Group C: England, USA, Slovenia, Algeria
Perennial World Cup contenders England are the top-ranked team in Group C. Fabio Capello’s side are amongst the teams talked about as potential winners in South Africa and while expectations are always high when England compete at a World Cup, there is enough quality in the squad to suggest that this team have what it takes to go far.
The United States are looking to rebound from a group stage exit at the 2006 World Cup. Landon Donovan leads a U.S. team that looks primed to repeat their heroics of the 2002 World Cup where they made it to the quarterfinals.
Slovenia are back at the World Cup after an 8-year absence. There are no stars like Zlatko Zahovic this time, however this is arguably a stronger, closer knit team that won’t have the unnecessary drama of the 2002 side.
Algeria qualified for South Africa thanks to a play-off victory bitter rivals Egypt in Sudan back in November. Rabah Saadane has put together a good mix of domestic talent and French-born/French-based players as Algeria return to the competition for the first since 1986.
What Should Happen
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
Morning everyone! Thanks to all who have visited the site in the last couple days. We have received some wonderful feedback on the Fabio Lopez Interview. If you haven’t seen it check it out below. Some exciting stuff is in the works as well for next week. Australian National Team captain Jason Culina was kind enough to give us an interview and we will also look at the state of football in Liechtenstein as well and in true One Game, One World style probably throw in a surprise to the mix.
Anyway enough of that, let’s go to today’s Morning Kick-Off.
You are probably asking yourself what the heck does that mean. Well, I came across this fantastic story about a couple of English guys who were looking to do a football documentary on a place unspoiled by the greed and riches of the English Premier League. They ended up in Pohnpei, one of the four islands in the Federated States of Micronesia.
Gorgeous Scenery From Pohnpei
To make a long story short, the two men in question, Journalist Paul Watson and filmmaker Matthew Conrad became coach and assistant coach respectively of the Pohnpei national side, a team that is not affiliated with FIFA at the moment and that has never won a competitive fixture.
The work that is being done by these two is absolutely fantastic and refreshing in this day and age where some players make hundreds of thousands of dollars, pounds, and euros a week. This is a super story right up our ally at OGOW and we will be giving you an exclusive scoop on it sometime this month. Continue reading
Lots of football being played at this time of year as we are in the midst of the “business end” of the season. Everything is a little condensed this year as it is a World Cup year, so it really means that the matches are coming at us left and right. Not that we mind here at One Game, One World.
In today’s Morning Kick-Off we take a trip around the globe to see some of the more interesting happenings in world football. First, a little video though from Denmark, specifically Aalborg’s 1-1 draw with SønderjyskE . Spare a thought for Aalborg goalkeeper Karim Zaza who tried to dribble past the opposition forward only to get stripped and give up the most embarassing of goals. Luckily for him, Aalborg found an equalizer late on to rescue a point.
Ouch! Though in Zaza’s defense, perhaps the pass he received was not exactly the best and it put him into some trouble. Anyway, on to he Kick-Off! Continue reading
Football fans in the United States and many other parts of the world for that matter have been lucky enough to enjoy ESPN commentator Derek Rae’s polished delivery and expert play-by-play for years now. Whether it has been listening to Rae commentating on a Champions’ League match, World Cup classic, or European Championship fixture, the Scottish broadcaster’s superb style has complemented and enhanced many a football match in the last two decades.
The 1987 British Sports Broadcaster of the Year, Rae has been a fixture for American fans of the beautiful game since the mid-1990’s. He comes across as intelligent and respectful of the player, coaches, and officials that are involved in football and one always gets the sense while listening to him that this is a man doing something that he truly loves.
ESPN Commentator Derek Rae
Though Rae’s talents have seen ESPN assign him to lead commentator for Scottish Premier League matches this season, the good news for us in the States is that Rae will lend his voice to ESPN’s coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
One Game, One World is proud to present to you our recent interview with this fantastic commentator. Read on for Rae’s take on being a sports broadcaster, Scottish football, having the smallest writing in the world, and his views of the upcoming World Cup. As always let us know what you think with your comments and enjoy the football insight of Derek Rae. Continue reading
Good morning everyone! We’ve received some great feedback on our article of Macchindra FC which you can find below. It really is a great story of an up-and-coming club from a part of the world that usually receives nothing but scant coverage. Anyway that’s our job here at One Game, One World, to provide coverage of football in areas that don’t receive it from the mainstream media.
We still aim to cover the big stuff too though and I don’t know if it’s just spring and things always seem to be happening fast, but I have a serious case of World Cup fever this morning. Anyway read on for today’s Morning Kick-Off.
Who’s got World Cup Fever? I’ve Got World Cup Fever
Yes, like I said, serious World Cup fever has hit us here at OGOW. So, just in case I’m not the only counting down (77 days, 9 hours and a bit if you’re wondering), a couple of cool clips for you today. My wife and daughter insisted that I spice up the site a little with these, so without further adieu, here are two World Cup related songs by K’Naan and Akon. Enjoy and let us know which one you think is the best.
K’Naan (featuring David Bisbal), Waving Flag, Official Coca-Cola Anthem For the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Akon (featuring Keri Hilson), Oh Africa, Official Pepsi World Cup Theme Song
We’ve had a lack of features on the site lately due to some time constraints, however don’t worry you daily readers (yes, all 4 of you), we have some good stuff lined up the next few weeks including a profile of club in Nepal, interviews with ESPN’s Derek Rae, Goal.com’s John Duerden and many other profiles, interviews, and features covering all things from the beautiful game big and small. Ok, on to the Morning Kick-Off.
Champions’ League? Check out the Europa League
The Europa League was supposed to be a boring, second rate tournament, however yesterday’s matches brought back the magic of the old UEFA Cup, you know from years’ past when the UEFA Cup was an exciting, decent tournament. You can change the name and rebrand however you like, but if the matches aren’t of quality to the people watching them then a competition will go nowhere. Thursday’s matches however were the best advertisement UEFA could have hoped for in regards to the Europa League. Continue reading