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Germany Defeat England Argentina beat Mexico in FIFA Soccer World Cup Knock Out Round

Germany Defeat England Argentina beat Mexico in FIFA Soccer World Cup Knock Out Round

Arch rivals Germany and England tussled yet again. These two European Titans are the remaining bastions of Europe’s hopes in the world cup. In a hard fought match it was all Germany. Germany had the guts to survive the total onslaught of the England players. The city of Bloemfontein concurred with the justice of the result.

England last defeated West Germany in 1966 before the unification of east and West Germany. Germany was successful in knocking out England in 1970, 1990 and 1996. In 2010 the youthful German team beat an overweight, overage and out of form England soccer team.

Germany played with verve. Germany played wide, and spread the English team at will over the width of the field. All the German goals were masterpieces. England wuz robbed though. The ball clearly crossed the goal line. I repeat my call for FIFA to bring soccer out of the dark ages into our technologically advance world of instant replays. Who knows what the result would have been had England equalized. Two goals each engenders a different mindset that four goals to one.

As to Argentina and Mexico, well the inevitable was hard to avoid. Even the gutsy performance of the Mexicans could not prevent a total onslaught of the Argentina soccer team. Diego Maradona must consider himself lucky to have the caliber of players at his disposal. I guess that at least 22 of the Argentinean players are super stars. What indeed can Maradona teach Lionel Messi? Maradona can only be his cheer leader.

The quarter finals are going to be tough. Although Uruguay looks the stronger team on paper and have players of the ilk of Luis Suarez, Ghana will proceed to the semi finals. Argetina is the other quarter finalist. I put my money on the Netherlands and Japan completing the line up for the quarter finals. The semi finalists could be Ghana, Argentina, Netherlands and Japan. It would indeed be a dream come true should Ghana prevail and become the first African team to win the FIFA World Cup and the magic of it will be that it will be happening on Mother Africa soil. It is not impossible.

Again, thank you to the perfect host country, South Africa. Mr. Jacob Zuma you are doing a great job in uniting the peoples of South Africa. Viva. I think that the congratulatory message sent to the Ghanaian team by the African National Congress was not for political gain but to energize the African Renaissance.

Why did USA lose to Ghana in the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Why did USA lose to Ghana in the 2010 FIFA World Cup

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There are a couple of reasons, but the main one is that our defending was absolutely awful. We never closed down Ghana players and allowed them to retain much of the possession, especially in the first half and the overtime period. The first goal came off a turnover by Ricardo Clark in midfield, but Kevin Prince Boateng should never have been allowed to run 50 yards and get that shot away. Jay Demerit or Steve Cherundolo should have closed him down and made the tackle. Ghana second goal can also be blamed on the defense. Asamoah Gyan was able to trap and bring down a long clearance ball that Bocanegra should have been able to head away. If you look at replays of Bocanegra challenge on that clearance ball, you can see that he almost doesn even try to defend the ball. Of course, once Gyan had trapped it, Demerit failed to close down again and he made us pay.

Africa at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Africa at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Africa will be represented by Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea in the FIFA Women’s World Cup held in Germany from June 26 July 17, 2011. The Nigerian Super Falcons are the reigning African champions. The team is captained by Precious Dede, a veteran goalkeeper who has played in two previous World Cups. Equatorial Guinea surprised many Africans when they won the Women’s African Championships in 2008. By reaching the final in 2010, they managed to nab a spot at their first FIFA World Cup. The team is captained by Genoveva Aonma.

Women’s soccer in Africa is growing in popularity. Personally I’ve seen many more girls kicking around a soccer ball on dusty pitches in Rwanda, Ghana and Tanzania in the past few years, than I ever have before. I took a little video of some school girls playing at a school in Atsiekpoe, Ghana, have a look.

The women’s national teams are woefully underfunded of course, so these ladies who have made it to the World Cup deserve our support. Nigeria’s Super Falcons are in Group A and will play against France, Germany and Canada in the first round. Equatorial Guinea’s Nzalang Nacional are in Group D and will face Norway, Austria, and Brazil in their first round. You can watch the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup matches on ESPN in the US, CBC in Canada, and on Eurosport in Europe.