Category Archives: Football World Cup 2010

YG Bloggers covering the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

All hail San Iker and Pulpo Paul!

Germany Fan by Ines Eiban

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 was ‘Okrakel Paul’ who used his to great effect throughout, correctly predicting all eight matches he was asked to and making a mockery of his chief rival, Mani the psychic parakeet, who declared The Netherlands would win the final. Hmmm…

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The World Cup legacy

As seen at the MTN Fan Zone in Montecasino, Johannesburg. Photo (cc) flickr user Axel Bührmann

As seen at the MTN Fan Zone in Montecasino, Johannesburg. Photo (cc) flickr user Axel Bührmann

The world’s most spectacular football bonanza; the World Cup, has finally come to an end. Looking back at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, it will be remembered by many with nostalgia.

Both on and off the pitch, the tournament was never short of drama.  There were lots of surprises on the pitch. Spain, the reigning champions, lost their first match to Suisse. England and Argentina were crashed out by Germany in convincing victories as Holland cut Brazil`s dream for their sixth win of the coveted trophy. The Black Stars of Ghana wrote their own history by reaching the quarter finals. All the other African teams crashed out in the first round.

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May the best team win

Photo (cc) flickr user craig Quimby

It turned out that Paul the Octopus was right. Photo (cc) flickr user craig Quimby

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 goal ‘made in Barcelona.’

It got ugly here in Berlin once the final whistle blew. Schland der Tränen. Everyone annoyed and crestfallen. Frustration at not getting hold of the ball, being unable to do anything worthwhile with it when they did, and the dawning of reality; things too good to be true usually are.

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Germany, spain, and the octopus

Fans watched tensely as Germany faced Spain this week.  Photo (cc) flickr user monicamüller

Fans watched tensely as Germany faced Spain this week. Photo (cc) flickr user monicamüller

It was painful and sad for me to see Germany knocked out of the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa. I had predicted that Germany would lift the coveted trophy this year.

I watched the game with some sense of confidence. But with a cagey first half, the game became lively in the second half as both teams sought to edge out the opponent.

Puyol’s header gave the Spaniards a World Cup final ticket and robbed me of my spirits. After 90 minutes of play, I knew I had been wrong.

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It is over, but we had a ball

These giant footballs were part of a display in South Africa at the beginning of the 2010 World Cup.  Photo (cc) flickr user warrenski

These giant footballs were part of a display in South Africa at the beginning of the 2010 World Cup. Photo (cc) flickr user warrenski

These giant footballs lined a South African street at the start of the World Cup this June, each a representative of one of the famous FIFA cup balls.  In Germany, another giant football is on the streets: a hand-stitched football covered in hand-written well wishes for Germany’s football team.

Unveiled in Berlin the day after the World Cup began in June, the giant football has passed through Berlin’s streets and stopped in public places for fans to write words of encouragement and support for the German team who, sadly, lost against Spain last night, thus putting them out of the running for the cup this year.

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Paul the psychic octopus couldn’t solve this dilemma

An uncomfortable moral dilemma looms for me today. Germany take on Spain and suddenly I’m faced with a choice. Two years ago, for the final of Euro 2008, it wasn’t even an issue and I celebrated with gusto when La Furia Roja finally brought a trophy back to España.

— What do you think? —

Which team will win?

  • Germany (53%, 9 Votes)
  • Spain (47%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 17

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THE REVENGE?

Superstition is everywhere: Porcupine Leon bites into a pear with a Spanish flag at Chemnitz Zoo, July 6. The zoo's 'animal oracle' tips the winner for Germany's FIFA World Cup 2010 matches. Photo: Oliver Killig, picture alliance / © dpa

Superstition is everywhere: Porcupine Leon bites into a pear with a Spanish flag at Chemnitz Zoo, July 6. The zoo's 'animal oracle' tips the winner for Germany's FIFA World Cup 2010 matches. Photo: Oliver Killig, picture alliance / © dpa

One thing is certain: This year at least one team will have its revenge against the proverbial bad luck.

Many teams have this, but Spain, Holland and Germany most represent the classic teams that play “the beautiful game”, that merit the title, but yet don’t win it. But don’t forget – there is also an outsider here in Uruguay in this magnificent quartet.

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