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My take on the 2010 Fifa World Cup

The Pre-tornament hot favorite proved their worth.

Spain did it. They are the World Champions for the first time in their history. They entered the very select club of world cup winning nations. Just look how Casillas was happy. Many predicted Spain to lift the trophy or go far in the tournament which they did. They have a squad with great players every coach dream about, Iniesta, Xavi, Villa, Torres, Puyol to mention a few. Arguably one of the best team of the decade. They play a beautiful passing game very similar to that of FC Barcelona. Tactics is also similar to the Catalan team. Paradoxically, they scored very little goal, an all time low for a winning squad, only 8 for 7 matches played. 5 of which is from the know-all David Villa. But they could rely on a solid defence built around the Puyol-Pique tandem that conceded 2 goals only with 5 clean sheets.

Netherlands and Spain were the only teams to have won all their qualification matches for the 2010 World Cup, with the Netherlands also winning all games on their way to the final. For the final against Holland, Spain deserved their victory. They were the better side playing the most coherent football. Holland was most of the time using spoiling tactics, physically unsettling the spanish team and breaking the rythm of the game. Mark van Bommel and Nigel de Jong could both have been dismissed in the first half for shocking tackles, and of the Dutch outfield players who started the game, only Dirk Kuyt and Sneijder finished without a booking. But Spain was not that better either. Both teams got clear cut chances to finish the game, but the goalkeepers saved every shot that came to them. Del Bosque made a vital Susbstitution at the 87th minute. Fabregas for Xabi Alonso. This proved a tactically decisive sub, as Fabregas change the face of the match with his impact run and pin point passing, ultimately providing the assist for Iniesta to broke the deadlock at the 116th minute in extra time second half. Holland once again returned home as runners up for the third time in their history.

The World Cup winning nations:

This world cup was a very low-scoring one. The final reflected this, as in 1994 where Brazil won against Italy in penalty shoot out after a 0-0. The tornament started very slowly with a lot of boring matches and low scores matches. The situation got better in the knockout though. What is also surprising is players expected to shine (Messi, Torres, Rooney, Lampard, Ronaldo, Kaka) simply underperformed. Players unknown to many and not fancied to shine at all such as Mueller, Forlan, Gyan, Klose, Ozil, Suarez, Pareira caught the attention of many. The young nationalmanchaft team was very impressive with a festivals of goals and crushing along the way England 4-1 (well, 4-2 with lampy goal :P) and Maradona’s beloved Argentina 4-0. Other surprises was the poor performance by Italy, France (for me it was not a surprise at all!) and ENGLAND!! 😦 Brazil also deceived many as pointed by a player i personally like very much, the legendary midfield general and captain of the 1982 & 1986 Brazil, Mr Socrates (Well, Dr. Socrates. He’s a PhD holder too!). Brazilians were very… un-samba. But i need to mention two teams that was also very good and had great fighting spirit: Uruguay and Ghana.

And how to forget Paul the octopus!100% correct predictions! He got 8 on 8 correct. The perfect tally! 🙂

La Celeste striker Diego Forlan was named the winner of the Golden Ball as the best player of the World Cup. German Thomas Mueller, who also scored five, was named by Fifa as the best young player of the tournament. Mueller, 20, also won the Golden Boot for most goals – his three assists acting as a tie-breaker. The German thus beat Forlan, Spain’s David Villa and Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands to the coveted prize.

Soccer City – Johannesburg

A note to the host nation (I’ve been there 3 times! 1998, 2000 and 2003 🙂 ). Overall a fantastic job. They proved the entire world that they could manage the organization and the security of every players and supporters. South Africa is a very beautiful country with some breath taking landscapes. It’s unfortunate the bafana-bafana underperformed and didn’t make it to the last 16.

I’ll conclude by saying well done again, Spain! An elegant side. They will now go down as one of the greatest international sides in history – European Championship and World Cup holders, and an incredible record leading up to both tournaments. Spain dominated club football in Europe many times with Barcelona and Real Madrid and have had some very good players. Fully deserved. But kudos to Holland who should have won at least once this cup.. particularly in the Johann Cryuff and revolutionary total football era in the 1970s.


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  1. Princess
    July 12, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    lovely post…..mo p ggane extra sagrin thinking its all over….will have to wait 4 freaking years!!!! fuff….pu fini vine vieille nett sa:P….

    anywezz….hope brasil will shine in 2014 la….”sighs” ….

    n will miss the waka waka atmosphere……ti tro top sa….ahhhh….


    • July 12, 2010 at 7:16 pm

      Thanks for liking it 🙂

      Wa 4 ans enkor pft.. enfin consolation r Euro 2012 dnt worry 😛

  2. Princess
    July 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    line tro contan sa cassilllaaasssss laa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *superbe*….zats the victory kisss!!!!!

  3. Nalla
    July 14, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Boring anti-football final. Spain avec 1 exhibition plongon impressionant ek Holland avec wrestling skills tout osi impressionant. Spain 2008 ki bucu pli fort, zis time zot pas ti sa bon la mais fine gagner kante meme, proof a ki point zot fort. Mais final la franchement, gosse deception…3rd place match ti pli entertaining. Holland ti merite moins ek gagne seki zot merite.
    World Cup ti boring at start mais lerla fine repren..best to watch imo: Germany.

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