Posts Tagged ‘Cape Town world cup’

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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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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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 Final Round Up

June 29, 2010

The last of round of 16 games have been played at the 2010 world cup and there were certainly more thrills and spills;

David Villa Scores

David Villa Scores

Netherlands 2 – 1 Slovakia
Match 53 – Round of 16 – 28 June
Quick Review: Arjen Robben led a dominant Netherlands to easily over power Slovakia
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249717/match=300111113/summary.html

Brazil 3 – 0 Chile
Match 54 – Round of 16 – 28 June
Quick Review: A dominant Brasil easily saw off a overwhelmed Chile who are yet to beat Brazil in any qualifying match or world cup finals match
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249717/match=300061500/summary.html

Paraguay 5 – 3 Japan (penalty shoot out)
Match 55 – Round of 16 – 29 June
Quick Review: A low key game saw Paraguay come through and win in penalties
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249717/match=300061497/summary.html

Spain 1 – 0 Portugal
Match 56 – Round of 16 – 29 June
Quick Review: A well matched game between the two close countries saw Spain gain control and the win in the second half with David Villa scoring an excellent goal and almost adding another two or three to his tally.
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249717/match=300061498/summary.html

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Semi Final Cape Town Tickets

June 28, 2010

According to the Fifa.com website there could be tickets available for the semi final game between Argentina and Germany.

There live ticket table (https://lmsfwctickets.fifa.com/LMS/MatchAvailability.aspx) shows that tickets are currently not available which normally means they are waiting to be released from organisations and corporate/government who will declare they do not require them – this could mean there are only a few hundred to go on sale to the public.

In order to stand a chance for these tickets you should be outside one of the official ticket offices now! There are stories of people waiting in Cape Town for two or three days for the last 16 match between Spain and Portugal.

Of course the other alternative is to be at the Waterfront in Cape Town next Saturday and enjoy the atmosphere, a few beers and the game – thats where I will be 🙂

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Toothless Portugal 0 – 0 Brazil

June 25, 2010

Portugal V Brazil turned out to be a very low key game except for the high amount of yellow cards in the first half (7). kaka was suspended as he recieved two yellow cards in the previous match with Côte d’Ivoire and Brazil also rested star striker/play maker Robinho which probably had a large impact on the quality of the match.

Christiano Ronaldo was voted man of the match as he was probably the most exciting player in an otherwise dull match played in Durban.

Ronaldo

Brazil V Portugal on Fifa.com

This dull draw ensured Portugal went through to the 2nd round even though Côte d’Ivoire won their game 3 – 0 against Korea.

Korea V Ivory Coast on Fifa.com

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Day 7 2010 World Cup Round Up

June 18, 2010

Three excellent games yesterday with plenty of goals, thrills and red cards!

Argentina 4:1 Korea Republic – Johannesburg, Soccer City Stadium
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249722/match=300061460/index.html

Argentina

Greece 2 – 1 Nigeria – Mangaung/Bloemfontein, Free State Stadium (1 red card)
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249722/match=300061457/index.html

France 0 – 2 Mexico – Polokwane, Peter Mokaba Stadium
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249722/match=300061451/index.html

Mexico Goal

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Italy V Paraguay Image

June 16, 2010

Beautiful image of the Cape Town stadium before the Italy Paraguay game;

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World Cup Round Up

June 14, 2010

Heres the latest news and thinking after the first weekend from the 2010 world cup in South Africa;

World Cup security staff protest about wages
http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/article502532.ece/World-Cup-security-protest-R190-wages

Ronaldo complains about Vuvzelas
http://www.timeslive.co.za/sport/soccer/article502187.ece/Ronaldo-hits-out-at-vuvuzelas

Australias Tim Cahill over his straight red card
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2010/8738113.stm

Ledley King could be injured and out of world cup
http://www.wc2010dailyexpress.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,13070~2070082,00.html

Can Italy retain the world cup in South Africa?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2010/8715799.stm

Cape Town City report on first match at Cape Town stadium
http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/Pages/CitysreportbackfollowingfirstWorldCupmatchatCapeTownStadium.aspx

England keeper Robert Green gives USA 1 – 1 draw
http://www.wc2010dailyexpress.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,13070~2069731,00.html

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France 0 – 0 Uruguay + Match Images

June 13, 2010

Amazing atmosphere, very noisy, great fans, met some interesting people but the game was flat. For deep match analysis visit the Fifa website here

France Uruguay Line Up

National Anthems

Uruguay V France

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