As defending champions, Italy will definitely be one of the leading contenders for victory at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Besides Italy–who won the cup in succession in 1934 and 1938–Brazil is the only country to have won two World Cups in a row. Italy has won a total of four World Cups–and Brazil five–since the very first World Cup tournament was held in Uruguay in 1930.
On June 23rd Kevin-Prince Boateng will be meeting his brother Jerome in South Africa. But this won’t be your run of the mill family reunion. These two brothers, both German-born Ghanians, will be battling it out on the soccer pitch–one playing on the German National Team, the other playing on the Ghanian.
Several weeks ago tension had already begun building between Ghana and Germany, and Kevin-Prince will be at the center of this controversy when these two nations clash at the world cup because it was his grueling tackle that injured German team captain Michael Ballack during an FA cup final recently. Though Kevin-Prince has apologized, who knows how Ballack is feeling about the man whose tackle will keep him off South Africa’s pitches during this year’s World Cup.
Last week you met Der Irische Berliner and Fazal Adnan. This week we’ve got another Young Germany blogger to introduce to you: Philip Bright Mensah. Philip will be bringing you blogs about the World Cup all the way from Ghana.
Now 24 years old, Philip got his BSc in statistics and actuarial science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi. He is passionate about soccer and is an Arsenal fan. He currently lives in Ghana’s capital, Accra.