11th of July & World Cup…

The FIFA World Cup which was held in South Africa, came to a close on 11th of July; after one whole month of entertainment. Spain defeated Netherlands & made history by winning the World Cup for the first time. It was a tough contest fought between the two nations, but in the end Spain came on top with a 1 – 0 victory. A marvelous goal from Andres Iniesta in the closing moments extra time was enough to break thousands of Dutch hearts, who were clad in Orange at Soccer City.

Although this World Cup was better than the previous one, which was held in Germany in 2006; in terms of goals scored, but certainly no one is going to remember this World Cup for that nor for the fact that Spain made history by winning it for the first time ever! On the contrary this World Cup shall be remembered for the ages to come; for the dismal performance by some of the most experienced footballing nations(Brazil, Argentina, France, Italy & England) & the star players such as (Rooney, Messi, C.Ronaldo, Drogba, Eto, etc) although some superstars were lucky to be suffering from injuries (Ka’ka & F.Torres), for this served for them as an excellent excuse for a disappointing performance & lets not forget our notable REFEREES! Surprised? Yes, You Should be!

It is not a secret that in some of the matches the refereeing was very controversial, for instance, the Knock Out match between Germany & England, in which the English mid-fielder, ‘Frank Lampard’ was actually robbed of a spectacular goal. The Ball hit the crossbar & bounced inside the Goal(behind the goal line) & came back out! It was the duty of the linesmen to notify the referee about the goal but to everyone’s surprise no decision was taken in favour of Mr.Lampard. Similarly, another incident involving Argentina’s Carlos Tevez in a match against Mexico, an off-side goal was wrongly & unjustly granted in favour of C.Tevez, although the T.V replays showed otherwise.

Now lets analyse the the final match between Spain & Netherlands, the match official was some English referee, who according to me held some sort of personal grudge with the deserving Dutch. Following are some of the reasons as to why I feel so:

1. The entire Dutch Team was Yellow Carded & one of the defenders Hietenga was wrongly Red Carded.

2. The Dutch were robbed of 3 Corner Kicks which could have been proved to be the turning point of the game, as The Dutch are Experts in taking Free Kicks & Corner Kicks. Apart from this they can also produce Long range Lob Passes with sheer pin-point accuracy

3. The Spainiard Heros’, namely A.Iniesta & Carlos Puyol both of whom should have been red carded, were not even booked for their respective offences against the Dutch.

4. Although I admit the Fact that the Dutch player ‘De Jong’ should have been Red Carded for thumping his high heel on the chest of Xabi Alonso, but he too enjoyed some respite from the referee.

Nevertheless, the World Cup Ended on a high note with D.Forlan winning the Golden Ball Award & T.Muller of Germany winning the Golden Boot Award & Ikler Casillas winning the Golden Glove Award. Unfortunately D.Villa & M.Klose failed to make history. D.Villa could have broken the Spain’s National record for scoring most Goals on International Level which is held by Gonzalo Ra’ul on a tally of 44 goals, while David Villa has bagged in a marvelous 43 goals. As for M.Klose of Germany, he could have broken record of 15 goals tally held by ‘The Phenomenon’ Ronaldo of Brazil, while M.Klose who probably has played his last World Cup holds a tally of 14 goals.

Anyways Lets hope that FIFA approves the Goal Line technology for the next World Cup which is to be held in Brazil in the year 2014; for most of us i.e ‘fans’ were left disappointed by the Policies adopted by the FIFA President Sepp Blatter in this year’s World Cup of 2010.

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  1. Very true


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