Tuesday, July 20, 2010
It’s come down to the last two teams, ones of the greatest footballers in Europe, preparing to duel in the final of the FIFA World Cup for eternal glory. Recently, Netherlands have become a very tough to beat team, while Spain have been winning their games incredibly close throughout the competition.
Back in the 1970s, Netherlands had the opportunity to make everyone awe at their majestic football skills when they made it to the finals of the World Cup twice. But placing second each time, it’s time to prove that third time’s the charm, and coach Bert van Marwijk will surely look to do so.
Netherlands are slightly advantaged by the 24 hour rest they had, after facing Uruguay in the first semifinal. The game was thought to be a very close one, but ended with five goals, Netherlands managing to win at 3-2 although they were surely not playing at full potential.
Their team looks great, with Arjen Robben having recovered well from an injury, Wesley Sneijder scoaring goal after goal and Mark van Bommel being a sturdy anchor for the whole team. There’s no doubt that if everything clicks right, Netherlands can finally be the best team to have ever won the World Cup.
But Spain too can claim that title as well. Throughout the whole World Cup, Spain have had to battle old enemies and started with a embarrassing loss to Switzerland at 1-0.
Not even after that loss were Spain convincing. Although five wins in a row are an achievement, only one of the wins, against Honduras, was by more than one goal. To make matters worse for Spain, in their knockout stages they’ve managed to win their games at 1-0 each time, against Portugal, Paraguay and Germany.
But that doesn’t mean they’ve been playing poorly. At no moment did they seemed threatened by enemy teams, and have found their winning strike in the second half of the game each time.
Having won the Euro 2008, Spain have the winning mentality needed in the World Cup although they don’t have the actual experience of playing in the finals as Netherlands. Spain can be the first ever European country to win the World Cup on a different continent if everything goes well.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Do you think fifa are right in saying that France will be banned from international football if the goverment interfere with the national side? I for one think the goverment are right to investigate the state of French football after the Ireland and worldcup failure and scandal.It has truely put the French people in a bad light.Why shouldn't they investigate? This is also at a time when the troublesome anti globalizationist are setting there sights on fifa with the likes of macdonalds and world banks.They say that fifa is not a charity but a power hungry control freak company that can change laws in countries and pay no tax what so ever.They say that Brazil 2014 will be targeted.