David Villa's goal for Spain against Portugal Tuesday was top class. Everything from Iniesta's
pass to Xavi's back heel to David Villa's killer strike that rebounded off the goalkeeper and back
to him, and then into the top of the net.
Spain is through to the quarterfinals, eliminating the third ranked team in the world (per FIFA)
in Portugal. They joined Paraguay, who won the tournament's first penalty kick shoot-out to
eliminate Japan. On this episode of the World Cup Buzz Podcast, I am joined by Laurence McKenna to
talk about those matches as well as the news around the 2010 World Cup.
England, France, Italy. ProverbialÂ heavyweightsÂ of Europe are going home in disgrace to
devestated fans and more questions than answers, the most prominent of which is how this happened?
Players like Ribery, Lampard, Rooney, Pirlo, De Rossi, Gerrard and Malouda shouldn't be struggling
against the likes of Algeria, Slovakia and South Africa.
Brazil and the Netherlands are through to the quarterfinals of World Cup 2010 after Monday wins,
sending Chile and Slovakia home while setting-up a match we've looked forward to since the
tournament's onset. To talk about that as well as the last two Round of 16 matches (taking place
Tuesday) I'm joined by Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer for this version of the World Cup
England's short stay in South Africa came to an embarrassing end yesterday afternoon. They did
not have to endure the heartache of an exit via penalties, but they did get their inevitable
controversial moment to hide behind, a moment that will no doubt be used to try and deflect the
fact that England have been ten levels below substandard since topping their qualifying group back
The Three Lions are landing back on their home turf today and before they even deplane, the
English media will be on them like hounds. Their defeated faces will be splashed across the
tabloids with horribly corny puns similar to the one shown in Nike's â€˜Write the Future Ad'
And the whole country is going to be grilling Capello, they players, FIFA, the location, and
even the way the EPL is run.
Sunday's highly anticipated match day featuring two great international football rivalries ended
in a relative fizzle, with Germany defeating England (4-1) and Argentina defeating Mexico (3-1) by
multi-goal margins. To talk about those matches and Monday's two Round of 16 fixtures, I was joined
by Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna for this edition of the World Cup Buzz Podcast.
?The United States is out at the Round of 16, losing in extra time to Ghana, but did their play
match the final score? The panel disagrees, discussing that, Uruguay's win over South Korea, and
tomorrow's matched: England-Germany and Argentina-Mexico. It's all on this edition of the World Cup
The start of the knockout stages always makes me rather sad. Because it signals that the end of
another World Cup isn't too far away, but on the plus side, we get to see some of the best nations
in the world attempt to become a hero. I'm sure most of you American readers are preparing yourself
for the big game tonight, and with USA finishing top there has never been a better chance in
moderns times for America to really challenge at the top stage.
After watching the Italian national team's disastrous exit from the World Cup, I could not help
but think that such a flaccid performance was required not just once, but twice.Â Why?Â The myth
of the 2006 champions has punished la Nazionale for far too long, and such a powerful story like
being 'i campioni del mondo' needed to be really shaken out of everyone's minds.
This is one of the most bizarre World Cup videos you're likely to see for quite some time. It
features Denmark's Nicklas Bendtner being forced by a referee to color his socks during the game
FIFA rules declare that players are not supposed to wear tape that isn't the same color as their
The group stages have concluded and now we can all look forward to good old fashioned knockout
Football. What this World Cup has provided us so far has been, well, a bit baffling really, it has
provided little in the way of genuine thrills and excitement but a huge amount of intrigue. It has
been engrossing and most importantly it has provided some genuine surprises.
Group stage is over, with the final four survivors identified. Brazil and Spain are through,
both as group winners, joined from their respective groups by Portugal and Chile. On this edition
of the World Cup Buzz Podcast, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna join me to talk about that
as well as the two Round of 16 match-ups scheduled for Saturday: Uruguay-South Korea and United
?The world champions are out, Italy having been eliminated by Slovakia on Thursday. The Slovaks
do through with Paraguay out of Group F, with the Netherlands and Japan, having beaten Denmark,
advancing in second place. To talk about those results as well as Friday's matches, I was joined by
Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer for this edition of the World Cup Buzz podcast.
"Goodbye in Italian." How do you say that in the native tongue of Italy? After today's
disastrous end to Italy's 2010 World Cup campaign, you may want to remember the word "addio" as in
goodbye World Cup 2010.
To think that the two finalists for the 2006 World Cup Final are both out in the first round of
the 2010 World Cup is unbelievable.
Dennis Miller was on Fox News Wednesday to discuss the United States victory over Algeria. He
had plenty of praise for Landon Donovan, but couldn't resist taking a jab at former President Bill
Still, nice to see some soccer coverage on national news channels.
World Cup: Group C Comments After World Cup Buzz Podcast Without beingÂ philosophical, it must
be said that every individual.
It was a glorious day for the United States and England, who move on from the World Cup's Group
C in first and second place. This weekend, they will meet Ghana and Germany, respectively the two
teams that qualify for the knockout rounds from Group D. To talk about that, and Thursday's action
(Groups E and F) I'm joined by Laurence McKenna for this addition of the World Cup Buzz
If you live in South Florida, there's only one place to be this weekend to watch your World Cup
games and that's Wowies Sports Grill in Boca Raton, Florida. EPL Talk is hosting all of its
official World Cup Viewing Parties at Wowies, a modern sports bar featuring 31 big screen TVs,
three full-liquor bars, excellent food and the lovely Wowies Girls.
The United States achieved an incredible nail-biting last minute win against Algeria Wednesday
to move into the second round of the 2010 World Cup. And here are several of the pictures from the
game and the incredible scenes from Pretoria:
USA Beats Algeria With Donovan Goal: Video Congratulations to Landon Donovan and the United
In the lead up to the make or break tie for England against Slovenia, the general consensus
shared was that England's World Cup campaign/dream was on the verge of collapse if not already
over. A series of unfortunate events had seen England only acquire two points from their opening
two group games and confidence in Fabio Capello and the players ability to qualify from their group
Well...the dream is over. Greece have went crashing out of World Cup 2010 after losing 2-0 to
Argentina, a game that saw Samaras cover around forty yards on his own, as Greece played the entire
game looking to see how few goals they could concede. To his credit, as not only the lone striker
but lone attacker, he did a decent job and should have scored after controlling the ball well, but
after his first shot was blocked and he put the second one wide.
In one of the worst misses of all time, Nigeria's Yakubu Ayegbeni failed to slot the ball into
the open goal from close range for his country against South Korea today. The goal was the
difference between Nigeria going home and advancing through to the second round of the 2010 World
As if we needed another example of how French national team manager Raymond Domenech is a
disgrace. But somehow he managed to end his job in disgrace just when you thought it couldn't get
At the end of France's woeful performance against South Africa, Domenech refused to shake the
hand of Carlos Alberto Parreira, national team manager for South Africa and one of the most
well-respected managers in the international game.
Uruguay, Mexico, Argentina and South Korea are through to the knockout stage of World Cup 2010,
while South Africa, France, Greece and Nigeria are the first teams sent hope. To talk about the
conclusion of Groups A and B and Wednesday, the final day for Groups C and D, I'm joined by
Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer for this edition of the World Cup Buzz Podcast.
Today signals the start of the final games in the World Cup finals group stage and we're bound
to start see jubilation and early heartbreak in the coming week. The first group to complete their
three game schedule is one of the most talked about set of sides in this World Cup and an
interesting tie occurs today as the hosts South Africa, who are on the brink of making history as
the only host nation never to qualify from the group stage, take on a French side with a lot of
As the final group stage matches begin today, the process of figuring out which teamsÂ will
advance to the round of 16 may not be as clear cut as you might think. After a bit of math and
guess work, you may assume that point or extra goal scoredÂ could in factÂ be enough to see your
You often hear people talking about how soccer players should use their head when playing the
sport. But you seldom hear or see them talking about using their neck.
However, that's exactly what Portugal maestro Cristiano Ronaldo did Monday during his team's 7-0
mauling of North Korea when he rolled the ball off the back of his neck into his path to score one
of the goals of the tournament.
Three days ago, I flew into South Africa on a flight fom Atlanta, Georgia. At the departure
gate, proud fans from multiple countries congregated wearing their national colors. Smiles,
handshakes, pats on the back, and the sounds of laughter were all around. Complete strangers were
fast becoming new friends the beautiful game was already weaving it's magic and we hadn't even
Portugal gave us our first true rout of the World Cup, beating North Korea 7-0, while Spain
returned to their winning ways and Chile said goodbye to Valon Behrami and hello to first place in
Group H. To talk about these three Monday matches and a Tuesday's docket which will see four teams
sent home, I was joined by Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer for this edition of the World
Cup Buzz Podcast.
Paraguay moved into sole place in group F with a dominating 2-0 victory over Slovakia.
Enrique Vera opened the scoring with a chip shot following a Slovakian turnover. Paraguay
finally sealed the victory in the 86th minute when Christian Riveros' shot beat an out of position
Jan Mucha to the far post.
Brazil has clinched a place in the knockout stage, for which KakÃ¡ will be rested, thanks to a
one match suspension. The defending world champion Italy was drawn by New Zealand, while Paraguay
sits alone at the top of Group F after their win over Slovakia. To talk about these matches plus
Monday's three fixtures, I was joined by Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer for this edition
of the World Cup Buzz Podcast.
I'm starting this blog in the 68th minute of Ivory Coast's game against Brazil and they are 3-0
down and Sven has just made his second substitute, but unfortunately it is a like-for-like sub and
isn't exactly a response you should be giving when you're losing 3-0 , and even then it wasn't an
I was going to do a live blog for the USA game against Slovenia, and in retrospect I wish I had
done, because instead I went early to watch England's dire performance against an organised Algeria
side. There was also the fact that the USA game was hugely entertaining and I'm expecting their
last match with Algeria to be much the same.
The Netherlands are the first team to have clinched a place in the second round, beating Japan,
while Cameroon is the first be eliminated at World Cup 2010 after losing to Denmark. Also, we
discuss Ghana only getting one point from 10-man Australia when myself, Laurence McKenna, and
Kartik Krishnaiyer engage in a special edition of the World Cup Buzz Podcast, where we take some
time at the end of the show to reflect on how media is coming to grips with the shrinking soccer
England have limped to two draws in World Cup Group C action, having failed to score in 176
consecutive minutes following Steven Gerrard's spectacular 4th minute strike versus the United
States. Once again England are underwhelming in an international tournament, or are they?
The reality of the situation is that England is severally limited squad with a manager who is a
novice to major international competitions.
During the past week, I've had a chance to immerse myself in mainstream America whether it be
sitting in coffee bars overhearing Americans chat, eavesdropping at bars or listening to mainstream
radio or TV programs. The topic that all of them seem to be talking about is the vuvuzelas.
If only some of the England footballers could be as passionate about playing for their country
as Jong Tae-Se was, as evidenced by the player crying tears of joy when the national anthem for
North Korea was played.
Jong Tae-Se was born in Japan and lived there his whole life, where he plays in the
Was the United States robbed by the referee against Slovenia? Perhaps, but we were all robbed of
a football match from England and Algeria, two results that overshadowed the days' biggest
surprise: the? Serbian derailing of the Nationalmannschaft. On this edition of the World Cup Buzz
podcast, I'm joined by Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer to talk about Friday's triad of
results and the trio of matches awaiting us on Saturday.
Koman Coulibaly denied US a win Friday against Slovenia when he ruled that US were pushing
Slovenian players. However, as can be seen in the photo above (courtesy of The Offside Rules), it
was the Slovenia players who were doing all of the pushing and holding including a bear hug on
Michael Bradley which prevented the US midfielder from having a scoring chance.
The performance of the French team drew many different emotions from football fans around the
world. Mexico fans surely enjoyed the sight of their team overhauling a major European football
nation. French fans must have felt huge frustration watching their side put in such a lethargic
Argentina all-but-claimed Group B their own, rolling to a 4-1 victory over the South Koreans.
Greece gets their first win in World Cup history at 10-man Nigeria's expense, while Mexico earns
Ireland's most preferred nation status by push France to the proverbial precipice. Joining me to
talk about that is Kartik Krishnaiyer for this edition of the World Cup Buzz Podcast.
France succeeded in serving up one of the dullest matches in world cup history against Uruguay
on Friday. They played with a similar lack of heart and passion tonight, luckily Mexico's desire to
play Football won out.
It was a pleasure to see a side in green finally get the right result against the French.
Another day of football and the World Cup is starting to get exciting as we are into the second
round of group stage matches. This is a live edition of Samaras watch, and worldcupbuzz is your
only place to follow all the action on potential golden boot winner Georgios Samaras. There is
outrage in the football world today however, as Otto Rehhagel has lost the plot by dropping
Samaras to the bench.
Switzerland pulls off the first major upset of the tournament, Chile broke out the Twister and
got this party (re-)started, ?while Uruguay's awakening has South Africa on the verge of going
dormant. To talk about these matches as well the matches on Thursday's agenda, I'm joined by Kartik
Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna for this version of the World Cup Buzz podcast.
Jean Beausejour's 34th minute tap-in snapped Chile's 48-year World Cup winless drought to down
Honduras in both team's opening match. Â Chile dominated play,Â possessingÂ the ball 64% of the
time and had many chances to extend their lead.
After five days of conservative competition, all 32 nations have taken to the field for their
opening match. Germany showed some early dominance while Spain is in an early hole. These are the
power rankings for all 32 teams upon the conclusion of the Spain vs. Switzerland match. Feel free
to leave your power rankings in the comments section below.
When Siphiwe Tshabalala gloriously fired home the first goal of the World Cup it looked like we
had a tournament on our hands. Unfortunately, France and Uruguay took to the pitch straight
afterwards and in a heartbeat the previous match was a distant memory, I can't remember the last
time I watched a game that was so bad it hurt to watch it.
Switzerland caused the first major upset of the 2010 World Cup tournament today when it beat
Spain 1-0 in a very entertaining match.
The foreboding news for Spain is that no country has ever won the World Cup after losing their
first game of the tournament. Also worryingly for Spain, Iniesta was substituted after picking up
an injury, while Fernando Torres looked very rusty up front after coming on in the second half.
The nation of South Africa will feel the tension once again tonight, as their country plays
their second group game tonight against Uruguay, who played out a terrible 0-0 draw with France in
their opening game. First though, the tournament favourites are in action, as the Spanish take to
the field against an organised Swiss side.
I've read with increasing bafflement the degree to which this World Cup has already been
analysed, dissected and dismissed as â€˜the most boring in living memory' to quote one
correspondent earlier in the week.
Perhaps this is all part of a very modern habit of wanting to compartmentalize, archive and
define life as it happens, rather than take a step back and wait for it all to be over before
drawing your conclusions, some seem to relish taking a position on it after a few days and then
will see the rest of the tournament through that prism.
Cote d'Ivoire and Portugal made up the marquee match-up on Tuesday, but it was the efforts of
New Zealand (against Slovakia) and North Korea (against Brazil) that wrote the stories. In this
edition of the World Cup Buzz podcast, I'm joined by special guest The Gaffer to wrap-up Tuesday's
action from South Africa 2010.
Love them or hate them, the Vuvuzelas are here to stay in South Africa. At least that's the
latest stance from FIFA. However, that doesn't help the soccer fans around the world who are going
nuts because of the droning sound of the vuvuzelas that are ruining the TV viewing experience.
Back once again after a brief hiatus, I could have chosen to do the Brazil game later on but I'm
not as familiar with North Korean football I'm afraid, so I'm here to tell give updates and
thoughts on one of the first rounds most anticipated ties Ivory Coast V Portugal. Drogba does not
play today and will be on the bench, maybe nobody signed his cast and he's thrown a tantrum.
Ever since London won the bid for the 2012 Olympics, opening ceremonies have become of
significant importance to us Brits, even more so after Beijing's breathtaking opening to the 2008
games. We are in the middle of a recession, all we can currently provide is Fatima Whitbread and
Daley Thompson standing on top of an open top London Bus eagerly waving a solitary sparkler.
Two surprise results highlight the fourth day of action of South Africa 2010. Joining me to talk
about them is co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer as we break down the Netherlands' opening win over
Denmark, Japan's first World Cup win away from home (beating Cameroon), and Paraguay drawing with
reigning champions Italy.
The girls from Wowies dressed up in body paint and bikinis this past weekend to celebrate the
debut of the 2010 World Cup.
The girls, all of whom are bartenders at Wowies Sports Grill in Boca Raton, Florida, dressed in
the colors of some of the top teams in the tournament including Argentina, Germany, Mexico, USA and
What would have happened if ITV had broadcasted the 1966 World Cup Final featuring England
against West Germany? Based on their major flub during the England against United States match
where millions of viewers missed the opening goal by Steven Gerrard, it would have looked something
like the above animated GIF!
Football is a game of momentsâ€”90 some minutes of a constant ebb and flow of anticipation that
many hope will end in an eruption of cheers and not hands to the face disappointment. And when
someone sends a ball hurdling towards the goal, there is a moment of suspense when the players, the
fans, and everyone else all stop for a very brief second wondering, waiting, watching.
Germany trounced Australia in their World Open opener. Ghana because the first Africa team to
win, while Slovenia moved to the top of Group C. On this edition of the World Cup Buzz podcast,
myself, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishanaiyer review Sunday's action and look for want to
Mondays matches while taking time to get an update on Group C.
As the first weekend of World Cup action draws to a close, the tournament has proven itself to
be thoroughly captivating.Â While the South African, USA and Ghana teams may have created the most
unforeseen results with the ball at their feet, there have been some tremendously positive
surprises apart from the players and teams.
Back once again for Sunday's late game which see's the German side look to have another good
World Cup campaign,Â but Australia stand in their way and have enough quality to get the win. I do
write these live and spell check when I have a chance, but you may have to excuse some of my
spelling and punctuation today as I appear to be suffering from a hangover, after a Saturday night
I can barely remember.
It finally came. It finally went. The United States versus England, and as if there was any way
we would forget the result, Robert Green made sure to make Saturday's match an inadvertent classic.
On this show, Laurence McKenna, Kartik Krishnaiyer and myself discuss the results of that match,
Argentina's win over Nigeria, and South Korea's win over Greece.
You have to feel at least a little bit sorry for Robert Green. No one, especially him, will ever
forget his blunder for England against the United States in the 2010 World Cup when Clint Dempsey's
shot went straight to Green, but the England goalkeeper fumbled the save and the ball found its way
into the back of the net.
The controversy against World Cup balls has been creating quite a fuss for sometime now. The
Adidas Jabulani, which means â€˜to celebrate' in Zulu, is the 11th edition of adidas's FIFA World
Cup balls. The 11 colours that are present on the Jabulani pay tribute to both football and the
country in which Africa's first-ever FIFA World Cup will be held.
I was too engrossed in Greece and Samaras to write a blog about that game and it's left me
somewhat disappointed in the lads (see blog below). But today's 3pm game should see some
entertainment as Argentina take on Nigeria, and Diego Maradonna makes his first appearance as
manager of his country at a World Cup finals.
If you've read some of my previous blogs, you may know that I put 10 English pence on Giorgios
Samaras to win the golden boot at the World Cup and for Greece to win the World Cup. With odds of
3000/1, I would have been stupid not put this bet on, and today was the day of judgement for big
Sam as the Greek boys went out to take on the mighty South Korea.
Four years of waiting is over, and Richard (me) is a little choken up. He, Laurence McKenna and
Kartik Krishnaiyer stop to reflect on World Cup 2010's significance amidst discussion of South
Africa's tie with Mexico, France's draw with Uruguay, and Saturday's matches: Greece-Korea,
Argentina-Nigeria, and England-United States.
Well, it's here. The day soccer fans all around the world have been obsessing over finally
arrived in a glorious eruption of African culture. FIFA president Sepp Blatter and South African
president Jacob Zuma declared the tournament officially open after a raucous opening ceremony.
I know many websites (in England atleast) give live commentary updates, which leads people to
almost break the refresh button on their computer, but I thought that considering I have been
massively excited for this moment for the past year at least, i'd give it a go and let you know
updates from the game and what i'm thinking as I'm watching the opening of the World Cup in South
If you're looking for the World Cup TV schedule, World Cup bracket or rosters for each of the 32
teams in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, look no further. Today we've released the World Cup Buzz Guide to
the 2010 World Cup, a free 40-page PDF that features the World Cup TV schedule for US readers, as
well as one handy bracket and a list of the 23-man squad for each of the 32 teams.
Am I alone in thinking the World Cup has lost its magic? Maybe it is just me, but there just
doesn't seem much to get excited about. I am fearful that we could be in line for a bit of a damp
squib of a tournament. I am gripped by World Cup indifference, not World Cup fever.
There will be no surprise packages, no unknown player announcing himself on the world stage.
You have invested the last month with us, though the expert interviews to the two weeks of group
breakdowns, and now the day before the 2010 World Cup starts Laurence McKenna, Kartik Krishnaiyer
and myself make out final predictions: the Round of 16 to the July 11 final. Join us in this final
preparatory step for South Africa 2010 as we tell you who we think will be the next world
The Golden Boot is every striker's dream, the dream he longs for, the dream to crave for.
Picking a player for the most number of goals gets tricky as the World Cup is a completely
different stage as compared to the club level football. The contenders are expected but the
tournament has thrown up unexpected winners in the past.
On paper, Group F is probably the most boring group in the tournament. There are few true
superstars and none of the teams playÂ particularlyÂ attractive football. Italy (SPI rank 11) are
four years removed from their triumph in Germany and coach Marcello Lippi seems adamantly opposed
to changing anything from 2006.
Without beingÂ philosophical, it must be said that every individual is entitled toÂ an opinion
and to simply ridiculeÂ itÂ without substantial support would be unfair. Having listened to the
Group C Podcast,Â there are a Â few comments about the main topics being discussed.
- The Top Teams: Every team does have a flaw or will have one during the World
Honduran Government Gives Employees Time Off For World Cup
The Honduran government has given nearly 200,000 public workers time off in order to watch their
national team play in the World Cup. Employees will not have to come to work until 10 am local time
on June 16 when Honduras takes on ChileÂ at 6:30 am local time.
We left the most anticipated to the end, with today's episode of the World Cup Buzz Podcast
breaking down Group C. In that group England is the seed, and they are joined by Algeria, Slovenia,
and a United States team that will look to conjure the same magic used on their last trip to South
Amidst the battle for the right to host the 2018 World Cup, England's bid was dealt a severe
blow as British paper, The Mail On Sunday decided to run a story which stated that Lord Triesman
(who at the time was the head of the English F.A and the England World Cup bid) suggested that
Spain and Russia had an agreement, in which Russia's bid would be supported by Spain if Russia
helped bribe referees in Spain's favour at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
African Football burst onto the world scene in the summer of 1990.Â Just months after the world
applauded Nelson Mandela's release from prison after 27 years, the Indomitable Lions would give the
world a view into the future of African Football. The irony is that it was a 38 year old whose best
years as a footballer appeared to be in a rear view mirror.
The deepest group in the tournament was made all the more interesting when injuries to Michael
Ballack and Michael Essien took the two biggest names out of Group D. On this episode of the World
Cup Buzz podcast, myself, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer consider what the absences of
Ballack and Heiko Westermann do to Germany's chances to get out of a group that also features
Ghana, Serbia, and Australia.
This is how FIFA responded to the news that over a dozen people were hurt involving a warmup
match to their tournament. "FIFA and the OC [local organizing committee] would like to reiterate
that this friendly match has no relation whatsoever with the operational organization of the 2010
FIFA World Cup, for which we remain fully confident.
Argentina's turbulent qualifying ride is over, and now they look to be one of the stronger teams
at the World Cup. To look at the Albiceleste and their group which includes Greece, Nigeria, and
South Korea I was joined by Laurence McKenna and Kartik Kishnaiyer to break down each squad and
match and determine the two teams best situated to survive Group B.
World Cup Buzz writer Rob McCluskey recently penned a story about his Top Five National Anthems
at the World Cup. Now it's Umbro's turn to roll out a national anthem and, not surprisingly, it's
Watch the above video to see different people from across England singing the British national
anthem, "God Save The Queen.
Dider Drogba will miss the World Cup for the Ivory Coast. The prolific Chelsea striker suffered
a broken arm in the Elephant's 2-0 victory over Japan. Teammate Kolo Toure says Drogba told him
"the World Cup is finished."
Drogba has scored 44 goals in 69 appearances for the Ivory Coast, considered by many to be the
best African team at the World Cup.
The 2010 World Cup created quite a lot of excitement, mainly due to the fact it was the first
World Cup to be hosted in the continent of Africa, and the most suitable venue was South Africa,
due to it having a rather strong economy. There are always hiccups in the process, and the odd
scare thrown out by the media in order to sell a few papers, but in terms of building the stadiums,
promoting the tournament and creating an exciting atmosphere, South Africa has done itself proud
and with one week to go, we are ready for the World Cup.
Mayer Weisel has compiled the must have handbook for this summer for the not so rabid soccer fan
looking to take in their first World Cup. In his new book, Weisel lays out the who, what, when,
where and why's of world football and soccer in regards to viewership in the states.
More a tool than a beach side read, The American Fan's World Cup Handbook will be
perfect for your office mates and friends who hope to enjoy some matches yet know nothing of the
Brazil is one of the anointed co-favorites but are in the tritely dubbed Group of Death with
Cote d'Ivoire, North Korea and rival Portugal.
On this edition of the World Cpu Buzz podcast, Laurence McKeena, Kartik Krishnaiyer and myself
look at the Selecao and the rest of World Cup's Group G, discussing each team and breaking down the
group's six matches as we try to get an idea of which pair will move into the tournament's second
So they almost didn't make it, but in the end won the last two games to make sure they would be
part of the World Cup party. It all came down to the final match to get through though. They had to
win in Montevideo for the first time in 33 years to make sure they finished 4th in the South
This is yet another group in which the race for second place is far more fascinating than the
race for first. The Netherlands (SPI rank 5) is the unquestioned favorite after a thoroughly
dominating qualifying campaign. Denmark (SPI rank 20) is looking to reclaim some of the glory from
their 1992 European Championship.
Despite winning their UEFA qualifying group, the defending world champions' Italy have failed to
impress since winning the 2006 World Cup. Many will point to history in warning against reading too
much into the Italian's results, while others will point to the squad's age as a reason to think a
different type of history will be made in South Africa.
Being from England, I've never been keen on our own national anthem. Sure, God Save the Queen
will still get me excited, but I'd prefer it if Land Of Hope And Glory was our personal national
anthem, and this mainly stems from the fact some countries have great national anthems. You may
find national anthems boring, but no doubt you will not be able to deny that in an important game
for your country, they can make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
New Zealand defeated Serbia 1-0 in a World Cup warmup casting serious doubt on a Serbian side
looking to advance deep into the tournament. Shane Smeltz put the visitors ahead in the 22 minute
and the Europeans could never find the equalizer.
South Africa as the seeded nation in Group A has created the most evenly-matched group in the
tournament, with the Bafana Bafana's home pitch advantage helping to mitigate the talent gap
between them and their other group mates: France, Mexico and Uruguay. On this edition of the World
Cup Buzz podcast, Laurence McKenna, Kartik Krishnaiyer and myself preview the group that starts
play on June 11, detailing each time and going match-by-match to determine which teams should
advance to the second round.
Since 1990, when Cameroon became the first African nation to reach the Quarter Finals of the
World Cup, only one other African country has made it to the same point, Senegal in 2002. Despite
the consistent leaps in quality, ability and tactical attitude, Africa has consistently failed to
make the next breakthrough on the world stage.
We're only 11 days away from the marquee matchup of the opening round, England vs. USA. To
capitalize on the growing anticipation ESPN has released a Revolutionary-War focusedÂ advertisement
using the opening lines from Thomas Paine's The Crisis.
Coca-Cola, in conjunction with K'naan, have released five, two-minute vignettes profiling soccer
fans from around the world. Young fans from Toronto, Houston, Istanbul Seoul and Tokyo express
their love for the beautiful game and its biggest stage.
This is the latest effort from the Atlanta soda company in their soccer-centric marketing
campaign and product placement is a focal point in these advertisements.
In the summer of 1990, New Order's "World In Motion" was the anthem that was blaring out of car
radios, boomboxes and stereos across England. It was New Order's only number one single in England,
but what a song it was. It captured the mood and spirit felt in England that summer as the world
seemed like it was in motion watching England triumphantly succeed in the 1990 World Cup only to
fall at nearly the last hurdle on penalties against Germany in the semi-final.