the new coach of the french team has taken immediate action by suspending the entire team (all 23 of them) for their first post (disasterous) world cup friendly against norway. what does this mean?
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goalkeeper for spain’s national football team, iker casillas is on his way down the aisle with his girlfriend. does anyone really care?
first roman polanski gets a ‘get out jail’ card from switzerland, then loads of people get married. this is turning into a stunner of a week. guess the great recession is going on since so many people are getting married. first there was javier bardem and penelope cruz, then phillip lahm, and now bristol palin. has thomas mueller has started a trend with the barely past teens set?
the game seemingly went on forever. 8 players on the netherland side picked up 9 yellow cards and 1 got sent off with a red card during extra time. in the end spain prevailed. thomas mueller, the 20 year old from germany who only started playing with the germany national team in march, scored the golden boot for the tournament. diego forlan got the ‘man of the tournament/best player of the tournament‘ award and nelson mandela made an appearance at the game.
we’ll start by saying, michael ballack gets hurt, chelsea wins the premiere league. the same injury keeps ballack out of the world cup, germany sails (almost effortlessly) through to the semi-finals. ballack turns up in south africa for the argentina game. 4 days later germany loses miserably to spain. who control the ball for 90% of the game versus germany’s 10%. so apparently it takes a good 3- 4 days before the curse sets in.
update: ok. maybe the curse doesn’t exist. ballack wasn’t around for the semi finals. he left 2 days after the argentina game. and this in spiegel notes, regarding ballack, after the germany national team lost to spain in the semi-finals of the world cup: ‘Ballack was on everyone’s mind once again. Someone said that the Germans also need a player who’s capable of kicking somebody once in a while.’
does anyone really care that germany beat uruguay 3:2 to win yet another 3rd place word cup metal. well, the upside is that the players actually get to keep their awards. while if they had actually won the tournament come july 2011, they’d have to return their solid gold stature.
this time around, trainer jogi loew did not get caught on camera picking his nose and eatting the contents. miloslav klose had to sit out the game because according to one site, he had a back injury, but according to another website, he was sick. so unless loew wheels the old guy out in 2014 to score one last goal, klose will have to make do with having been the co-second most scorer in world cup history, behind brazil’s ronaldo.
after germany defeated uruguay, diego forlan‘s name started trending on twitter. the striker for uruguay had been asked to return to england to play in the premiere league. during his time with manchester united, it took him something like 27 games to score a goal and has had a stunning reversal of fortune since he was sold off to a spain-based team.
floran is one of many players who has embraced social networking. he currenly has almost 250K followers on twitter. and has spent the past 5 weeks uploading his video diary to his official youtube page (youtube.com/diegoforlan7oficial. well, we doubt he is phyiscally doing it himself considering most people over the age of 30 are essentially technologically challenged. even men. but then again, youtube is pretty idiot proof.
here’s a video of uruguay’s hotel staff congratulating uruguay on advancing in the tournament:
here’s a video of the uruguay team celebrating their quarter-final win.
uruguay, despite having 3 of its key players out last night, put in a good showing in the semi-finals of the world cup. they managed to bow out with a 2:3 loss to the netherlands. the future looks bright for this small football nation.
according to the new york times, nelsen mandela spent 18 of his 27 years imprisoned on robben island. so we’re sorta wondering what he and saint bono are thinking about while watching the netherland’s key striker arjen robben as he plays during the first world cup in africa. the csmonitor notes that the south africans who speak afrikaans, a dutch dialect left over from colonialism, are giddy with delight that the oranje might win their first world cup. since being in south africa, the dutch team has donated a football pitch to the city of johannesburg.
should holland (aka the netherlands) win the first world cup in africa? considering it’s in south africa, which was once a dutch colony and the country (not the football team or anyone presently alive at this point), along with the uk (we’re not letting anyone off the hook), instituted apartheid by dividing africans into blacks and coloureds and completely segregating the blacks and the coloureds from the white south africans.
there is a theory that history is played out on the pitch during the world cup. and it would only be fitting that germany, one of the few european countries that didn’t really have overseas colonies (except for namibia for a minute) should win the world cup. or uruguay, which itself is a product of colonialism, as opposed to the netherlands. and given that the citizens of holland have just thrown a surge of support behind a far right racists, anti-immigrant political party, which came second (according to the daily telegraph) or third (according to the economist) in national elections (going from 9 seats to 24 seats). so at this moment in history is the world cup deserved?
but perhaps if holland’s party of football one day takes its rightful place in the government, all will be forgotten.
in the quarter-finals of the world cup football championship, germany beat argentina 4:0. we’d say it was fitting revenge for the fight initiated by the argentina team in 2006 after germany beat argentina in a game that went beyond extra time to penalties.