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I have been in coaching education program for the last 2 days so I could not write anything about the World Cup but I still managed to follow the games. The first shocking result occured in Spain-Switzerland game. Switzerland made a remarkable team defense and they started the campaign with 3 points. Spain played quite well through the game but they were unlucky in finding the net. In the other game of the group, Chile made a great start with their positive football and 1-0 victory over Honduras. In the last game of day 6, Uruguay demolished South Africa with the fascinating performance of Diego Forlan who scored an amazing opening goal in the game.
A day later, the second surprise of the tournament showed up. Mexico beat the latest World Cup runner-up France by 2 goals. However, the result was not that much surprising for many because of an untalented man: Raymond Domenech. He has many skillful players such as Malouda, Ribery and Gourcuff but he cannot construct any harmony on the pitch. He is absolutely the man on target in his country nowadays.

Beckham

In the second games of Group B, Argentina had an embarressing win over South Korea with the hat-trick of Gonzalo Higuain. It is clearly seen that Maradona is loading enormous level of motivation to his team from the sideline. It will never be a surprise for him to raise the World Cup in his hands on the 11th of July. In the other game of the group, Greece bet Nigeria with the simple mistake of the successful goalkeeper Enyeama who was selected as the man of the match despite his mistake. Nigeria still has the chance to qualify for the second round despite having no points up to now.

Casillas

On the 8th day, there was only one game from Group D in which Germany was expected to lead dominancy after the first game against Australia but they were defeated by Serbia by the touch of Jovanovic, the new Liverpool player, within the six-yard box. Miroslav Klose was sent off in the first half but Germany still intended to play in an offensive style. They had the chance to equalize with a penalty but Lukas Podolski had been denied by the goalie in the 59th minute. After that moment, Serbia had some positions denied by the posts and they managed to get 3 points at the end of 90 minutes.

In Group C, Capello’s England still have lack of organization and efficiency on the pitch. Algeria applied a great strategy over them and in some moments of the game they came close to have a goal. For Capello, the scene is very dark and it seems that it cannot be lightened up by some inutile players such as Heskey, Carragher and Lennon. The game between Slovenia and the USA was probably the most contested game of the campaign up to now. Slovenia was 2-0 ahead in the first half but the USA did not give up and made a fantastic comeback. They also scored a third goal but it was contraversially cancelled by the referee. I hope we will be continuing to watch games like this one in the following days. At least, it will help us to call our attentions for the game more than the damn vuvuzela.

And Erkan’s roundup:


Koreans against Messi. via

Argentina eye World Cup second-round spot

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Former champion Argentina could become the first qualifier for the second round of the World Cup if it defeats South Korea in a top-of-the-table Group B clash.

FIFA, South Africa 2010 and white elephants

from A Fistful Of Euros » A Fistful Of Euros by Guy La Roche

If you have some time, please go and read Player and Referee, Conflicting Interests and the 2010 FIFA World Cup (TM), a monograph from the pan-African Institute for Security Studies, on the conflicts of interest surrounding the organization of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa at the expense of local socio-economic development. Two quotes:

Soccer?s Bad Influence on Brazil

from Newsweek International Editions – Top News

The whole nation grinds to a halt during the most-watched sports event in the world.

Şeva Futbole

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Turkish Radio and Television’s Kurdish channel TRT6 to air FIFA World Cup program Şeva Futbole/Soccer Night. Mehmet Yılmaz Bay will present and ex- Galatasaray and National player Mehmet Gönülaçar will join Diyarbakırspor soccer legend Ramazan Kahramaner as commentators.

It’s a swarm of bees! It’s a herd of elephants! It’s a… pack of vuvuzelas!

from FP Passport by Andrew Swift

Tweetography: FIFA, can we blow our horns?

from anthropologyworks by admin

Guest post by Graham Hough-Cornwell

Swiss secure shock win over Spain

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Switzerland provide the first surprise result of the 2010 World Cup by beating 2008 European champions Spain 1-0 in Group H.

Little orange dresses ruffle feathers at the World Cup

from FP Passport by Clare Sestanovich

It’s hard to imagine being criticized — much less punished — for taking World Cup spirit too far. Indeed, excess seems to be precisely the name of these games. For anyone who thinks their face-paint masterpieces are prize-worthy, the award for over-the-top aficionado has already been claimed by Sasa Jovic : armed only with a backpack, world map and, of course, his national flag, this Serbian ultra-fan embarked on a 10,000 mile walk to Pretoria to catch his home country’s match against Ghana. The Serbs lost 1-0.  No word yet on whether Jovic arrived in time to witness defeat.

Netherlands: Two women arrested at World Cup for promoting wrong beer

from Global Voices Online by Percy Balemans

By Percy Balemans

Two Dutch women working for Netherlands beer company Bavaria were arrested for promoting a beer that is not an official World Cup sponsor during the World Cup Netherlands-Denmark match in South Africa on Monday. The women were part of a group of about 30 models wearing orange dresses, the so-called ?Dutch Dress?, which are also sold as part of a gift pack by the Dutch beer brand (you can see many photos on the Bavaria flickr page).

South Africa: Tonight, it’s not just a game

from Global Voices Online by Ndesanjo Macha

By Ndesanjo Macha

Bafana Bafana take on Uruguay tonight in their second Group A clash in FIFA 2010 World Cup. Bloggers as well as South African citizens are saying that the clash tonight is not just a game. June 16 is a special day for South Africa. It is Youth Day, which commemorates the Soweto Uprising that took place in 1976. It is also Zakumi‘s birthday.

Save the Galvao ? the World Cup and good natured global taunting

from …My heart’s in Accra by Ethan

It?s a bit of a cliché to say that Americans don?t understand football, and especially don?t understand the importance of international tournaments like the World Cup. But sometimes we literally don?t understand what?s going on.

South Korea: Tensions Went Under World Cup Anesthestia

from Global Voices Online by Lee Yoo Eun

By Lee Yoo Eun
The sharp tension between two Koreas which had been escalating ever since the sinking of a South Korean warship by a supposed North Korean torpedo attack have momentarily numbed by high emotion that only World Cup can bring. South Korean blogs are now inundating with heartful comments on North Korea’s soccer match against Brazil and lauds to a North Korean star player, Jong Tae Se, shoving politics aside for a moment.

Mexico: Ready to Play France

from Global Voices Online by Andrea Arzaba

By Andrea Arzaba

The Mexican team is currently playing in Group A against Uruguay, France and South Africa in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In the opening game it was Mexico who played against the host, South Africa. Even if the game ended 1-1, it surely left a good impression and a ray of hope for fans of the Mexican team. On Thursday July 17, France will be Mexico?s rival. Mexicans are using Twitter to express their expectations about the next game. These are a few examples that represent what the Mexican people, specially the youth, think will happen:

World Cup balls

from Jon Worth
Jabulani ball - CC / WikipediaJabulani ball – CC / Wikipedia

As if anyone needed more evidence that I spend time thinking about odd things and then blogging about them, here?s yet more evidence: this is a post about the science of the ?Jabulani? balls used at the World Cup in South Africa. More precisely I raise the question: is all the criticism more to do with altitude than with the ball itself?

Zimbabwe: Women not getting attention because of World Cup

from Global Voices Online by Ndesanjo Macha

By Ndesanjo Macha

Women in Zimbabwe are complaining that men don?t want to watch FIFA World Cup games at home where there is not much noise and support, let alone beer.

How to remove that vuvuzela noise

by hahanu

Using only several EQ effects, here is the way to remove that extremely annoying vuvuzela noises from audio recordings.

7 Stunning World Cup Visualizations

from Mashable! by Jennifer Van Grove

Cambodia: Reactions to the 2010 World Cup Season

from Global Voices Online by Sopheap Chak

By Sopheap Chak

Cambodians are also celebrating the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Moto-taxi drivers, students, businesspeople, netizens, and even the Prime Minister are cheering for the Asian teams which are playing in the World Cup.

The 10 Most Popular World Cup Teams On Facebook

from All Facebook by Nick O’Neill

World Cup LogoWith the World Cup raging on in South Africa, fans have been turning to Facebook to show their support of teams. So which teams have the most support on the site? We?ve taken a look at the participating teams and have come up with a list, less than two weeks after the World Cup first began. While these numbers are changing on a daily basis, the most popular teams are a pretty good indication of how popular soccer is in each of the countries.

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