Posts Tagged ‘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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2010 World Cup Awards

July 13, 2010

This world cup provided some amazing plays and showcased some amazing players;

World Cup Finals

Diego Forlan won the adidas Golden Ball

Thomas Mueller won the adidas Golden Boot

Iker Casillas won the adidas Golden Glove

Thomas Mueller won the best young player award

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World Cup Finals

July 12, 2010

Spain 1 – 0 Netherlands

World Cup Finals Stadium

World Cup Finals Stadium

The final was contested between Spain andthe Netherlands at Soccer city stadium in Johannesburg on July 11th with the Spanish being victorious.

Spain Victorious

Spain Victorious

The game went into extra time as no team could find a way through the defences as the game became very physical resulting in 11 yellow cards and one red card (after a second yellow). The goal came in the 116th minute with a beautiful strike by Andres Iniesta (who was also voted the man of the match).

Both teams often regarded as the best in the world had never lifted the coveted World Cup with the dutch coming the closest on two occasions in 1974 and 1978 loosing in the final both times.

Fifa.com match review
Spain return home to heroes welcome
Spain V Netherlands Images

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World Cup Final Weekend

July 10, 2010

Cape Town is gearing up for two of the biggest parties ever held in Cape Town considering there are no matches to be played in the city this weekend. The bars and clubs in town and in and around the Waterfront have stocked up for0 the 3rd and 4th place play off and the final to be held in Soccer City on Sunday 11th.

  • The Hyundai tent opens on Saturday and Sunday at 5pm
  • The MTN tent opens at 6pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday
  • The Dubliner bar opens at noon on Saturday and Sunday
  • The Waterfron Lookout opens at 2pm

The Final;

The final of Spain V Netherlands promises to be a fast paced juicey football game by two of Europes hottest footballing countries. Neither country has won the World Cup previously so this match will be a tough battle as neither would want this chance to slip through their fingers.

This will also be the first time the World Cup has been won by a European country outside of Europe and also the first time of back to back European winners, as the last World Cup was won by Italy on 2006.

Full match review at Fifa.com

3rd Place Play Off;

The 3rd place play off is often regarded as a more open and entertaining match as the two teams have alot less to loose than the finalists. The Germany V Uruguay game should provide a solid match with the Germans aiming to come away with 3rd place after a very promising tournament.

Full match review at Fifa.com

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2010 World Cup Final Tickets

July 7, 2010

According to the interactive ticket table on the Fifa website; https://lmsfwctickets.fifa.com/LMS/MatchAvailability.aspx there are still tickets available for the semi final in Durban and also the 3rd/4th place play off match on Saturday night in Port Elizabeth at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

If you are interested in the semi final tickets you will need to be at the official ticketing office in Durban in order to purchase it as all online transactions for this match would now be closed.

According to Fifa there are no tickets available for the final!

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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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Quarter Finals Match Ups

July 1, 2010

There are two matches that clearly stand out as giving the potential to produce classic matches; Netherlands V Brazil and Argentina V Germany. All four of these teams are worthy finalists and all are potential winners!

Uruguay Uruguay Flag V Ghana Flag Ghana
Match 58 – Quarter-finals – 02 July – 20:30 kick off SA Time
Johannesburg – Soccer City Stadium
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249718/match=300061508/index.html

Netherlands Netherlands Flag V Brazil Flag Brazil
Match 57 – Quarter-finals – 02 July – 16:00 kick off SA Time
Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth – Port Elizabeth Stadium
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249718/match=300061507/index.html

Argentina Argentina Flag V Germany Flag Germany
Match 59 – Quarter-finals – 03 July – 16:00 kick off SA Time
Cape Town – Cape Town Stadium
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249718/match=300061505/index.html

Paraguay Paraguay Flag V Spain Flag Spain
Match 60 – Quarter-finals – 03 July – 20:30 kick off SA Time
Johannesburg – Ellis Park Stadium
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249718/match=300061506/index.html

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