Here at One Game, One World we hope you have enjoyed the World Cup as we enter the final weekend of the competition. Stay tuned here after the tournament as we will be providing a full tournament recap and analysis.
For now, enjoy another superb offering from our correspondent in South Africa, Yumna Mia. We are sure you will enjoy her fantastic thoughts on the tournament in the last week and the feelings she conveys encapsulating the withdrawal that many in South Africa are beginning to feel as the tournament nears its conclusion. ENJOY!
“My Facebook status on Sunday night (27th June 2010) read: “I was there…AGAIN!!!
I attended the Argentina Vs Mexico match at Soccer City. It was my second time at Soccer City but I was still blown away by the sheer beauty of the stadium and the atmosphere surrounding us. On the afternoon before the match we went driving around looking for Argentina flags and snacks to take with to the match. Knapsacks packed, dressed in a million clothes, and as typical Indians, had tea and snacks, we were on our way to the stadium. Once again, it was amazing walking towards the stadium. I especially loved the Mexican fans even though I was supporting Argentina in this match. They showed up in the most outrageous outfits in support of their team. Continue reading
We are privileged to have Yumna Mia filing us reports from South Africa during the World Cup. Here are her two latest stories, the first relating to the Brazil-Ivory Coast match she saw at Soccer City Stadium and the second her reaction to South Africa’s exit on Tuesday. Enjoy!
“I was there”. That’s right I had the great privilege of attending the match between Brazil and Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday, 20th June 2010. In 50 years time (if I’m alive), I don’t know if I will remember that Brazil won 3-1 or that Kaka received a red card, but the fact that “I was there” will forever be etched in my memory.
How this came about is a story of pure luck. I was actually suppose to be attending a wedding in Lesotho (officially the Kingdom of Lesotho, is a landlocked country and enclave—entirely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa) on that Sunday, but due to some issues with transport and the fact that was sick with the flu I decided not to go. I have never seen Lesotho so I was quite upset that I couldn’t go. However, I guess everything happens for a reason. AT around 15:00pm I received a call from my cousin saying that she might be able to get tickets to the match and if I would like to go. Continue reading
Apologies for the lack of posts in the past week, the real world has gotten the best of me. We are back now though and are offering our thoughts of the first 10 days of the World Cup.
It has been a strange tournament for sure. One with few goals, some poor goalkeeping, and some below quality football. That said, the second round of matches in the Group Stage have been much improved and the hope is as the tournament carries on, the product on the pitch will become better and better.
So, the 2010 World Cup has finally begun. As promised, One Game, One World has gone all World Cup in the lead-up to the tournament and we will continue our coverage as the tournament progresses. We have some exciting stuff in the works, including some on the ground reports from our correspondent in South Africa, Yumna Mia.
The atmosphere inside Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday was something to behold and clearly showed how important this World Cup is to South Africa. For today’s kick-off we will get our first report from Yumna Mia who lives in Johannesburg.
Read on for an introduction of One Game, One World South Africa correspondent Yumna Mia:
Group H: Spain, Chile, Honduras, Switzerland
Spain look set to finish atop Group H thanks to their status as one of the favorites to lift the World Cup trophy. Their presence in this group though is only part of the story. This is an evenly-balanced group that features efficient Switzerland, classy Chile, and solid Honduras.
The Swiss rebounded in emphatic fashion after a troublesome start to their qualifying campaign and will be a threat under Ottmar Hitzfeld. Marcelo Bielsa is one of the more highly rated managers in South Africa and he has led Chile to the 2010 World Cup playing an attractive, free-flowing style of football. Under Reinaldo Rueda, Honduras have become a very difficult team to play against and will challenge too for a place in the second round.
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Group G: Brazil, North Korea, Portugal, Ivory Coast
There is no need to say much about this group except to call it what it is and that is the ‘Group of Death’. Brazil, Portugal, and the Ivory Coast are three world-class sides and will battle it out for two places that lead to the Round of 16. While North Korea can’t expect much thanks to this draw, the team have done enough in recent friendlies to suggest they have some quality and won’t be blown out by astronomical scores as some experts predict.
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Group F: Italy, Paraguay, Slovakia, New Zealand
Reigning World Cup champions Italy head Group F alongside Paraguay, Slovakia, and New Zealand. The Italian side will look to win back-to-back World Cup titles, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since Brazil did so back in 1958 and 1962.
Paraguay are becoming perennial World Cup participants and will also feature in Group F. After a disappointing first round exit in Germany, the Paraguayans will want to at least get out of this group.
They will be challenged by Slovakia, a team making their first World Cup appearance (first since the break-up of Czechoslovakia). New Zealand back at the tournament after a 28-year absence round out the teams in a quite appealing group.
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