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FIFA World Cup 2010 Review

FIFA World Cup 2010 Review

FIFA World Cup 2010 has completed first half of its group stage and has produced some shocking results in this brief period. 32 teams divided in eight groups have played 2 matches each and the layout of next stage is almost complete. This 11 day extravaganza has been a showcase of some astounding soccer skills, fierce attacking, robust defending and a say die spirit. Besides this, some magical moments and dominating performances also form the highlights of FIFA world cup 2010.

As expected, football world cup 2010 kicked off with an unmatched excitement when host South Africa took on Mexico. Anyone could hardly forget the goal of Siphiwe Tshabalala (South Africa) which was the first FIFA world cup 2010 goal. From their onwards, started a fierce battle of skills and talent which marked the advent of soccer greatest event in history. Under rated teams performed exceptionally well , top contenders of the tournament seemed to be caught in a fix and some least expected teams turned the foils emerging as strongest contenders.

The earliest of all surprises came from Argentina, which under the coaching of legendary Maradona seems to have re discovered its football world. After a very hard time during world cup qualifiers and a testing of 108 players in 20 months, Argentina came out of the blues and became the first team to enter pre quarter finals. Next came in three times world champion Germany, which blasted Australian defense by scoring 4 goals in their first game of FIFA world cup 2010 match schedule. Most talked about side Brazil was no behind in spite of an average performance, they managed a win in their first game. The real Brazilian cyclone started against Cote de Ivorie where the five times world champion side showed their metal with a 2 1 win.

However, there have been a few shocking performances by some expected winners of FIFA World cup 2010. Defending champions Italy are facing the heat to cross the group stage. England failed to register a single win in their two matches and are struggling to make it through in the next level. Portugal appeared shabby in their first game against Ivory Cost and ended up with a draw. Another stunner came from Euro champions Spain. Considered as the strongest contender in this tournament, Spain experienced a humiliating defeat by Switzerland in their first game. The biggest shock of FIFA world cup 2010 came from former champions France, who are on the verge of becoming the first team to be knocked off from FIFA world cup 2010.

Under rated teams like Switzerland, New Zealand, Chile, Paraguay, Ghana etc performed exclusively to grab this opportunity of to perform at world stage. Till date the teams which have qualified for the knockout stage are Brazil and Argentina. The teams like Spain, Portugal, Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, Germany, Ghana are just a win away from next stage. All in all, FIFA world cup 2010 promises to bring forth some more interesting moments as the tournament unfolds.

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Who is the best player on the portugal team at the FIFA world cup

Who is the best player on the portugal team at the FIFA world cup

The 2008 FIFA world player of the year hit a post with what would have been one of the goals of the tournament and was man of the match in the Group G match. But he also picked up a yellow card after losing his cool.

Business as usual then for the Real Madrid forward.

Ronaldo’s frustration built as it became increasingly apparent that he was set to extend a scoreless streak for his country that started 16 months ago.

After two early fouls against him and a 30 yard strike that bounded off the post, Ronaldo was involved in an altercation with Ivory Coast defender Guy Roland Demel on the edge of the penalty area in the 21st minute.

The winger complained about the severity of Demel’s challenge to referee Jorge Larrionda, who responded by showing both players a yellow card.

Ronaldo, the Portugal captain, was fouled five times, causing coach Carlos Queiroz to question whether his player had been protected enough by the referee.

“Ronaldo was the victim of a bad decision,” Queiroz said. “But we don’t like to see our team penalized with yellow cards and I am sure this will not happen again.”

Queiroz praised Ronaldo for the example he showed as captain and his overall contribution.

FIFA’s statistics from the match back up his coach’s assessment. He played the entire match, directed one of his three shots on target, completed 21 of 35 passes and covered 9,577 metres on the pitch at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Cristiano Ronaldo showed the best and the worst of his game in Portugal’s opening World Cup match against Ivory Coast.

The 2008 FIFA world player of the year hit a post with what would have been one of the goals of the tournament and was man of the match in the Group G match. But he also picked up a yellow card after losing his cool.

Business as usual then for the Real Madrid forward.

Ronaldo’s frustration built as it became increasingly apparent that he was set to extend a scoreless streak for his country that started 16 months ago.

After two early fouls against him and a 30 yard strike that bounded off the post, Ronaldo was involved in an altercation with Ivory Coast defender Guy Roland Demel on the edge of the penalty area in the 21st minute.

The winger complained about the severity of Demel’s challenge to referee Jorge Larrionda, who responded by showing both players a yellow card.

Ronaldo, the Portugal captain, was fouled five times, causing coach Carlos Queiroz to question whether his player had been protected enough by the referee.