The World Cup started June 11 and will continue to the final stages quarter-final July 2/3; semi-final July 6/7; and the final on the July 11. Already teams considered as underdogs have performed far better than the experts predicted. However there is still a long way to go. When all groups A to H have played the other 3 group teams, we have a mini-league table: the top 2 from each group moving to the next stage (Group 16) of the competition. This is then a simple knock out. Winners move on. The losers have an early shower and departure.
I won’t be giving a detailed commentary as every game is well covered by the newspapers, television, and can even be received on your mobile phone. I have to say, apart from the high pitched Vuvuzela, Africa has presented the soccer world with one great competition and awesome venues. It’s like a world jamboree. Politiciansand Country Leaders, take note! Does it take a game of soccer to bring countries in harmony with each other?
Great show, Team USA (the comeback kids) who have progressed to the last 16. How? Guts, determination, believing in themselves and never, never giving up. In my opinion I thought the two disallowed goals were perfectly good and should have been allowed. USA, you must have enjoyed this tremendous game of soccer and be proud of your team and coach.
In the quarter final games on June 26/27:
Uruguay 2 ? Korea Republic 1. Uruguay move to the Quarter Final.
Ghana v USA. Fabulous game, USA, so near and yet so far! One mid-field mistake, one goal. It’s that delicate; soccer can be a very cruel game. America, you can be very proud of your Soccer Team and what they have achieved in the world theater of soccer.
Ghana 2 ? USA 1. Ghana moves to the Quarter Final
Germany 4 ? England 1. Well done, Germany, a truly stunning performance. I really think the disallowed goal which would have leveled the score 2-2 may have changed the pattern of the game (we know how you feel USA). Having said that, the best team won.
Germany moves to Quarter Finals.
Argentina 3 ? Mexico 1. Great game ?all South American?the young Mexican team against the experienced Argentina team. The difference experience makes, with the likes of Messi Tevez, and my favorite defender Gabby Heinze, supported by vintage Zanetti and Samuel.
Argentina moves on to Quarter Final and still my favorites to win the World Cup.
Semi-Final ? Argentina v Germany wow! 7. July. Don’t miss it!
Marco Island City Parks and Recreation in conjunction with Coach Patterson are starting a Soccer Academy to progress year round ongoing skill and tactical coaching for the kids who want to seriously progress their soccer. The ultimate aim is to develop traveling soccer teams to represent the City in local and state tournaments. Marco, we have the kids, we have the talent, and we simply need to give these kids the opportunity to develop their skills. Phone Parks and Recreation Mindy Matusiak 239-642-0575 for details.