Irish-born and Berlin-bound: An Irish expat blogs about the 2010 World Cup.
Germany Fan by Ines Eiban Just like four years ago, the biggest star of the World Cup has hung up his boots after it. Like Zinedine Zidane before him, Paul the psychic octopus has had enough and opted for retirement. Both used their heads to great effect in their respective tournaments, but it [...]
So the Deutschland dream is over. Buried in a wave of tiki-taka. Yeah, Spain was much superior to Germany and totally deserved their win, but how boring is it to watch them play? Pass, pass, pass. Then pass, pass, pass again. And again, for 73 minutes until they broke German hearts with a [...]
So-called experts are notorious for getting it wrong. As soon as they open their mouths, a curse is cast on whoever has the misfortune to be spoken about. "Ronaldo's in great form. He'll bring Portugal far." Cue Portugal's exit. "Franck Ribéry will take the competition by storm." Cue France's ignominious exit. "Wayne Rooney [...]
Now that the French are out of the way with the unexpected bonus of more Schadenfreude than we could possibly have asked for, Irish World Cup ambitions revert to seeing the English knocked out as soon as possible. For me personally, this takes on added significance as the task falls to Germany, the [...]
Nobody's happy. Not the coaches, not the players, not the officials in charge, and certainly not the players. Nobody is happy with the ball to be used at the World Cup, despite having had weeks to get used to kicking it in frustration. The new Adidas ball is ironically called 'Jabulani,' meaning 'to [...]
Germany won, England came last and — most importantly — Ireland finished above England. Everybody happy! Was Eurovision a taste of things to come? Evidently not as Ireland didn't even qualify for the World Cup (as I'm sure England fans will be quicker to point out than French ones), but Berliners are taking [...]
Poor Jogi. While Germany was still digesting the news that talismanic captain Michael Ballack wouldn't be able to lead out his team, one of his potential replacements was also ruled out. Christian Träsch cropped his ankle too and will now have to watch the World Cup on TV like the rest of us. The national [...]