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2010 FIFA World Cup Schedule for USA Team
The 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa is about to begin. Soccer team and want to watch their World Cup games and find out the results, here are some Web sites that are useful. The 2010 FIFA World Cup month long football or soccer sports event is right around the corner. Running from June 11 to July 11, 2010, the 2010 FIFA World Cup event will determine the best soccer/football teams in the world. This year’s World Cup is bound to be memorable.
The World Cup has generally been dominated by three teams: Brazil, Italy and Germany. These three countries have won the most World Cup championships and they are likely to be dominant teams again this year. However, it is always possible that an underdog nation, like the United States of America (USA), will get on a hot streak and make it to the final matches. World Cup team, you may be wondering about their first few games and how to find out information on the results of these games. There are plenty of online resources for you to do this. games. men’s team in 2010. team is in Group C which includes the England team as well as Algeria and Slovenia. The USA vs. ET on ABC in the United States. The Slovenia and Algeria games will be shown on the ESPN or ESPN3 channels.
What happens after the first round of World Cup games? Well, if your team won one or more games or acquired enough points, it may be able to move on to the next round.
Have lots of fun watching and cheering your teams during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. There are sure to be lots of great matches this year, as well as memorable plays, exciting events and thrilling outcomes. He has written more than 35 books. View profile
FIFA World Cup 2010 Costumes and Outfits IdeasIf you love sports, then you are probably getting excited about the 2010 FIFA World Cup that will be held in South Africa from June 11 thru July 11, 2010.
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Jon Dahl Tomasson Closes in on Poul Nielsen
Danish captain Jon Dahl Tomasson, currently plying his trade with Feyenoord in the Dutch Eredivise, has scored 51 international goals. As Denmark are one of the 32 nations who have successfully qualified for this summer’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa, he has a great chance to equal or better his country’s international scoring record on football’s grandest stage. This record, which stands at 52, has stood for an incredible 85 years. However, even if he does break it, his international strike rate will never be comparable to that of the current record holder, the late Poul ‘Tist’ Nielsen. It has taken Tomasson 107 matches to close in on this record (the second highest caps total for any Danish outfield player), while it only took Nielsen 38 matches to get his 52 goals. Nielsen’s goal per game ratio was an astonishing 1.37 per international, compared to Tomasson’s only very respectable 0.46.
Poul ‘Tist’ Nielsen (December 25, 1891 August 9, 1962)Nielsen was an amateur footballer for Danish Club KB (Kjbenhavns Boldklub). He played with them for 20 years, scoring 276 goals in 201 games, before retiring in 1927. His nickname ‘Tist’ came from the Danish word Gratist, which translates roughly as ‘free of charge’. He was given this moniker as a young boy because of his tendency to sneak into football matches without paying at the gate. He won 6 Danish championships with KB, but only got the chance to play at one international tournament, winning a silver medal at the 1912 Olympic games in Stockholm. Nielsen played when international football was at its relative infancy, which accounts for his low number of caps for such a long career. On average Denmark would play only about 3 international matches a year, often against the same opposition. In fact 41 of his 52 goals came against only two teams, Sweden and Norway (some of these matches had extraordinary results including a 10 0 victory over Sweden, and a 12 0 victory over Norway).
Tomasson’s Hopes for South Africa 2010While Nielsen never got the chance to play at a World Cup, this summer Tomasson will be making his second appearance, having also played in 2002. That time he had an excellent tournament scoring 4 goals, helping Denmark to top a group that included France, Uruguay, and Senegal. With a decent squad that includes Arsenals’ Nicklas Bendtner, Palermo’s Simon Kjr, and Wolfsburg’s Thomas Kahlenberg, Denmark look a good bet to get out of what, apart from The Netherlands, seems a reasonable group. Tomasson’s place in the line up is far from guaranteed though. With Nicklas Bendtner virtually assured of a starting position, and with Sren Larsen also competing for a place, he seems most likely to start on the bench. If he does score, it would be a fitting end to a brilliant international career for the 33 year old, whose clubs have included Villareal, Stuttgart, Newcastle, and AC Milan. Having not scored in his last seven internationals however, he must wonder if he’s destined not to break the longest standing record in International football.
FIFA World Cup 2010 Racism In Soccer Victim of the Apartheid Era In South Africa
Bafana Bafana did their best but could not overcome the legacy of apartheid on the field against France today. Wow they had an open goalmouth begging to be fed on at least four occasions. Yes, they made history by beating France. France is ranked ninth and South Africa is ranked 83 rd in the FIFA/Coca Cola rankings. They won the game, lost the competition, and made history by being the first host team in 80 years to bow out in the first round. Let me put this history into perspective in order to explain and not excuse the bowing out of South Africa in the first round of the World Cup competition.
During the apartheid era soccer was a Cinderella sport in the political mindset of the day. Yes we had the National Football League for white teams. I remember with fondness the derbies between Cape Town City and Hellenic. My brother and I were avid Hellenic diehards. My cousin Lionel and maybe the rest of our town were Cape Town City supporters. They played at Hartleyvale and Green Point Stadium, respectively. Green Point Stadium of 2010 fame and glory is on the same site as the Green Point Stadium of old. I remember the annual Easter Monday game between arch rivals Hellenic and Highlands Park at Balfour Park. I remember the import of third league European players to come and play for the NFL teams, our “first league”.
The point that I am trying to make is that while the white NFL was flourishing no infrastructure was developed in the townships. Athlone Stadium arrived on the soccer scene in Cape Town very, very late. The birth of soccer as we know it today in South Africa was one of intense complications during labor and delivery. Many noble endeavors to kick start soccer were aborted or still born to say the least. Racism was at the core of this imbalance in the development of soccer in South Africa. How fitting that the mantra of this world cup is to end racism in sport.
Rugby was largely seen as the game that white people play and soccer was seen as the game black people play. The South African Rugby Football Union was not only well endowed, financially, but had world class sport stadiums even during the apartheid era. As youngsters we had to hone our soccer playing skills in the street at risk of being hit by oncoming traffic. The police was always on our case, disrupting our game and hitting us with batons. Even the local field where club soccer was played was fraught with hazards caused by a lack of maintenance. I worked in both Cape Town and Johannesburg and the soccer fields for people other than white in both provinces were a shame. You often sprained your ankle because you tramped on a big rock or you grazed your skin on the rock hard playing surfaces.
Did we expect that this apartheid ill will not have consequences? Soccer is still in its infancy in South Africa and yet the boys are doing great things. Most of them are first generation soccer players for the national team while other countries have third and fourth generation players. They even have coaches whose sons are playing for the national teams.
Sekunjalo! It is what it is. South Africa will get there. Soccer glory will become institutionalized in South Africa. Players will develop those skills, strategies and the spirit to win games and glory.