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Maradona, as usual

Up to now, there has been 8 games and we watched 16 teams. I can clearly say that Germany is the most organised and powerful team in these 3 days. They stunned Australia with the magnificent play of Lucas Podolski who was also selected as the man of the match. Despite the absence of Michael Ballack, they organised quite well in all 3 blocks and had an easy win. The first game of Group D was between Ghana and Serbia. Serbia was simply the favorite of the game, however the remarkable stamina of the whole Ghana team drove them for a spectecular win at the end. Gyan Asamoah was on the scoresheet.

On day 2, South Korea was beating Greece with a classy level of football which was constructed earlier by Guus Hiddink. They have a limited squad but they are absolutely taking the right strategies regarding their potential. The second game of Group B was between Nigeria and Argentina. Diego Armando Maradona was “suited up” for the first time on the pitch. Yet, his glorious team could score only a single goal by the defender Gabriel Heinze of Marseille. Nigeria goalkeeper Enyeama was the clean sheet of the game with his magnificent saves.

The most unlucky man of Saturday night was surely Robert Green, the goalkeeper of England who missed a simple shot from his hands into the net. On the other hand, England was totally inactive through the game. There wasn’t any difference between the 2006 squad of Sven-Goran Eriksson. England was one of my favorites for the tournament but after the first game, my thoughts has begun to change. There must be some radical changes in their system.
And Erkan’s roundup:

Team USA at the 2010 FIFA World Cup: Motivation Unthinkable without the Military

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

In a military-dominated culture, where the militarist ethos tries to reach into every little corner of social experience and attempts to appropriate every possible making of cultural meaning, this is the latest for our files: Team USA at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa was apparently unable to think of motivation, discipline, and bonding outside of the military experience. Apparently in the U.S. these qualities have become monopolized by the military, and by militainment propaganda.

South Africa: Soccer and Social Change

from Global Voices Online by Kevin Rennie

Many World Cup Players Banned from Social Media

from Mashable! by Jolie O’Dell

Top 10 World Cup Twitter Trends [CHART]

from Mashable! by Matt Silverman

Composite Greek player (FIFA 2010 World Cup)

from Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog by Dienekes Pontikos
Here is a composite of the 23 players on the Greek squad in this year’s FIFA World Cup.Created with Sqirlz Morph 2.0.Related:The transformations of the composite Greek faceThe geography of European phenotypical variationLes Bleus vs. Squadra AzzurraComposite Greeks: the Ancient and the ModernChinese, Korean, JapaneseWhich of these two women is more attractive?FHM Top-16 Composite womanWho is Who?

South Africa: The Vuvuzela World Cup Debate

from Global Voices Online by Eduardo Avila

By Eduardo Avila

Perhaps the defining sights to date of the 2010 World Cup have been the sparkling new stadiums or the colorful costumes worn by fans of each of the 32 competing nations. Without a doubt, the defining sound of the tournament has been the droning sound of the vuvuzela, which can be heard by spectators attending the games or by the television viewer. The notable sound has sparked a debate whether the vuvuzela adds or takes away from the World Cup experience.

Global: Tweeting the USA/England Match

from Global Voices Online by Jillian C. York

By Jillian C. York

As usual, the Twittersphere was abuzz during the final game of Saturday, June 12: the USA/England match.  The game was highly anticipated in the United States, where TV advertisements touted it as the ?most anticipated? match of the World Cup, whereas across the pond in England, fans were nearly certain their team would win.  Despite the tension, however, the Twittersphere found time for some humor.

Macedonia: Gender Aspects of the Football World Cup

from Global Voices Online by Filip Stojanovski

By Filip Stojanovski

Dejan Velkovski, aka Vnukot [The Grandson], a Macedonian blogger and writer, expressed dissatisfaction [MKD] with the first three days of the Football World Cup, which he considers some of the least attractive in history.

France : Poetry Slam World Cup

from Global Voices Online by Suzanne Lehn

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