It was a weekend like no other in Nairobi. With only one African team left in the round of 16, the match between Ghana and the United States was a must see. Everyone in town was talking about the clash. After the final whistle, the US saw stars, black in colour I guess. Truly, the superpower had been outdone.
I like the Asian teams this year; they are real racers in this World Cup, always ready to bring their opponents to task, sometimes just by running for their own lives. Although North Korea’s role in the loosing column looked to possibly end with their promising start and their relatively small defeat by the Brazilians, this was not to remain so in the following group matches.
A World Cup experience is unique, regardless of its host nation. South Africa is putting its best foot forward and here are some of my thoughts after being lucky enough to attend two of the group matches in Cape Town. The first game I attended was the very first game to be hosted in the Mother City and it was on a bizarre kind of day. One of those unique ‘never-to-be-repeated’ kind of days. “Why?” I hear you asking, well, let me tell you.
David Herbling (26) comes from Kenya, where he’s currently a student at Kenyatta University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. Herbling studied for a year in Japan as part of a research program and loves Germany.
As a Kenyan, Herbling is especially excited that this year’s World Cup has come to African soil. He, like nearly every Kenyan, has loved football since as long as he can remember. He’s an avid follower of the European football leagues, the UEFA European Football Championship and of course, the biggest football event of all, the World Cup.
With the World Cup rapidly approaching, football fever has started warming up the cold Cape of Storms. If you haven’t been to Cape Town before, you’d be forgiven for not knowing the length of the cold season here on the southern tip of Africa. The winters are traditionally cold and wet, but with the buzz surrounding the World Cup, residents and the few tourists who are already here are paying no mind to the weather. For the first time ever, the World Cup is being played on African soil and there is a great sense of pride flooding the country.
You’ve already met three of our World Cup 2010 bloggers: der Irische Berliner, Fazal Adnan, and Philip Bright Mensah. Now meet Rick Bosch, Young Germany’s on-the-scene World Cup 2010 correspondent. Rick will be bringing us football blogs directly from Cape Town, South Africa.
Rick is a South African who loves many things. After studying journalism he spent 18 months in the UK. Upon returning from the UK he started working as a copywriter in Cape Town.
With a passion for music and words, Rick will be sharing a truly South African perspective on what to do, where to eat, and where to go out if you’re lucky enough to be in South Africa for the tournament.
German shouts and celebrations punctuated the night in the frigid Moscow air. A close 1-0 victory had just seen Germany beat Russia in this crucial World Cup qualifier. While the German players exchanged high-fives, Russian heads drooped and the players withdrew into the bowels of the Luzhniki stadium to rue their missed opportunities.
Swiss referee Massimo Busacca denied the Russians a clear cut penalty in the dying minutes of a hard-fought match. In the 88 minute, substitute Arne Friedrich slid into a tackle, taking Bystrov down while the ball bobbled out of play. The referee, despite being only a few meters from the incident, failed to award the spot-kick for the Russians.