Wednesday, May 26, 2010
South Africa is a buzz with World cup fever and excitement. And this once in a lifetime opportunity is upon us. What are our plans to make this a truly memorable event? Who are we supporting? Bafana, the Brazillians, Germany?
Personally I'm backing Argentina and England. Perhaps the Dutch as well.
Let me begin with my reasoning. England, purely for Wayne Rooney.Yes they play un-attractive football. Man for man they not a match to the big guns. However this team has a way of getting the all important results. Excellent qualifying campaign, and good performances in recent friendlies.Capello an excellent coach too
The best thing that happened to the squad ( to my disappointment) was the injury to David Beckham. Perhaps not the same player of years gone by, yet still effective on the right.And deadly in set pieces. However this will work in their favour with a wee bit less media attention and pressure without the charismatic superstar.
Argentina, under coach Diego Maradona and current World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has to be seen as a threat. With Champions League winner Diego Milito, Higuain and Tevez as attacking options, they seem deadly. Struggled in qualifying tho, I'm hoping for big things from this South American giants.
Then the perinnial under-achievers, the Netherlands. I treasure my 1988 jersey, as much as the Dutch recall their only great success, the 1988 European Championships. A good crop of exciting players, perhaps South Africa will turn Orange come 11 July!
All in all we can expect an awesome and entertaining Fifa World Cup, on and off the field.
Let's keep our camera phones ready, in hope for that pic with the superstars visiting our shores. We will definately share it with our readers here on the blog.
Finally, just received an email from a Hungarian reporter coming over to South Africa. Seen my soccer ball collection on www.worldcupballs.info and would love an interview with me on South Africa and football in general. Exciting times indeed. With this interest I don't think we imagine what this World Cup will be bringing to our shores.
Ke Nako-We are Ready!