World Cup 2010: Team of the tournament

So that’s it for another four years. And after a  month of infighting, dancing, tears of joy and sorrow, the time has come to choose my team of the tournament. Too often, these types of teams are picked in a lop-sided manner (I’m looking at you Gareth Crooks), with pundits filling the side with attacking players and forgetting that defending in a rather important component of the game. Others attempt to pick obscure players in an attempt to seem more observant than their peers, usually ignoring the fact that their selections have not been very good. Anyway, this is my choice for the best eleven from South Africa 2010, lining up in a 4-2-3-1 formation:  Continue reading

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Quarter-finals provide drama and excitement in equal measure

Van Bommel offers his condolonces

The quarter-finals in World Cup 2010 brought four unique types of drama. All four venues hosted matches that each provided their own types of intrigue and excitement. It ranged from the collapse of the favourites in Nelson Mandela Bay, to heartbreak in Soccer City for Africa’s last hope of glory. Green Point then hosted a shocking chapter in Maradona’s turbulent World Cup history and finally rugby stadium Ellis Park witnessed two missed penalties within three minutes. Armchair fans around the globe are glad of the two subsequent rest days that follow before the semi-finals after such a tumultuous round of games, in order to get their collective breath back.

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