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
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 A: South Africa, Mexico, France, Uruguay
Group A is one of many intriguing groups in this World Cup where the top two places will really be fought over. Traditionally the hosts are handed a favorable draw, however South Africa received no such favors this time around as Carlos Alberto Parreira’s side were dealt a difficult section. France may have squeaked in just, however they will be the favorites in this group. That is not to say that Mexico and Uruguay won’t be fighting it out for the top two spots. South Africa is arguably one of the weakest hosts in recent memory, but no host has ever failed to qualify for the knockout round so history is on their side.
What Should Happen
South Africa is the host nation for a historic World Cup, the first ever to be held in Africa. There is widespread joy over this and South Africa is ready. After concerns in the last couple years about whether preparations for the tournament would be completed on time, the infrastructure (stadiums, facilities, airports, etc) is all set and South Africa is ready to welcome the world.
The national team however has not enjoyed the best of preparations for the tournament, suffering through mixed results in the lead-up to the competition that has dampened expectations. Many observers believe this is the weakest host of a World Cup finals ever. That remains to be seen, but even South African fans know that their team must play out of their skins in order to avoid becoming the first host nation to exit at the Group Stage of the competition. South Africa were handed a very difficult draw in Group A as they will face off against Mexico, Uruguay, and France. Should they claim a spot in the second round, the entire nation and continent for that matter would create a wonderful atmosphere which would only serve the World Cup itself well.
TALE OF THE TAPE
FIFA Ranking: 90
World Cup Appearances: 2 (1998, 2002)
World Cup Record (W-D-L): 1-3-2
Best World Cup Finish: Group Stage (1998, 2002)
Road To South Africa: Qualified Automatically As Host Nation
Hello all, welcome to the Monday Morning Kick-Off. A couple bits of business to tend to first before we dive into some hopefully interesting football tidbits.
For starters, One Game, One World will go all World Cup starting in mid-May. We are planning previews of the teams, along with news, interviews, and stories ahead of the 2010 World Cup which begins on June 11th. This is a historic tournament, the first in Africa, and it means that here at OGOW we are excited to bring you coverage of the competition before, during, and after the competition.
Of course, there will be a million media outlets to receive coverage from, but we hope you will check out our mix of traditional and non-traditional coverage for perhaps something a bit different ahead of the world’s greatest sporting event.
Ok, well off we go for today’s Kick-Off.
Yes, we have reached what is commonly known as the business end of the season in many leagues, mostly Europe. In most leagues it is a two-horse race as Barcelona and Real Madrid contest La Liga, while Chelsea is attempting to hold of Manchester United in the English Premier League. Continue reading