As my parents are South African (and I have many family members going to games), it's very exciting and emotional to be on the verge of the world's biggest sporting event in RSA.
There's a lot of hope around Bafana Bafana but I don't think they'll keep the streak alive of the host nation making it out of the opening round. (I can't share this view on Facebook out of fear of cousins threatening me.) I hope I'm wrong, though!
I would like to see the USA do some damage. Part of me thinks they should be able to hold their own with England tomorrow. It's a can't miss game.
Overall, if someone new wins the Cup, I'll be thrilled - particularly if it's Holland or Spain. I'd add Portugal to that, but the way they played in '06 really bugged me.
Enjoy 30 days of the beautiful game, everyone! Ke Nako!
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Originally posted by The GoonThere's a lot of hope around Bafana Bafana but I don't think they'll keep the streak alive of the host nation making it out of the opening round. (I can't share this view on Facebook out of fear of cousins threatening me.) I hope I'm wrong, though!
You may want to rethink that after the first match. Bafana Bafana would have picked that one out of El Tri's back pocket if not for Marquez, and the Mexicans are the strongest team in that group. It's within reason to see the South Africans knocking off both Blue teams and advancing.
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Can someone explain to me why Mexico's first half goal was disallowed? The explanation was offside, but there was a South African defender (not the goalkeeper) standing on the goal line, so I don't understand how that could be.
Offsides is thought of being past the last defender, and since there's that defender on the line, it seems like the attacker is onside.
The offsides rules is actually being past the second to last member of the team - it's just usually the last defender is the goalie. This time that defender is the last defender, and the attackers have to be behind those guys on the goal line.
(I used to get quizzed on this scenario every year.)
Well, considering the U.S. came in as major underdogs without any real chance of winning, a tie isn't so bad. I know there's hardly such a thing as a moral victory, but watching England seethe over a game they'll feel they should have won is a victory in itself.
"There's been a lot of mudslinging at South Africa and in all fairness, the country is, at the moment, full of thieves, drug dealers and perverts. Still, when John Terry and his family leave the country, the situation will improve."
I honestly *want* to be able to put my petty small nation mentality aside and root for England. They've got a good team, I like Capello, half my friends are from south of the border.....but damn if the coverage over here doesn't make it difficult to like them. The ITV commentary last night on England v USA was near unlistenable for any neutrals watching. As a result, when Robert Green scooped the ball into his own net and I should have been feeling sympathy for a thoroughly nice fellow suffering the worst moment of his professional career, I was instead much too busy laughing to care.
I thought the game was pretty even until Altidore hit the post, after which the US sat further and further back and England really started to turn the screw. If they want to go further in the tournament though (and for office sweepstakes I need them to) England don't want to be relying on Jamie Carragher. He's several yards short of pace and was a lucky boy to stay on the park yesterday.
Other than that, the tournament doesn't really seem to have caught fire yet. We've not had one great game yet and a couple of matches (France v Uruguay and Algeria v Slovenia) were turgid. South Korea winning always makes me happy though and I've got high hopes that Holland v Denmark will be fun.
Originally posted by Big BadNice of France and Uruguay to get the 'worst game of the World Cup' out of the way early for us to enjoy the rest of the tournament.
You know what the most horrible thing is? It's not even the second worst game, not even the third! And we are only 11 games in. Algeria - Slovenia, Serbia - Ghana and espenially Japan - Cameroon sucked the meat missile with gusto. There's little to enjoy here this year.
Ooops, too early, Italy is 0:1 behind. Maybe there is something to enjoy after all:-)
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If they want to expand I wouldn't mind seeing the one extra wild card, with one bye for each Conference, and the AFC and NFC championship games played each on their own day. 18 regular season games is just too much.