World Cup Buzz Archives for January 2010

David Villa’s Goal for Spain Against Portugal Was Offside: 3D Video

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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.

But it should have been disallowed for offside.

World Cup Results: Day 19

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Spain 1, Portugal 0

David Villa scored for the third straight game as the European champions ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal's World Cup dreams in the final round of 16 matchup.

There wasn't much action in the opening stages as Portugal seemed happy to concede possession but refused to concede a goal.

World Cup 2010 Day 19 (Spain-Portugal, Paraguay-Japan): World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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.

World Cup Results: Day 18

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The Netherlands 2, Slovakia 1

The return of Arjen Robben to the starting lineup kicked the Holland offense into high gear as they dismantled an outclassed Slovakian side.

Robben made his presence known in the 18th minute with a cracking left-footed strike from just outside the box threading it through three defenders and the goalkeeper to open the scoring.

Why South Africa 2010 Is The Best Thing That Could Have Happened To Europe

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England, France, Italy. Proverbial heavyweights 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.

World Cup 2010 Day 18: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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 Buzz Podcast.

Referee!!

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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 in October.

Who will England blame?

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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 ‘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.

World Cup 2010 Day 17: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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.

World Cup Results: Day 16

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Ghana 2, USA 1

The United States couldn't muster one last comeback as Ghana kept African hopes alive  with a 2-1 victory.

The Black Stars continued America's early-game woes when Kevin-Prince Boateng beat Tim Howard in the fifth minute with a rocket from 16 yards out.

World Cup 2010 Day 16: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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?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 Buzz Podcast.

Uruguay V South Korea Live Thoughts

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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.

Why Italy Had To Lose In Such A Disgraceful Way

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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. Why? 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.

Ref Forces Nicklas Bendtner To Color His Socks In World Cup Game

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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 against Japan.

FIFA rules declare that players are not supposed to wear tape that isn't the same color as their socks.

Write The Future Starring Robinho: New Nike World Cup Video

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Watch the sneak preview of Nike's new Write The Future viral video featuring Brazil's Robinho making mincemeat of his opposition as he dribbles past the opposition.

The new Nike viral World CUp video is supposed to premiere next week. Enjoy.

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World Cup Results: Day 15

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Brazil 0, Portugal 0

Brazil topped the proverbial "Group of Death" with relative ease with Portugal following them into the knockout rounds courtesy of a 0-0 draw.

It was a day when two of the most prolific offenses in the game created a fair amount of chances and half-chances but couldn't finish them off.

It’s a Knockout

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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.

World Cup Results: Day 14

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Italian captain Fabio Cannavaro leaves the field after a 3-2 loss to Slovakia eliminated the former champions

Slovakia 3, Italy 2

An aging Italian defense let in three goals as the defending champions flamed out of the tournament with a shocking defeat to Slovakia.

World Cup 2010 Day 15: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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 States-Ghana.

World Cup 2010 Day 14: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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?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.

How Do You Say Goodbye In Italian?

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"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 Comments on US World Cup Victory On Fox News

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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 Clinton.

Still, nice to see some soccer coverage on national news channels.

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World Cup 2010 Day 13: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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 Podcast.

Win World Cup Prizes at Wowies World Cup Viewing Parties in South Florida

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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.

World Cup Results: Day 13

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Landon Donovan celebrates his game-winning goal against Algeria

USA 1, Algeria 0

Landon Donovan's thrilling, last gasp rebound 45 seconds into injury time sent America into hysterics and the Americans to the top of Group C.

Both the United States and Algeria entered the match needing a win to advance to the knockout round.

Liveblog: Group D finale

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Follow all the action from the final round of games in Group D.

Ghana vs Germany

Australia vs Serbia

Group D Final Round

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USA v Algeria: In Pictures

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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:

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Another World Cup, Same Old England

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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 quickly diminishing.

USA Beats Algeria With Donovan Goal: Video

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Congratulations to Landon Donovan and the United States men's national team with an injury time winner to beat Algeria and send the US through to the second round.

Watch the above video to see the brilliant goal by Landon Donovan,

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Samaras Watch: Greece V Argentina

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Not this time...but 2012...?

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.

Au Revoir France: Compilation Video of France in World Cup 2010

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BBC has produced a video highlighting the exit of France from the 2010 World Cup (thanks to 101 Great Goals for the video).

To me, it's a video that sums up how awful France was during this tournament both on and off the pitch. And what a disgrace they were to World football.

World Cup Results: Day 12

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Uruguay 1, Mexico 0

Uruguay topped group A with a 1-0 victory over Mexico. The match was more competitive than many observers anticipated because a draw would have assured advancement for both teams.

Mexico's Andres Guardado nearly had the goal of the tournament when his bullet from well over 30 yards out hit the underside of the crossbar but couldn't sneak over the line.

Yakubu Misses Open Goal to Send Nigeria Out of World Cup

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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 Cup.

Domenech Refuses to Shake Hands with Carlos Alberto Parreira: Video

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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 any worse.

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.

World Cup 2010 Day 12: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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.

France V South Africa Live Thoughts

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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 unrest within.

World Cup 2010: Could Your Team Be Eliminated by the Drawing of Lots?

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As the final group stage matches begin today, the process of figuring out which teams 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 scored could in fact be enough to see your team through.

Portugal 7-0 North Korea: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Goal: Video

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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.

Experiencing Brazil v Ivory Coast and Holland v Japan in South Africa

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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 boarded yet.

World Cup Results: Day 11

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Chile's Mark Gonzalez scores a winner against Switzerland

Portugal 7, North Korea 0

Christiano Ronaldo finally scored for a Portuguese side who will almost certainly move on to the round of 16 following an absolute blowout of North Korea in Monday's early game.

World Cup 2010 Day 11: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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.

World Cup Results: Day 10

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Paraguay 2, Slovokia 0

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.

World Cup 2010 Day 10: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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Brazil has clinched a place in the knockout stage, for which Kaká 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.

Does Sven Care About Football Anymore?

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Greed And A Lack Of Passion

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 instant response.

Italy V New Zealand Live Thoughts

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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.

World Cup 2010 Day 9: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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 world.

World Cup Results: Day Nine

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The Netherlands 1, Japan 0

A lone second-half strike from Wesley Sneijder sent The Netherlands to the top of group E and assured their place in the round of 16.

The first half offered little in the way of chances as each team struggled to find an offensive rhythm.

Group C Thoughts: England Fans Owe Rooney and Three Lions an Apology

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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.

Why I Love the Vuvuzelas in World Cup 2010

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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.

North Korea’s Jong Tae-Se Cries Tears of Joy During National Anthem

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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 J-League.

World Cup Results: Day Eight

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Serbia 1, Germany 0

Serbia salvaged hopes of advancement with a 1-0 victory over 10-men Germany, who lost their first group-stage match since 1986.

Milan Jovanovic scored just one minute after German striker Miroslav Klose was sent off in the 37th minute after he accumulated two controversial yellow cards.

World Cup 2010 Day 8: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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.

USA Winning Goal Disallowed by Referee: Evidence of Pushing

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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.

World Cup Results: Day Seven

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Javier Hernandez celebrates his game-winning goal against France

Argentina 4, South Korea 1

Argentina all but assured their advancement to the knockout stage with a 4-1 defeat of South Korea in Thursday's early match which included an own goal and a hat trick by Gonzalo Higuain.

Domenech has been the sole scapegoat for too long

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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 performance.

World Cup 2010 Day 7: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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.

I Guess Thats Why They Call Them Les Bleus

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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.

The 11 Greatest Goals of Brazil 1982’s Magic Team: Video

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When we think back to previous World Cup tournaments, many fans myself included look back to the 1982 Brazil side as the best in our living memory.

The names of the players conjure some beautiful memories. Players such as Socrates, Eder, Falcao, Junior, Zico and others.

Thanks to YouTube, all of them are the incredible goals that they scored in the 1982 World Cup are featured in the above video.

Greece V Nigeria Live Thoughts (Samaras Watch!)

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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.

World Cup 2010 Day 6: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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.

World Cup Results: Day Six

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Chile 1, Honduras 0

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.  Chile dominated play, possessing the ball 64% of the time and had many chances to extend their lead.

World Cup Power Rankings: Round 1

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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.

The World Cup, So Far, So So

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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.

Spain 0-1 Switzerland: Swiss Stun European Champions

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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.

Spain V Switzerland Live Thoughts

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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.

It’s Too Early to Call the 2010 World Cup Boring

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I've read with increasing bafflement the degree to which this World Cup has already been analysed, dissected and dismissed as ‘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.

Pele Returns to Play for Brazil to Score One Final Goal

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What if Pele was brought out of retirement to try to score one final goal for Brazil?

The premise sounds intriguing, and that's exactly what was done in a recent TV commercial. In the fictitious story, Pele returns for Brazil and tries to score his 1284th career goal in an ad entitled "O último gol do Pelé.

World Cup 2010 Day 5: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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.

Vuvuzelas: Should FIFA Ban Them From The World Cup?

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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.

Ivory Coast V Portugal Live Thoughts

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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.

World Cup Opening Ceremony: Reflections

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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.

World Cup 2010 Day 4: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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.

Germany 4, Australia 0: Race For First In Group D Is Now Vital

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World Cup Babes of Argentina, Mexico, USA and Others: Pictures

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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 Serbia.

What If ITV Had Broadcasted the 1966 World Cup Final?

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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!

Four Wonderful World Cup Goal Celebrations

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Football is a game of moments—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.

World Cup 2010 Day 3: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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.

In Praise of Those Who are Rarely Praised – ABC/ESPN, the Referees and FIFA

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As the first weekend of World Cup action draws to a close, the tournament has proven itself to be thoroughly captivating. 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.

Germany V Australia Live Thoughts

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Back once again for Sunday's late game which see's the German side look to have another good World Cup campaign, 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.

World Cup Day 2, United States-England: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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.

England Goalkeeper Robert Green’s Mistake Against USA: Video

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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.

Jabulani – Criticisms and Controversies

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The controversy against World Cup balls has been creating quite a fuss for sometime now. The Adidas Jabulani, which means ‘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.

Argentina V Nigeria Live Thoughts

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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.

Samaras Watch: Greece V South Korea

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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.

South Africa-Mexico, France-Uruguay: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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.

World Cup Reflection: June 11

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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.

France v Uruguay: In Pictures

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South Africa V Mexico Thoughts Live

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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 Africa.

World Cup Daily Ticker: June 10

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Happy World Cup Eve everyone. Here are some top stories from around the world today.

Pirlo To Miss First Two Games

Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo will miss the first two games of the World Cup against Paraguay and New Zealand due to a calf strain picked up in training.

World Cup TV Schedule, World Cup Bracket & More: Get Your Free World Cup Guide

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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.

Why the World Cup Has Lost Its Magic

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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.

World Cup Predictions, Knockout Stage: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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 champions.

Top 7 Bookmaker’s Contenders for the Golden Boot

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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.

World Cup Analysis: Group F

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On paper, Group F is probably the most boring group in the tournament. There are few true superstars and none of the teams play particularly 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.

World Cup: Group C Comments After World Cup Buzz Podcast

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Without being philosophical, it must be said that every individual is entitled to an opinion and to simply ridicule it without substantial support would be unfair. Having listened to the Group C Podcast, there are a  few comments about the main topics being discussed.

- The Top Teams: Every team does have a flaw or will have one during the World Cup.

World Cup Daily Ticker: June 9

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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 Chile at 6:30 am local time.

World Cup Group C Preview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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 Africa.

How Much Corruption Is There In Football? And At A World Cup?

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Triesman's Claims Were Unfounded

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.

Remembering Cameroon’s 1990 World Cup Run

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African Football burst onto the world scene in the summer of 1990. 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.

World Cup Group D Preview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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.

FIFA Must Take Responsibility For Stampede

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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.

World Cup Daily Ticker: June 7

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Fans Stampede At World Cup Warmup

Police and ambulances were called to Makhulong Stadium when fans stampeded trying to get into a warmup match featuring Nigeria and North Korea.

Fifteen people were hurt, including one policeman, and were taken to the hospital for treatment.

World Cup Group B Preview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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.

FIFA World Cup 2010: Umbro’s England Anthem

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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 for England.

Watch the above video to see different people from across England singing the British national anthem, "God Save The Queen.

World Cup Daily Ticker: June 4

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Drogba To Miss World Cup

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.

It’s Not Africa’s Cup Anymore…

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Drogba Out - Big Blow to Africa

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.

Book Review: The American Fan’s World Cup Handbook

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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 beautiful game.

World Cup Group G Preview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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 round.

Why Does Argentina’s Beautiful Disaster Worry Me?

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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 American group.

World Cup Analysis: Group E

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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.

World Cup Daily Ticker: June 3

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Brad Pitt Joins USA Bid Committee

Actor Brad Pitt has joined the United State 2018/22 World Cup Bid Committee joining fellow celebrities Bill Clinton, Drew Carey and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The United States is hoping to host the World Cup despite acting as hosts in 1994.

World Cup Group F Preview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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.

Top Five National Anthems At The World Cup

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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.

World Cup Daily Ticker: June 2

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All-Whites Shock Serbia

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.

World Cup Group A Preview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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.

Ivory Coast Can Help African Football To Grow Up

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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.

World Cup Daily Ticker: June 1

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ESPN Releases England vs. USA Commercial

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 focused advertisement using the opening lines from Thomas Paine's The Crisis.

World Cup Fans From Around The World Share Their Stories

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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.

John Barnes Returns for World In Motion Rap to Boost England

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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.