Say what you want about the Germany-Brazil final, but this has to be, despite the officiating, the most action packed World Cup I've ever seen. I swear, thanks to the killer games, I wake up at all hours of the night, even when nothing's on. Oh, well. It's worth it just to see so many unknowns become stars in one tournament. Not just from the US, but all over the globe. Oh, and 2/3 the Korean team, as much flaming as I might get, they did more for Asian soccer than probably the US did for their soccer after the Mexico win. I'll miss you Guus, see you in '06 (Germany), when you'll get your revenge!! What were your favorite moments of this tournament?
"I'm a woman. I know how women are." Stephanie McMahon
-Right from the beginning: Senegal 1, France 0; -France not scoring any goals-right alongside Saudi Arabia and China; -David Beckham's revenge on Argentina from 98; -Japan beats Russia, Moscow goes nuts; -South Africa's first ever win on possibly the flukiest goal ever(guy meant to head it, it bounced off his shin instead); -Japan and S.Korea qualifying for the second round; -The dramatic improvement in the USA game; -Any one of the saves Oliver Kahn has made; -Every match Ireland played was a drama in itself, plus they had the best fans; -An overrated Italian squad going home early; -That one Brazilian goal(Danilson? Edmilson? I forget) where the guy did the half-bicycle kick.
Ronaldo -- 8 goals in 7 games puts him even with PELE~ for total Brazilian strikes in World Cup competition. To come back from two serious knee injuries and accomplish that is just amazing. This Cup has cemented him as the best player of his generation.
Ronaldo's hair -- a triangular patch of velcro on the forhead ... shaved bald on the rest. Worst. Hairdo. Ever.
Oliver Kahn -- Kahn is God. Kahn and God were perfect for 6 days, then made one crucial error on the 7th. Well okay, technically God screwed up royally on the 6th day, but the analogy still works.
Ronaldhino chipping David Seaman -- the Scottish blood in me screamed "FREEEEEDOM" with William Wallace's ghost. Boring English team gets a well-deserved plane ride home.
Upsets galore -- Cinderella runs by Senegal, the U.S., South Korea, Japan, and Turkey drives home the point that football is now global in scope and that Europe and South America won't dominate like they have for 75 years.
Brazil v. Germany -- a classic final that shows that Europe and South America won't bow out without a fight. So often The Big Game turns out to be tentative and boring ... not so today. For 65 minutes Germany outworked and outclassed Brazil, but then the pure talent took over. If you watched that game and weren't impressed, just give up on watching "soccer" forever ... that is just about the best it gets.
Ireland's goal against Germany -- Ireland deserved to win that game but were down 1-0. Robbie Keane heads in the goal on the last kick of the game. Goal of the tournie I think -- maybe not as pretty as Edmilson's bicycle kick against Costa Rica, but a goal that really mattered in one of the best games.
Some great free kick goals -- I love it when a player curls it over the wall and into the goal from 35 yards out. Brazil, South Korea, Turkey and a few other sides scored some beauties over the last month.
Let me put you in the picture, let me show you what I mean; The Messiah is my sister, ain't no king man, she's my queen.
"Eveything is beautifulllllllll....." I have thoroughly enjoyed this season. I will breathe easier when/if Cleveland actually clinches a berth, but wow, to actually be in the hunt is just an amazing feeling.