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06-09-2010, 08:04 AM #1
The Things That Happen at Every World Cup
It barely seems believable that the World Cup is just over a week away. Four years of preparation for the next four to five weeks.
One thing we all have in common is that none of us know what is going to happen between now and mid July.
At least, that's the general wisdom.
Here are some things that are definitely going to happen between now and then. You can check them off as we go if you like.
Players, Especially Goalkeepers, Will Complain about the Ball
This year's World Cup sees the introduction of the Adidas Jabulani, billed as the world's first perfectly round football.
This does, of course, beg the question of what shape all the previous balls were?
Regardless, this questionable innovation will have players pointing fingers within days. Indeed, Marcus Hahnemann has already had a moan, claiming that "it's a nightmare."
Getting his excuses in early, the USA goalkeeper continued by explaining that "if you get no spin on the ball, it's supposed to knuckle. If you get spin on it, it's supposed to bend. This ball you don't know what's going to happen with it."
This is of course nothing new. In 2006 Paul Robinson described the Temgeist ball as "like a water polo ball," which may be a little more illustrative if you're one of the few hundred people who have ever played Water Polo.
In 2002, Brazil won the World Cup, despite complaining in the build up that the ball was "too big and too light."
As far back as 1994 Tony Meola complained that the ball was "too light," and other tournaments are not immune, with Spain describing the Euro 2004 Roteiro as "a beach ball."
Of course, despite all the furor to come, you will be surprised to discover that all 32 teams at the World Cup will be using the same ball.
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06-09-2010, 08:06 AM #2
friends..please share your views about this
welcome fifa 2010...
desirulez.....being a human...
06-09-2010, 10:31 AM #3
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In 1994, the cultured and demure TV pundit and AC Milan coach Leonardo was one of Brazil's best players. After 43 minutes of their game against the USA, he became Tab Ramos's worst nightmare.
Ramos spent three and a half months in hospital after Leonardo connected with an elbow. Was it deliberate? Only Leonardo will ever know. But it was gruesome. Very, very gruesome.
The 1998 tournament was passing by without serious incident until the Argentina vs. Holland quarterfinal.
Literally moments before Dennis Bergkamp won the match with one of the greatest goals ever scored at the World Cup, Ariel Ortega had been sent off for headbutting Edwin van der Sar in the jaw.
Quite how he got that high, we don't quite know.
The 2002 World Cup saw another brutal attack, Turkey's Hakan Unsal blasting the ball from point blank range into the face of poor Rivaldo. Or so he would have you believe. Make up your own mind.
In the 2006 World Cup, it was Brian McBride's turn to be the unlucky American. He came off marginally better than Ramos having been elbowed in the head by Daniele De Rossi, and was able to play on.
He could only help the USA to a draw against the 10 men of Italy, partly because they themselves were eventually reduced to nine men, Mastroeni and Pope following.
So who's turn is it this year? Cristiano Ronaldo? Kaka? Or just some random Slovakian?
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06-17-2010, 05:32 AM #4
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Wayne Ronney is probably the top aspirant this year.
And there are a lot of players complained about the ball, but as you said: "...all 32 teams at the World Cup will be using the same ball."
By the way: your knowledge about worldcup-history is astounding!