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Back In September

Hello everyone! Apologies for the lack of posts during June/July. World Cup fever coupled with work duties meant that there was little extra time to devote to blogging.

Thus, we have taken a mini-sabbatical in order to revamp the site and respond to what fans are looking for.

We have decided to re-launch in September with a new-look and fresh articles on topics from around the football world.

Look for interviews with the likes of Marcelo Balboa and Kristine Lilly, and how about some coverage of the game in Pohnpei in Micronesia and Palestine? That’s just a little of what we have planned as One Game, One World attempts to improve.

As always, we love to hear your comments and ideas and always welcome suggestions about how to make the site better.

Feel free to contact us at onegamegt@yahoo.com and we will get back to you in due course on whatever it is that is on your mind.

We look forward to seeing you in September, happy football to all of you.

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2010 World Cup Preview: South Korea

 

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Asia’s most successful-ever team enter their 7th consecutive World Cup. South Korea are hoping to end an inability to perform well overseas in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. With an improved squad and expectations higher than ever at home, many wonder whether this will be a breakout performance by the 2002 World Cup co-hosts.

4th place was achieved in that hosted tournament, however questions are still posed to this team about favorable refereeing decisions helping the team progress eight years ago. After missing out on a place in the knockout rounds in 2006, the goal this team in Group B, which features opponents Argentina, Nigeria, and Greece, is to get to the second round.   

 

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FIFA Ranking: 49th

World Cup Appearances: 7 (1954, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006)

World Cup Record (W-D-L): 4-7-13

Best World Cup Finish: 4th place, 2002 World Cup

Road To South Africa: Qualified as 1st Place team from Asia Round 4, Group B

 

ANALYSIS

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Join The Wave

I came across this the other day and figured it deserved a mention considering how we are only about a month away from the World Cup. I am talking about the SONY Ericsson South African Wave. This is basically the world’s longest ever online wave and what you can do is upload a video of you doing the wave for your favorite team and be entered for a chance to win tickets to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Check this out and have a chance to go to South Africa!

Visit Here To Join The Wave

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2010 World Cup Preview: South Africa

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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.

 

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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

 

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2010 World Cup Preview: North Korea

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It’s been 44 years since North Korea appeared in the World Cup and fans of the side will be hoping for a performance in South Africa akin to what the national team was able to do back in 1966. In that World Cup, the North Koreans shocked the world by defeating Italy 1-0 and advancing to the quarterfinals of the tournament. There the stage was set for another giantkilling as the team were 3-0 ahead of Portugal. However, the great Eusebio inspired a comeback that has gone down in the annals of World Cup history and North Korea were eventually beaten 5-3 in one of the tournament’s most memorable matches.

The odds are against such an inspiring performance this time around in a group that features three heavyweights in the form of Brazil, Portugal, and Ivory Coast. Any result against these world football giants would be a shock that would surpass the team’s exploits in England ’66. The most likely scenario will see the team play spoiler by keeping down the opposition’s scoring due to a tight defense.

 

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FIFA Ranking: 106

World Cup Appearances: 1 (1966)

World Cup Record (W-D-L): 1-1-2

Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals, 1966

Road To South Africa: Qualified with a 2nd Place Finish in Asia’s Group 2

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The One Game, One World Interview: Rohit Chand

For those watching the matches in Nepal’s Martyrs League this season, one of the top players thus far has been G’Five Machhindra FC defender Rohit Chand. The defender has put in a series of sparkling performances and has shown why he was the youngest player ever to represent the Nepali national team.

Chand’s play has brought him four Man of the Match awards during the league campaign and his play at the back has been one of the highlights of Machhindra’s season. The young stopper has led a defense that doesn’t leak too many goals, but he also can be a threat moving up the pitch.

Rohit Chand has been in fine form this season for Machhindra FC

This is the last of our three-part focus on Machhindra FC, an innovative club in Nepal that is growing all the time and appears to be on the cusp of challenging for the league title in the next year or two. Read on for our interview with Rohit Chand. Chand’s dreams, views on the game, and description of the sport in Nepal are worthwhile reading as we get a glimpse into the life of a footballer in Nepal and his aspirations for the future.

So enjoy our interview with Rohit Chand, a player who captains his club side at the tender age of 19. Chand is a player who represents the future of football in Nepal and many tip him as a sure bet to make a career abroad in the years to come. Continue reading

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Soccer Without Borders: Playing For Change

An organization based in San Francisco, California is using the beautiful game to bring positive change to marginalized youth across the world. The story of Soccer Without Borders is an inspiring look at what effect soccer can have for children and communities anywhere.

In 2005, the organization’s founder and current Director Ben Gucciardi began thinking of a way to link soccer with social development. The idea had been sparked by a failed plan of Gucciardi and friend Kyle Hartman to bike from San Francisco to the southernmost point in Argentina. The trip never developed thanks to some logistical problems, but the dream survived.

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Soccer Without Borders attempts to bring positive change to marginalized youths across the world

Using the resources available at Lehigh University, Gucciardi began doing some preliminary research into creating such an organization that would go to places and teach soccer.

The seeds of Soccer Without Borders were planted and after winning an entrepreneurial competition on campus, the duo was rewarded with start-up money for their venture. A pilot program was completed in Nicaragua and Gucciardi learned to make a website after returning and the rest is history. “From there, it has really just took a life of its own, says Gucciardi,  “New people get on board and bring many new and great ideas to the table.” Continue reading

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