2010
06.11

World Cup

11th June 2010 – 11th July 2010

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Port Elizabeth – Quarter Finals: Holland VS Brasil and World Cup comes to an end

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Durban – Round 16: Holland VS Slovakia

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Nelspruit – Australia VS Serbia, Durban fanpark – Portugal VS Brasil

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Pretoria – South Africa VS Uruguay,  Rustenburg – Australia VS Ghana

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Opening ceremony, South Africa VS Mexico, Australia VS Germany

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Here is our summary of the World Cup 2010 we experienced. An amazing and unforgettable way to start our trip.

MOMENTS

- Desmond Tutus comical speech at the opening ceremony “wake me up, I’m dreaming”.

- Jacob Zumas speech at the opening ceremony “be good hosts to our visitors… until they leave”.

- Shakira shaking it at the opening ceremony with her Waka Waka dance that will never be forgotten.

ATMOSPHERE

- South Africa being a World Cup host country, like no other – friendly hospitality and smiles all round.

- All the lunatic fans, the best being the Dutch and their Oranje army – who were the epitome of passion.

- Trumpeting vuvuzelas and decorated makarapas adding to the atmosphere.

- Best stadium vibe was Durbans ‘Moses Mahbida Stadium’ and Nelspruits ‘Mbombela Stadium’.

TEAMS

- Some smaller nations were fantastic and can hold their heads high. Uruguay, Japan, Paraguay, New Zealand and Ghana travelled south to make up the numbers, but they left doing far more than this.

PLAYERS

- Superstar Disappointments: Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Torres, Wayne Rooney and Lionel Messi.

- Outstanding players: Diego Forlan, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Kuyt and Sneijder.

GAMES

- Portugal VS Brasil, not worth the hype.

- Portugal VS Korea, 7-0 wipe-out.

- Paraguay defeating Japan in a thrilling overtime game with Japan losing undeservingly in the penalty shoot out.

GOALS

- Siphiwe Tshabalala magical first goal against Mexico. First goal in a World cup on African soil.

- Carles Puyols’ killer header in the semi finals against Germany.

- Giovanni van Bronckhorst screamer goal from outside the box against Uruguay, semi finals.

- Most important goal was Andres Iniestas’ winning goal against Holland in the 117th minute on the Final.

BAD CALLS

- Lampards disallowed goal (clearly the ball crossed the line), England VS Germany.

- Bafana Goal keeper being sent off in the match against Uruguay, devastated Itumeleng Khune fell to the floor after being sent off.

- Harry Kewell and Tim Cahill Red Card.

- Referee in final game being overly generous with Yellow cards.

LOWLIGHTS

- Some soccer superpowers failed dismally, England looked unhappy from start to finish, Argentina looked confused and Italy just looked bad. As for the French, they upset everybody in all the wrong ways. We can expect big shake ups in these teams before 2014.

- Only beer available was Budweiser at 30R a pop ($5AUD), three times the normal price and three times worse than local beer.

- French coach: Raymond Domenech refusing to shake hands with Bafana Coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira after Frances humiliating defeat 2-1.

- Brasils’ terrible lack of sportsmanship when walking off the field without shaking hands after being eliminated in the quarter finals by the Netherlands.

- Ivory Coast unlucky to be drawn in the “group of death” with Brasil, Portugal and DPR Korea.

- Sour exits from the World Cup: Australia, South Africa, Japan and Ghana.

- Luis Suarez of Uruguay sent Ghana back to West Africa with his outrageous “devils hand” ball on the line. This didn’t go down well with the SA supporters who boo’d every time he touched the ball in his following match.

OUR WORLD CUP TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

- Nick stacking it into the crowd at Aus VS Serbia in Nelspruit, when Nicks prediction came true and Cahill scored.

- Driving Durban to Port Elizabeth, 11.5 hours to make it to our game 30mins before kick off.

- When Aus won their only game against Serbia, too little too late.

- Round 16: Holland Vs Slovakia at Durban and seeing everyone again.

**Some excerpts used from CXPress – Garden Route newspaper. Issue# 293, 14th July 2010. Article by Glenn Murray.

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