Friday, July 09, 2010
The 2010 World Cup: The Best and the Worst
Let’s face it, the 2010 World Cup has not been one of the greatest. The first round of group games were hugely disappointing. There have been too many low-scoring matches.
But nevertheless the tournament has still had its moments.
Here’s my Best and Worst. How about yours?
Best game: The last twenty minutes of Slovakia v Italy was amazing.
Best single team performance: Germany’s 4-0 demolition of Argentina.
Best Player: Thomas Muller of Germany.
Worst Player: Wayne Rooney.
Biggest flops: England and France.
Most Boring team: Portugal- ok, they got seven against North Korea, but failed to score in any of their other matches.
Worst match: Paraguay v Japan was dreadful, but considering the talent that was on the pitch Brazil v Portugal gets the vote.
Worst pundit: The BBC’s Danny Baker, who assured us after the France v Mexico game that France would beat South Africa and make it to the quarter-finals and also that England would go a long way too.
Saddest moment: Asamoah Gyan’s last second penalty miss for Ghana against Uruguay.
Best losers: The USA took their extra-time defeat against Ghana really well, with manager Bob Bradley warmly embracing his counterpart at the final whistle - and credit too to the Germans for the sporting way they took their semi-final defeat against Spain.
Worst losers: Raymond Domenech of France, who refused to shake hands with the South Africa coach, and Italy’s Marcello Lippi, who stormed off without shaking the hand of Vladimir Weiss after his side’s defeat against Slovakia.
Team of the tournament: Despite not making it to the final, the vote goes to Germany. Three great performances against Australia, England and Argentina. And it looks like they’ll be the tournament’s top scorers.
As to who’ll win on Sunday- well, Paul the Octopus says Spain. I’m not going to argue with him.