Posts Tagged ‘Cape Town 2010’

2010 Closing Ceremony Images

July 13, 2010

Here are some of the awesome images taken during the closing ceremony and also the fireworks display after the winners took their trophy;

participating countries

Participating countries

Shakira

Shakira

Soccer City Light Show

Soccer City Light Show

Cool Blue

Cool Blue

Amazing fireworks at Soccer City

Amazing fireworks at Soccer City

Fireworks over Soccer City

Fireworks over Soccer City

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Netherlands 3 – 2 Uruguay

July 7, 2010

The Netherlands march on to the final which will be held in Johannesburg at the soccer city stadium on Sunday 11th July.

The Netherlands saw off a good Uruguay team who provided a good challenge to the Dutch side who will meet the winners of the second Semi Final to be played out between Germany and Spain in Durban.

News from around the web;

Full match review at Fifa.com
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249719/match=300061512/summary.html

Van Marwijk ‘so proud’ of Dutch;
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2010/8794957.stm

Dutch will become complacent;
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/jul/06/holland-uruguay-bert-van-marwijk

Screaming lord Dutch;
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/worldcup2010/3044180/Gio-van-Bronckhorst-is-Screamin-Lord-Dutch-as-Holland-beat-Uruguay.html

Cape Town Semi Final Uruguay V Netherlands

July 5, 2010

The Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has put together a plan of action to stop star Netherlands play maker Robben;

Robben & Van Persie

Robben & Van Persie

Sebastian Abreu the man who finnished off Ghana in the penalty shoot out, said: “Tabarez has been talking to us about Robben and how to stop a player like him. But it’s always different when you are on the field. So we know how to do it but whether the actual execution actually comes off is another thing.”

“Tabarez has asked us to concentrate fully, not just in the matches, but also in training,” added Abreu. “He is very satisfied with our work. Looking at the Dutch, we have watched a lot of videos on their team because we don’t know too much about them. The Netherlands and Uruguay play very similar football but they have very good potential in their attack, with very clever players like [Wesley] Sneijder and Robben.”

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Semi Final Match Ups

July 4, 2010

We are down to four teams – who can stop the German team from destroying all in their path? If Spain play like they did against Paraguay then Germany will easily make the finals at Soccer City.

Semi Final 1
Uruguay Uruguay Flag V Netherlands Flag Netherlands
Match 61 – Semi-finals – 06 July – 20:30 kick off (SA Time)
Cape Town – Green Point Stadium
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249719/match=300061512/index.html

Semi Final 2
Germany Germany Flag V Spanish Flag Spain
Match 62 – Semi-finals – 07 July – 20:30 Kick off (SA Time)
Durban – Durban Stadium
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249719/match=300111114/index.html

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England Crash and Burn

July 1, 2010

I have resisted the urge to blog about the dismal performance of England at the 2010 world cup – but heres my two pence worth… for what its worth.

England Down And Out

England Down And Out

The England team I saw lacked spark, imagination and pace – against all of the teams that they played I would not rate any of their defenders as the best in the world, at least not any better than what most of the players play against week in week out in the English premiership, yet they were unable to break through and create any real chances. There was a real lack of quality crosses into the box and what appeared to be an unwillingness to beat the defenders.

Thomas Mueller, the German who scored two goals against England, said;

“It is difficult to have so many ‘alpha males’ and have them row in the same direction,”
“You don’t only need chiefs, you also need a few Indians. You need people who are willing to do the hard work.”
“It may be a problem with England that players are simply not mentally prepared to go that extra mile for their team-mates.”

I think that its unfair to single out any individual player as there were many who had bad tournaments Rooney, Heskey, Terry, Barry and of course Capello.

I can only tell of the agonising disappointment I felt I watched at my local sports bar/pub, The Westlake Arms in the southern suburbs of Cape Town with my wife and friends around me as we went down 4-1. Above all the team seemed to lack passion – which is what made it even worse!

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Round of 16 Round Up

June 28, 2010

There has been plenty of action from the second round of the 2010 world cup in South Africa;

Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tevez celebrates

Uruguay 2 – 1 Korea Republic
Match 49 – Round of 16 – 26 June
Quick Review: Luis Suarez two goals showed class as Uruguay easily overcame Korea in a fairly one sided match
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249717/match=300061504/summary.html

USA 1 – 2 Ghana
Match 50 – Round of 16 – 26 June
Quick Review: Ghana the last representatives of the African continent held the nerve to send the USA home and deservedly won 2 – 1
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249717/match=300061503/summary.html

Argentina 3 – 1 Mexico
Match 52 – Round of 16 – 27 June
Quick Review: A dominant display from Argentina will send clear messages to the rest of the teams in the tournament. Tevez second strike was sublime!
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249717/match=300061502/summary.html

Germany 4 – 1 England
Match 51 – Round of 16 – 27 June
Quick Review: Germany easily scored 4 goals against a poor England side who were dropped out of the 2010 World Cup – the big question is what will be done about goal line technology?
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249717/match=300061501/summary.html

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2010 World Cup Round Up

June 24, 2010

The past week has seen alot of action, goals and still more red cards;

Maradona  & Messi

Maradona claims Lionel Messi is as good as he was;
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2010/8758457.stm

Despite loosing to Germany, Ghana qualify for the last 16
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249722/match=300061468/index.html

Is Defoe Englands saviour;
http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/182793/Jermain-Defoe-s-the-toast-now-England-set-sights-on-Germany

South Africa turn on the style and bow out with heads held high;
http://www.skysports.com/football/world-cup-2010/match-report/0,28360,12097_3222297,00.html

Beckenbauer attacks England team, again!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2010/8757944.stm

A look at Portugal V Brasil – the prospect of a mouth watering clash!
http://www.skysports.com/football/world-cup-2010/match-preview/0,28360,12097_3222325,00.html

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2010 Fifa World Cup Programmes

June 17, 2010

The official Fifa world cup programme system has been set up slightly differently to the way football programmes normally work. There is one set programme for the opening group stages and then one for the knock out rounds and then one for final which will be Johannesburg on 11th July.

I have two programmes for the opening group stages that I am selling on Ebay – these were both bought when I attended the France V Uruguay match in Cape Town on the 11th June. If you are interested in owning one then please have a look at the auctions on Ebay.co.uk (anyone can bid, I will post worldwide);

First programme for sale : Second programme for sale

2010 world cup programme

Official 2010 world cup programme

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South Africa Silenced

June 17, 2010

South Africa were crushed by Uruguay by 3 goals to 0 as two goals came from Diego Forlan and one from Alvaro Pereira. Forlans first goal is clearly the best strike of the world cup so far!

Diego Forlan

Diego Forlan

Forlan

Diego Forlan celebrates

Several of the South African players and the South African coach Carlos Alberto Parreira have made comments that the ref was making many bad decisions and gave Uruguay many of the 50/50 calls!

Detailed match analysis at Fifa.com

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Spain 0 – 1 Switzerland – Huge Upset

June 16, 2010

Spain go down to minows Switzerland by a single goal from Gelson Fernandes – so far this is the biggest upset of the 2010 world cup!

swiss goal scorer

Gelson Fernandes - Swiss scorer

For full match review visit Fifa.com

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