After a slow start, the Football World Cup 2010 in South Africa has really burst into life over the last few days. There have been some great goals, like David Villa’s stunning strike against Honduras, and plenty of controversy, not to mention the 7-0 drubbing that Portugal dished out yesterday! We’ve had shock results galore and quite a few outbursts, including Wayne Rooney having a go at the England fans and John Terry trying to stage a putsch against his manager Fabio Capello.
It’s interesting to note that the countries with the most overpaid, preening players are all performing badly – France, England and Italy.
I mean, after England’s horror show display they had the nerve to say that they were bored in their five star hotel in South Africa because they spent all day playing games – a life that most people would kill for. If they are bored why don’t they do extra practice? The Jubilani match ball is notoriously difficult to control and they have hardly hit the target – yet they spend their time playing darts instead of shooting practice?
Today France play South Africa in what will be a fascinating match. In the France squad spoilt payers have taken over too. The squad has been refusing to train after Nicholas Anelka was sent home for a foul-mouthed rant at the coach. People in France are absolutely shocked at their behaviour and it could do the tournament a favour if they are sent home early. Especially as a South African win would give the hosts as outside chance of qualifying which would be for the overall good of the World Cup. Yet with goal difference against them they would have to do something truly special to qualify. In the other Group A game Uruguay play Mexico. Although their football has been good to date, both teams are sitting pretty at the top of the group so expect them to take this game easy.
In group B Argentina take on Greece and the Greeks need a result if they are to have a chance of qualifying. The South Americans are all but through to the last 16, pending some disaster, and are expected to put out a weaker team. The trouble is that that weaker team will probably have players like Treble winning Inter striker Diego Milito and £35 million rated striker Sergio Aguero!
South Korea also take on Nigeria. While the Nigerians have already been knocked out the South Koreans have it all the play for so expect them to go for the win.
Argentina 3 – 0 Greece
South Africa 1 – 0 France
Uruguay 0 – 0 Mexico
South Korea 2 - 0 Nigeria