was a disappointing match for both teams, as they failed to make good of their chances in front of the goal. The match ended 0-0, meaning both teams have failed to qualify for the next round. Spain qualified as group winners, to face Portugal in the next round, with Chile right behind on goal difference, and face Brazil, a 1998 repeat. Happy

June 25
Group G
BRA 0 POR 0
CIV 3 PRK 0

Group H
CHI 1 ESP 2
SUI 0 HON 0

Group G Standings

Pld W D L F A Pts
Brazil 3 2 3 0 5 2 7
Portugal 3 1 2 0 7 0 5
Ivory Coast 3 1 1 1 4 3 4
North Korea 3 0 0 3 1 12 0

Group H Standings

Pld W D L F A Pts
Spain 3 2 0 1 4 2 6
Chile 3 2 0 1 3 2 6
Switzerland 3 1 1 1 1 1 4
Honduras 3 0 1 2 0 3 1

*Teams in bold qualifies for the next round

world cup 2010 – day 14: WORLD CHAMPIONS HUMBLED! paraguay, japan and slovakia followed holland. italy, danes, cameroon, kiwis out

1257695_full-lnd Netherlands followed Argentina as the only team to maintain a hundred percent record in the tournament. They beat the already eliminated Cameroon 2-1 in the Green Point Stadium. It was a game where Arjen Robben finally made his mark in this year’s World Cup, providing the assist for Klaas Jan Huntelaar to score, after his initial shot rebounded off the post. The game was locked at 1-1 prior, after Robin Van Persie (36’) and Samuel Eto’o (Penalty 65’) scored for their countries. The win secured Oranje’s spot on top of the group. Thumbs-up

Japan and Denmark faced off in the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, with a draw would suit the Japanese, while Denmark needed to win to leapfrog them in second place. It was not to be for the Danish side, as Japan showed their discipline and effectiveness as a team to win 3-1 to accompany their Asian counterpart, and fellow 2002 co-hosts, South Korea in the second round. Applause1257515_full-lnd Clinical free-kicks by Keisuke Honda (17’) and Yasuhito Endo (30’) ensured Japan to go into the break with their heads held high. The second half brought further 2 goals; one for each team, as John Dahl Tomasson scored from the spot in the 81st minute, and Shinji Okazaki in the 87th minute, sealing the win for Japan. This was a historic day for Japan, as this is their first time out of the group stage on foreign soil, and also their first time scoring 3 goals in a World Cup match.

The FIFA World Cup 2010 will be remembered for all the wrong reasons for the 2006 finalists; France and Italy. Loser On Day 12, France bowed out of the competition, while Italy’s fate was sealed on Day 14. 1257184_full-lndNeeding a win (or even a draw) against a fairly weak Slovakian side, they failed to do just that as they were beaten comprehensively 3-2 in the Ellis Park Stadium, Jo’burg.  Robert Vittek got the goals in the 25th and 73rd minute for Slovakia, while substitute Kamil Kopunek scored very late to secure the win. Antonia Di Natale (81’) and Fabio Quagliarella (92’) replied for the Azzuris. Just like France, the Italians never looked like gracing this year’s tournament with their disjointed performances and lacking the creativity to create decent chances.

Paraguay meanwhile confirmed their participation in the second round after a nil-nil draw against New Zealand in Polokwane. A significant South American contingents will make their presence felt as they followed their counterparts Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and probably Chile to fight it out for a quarter-final spot. New Zealand meanwhile had a proud and historic World Cup, only their second, after collecting their first points, an finished unbeaten in the group. Paraguay top the group, with Slovakia following closely. Big Grin

June 24
Group E
NED 2 CMR 1
JPN 3 DEN 1

Group F
PAR 0 NZL 0
ITA 2 SVK 3

Group E Standings

Pld W D L F A Pts
Netherlands 3 3 0 0 5 1 9
Japan 3 2 0 1 4 2 6
Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 6 3
Cameroon 3 0 0 3 2 5 0

Group F Standings

Pld W D L F A Pts
Paraguay 3 1 2 0 2 1 5
Slovakia 3 1 1 1 4 5 4
New Zealand 3 0 3 0 2 2 3
Italy 3 0 2 1 4 5 2

*Teams in bold qualifies for the next round

24.6.10

world cup 2010 – day 13: england, yanks, germany, ghana all through, algeria, slovenia, serbs, aussies ends their campaign

All teams playing in Day 13 still had the chance to qualify for the next stage. In Group C, the much talked England met Slovenia in Port Elizabeth Stadium in a do-or-die match.  A much better England side won the match 1-0, 1256055_full-lndcourtesy of a well taken volley by Jermaine Defoe, from a James Milner superb cross. It was a vastly improved performance by England, who were under fire after 2 previous draws. However they had to settle for second place behind the United States, after a late, late drama in Pretoria, and a possible second round match against arch-rivals Germany.

1256096_full-lnd The match in the Loftus Versfeld Stadium erupted in the 91st minute, when Landon Donovan scored the winner, propelling USA, who at that point were staring on elimination, on top of the table. The match, was set to end in a draw, meaning both sides would be going home early. However, grit and determination were the keywords, as USA managed to find the elusive goal, when Donovan latched on a loose ball after the Algerian goalkeeper Rais M’bolhi punched out Jozy Altidore’s pass into the penalty area. Algeria had a man sent-off when captain Anther Yahia was given a second yellow card in the dying seconds. The late drama meant that Slovenia were eliminated in the most dramatic way, while USA and England continues their journey in the tournament.

1256296_full-lnd At the start of the day, Ghana was leading Group D, while Germany was second after losing to Serbia in their last match. That changed however when Mesut Ozil scored a beauty in their match in the Soccer City Stadium. His volley in the 60th minute proved to be the winner in a match which the Germans dominated. The win ensures another England – Germany classic is to be played out in a World Cup, this time Bloemfontein to be the venue. Another penalty shoot-out perhaps? Thinking

Serbia meanwhile were buoyant in the match against Australia, who were also high in confidence after their commendable 1-1 draw against Ghana. Both teams showed their tenacity and determination to win the match, as the winner will be in with a shout to qualify for the next round. tim-cahill-006 Australia managed to win in the end, with Tim Cahill (69’) and Brett Holman (73’) providing the goals. This forced the Serbians to push for goals, as it was found out that only a draw was enough to make them qualify. Their effort was to no avail however, as they could only score one goal, through Marko Pantelic (84’). Australia’s heavy loss against Germany in their opening match proved decisive, as goal difference played their role in determining the teams for the next round in this group. I dont know

June 23
Group C
ENG 1 SLV 0
ALG 0 USA 1

Group D
GER 1 GHA 0
AUS 2 SRB 1

Group C Standings

Pld W D L F A Pts
United States 3 1 2 0 4 3 5
England 3 1 2 0 2 1 5
Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 4
Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 1

Group D Standings

Pld W D L F A Pts
Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 6
Ghana 3 1 1 1 2 2 4
Australia 3 1 1 1 3 6 4
Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 3 3

*Teams in bold qualifies for the next round

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