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Messi steals show at FIFA awards

Messi steals show at FIFA awards

It was academic the fact that Lionel Messi was going to be the FIFA World Player of the Year. If the Ballon D’Or was any indication (and it usually is) then Messi was going to win this award by a landslide and a landslide it certainly was as Messi became the first Argentine and sixth South American to win the prestigious award since its inception back in 1991.

It was the icing on the proverbial cake for Messi in his dream 2009 that saw everything he touched turn to gold and the audience at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland knew this the moment that he stepped onto the stage to receive his crowning achievement.

Messi beat Cristiano Ronaldo by a whopping 721 points to win the award for the first time. Messi also became the fifth Blaugrana to win this award after Rom (1994), Ronaldo (1996), Rivaldo (1999), and Ronaldinho (2005, 2006).

What was most amazing about this was that he did not receive a single from from Brazil and England coach Fabio Capello was the only person that voted for him in all of the British Isles. Three Lions captain John Terry voted for Drogba as well as Brazilian counterpart Lucio. Scratch head coach Dunga gave the nod to Liverpool forward Fernando Torres. Meanwhile

Despite being excited about winning the top individual award, Messi’s hunger is still there. He was already aiming to win the World Cup with Argentina regardless of the criticisms he received from fans of the Albiceleste. Messi lashed back at those critics that considered that he was not Argentine. “

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Lionel Messi (Barcelona)Kak (AC Milan Real Madrid)Andr Iniesta (Barcelona)I am not the king of the world. I am not number one. I don’t believe in those things. I am the same one asa before. I just happen to be on a great team. I don’t feel like I am the best. Barca are the best. Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo did win the Puskas Goal of the Year. His 35 meter rocket shot at the Estadio Do Drag against Porto in the quarterfinals of the Champins League beat out Grafite’s heel kick and The Iniestazo at Stamford Bridge.

Who won the FIFA World Cup match between Spain vs Switzerland

Who won the FIFA World Cup match between Spain vs Switzerland

The last game of the first round of the World Cup and the closing fixture of the tournaments Group H will take place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday, 16 June 2010, kick off set for 3:00 PM BST,10:AM EDT.

Spain and Switzerland are the last two teams to get their World Cup show on the road. Having watched the quality of matches that have been played before them, the Spaniards must be all but licking their chops in anticipation at the prospect of unleashing their attacking power in South Africa. David Villa is nicknamed El Guaje and Fernando Torres has long been known as El Nino (both mean the kid) but there is nothing innocent or green about the Spanish strikers on the international scene.

Vicente Del Bosques side can quite rightly complain that they enter the World Cup ranked only second in the world and as the second favourites to win the tournament behind Dungas Brazil. After all, the numbers tell that they have won 45 of their last 48 matches and are the reigning European champions. They have played more World Cup matches than any other nation without winning the trophy. They will probably never get a better chance to win the trophy than this one.

Spain striker Fernando Torres is likely to start off the bench as he is almost fit after a knee injury. Andres Iniesta is winning his fitness contest and might play instead of Fabregas.

Switzerland will be missing captain Alex Frei, who has an ankle injury, Eren Derdiyok will take his place in attack. West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami has also been ruled out.

If you are a big soccer/football fan,I don’t think you will miss the amazing game.

Switzerland pulled off the biggest shock so far at this FIFA World Cup as Gelson Fernandes’s strike against the run of play earned them a 1 0 win against European champions and tournament favourites Spain in Durban. Vicente del Bosque’s team predictably dominated possession but were hit on the break seven minutes into the second half as the Swiss recorded their first win over Spain in 19 attempts.

Stylish Spain had all of the ball in the early stages, painting pretty patterns around the pitch with astounding ease as the Swiss chased and harried. The Swiss hardly got a sniff of the ball in the first quarter hour but were not unduly troubled either as Spain failed to turn their elegant control and ball play into concrete attempts on goal. Their first chance of any real substance came after 25 minutes. After coming forward for a free kick, centre back Gerard Pique stayed in an advanced position and collected a brilliant through ball from the lively Iniesta, back from injury in time to make the starting eleven. Turning his man with the acumen of a seasoned striker, the tall defender was only denied at the last by the legs of Diego Benaglio, who came roaring bravely off his line.

The Swiss had their only chance of the first period just seconds later, with Reto Ziegler’s free kick from 20 yards hardly troubling Iker Casillas, the Real Madrid man diving to his left to keep out the tame strike. The UEFA EURO 2008 winners soon shifted the focus to the other end of the pitch and on the half hour mark Silva’s looping ball from midfield picked out Iniesta racing toward goal. The Barcelona gem was pulled back by Stephane Grichting before Pique slammed his free kick harmlessly into the Swiss wall. As the opening stanza ground to a halt, Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld was forced to replace influential centre back Philippe Senderos, who limped off early in a match in his second consecutive FIFA World Cup.

A similar trend developed in the second half, with Spain dictating the patterns but stuttering in front of goal. Their profligacy was punished in the 52nd minute when a long, hopeful ball hoofed up the field was collected by Eren Derdiyok. The outrushing Iker Casillas saved at his feet but the ball ricocheted to Gelson Fernandes who slid home from close range. It was only the second shot on goal for the Swiss, who celebrated the unlikely lead with a combination of shock and delight. The Spanish fans were stunned into the silence, but their favourites continued to press in search of that elusive goal. Villa went close on the hour, two minutes before Spain boss Vicente del Bosque added a bit of firepower, bringing Fernando Torres and Jesus Navas off the bench. With supporters back on their feet again, Iniesta’s curler beat Benaglio, only to drift the wrong side of the post as the Swiss retreated into a defensive shell.

Liverpool man Torres began to torment the defence with his running and pace, leading directly to a vicious strike from Xabi Alonso in the 71st minute which rattled the crossbar and left it shaking. Shortly after Navas saw a chance from close in well saved by Benaglio as Spanish pressure began to mount. The Swiss were dangerous on the break, however, and Derdiyok hit the post with a quarter hour to go after the Spaniards committed too many men forward. Seconds later Spain lost their Iniesta, who limped off after a rough challenge; he may have aggravated the muscle injury that made him a doubt before the game. In his absence, the Spanish lost their spark and they will need to rebound against Honduras at Ellis Park on 21 June. The Swiss take on Chile, the other Group H winners, earlier that same day in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Spain Loss in 2010 FIFA World Cup is Shocker

Spain Loss in 2010 FIFA World Cup is Shocker

A Spain loss in the 2010 FIFA World Cup is certainly a soccer shocker. Spain did lose to Switzerland 1 0 in South Africa today in the opener for both squads. What does that mean for Spain in its quest for a 2010 FIFA World Cup title? ESPN was reporting earlier today that only 3 other squads have lost their opening match and went on to win the World Cup. Does that mean Spain has no chance to win it all after an opening round loss? It might not be as difficult for Spain to rebound as some may think although the play today was not the caliber that would lead soccer experts to believe Spain is capable. A runner up finish would also potentially set up a matchup with another soccer giant in the Round of 16.

The Spain loss sent shockwaves throughout the soccer communities around the world. Spain was projected as one of the favorites to win the entire 2010 FIFA World Cup. Yet, here they are hoping to play much better and possibly now needing two wins just to advance out of Group H play. The irony is that Spain could finish second in their group and line up with Brazil once the tournament is down to just 16 teams. It’s the kind of loss that is a shocker to many soccer fans and practically might re align the entire field. The Group G winner(Brazil) vs. Group H runner up(Spain) potential match might be amazing with both teams fighting for their respective tournament lives. It’s almost a tougher draw for Brazil knowing they might instead face a very angry Spain in the opening match of the Round of 16.

Switzerland now is in the drivers seat in Group H with Chile, who also won their opener today over Honduras. That means wins against Chile and Honduras are imperative if Spain wants to ensure they advance in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The soccer shocker could change the dynamics of the entire tournament now that Spain has a loss and might face elimination with two ties or one more loss. That’s a mouthful, isn’t it?Specifically I write about sports, reality television, entertainment, hot t. View profile

2010 FIFA World Cup Draw Pits United States Vs. England in Scheduled OpenerThe draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup took place today. The United States and England have to be pleased with their groups and respective chances after the draw.