World Cup Moments

June 3, 2010


Johan Does the Cruyff Turn in 1974
“World Cups aren’t just about who lifts the trophy at the end. They’re also about the incredible moments that are shared by a global audience. In this series of feature posts, we focus in on such moments so football fans everywhere can relive (or maybe even learn about) the events of World Cups past. This is a menu of all our World Cup Moments feature posts. Simply click the title to read the full post.” (World Cup Blog)


Netherlands 4-1 Ghana – Video Highlights and Recap – Friendly – 1 June 2010

June 3, 2010

“The Netherlands hosted Ghana in a friendly match as the two sides continued to prepare for the 2010 World Cup. Ghana recently received the news that Chelsea’s Michael Essien would be unavailable for the tournament is a major blow to their chances. Essien is regarded as a top class player and will be hard to replace. The Dutch are always a threat in the tournament and have a very tough team.” (The 90th Minute)


World Cup Host Needs To Live Up To Its Promise Of Better Housing For The Poor

June 3, 2010

“Since the fall of apartheid, the South African government has initiated a massive effort to improve the housing situation of millions of its marginalized citizens. South Africa’s commitment to housing was presumably such a priority that the Bill of Rights in the South African Constitution (1996) embodies this commitment…” (Nutmeg Radio)


How a Soccer Star Is Made

June 3, 2010

“The youth academy of the famed dutch soccer club Ajax is grandiosely called De Toekomst — The Future. Set down beside a highway in an unprepossessing district of Amsterdam, it consists of eight well-kept playing fields and a two-story building that houses locker rooms, classrooms, workout facilities and offices for coaches and sports scientists. In an airy cafe and bar, players are served meals and visitors can have a glass of beer or a cappuccino while looking out over the training grounds.” (NYT)


4-4-2 and no surprises from Switzerland

June 3, 2010

“This is the fourth consecutive major international tournament the Swiss have been at, and yet they still seem something of an unknown quantity. Now managed by double Champions League winner Ottmar Hitzfeld, they won their qualification group and appear to have a talented, settled team.” (Zonal Marking)


World Cup 2010: Howard Webb striving for perfection in South Africa

June 3, 2010

“Arriving for his next game in Salzburg, Webb was greeted by the chief of police. ‘Mr Webb, you will not be killed in Salzburg,’’ promised the policeman. How reassuring. Webb can smile about it now, particularly as the Poles have calmed down, realising that the Rotherham referee was correct to penalise Mariusz Lewandowski for pulling Sebastian Prodl’s shirt on 13 June. For a while, he endured all manner of threats.” (Telegraph – Henry Winter)


World Cup Tales: Reflections Upon England In Italy, 1990

June 3, 2010


“The concept of England having a high level of expectation at the time of a World Cup finals is a comparatively recent one. As recently as 1990, most adults could remember their two successive failures to qualify for the whole event and, once there, they only seldom lit the tournament up. In 1982, a good performance in the opening match against France was followed by an almost linear deterioration in performance, which ended in their elimination in the second group round after two goalless draws against West Germany and Spain. Much was made of the fact that they were eliminated, due to the peculiar tournament structure, unbeaten, but they only scored one goal in their final three matches. Four years later, Diego Maradona’s various antics overshadowed a slow start that saw them lose to Portugal and draw with Morocco before Gary Lineker’s goals breathed some life into them.” (twohundredpercent)


Scotland supporters face an English dilemma

June 3, 2010

“Should Scotland fans support England? That question has become a tedious by-product of the national team’s recent inability to qualify for major tournaments. In the build-up to Germany 2006 it cropped up on BBC Question Time, and this time around it has formed the basis of a YouGov poll, with 21 per cent of Scots saying they could bring themselves to get behind the UK’s sole representatives at South Africa 2010. Scotland manager Craig Levein and political leaders of all hues have also been asked for their opinions, responding with diplomatic messages of goodwill for Fabio Capello’s side. Just as well, then, that Denis Law is still with us.” (WSC)


Benitez leaves Liverpool by mutual consent

June 3, 2010

“Rafael Benitez has left Liverpool by mutual consent. Benitez, who took over from Gerard Houllier in 2004, found his position untenable after a disappointing season which saw Liverpool finish seventh in the Premier League, just 12 months after being runners-up to Manchester United.” (ESPN)