ESPN's torrential onslaught of World Cup coverage seems to have been vindicated as 24.3 million
Americans tuned in to either ABC or Univision to watch the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and
According to overnight estimates from the Nielson corporation, 15.5 million viewers tuned into
the English broadcast on ABC with an 8.
The world of football hasÂ shed a collective tear today, after it was revealed that Paul the
octopus, from Germany, is ready for the quiet life, by retiring from the psychic business. Paul the
psychic octopus has become as much a talking point in some countries as vuvuzelas, and his
incredible predicting abilities have made him not only loved by many, but also severely hated by
millions of people.
It was hardly a spectacle to behold and failed to embody what some of us call "the beautiful
game", but it was a finale to the World Cup nonetheless and happily served up talking points. The
resounding feeling from football fans worldwide must be a sense of loss, regardless of the final
Spain has won their first world title, a 116th minute goal from Andres Iniesta giving the
European Champions the 2010 World Cup with a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands. It was a match
defined by missed opportunities and aggressive play, with the Dutch taking their new-found
pragmatism to unexpected levels.
It was a long and tense World Cup Final. Spain kept on creating chances up front and rifling
shots after shots at the Netherlands, but the Dutch kept the Spaniards out of the game until late
in extra time. It only seemed like a matter of time before Spain would score, and score they did
with a well-taken goal by Andres Iniesta.
Wherever you live in the world, how will you be experiencing the World Cup Final today? Will you
be watching it at home? And if so, have you prepared anything special for the game such as beers,
food or rituals such as watching World Cup games before the final kicks off.
For me, I'll be spending the morning with my family before heading to Wowies in Boca Raton this
Soccer City on Sunday evening will see the showdown of two of the most in form teams in World
Football over the past two years. The Netherlands boast the superior form record that stretches
back to September 2008 and sees them unbeaten in 25 matches. The Spanish are not far behind, and
all but for two losses against the United States at last years Confederations Cup and against
Switzerland at this years World Cup respectively, they would be unbeaten like their Dutch
The most famous cephalopod in the world has made his prediction for Sunday's World Cup Final
clash between the Netherlands and Spain. Paul the octopus, who correctly predicted all six of
Germany's results during the World Cup, thinks Spain will win their first trophy on Sunday while
Germany will claim the bronze for a second consecutive tournament.
Ben Shires and the Wrapped Up team are back to wrap up the round in which four teams became two
the 2010 FIFA World Cup semi finals. There's a trippy recreation of the Van Bronckhorst goal with
commentary from a couple of Dutch stoners, PLUS we see why nobody would refuse an offer from Fabio
Capello, and more.
A new World Cup champion will be crowned on Sunday when European Champions' Spain face
three-time finalists, the Netherlands. Before that, Germany and Uruguay will meet to contest the
third place match in Port Elizabeth. To discuss those two matches, I was joined by Laurence McKenna
and Kartik Krishnaiyer on this edition of the World Cup Buzz Podcast.
If you live in South Florida and you're looking for somewhere to watch the World Cup Final,
Wowies Sports Grill in Boca Raton is the place to be. The modern sports bar will be televising the
final between Spain and Netherlands live on Sunday at 2:30pm. Plus,Â Wowies will also be showing
the Third Place Playoff Final between Uruguay and Germany on Saturday at 2:30pm.
In this episode, Germany's manager Jogi LÃ¶w hits the streets of London to give his Fashion
LÃ¶wdown. PLUS the video show takes a look at some of Brazil's goals courtesy of Brazilian channel
El Loco Televizione. And interviews Dutch fans (and some Dutch wannabees) in London.
A new name will be added to the long list of deserved World Cup winners on Sunday evening, as
Spain took to their first semi final on the biggest stage of international football like the
Germans typically do to international tournaments. Their patient and controlled performance over
their opponents left them merited occupants of a berth in the final and proclaimed favourites.
Spain is through to their first World Cup final, keeping a clean sheet against the powerful
Germans, advancing to Sunday's final with a 1-0 victory. To talk about the match, I am joined by
Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer for this edition of the World Cup Buzz Podcast.
It was just two years ago when Germany played Spain in the final of the 2008 European
Championship. In that game, Fernando Torres was the difference between both sides. Today, it's
another game completely where Germany must be seen as the clear favorites to advance to the final.
But never underestimate the Spaniards.
One of the biggest viral hits on the Internet has now come to soccer. The popular "Will It
Blend?" series by Blendtec has tried to blend everything from iPhones to baseballs and much more in
And now it's the turn of the dreaded (or lovely, depending on which side of the fence you sit
We are now deep into the business end of the World Cup. A stage of the tournament that harshly
punishes mistakes and greatly rewards teams that can bridge a gap towards success. Whether this
path to success is paved by individual greatness or well-crafted team displays of tactical
supremacy, the winner of this competition will be those who fail to make a sufficient amount of
mistakes to lose.
The Netherlands is through to its first final since 1978 after defeating Uruguay 3-2, sending
Uruguay to Saturday's third place match while the Netherlands play Sunday in Johnnesburg. To talk
about Tuesday's semifinal and preview Wednesday's match, I was joined by Laurence McKenna for this
edition of the World Cup Buzz Podcast.
Uruguay vs Netherlands. Before the World Cup started, few people would have predicted that you
would see these two teams in the semi-finals. But both teams deserve to be there. Netherlands after
beating Brazil. Uruguay after overcoming the odds to beat Ghana. And now they both face off against
If you're looking for goal highlights from Uruguay vs Netherlands, here they are.
In a recent article about my 7 wish list items for the rest of the World Cup, the one thing I
neglected to list was a game featuring some amazing goals. Well, we finally got one as Uruguay and
Netherlands put on an amazing performance featuring four incredible goals each different than the
World Cup 2010 is down to four teams, two of which play on Tuesday in the tournament's first
semifinal. Uruguay, the surprise of the tournament, takes on a Netherlands team coming off their
victory over the competition's favorites.
To talk about that match as well as answer some of the feedback we got from our Luis SuÃ¡rez
discussion, I welcome Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna to this edition of the World Cup Buzz
The trials and tribulations of this â€˜New Germany' at the World Cup so far have been nothing
short of surprising. In a similar fashion to the past two tournaments, they entered the fray as a
team that had been written off and not expected to progress deep into the latter stages of the
Throughout the course of history, people have demonstrated selfless acts in order to see the
success and progression of their country or team. The famous last words of the Antarctic explorer
Lawrence Oates, "I am just going outside and may be some time", depict a truly benevolent act of
self-sacrifice from a man willing to end his own life in order to save those of his expedition
Germany has put up another four goal game this time, eliminating a team that had become one of
the favorites, sending Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi out of World Cup 2010. The Germans advance
to Wednesday's semifinal to face Spain, who barely advanced past Paraguay thanks to David Villa's
fifth goal of the tournament.
Who would have expected Germany to score the best goal of the 2010 World Cup so far? Plus, they
scored it in such a way that it looked like a goal reminiscent of a Diego Maradona or Lionel Messi
highlight reel. But this time, it was Bastian Schweinsteiger who dribbled past four Argentina
players and crossed the ball into the box for German defender Arne Friedrich to score an incredible
Out of all of the quarter-finals this weekend, Spain against Paraguay is probably the one that
soccer aficionados are considering the easiest match-up of the bunch. The vast majority of people
consider that Spain will cruise to victory in this game. But Paraguay is definitely not a team to
When Ghana lost on penalties today to Uruguay, my eyes welled up with tears. Over the course of
the 120 minutes, my heart went out to Ghana. This was an African side which personified everything
that is beautiful about the World Cup. Underdogs, pure athleticism, incredible skill and, last but
not least, devastatingly wonderful goals.
Today's match-up between Germany and Argentina isn't simply a World Cup soccer match. It's also
part of the Diego Maradona "show," where we get a chance to watch this magnetic character to see
what he'll do next either on or off the field.
Watching Argentina, I get a sense that both the players and coaching staff are incredibly proud
of their country and are on a mission that is far greater than winning for their club.
Today's game between Uruguay and Ghana is an important one for many reasons. For one, it's an
unlikely quarter-final. Most pundits before the tournament wouldn't have predicted either team to
make it this far. But they have done so and they've thoroughly deserved it. But now's the time for
them to shine on the world's stage and to show us what they're made of.
The Netherlands have knocked pre-tournament co-favorites Brazil out of the 2010 World Cup, while
Uruguay and Ghana upstaged the opening match with a unforgettable, never-should-have-been shootout.
To talk about Friday's two quarterfinal matches as well as preview Saturday's I was joined by
Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurance McKenna for this edition of the World Cup Buzz Podcast.
The Netherlands shocked the world Friday when they overcame an early goal by Brazil to beat the
South American team 2-1 in regulation.Â Dutch supporters around the world will be partying long
into the night.
After Brazil scored the early goal through Robinho, it seemed as if it was going to be one of
those days for Brazil.
It's the game that everyone has been waiting for. Brazil against Holland. But the big question
is whether Holland will turn up on the day. Judging by their first half performance, they've been
unable to penetrate Brazil's defense.
During and after the game, share your thoughts, observations and opinions in the comment section
After two days off from the 2010 World Cup, the panel is bad together to preview Friday's
matches in South Africa: Brazil versus the Netherlands and Ghana versus Uruguay. Joining me to talk
about them is our regular panel, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer.
Brazil are the greatest football playing nation on the planet, there are very few who would
argue that. They have five World Cups and Eight Copa Americas to their name and the very rarely
disappoint their country. Whereas many European nations go through phases of good squads, Brazil
have a never ending product line of top quality players and the flair and style of the Brazil side
often makes people want to see them above any other team on the planet.
It's taken me several days to come down from the lows of how depressed I felt after the United
States lost against Ghana on Saturday. Bottom line, the performance by the United States that day
was simply not enough. They could have done better. Much better. But after some poor tactical
decisions, their backs were against the wall against a very talented, athletic and gifted Ghana
19 days and 56 matches later the field of 32 nations has been whittled down to eight. These last
couple of days has been a nice reprieve from the constant World Cup action and is an appropriate
time to look back on the last three weeks. Below are the top 10 highlights of the World Cup thus
far and feel free to leave your own moments in the comments section.
Over the past few years, I've become increasingly disillusioned with radio. So much so that the
radio that fits in my car dashboard is rarely used except when it's a last resort and I've
forgotten to sync my iPod with all of the latest podcasts and audiobooks, and I'm left with the
choice of silence or listening to FM stations across the dial.