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.
And Erkan’s roundup:
Koreans against Messi. via
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:
The whole nation grinds to a halt during the most-watched sports event in the world.
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.
from FP Passport by Andrew Swift
Guest post by Graham Hough-Cornwell
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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:
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?
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.
Using only several EQ effects, here is the way to remove that extremely annoying vuvuzela noises from audio recordings.
from Mashable! by Jennifer Van Grove
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.
With 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.