South Africa 2010’s unlikeliest star

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South Africa 2010's unlikeliest star

Forget Forlan, forget Muller, forget Iniesta. If there was one undisputed star of the FIFA World Cup™ just past, it was not any of these on-song stars, but a certain cephalopod over 5,000 miles away. Continue reading

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Oranje face up to bitter defeat

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Oranje face up to bitter defeat

Unbeaten in 25 matches and boasting 14 consecutive wins, the Netherlands made their way through to the Final boasting two formidable records. Those were proud figures, but both runs came to a shuddering halt as the Oranje were ultimately undone by Spain’s breakthrough goal on 116 minutes. Continue reading

Pereira: We are gunning for third

Pereira: We are gunning for third

Maximiliano Pereira brings many attributes to Oscar Tabarez’s Uruguay side. The attacking options he offers down the right have been a feature of La Celeste’s surprise run to the semi-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, not to mention his commitment and goalscoring ability, a facet he demonstrated late on against the Netherlands last Tuesday. Continue reading

Spain hit their stride

Carles Puyol of Spain (L) celebrates with teammate Gerard Pique  after scoring

David Villa summed it up perfectly after Spain had booked their place in Sunday’s Final against the Netherlands. “When we play our best football we’re very hard to stop,” commented the Barcelona striker, underlining his side’s domination of Germany in Wednesday’s semi-final in Durban, a game in which the European champions recaptured their form and deservedly advanced to their first FIFA World Cup™ Final. Continue reading

Iniesta: Confidence is sky high

Iniesta: Confidence is sky high

“This is the most important match in our history,” said Iker Casillas in reference to Spain’s South Africa 2010 semi-final against Germany on Wednesday. Though the Germans are in irresistible form, the European champions know what it takes to beat them, having overcome the same opposition in the final of UEFA EURO 2008. Continue reading