Thursday, July 15, 2010

WASHINGTON POST: Memories from South Africa's World Cup

To Dutch coach after final: "After 20 minutes, all the spectators saw that Holland should have played with nine players because of two tackles, which shouldn't be a part of football. They should be part of karate or kung fu, but not football. What can you say about that?"

Mandela, Tutu, Bafana Bafana, Big 5, indomitable spirit and energy, vuvuzelas, makarapas, Jabulani, Mzansi (South Africa), biltong (jerky), peri-peri (spice), Pinotage (wine), laduma (goal cheer), ayoba (wow!), Ubuntu (humanity to others).

SHOOT: Mostly good then.

PLAYERS we will remember for the right reasons.....
Diego Forlan, Uruguay: Golden Ball
Andres Iniesta, Spain: national hero
Wesley Sneijder, Netherlands: Dutch conductor
Bastian Schweinsteiger, Germany: midfield influence
David Villa, Spain: goal scorer
Thomas Mueller, Germany: Golden Boot
Iker Casillas, Spain: game saver
Xavi, Spain: the right touch
Landon Donovan, USA: goal drama, redemption for '06
Keisuke Honda, Japan: free kick master
Andre Ayew, Ghana: mad skills

PLAYERS we will remember for the wrong reasons.....
Nigel de Jong, Netherlands: future in mixed martial arts
Mark van Bommel, Netherlands: general nastiness
Robert Green, England: goalkeeping blunder
REFEREES we will remember for various reasons.....
Koman Coulibaly: inexplicable call voided U.S. game-winner
Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Netherlands vs. Uruguay
Carlos Tevez, Argentina vs. Mexico
David Villa, Spain vs. Honduras
Siphiwe Tshabalala, South Africa vs. Mexico

Switzerland 1, Spain 0

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