Brazil 3-0 Chile

June 28, 2010


Green Point Stadium Cape Town
“As Brazil was dismantling Chile, a couple of fans delighted the crowd by parading around the stadium with two giant gold replicas of the World Cup trophy. Another three games like this and Brazil could be hoisting the real thing — yet again. With an impressive mixture of symphony-like teamwork and standout individual plays, Brazil routed South American rival Chile 3-0 on Monday night to advance to the quarterfinals. The five-time champions will face the Netherlands, which earlier Monday defeated Slovakia 2-1, on Friday.” (ESPN)

Brazil 3-0 Chile – Video Highlights, Recap, and Match Stats – World Cup – 28 June 2010
“It was an all South American battle in the round of 16 as Brazil faced Chile. Brazil remains one of the favorites to win the title while Chile have surprised with their run into this round. The winner would place the Netherlands in the quarterfinals.” (The 90th Minute)


Corruption, disorganization blamed for Africa’s poor showing at Cup

June 28, 2010

“So much for the boost African sides were supposed to receive from the first African World Cup. Only Ghana made it through to the last 16, and had Serbia been awarded the late penalty it deserved in its defeat to Australia — and converted it — the Black Stars would also have been on the way home. Had that happened, Africa would not have had a representative in the second phase of the World Cup for the first time since 1982.” (SI)


England’s pathetic exit

June 28, 2010

“So, that’s the excuse sorted, then. For England, the only good news was that Jorge Larionda and Mauricio Espinosa diverted attention elsewhere, offering Fabio Capello’s team something to hide behind. Only they didn’t. Not really. England are a hippopotamus quivering behind a lamppost, hoping no one can see them. But we can see them. We did see them. And so did everyone else. Only too well.” (CBC)


Now Can We Have Instant Replay?

June 28, 2010

“We know what the proper and sporting thing to say here is. Great game, Germany. You really stuck it to England in Sunday’s World Cup match, you clearly had the fitter team, you dominated the pitch and deserved to win. Bravo, Deutschland. Fantastic hair, too. Eh, yawn. This is no fun at all. Sorry, Deutschland. Let’s talk about The Outrageously Blown Goal of the Century.” (WSJ)


France crowned World Cup losers

June 28, 2010

“By now, the FT’s award for worst team of the World Cup is almost as prestigious as the golden trophy pocketed by the winner. The US won our inaugural prize in 1998, followed by Saudi Arabia in 2002 and Serbia in 2006. All were truly terrible teams, but this year’s contenders matched any of them.” (FT – Simon Kuper)


Maradona Makes Me Happy

June 28, 2010


“I’m here in South Africa, and last night went to the see the Argentina-Mexico game at Soccer City. I’ll warn you that a portion of this post will sound a bit like FIFA propaganda, so if you can’t stand that please stop reading now. But the feeling here in electric and ebullient, and I really can’t imagine any other event that could produce the same thing. I felt happily overwhelmed at the scene last night.” (Soccer Politics)


Holland 2-1 Slovakia: long balls towards wingers win it for the Dutch

June 28, 2010

“Another quiet but effective win for Holland, who progress to the quarter-final, where they’ll face a stronger test from either Brazil or Chile. Holland welcomed back Arjen Robben, who made his first start of the competition, having appeared as a substitution in the final group game against Cameroon. He replaced Rafael van der Vaart, who himself had become injured. The rest of the side was as expected.” (Zonal Minute)

Netherlands advance to quarters on goals from Robben, Sneijder
” Impressive as Arjen Robben and his Dutch teammates were in advancing to the World Cup quarterfinals, they seek much more. The Netherlands reached the final eight Monday when standouts Robben and Wesley Sneijder scored in each half of a 2-1 victory over Slovakia.” (ESPN)


When the Games Start to Matter

June 28, 2010

“So far in the World Cup, it’s Donald Rumsfeld 1 Pele 0. The former Defense Secretary’s sneering dismissal of Old Europe seems, in this realm anyway, prophetic, as anciens regimes slink home to the continent in disgrace; while Pele’s famous pronouncement that an African team will win the World Cup by the year 2000 seems unlikely to come true before 2014 at the earliest.” (The Paris Review)


World Cup second round preview (part two)

June 28, 2010


Xavi
“ZM’s tactical preview of the second half of the World Cup second round ties, being played on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th of June.” (Zonal Minute)


In a matchup of similar styles, Argentina proves to be far superior

June 28, 2010

“For the fifth time in a row, Mexico has been elimated from the World Cup in the second round — for the second time in a row, by Argentina. And for the second time today a team was left wondering what might have been had an official’s error not left it a goal down. In all probability Mexico, like England before it, would still have reached the ribbon in second, if in rather more respectable fashion.” (SI)


Anatomizing England

June 28, 2010

“Jonathan Wilson says that his fine new book The Anatomy of England: A History in Ten Matches has no thesis, but I believe a thesis is lodged within, though perhaps it can’t be expressed in a single sentence. The book’s implicit argument goes something like this…” (Run of Play)


More thoughts on more losses (Mexico, England and the unfairness of it all)

June 28, 2010

“It was all too much today – one great goal (Lampard) ignored and one totally, unambiguously offside goal allowed (Tevez). We watched some teams exploit their good fortune, and others collapse in the face of their bad luck. It’s become a World Cup scripted by Emile Zola. I am thinking of his utterly depressing novel L’Assommoir (the word means a dive-bar one goes to only to get hammered). At a key juncture in the story, the lovable drunk Copeau is doing his best to get his life together, but takes a bad fall at work and breaks his leg.” (From A Left Wing)