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WGN is a TV station from Chicago that made a ridiculous geographical mistake before the start of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. They confuse the host of the cup, South Africa with South America. As we can see they reported about "Controversy at the World Cup"

Source: Deadspin.com

Sepp BlatterThe United States of America was involved in the corruption scandal made by the two senior members of FIFA soccer’s governing body. They were accused of offering the votes in exchange for financial payments. This controversy has resulted to the suspension of the Nigeria’s Amos Adamu and Tahiti's Reynald Temarii. Both of them are members of the FIFA Executive Committee. Temarii asked for £1.5 million from The Sunday Times reporters to fund the sports academy in New Zealand and Adamu $800,000 for constructing pitches in order to develop football classes for the youth in Nigeria. This is in exchange for the support for the United States for the forthcoming vote to come up with a decision regarding who will host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups. Slim Aloulou, Amadou Diakite, Ahongalu Fusimalohi and Ismael Bhamjee, former executive members have also been suspended. FIFA will select the two World Cup hosts on December 2 in Zurich.

The scandal has made many fans worried, but the President of FIFA and IOC (International Olympic Committee) member Sepp Blatter ensure all football fans that this scandal will not affect the game. It was twelve years ago, the IOC have found out that there are several members of the committee who has taken by bribery to secure the Salt Lake City as the host of the 2002 Winter Olympics, but there were no any criminal charges filed against them. The ten other members were sanctioned.

Betting and especially online betting is inseparable part of modern football that add excitement and fun to the matches for the people formerly not interested in this game. There are huge money involved within this betting. The huge money are also the start of more bribery and scandals within this exciting game. But, can we believe what Blatter said that they are going to do all that they can in order to stop any corruption within FIFA?

1. Shakira - Waka Waka (2010 World Cup)

2. Toni Braxton & II Divo - The Time Of Our Lives (2006 World Cup)

3. Anastacia - Boom (2002 World Cup)

2014 World Cup logoAt the beginning of July, FIFA - the international football organization unveiled the official logo for the World Cup 2014 which will take place in Brazil for the second time. The winning design was chosen from among 25 entries submitted to a judging panel that included Brazilian bestselling author Paulo Coelho, pop singer Ivete Sangalo, super model Gisele Bundchen and 4 other members.

The 2014 World Cup logo is a World Cup trophy formed of three hands, two green and one yellow, the national colors of Brazil and in red is written the year of the tournament.

According FIFA.com:
Victory and union are the two key emotive elements which are vividly depicted through the hands featured in the design. Whilst forming a clear link to the colours of the Brazilian national flag, the green and yellow colours also allude to two of the strongest features of life in Brazil – the golden beaches and beautiful sun reflected in the yellow tones, with green representing the strong tropical interior that Brazil is so famous for.
What is wrong with the World Cup logo:
  • Judging panel that included writer, model and a pop singer. Are they competent to choose football World Cup logo?
  • Hands are using in handball and volleyball but not in football
  • Distorted hands and too much space between fingers
  • What about the red colour? Brazilian flag doesn't have that colour
  • It looks like a facepalm
  • It looks like an amateur drawing
What do you think of the logo?

Italy - Australia (2006 FIFA World Cup)
Referee: Luis Medina Cantalejo (Spain)
Diver: Fabio Grosso (Italy)
Victim: Lucas Neill (Australia)


Red card for Ricardo CostaPortugal - Spain (2010 FIFA World Cup)
Referee: Hector Baldassi (Argentina)
Actor: Joan Capdevila (Spain)
Red card: Ricardo Costa (Portugal)


Nigeria - South Korea (2010 FIFA World Cup)
Nigerian player: Yakubu Aiyegbeni


Brazil - Côte d'Ivoire (2010 FIFA World Cup)
Referee: Stephane Lannoy (France)
Actor: Kader Keita
Brazilian player: Kaka


1. USA 2. Slovenia 3. South Korea

Italy - Paraguay (2010 FIFA World Cup)
Actor: Daniele De Rossi


In the 2002 World Cup quarter final between England and Brazil, England took the lead through a Michael Owen goal in the 23rd minute. Rivaldo equalised in the 45th minute. Five minutes into the second-half Ronaldinho took a free kick from the right side of midfield. Everyone expected Ronaldinho to loft the ball into the middle of the penalty area including David Seaman who moved forward from his goal line, but instead of this Ronaldinho fooled England goalkeeper and found the top left corner of the net.
Later, Brazil win the torunament with a victory over Germany in the final match.

For this goal, David Seaman said:
I was expecting a cross but he mis-hit it and I've misread it and its got to be down to a goalkeeping error

England's opening 2010 World Cup game against USA finished 1-1 after the disastrous mistake made by England goalkeeper Robert Green who fails to save a shot by United States' Clint Dempsey. In the 40th minute of the first half, US midfielder Clint Dempsey took a relatively slow shot but Green failed to gather the ball and wrote his name on the long list of blundering England goalkeepers together with David Seaman, Paul Robinson, David James and Scott Carson. Maybe even he will be remembered as the worst ever goalkeeper in England's World Cup history.

Some of the players and media blame Jabulani, World Cup ball for Green's mistake.

USA goalkeeper Tim Howard said:
He made some good saves but this ball is doing silly things and at this level these things happen.
Frand Lampard:
It was unfortunate. These balls are moving about. I don't know how much the ball moved.
On the other hand, goalkeeper Green refuse to use ball as an excuse:
The ball may well have moved. I don't often miss the ball by that much. It may have moved quite a bit but I'm not looking to make an excuse for what happened and I hold my hand up and take responsibility.
Here is the video of the goal:

Instead of real football songs, chants and great atmosphere at the 2010 World Cup stadiums we can hear only the annoying sound of Vuvuzelas. Maybe the using of Vuvuzelas is a tradition in South Africa but in the rest of the countries the tradition is to enjoy in the football matches. With the sound of Vuvuzelas it is impossible. Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...90 minutes some elephant noise directly into your brain....bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz......90+ min. 64 matches!

1. Cameroon
2. South Korea
3. Slovenia

1. MexicoMexico Jersey, 1998 World Cup
2. South AfricaSouth Africa Jerseys, 1998 World Cup
3. TunisiaTunisian, 1998 World Cup

1. Carlos Alberto (Brazil's captain, 1970 World Cup):

We felt very good before the tournament. Pele was saying that we were going to win, and if Pele was saying that, then we were going to win the World Cup.
2. Tarcisio Burgnich (Italian defender in the 1970 World Cup Final):

Before the match, I told myself that Pele was just flesh and bones like the rest of us. Later I realised I'd been wrong.
3. Willem van Hanegem (After the match Netherlands-West Germany 1-2, 1974 World Cup):

I didn't give a damn as long as we humiliated them. They murdered my father, sister and two brothers. I am full of angst. I hate them.
4. Maradona (For the Hand of God goal against England in 1986 World Cup):

The goal was scored a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God.
5. Sir Bobby Robson (After playing with Cameroon at the 1990 World Cup):

We didn’t underestimate them but they were a lot better than we thought.
6. Miroslav Blazevic (Croatian coach after his team defeated Germany, 1998 World Cup):

I told the players, if you win this match you will be world champions.
7. Ronaldo (After winning 2002 World Cup):

I'm sure sex wouldn't be so rewarding as this World Cup. It's not that sex isn't good but the World Cup is every four years and sex is not.
8. David Beckham (Explaining difference between English and Spanish customs, 2006 World Cup):

Before the Paraguay game we’ll all shake hands. At Madrid we all kiss each other before we go out. Against Jamaica, Aaron Lennon was waiting to replace me and as I approached I reached forward to kiss him, but then thought "no, better not".
9. Roque Santa Cruz (Paraguay striker, 2006 World Cup):

Maybe if it rains England can win the World Cup!
10. Lars Lagerback (Sweden coach after the match with Trinidad and Tobago 0-0, 2006 World Cup):

We played a really good game.

Argentina-Cameroon, 1990 World Cup

In the 88th minute of the opening match of the 1990 World Cup in Italy, Argentine striker Claudio Caniggia, ran past few players and was badly fouled by Benjamin Massing. The kick was so hard that his own shoe came off. The Cameroonian defender got a straight red card and was sent off. This will be remembered as the best tackle ever.

It was the last match in the second round of 1978 World Cup, Argentina-Peru. Argentina as host of the tournament needed to beat Peru by 4 goals to play in the final. They won 6-0 and qualified to the final match against Holland although some of the best Peruvian players of all times were there. Rumors suggested that Peru might have been bribed into allowing Argentina to win the match. Football fans also pointed out that Peruvian goalkeeper Ramon Quiroga was born in Argentina. Nothing was ever proved.

Argentina was World Champion for the first time. Brazil finished the 1978 World Cup in third place.

2010 FIFA World Cup ball
The official 2010 FIFA World Cup ball made by Adidas is called Jabulani - that means "to celebrate" in isiZulu. Eleven different colors are used in the eleventh Adidas World Cup ball. These 11 colors represent the 11 players in every team, the 11 official languages of South Africa and the 11 South African tribes...and so on and so on...
But, look at few traditional black and white balls from previous World Cups. They look like football balls. Jabulani looks like beach volleyball ball. Not to mention the technology, 3D shapes, futuristic texture, promising for more goals...
All in all the official 2010 World Cup Ball fail!

World Cup balls

The 1982 World Cup in Spain was the first one for Diego Maradona when he was almost 22. After winning against Hungary 4-1 and El Salvador 2-0, Argentina qualified for the second round. There, they lost the first match against Italy 1-2 and 1-3 against Brazil. On the second match, Diego Maradona kicked Brazilian player Joao Batista da Silva and was sent off in the 85th minute. Brasilian player had been on the pitch for two minutes only. The World Cup for El Diego was over. Argentina was out of the tournament too.

Michel VautrotItaly - Argentina 1-1 (3-4)
1990 World Cup in Italy, 1/2 final

In the Italy-Argentina semi-final, the referee Michel Vautrot from France added eight minutes of injury time in the first half of extra time. In the fourth minute of this extended period Ricardo Giusti from Argentina received his second yellow card and was sent off. Therefore the game was delayed for minutes more. The referee, later said that he forgot about the time.
Michel Vautrot is one of the best French referees ever. He took charge of World Cup matches in 1982 and 1990.

Portugal - Netherlands 1-0 (23' Nuno Maniche)
2006 World Cup in Germany, Second Round
Referee: Valentin Ivanov (Russia)
16 Yellow cards (Van Bommel, Boulahrouz, Maniche, Costinha, Costinha, Pauleta, Van Bronckhorst, Figo, Boulahrouz, Deco, Sneijder, van der Vaart, Ricardo, Valente, Deco, Van Bronckhorst)
4 Red cards (Costinha, Boulahrouz, Deco, Van Bronckhorst)

David Trezeguet, missed penalty at the 2006 World Cup FinalThe 2006 FIFA World Cup Final between Italy and France was decided on penalties. After 120 minutes regular and extra time the result was 1-1 (goals by Zinedine Zidane and Marco Materazzi). Before the penalty shoot-out there was another classic moment that won’t be forgotten by the football fans. Zinedine Zidane’s red card.

France player David Trezeguet was the only player from both teams to miss a penalty kick. In the second round of penalties, Trezeguet hit the crossbar. Italy won 5-3 and it was their fourth World Cup title.

After the match, Trezeguet said:
Penalties are part of the game. I accepted my responsibility. It's part of football to accept your responsibility. We have to hold our heads high. We know we've had a good World Cup but it was all defined by this penalty.

Photo by: Getty Images

Unofficial World Cup stickers

For the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, four countries from Asia were invited to participate in the qualifiers. The Philippines, Indonesia, Burma and India. Because the first three teams withdrew from the qualifiers, India qualified automatically. India was placed in a group with champions Italy, and also Paraguay and Sweden. But, India refused to participate in the tournament because FIFA forbade any of the players to compete barefoot.

Burma, the Philippines and Indonesia all withdrew, so India qualified automatically. However, India withdrew later following a FIFA ruling that players were not allowed to play barefoot. India had never been able to qualify for the World Cup before and have never been able to do since then, which means they are the only team to have qualified for the World Cup and that never played a World Cup match.

Beckham's Red CardEngland - Argentina (FIFA World Cup 1998 in France)
David Beckham (England) vs Diego Simeone (Argentina)
Referee: Kim Milton Nielsen (Denmark)
Red card: David Beckham

Diego Simeone:
I think anyone would have done so in just the same way.

David Beckham:
Simeone went down as if he'd been shot. My first thought was, I've made a big mistake here.

Hand of God goal by Diego MaradonaProbably, you know the most controversial goal in one World Cup match. So-called "Hand of God" goal scored by Diego Armando Maradona in a quarter-final between Argentina and England (2-1) at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. His second goal at the same match was voted as the Goal of the Century by FIFA.com voters in 2002.

Maradona won the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament and Argentina win the 1986 World Cup with a victory over West Germany in the final match.

Here is the description of the goal from Wikipedia:

Six minutes into the second half, Maradona cut inside from the right flank and played a diagonal low pass to the edge of the area to team-mate Jorge Valdano and continued his run in the hope of a one-two movement. Maradona's pass, however, was played slightly behind Valdano and reached England's Steve Hodge, the left midfielder who had dropped back to defend.

Hodge, tried to hook the ball clear but miscued it. The ball screwed off his foot and into the penalty area, toward Maradona, who had continued his run. England goalkeeper Peter Shilton came out of his goal to punch the ball clear, with his considerable height (1.85 m), making him clear favourite to beat Maradona (1.65 m). However, Maradona reached it first, with the outside of his left fist. The ball went into the goal, and the referee (Tunisian Ali Bin Nasser), not having seen the infringement, allowed the goal.

After the match, Maradona said that the goal was scored:
...a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God.

Zinedine Zidane's headbutt at the 2006 World Cup FinalThe score was 1-1 when Zidane was given a red card in the 110th minute of the 2006 World Cup final between Italy and France. French captain Zinedine Zidane and Italian defender Marco Materazzi got into a verbal confrontation and Zidane went up to Materazzi and unexpectedly headbutted him in the chest. He was sent off and did not participate in the penalty shootout. Italy won 5–3. After few weeks, Zidane said he headbutted Materazzi during overtime after Italian player insulted his sister.

Before the final match, Zidane was awarded the Golden Ball as the best player of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. It was Zizou’s last World Cup and the World Cup final was his last professional football match.

Josip Simunic's three yellow cardsAt the 2006 World Cup group match between Croatia and Australia (2-2), English referee Graham Poll showed Croatian defender Josip Simunic three yellow cards. Poll failed to send off Simunic for a second yellow card, sending him off for a third yellow for dissent at the final whistle.

Simunic was booked first in the 61st minute, than in the 89th minute and finally in the 93rd minute when Poll showed him red card. After second yellow card, Simunic realised that the referee had not shown him a red card and he stayed on the pitch.

After the match, Graham Poll said:
In the 89th minute when I produced the yellow, I wrote down the right jersey number but the wrong name. I had inadvertantly given the yellow to the Australian number 3, Craig Moore. This is the first time something like this has happened to me in my 26 year long career.
After 2006 World Cup in Germany, Graham Poll, whose nickname is The Thing from Tring, retired from international refereeing. In his career he refereed at two World Cup tournaments, Euro 2000 and the 2005 World Club Championship.

Arsenal supporters heckle Graham Poll
Arsenal supporters heckle Graham Poll

Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) performed by Shakira, Columbian pop star, has been chosen as the official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The song features South African group Freshlyground and will be performed at the closing ceremony in Johanessburg on July 11.

"You’re a good soldier, choosing your battles..."
War song lyric? Hmm, no! This is the opening line of the offical song of football world cup.
Here is the chorus that is borrowed from the popular song “Zangaléwa” by the Cameroonian band Golden Sounds:
Tsamina mina, Zangalewa, Cuz this is Africa
Tsamina mina eh eh, Waka Waka eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa, This time for Africa!

Why did FIFA think "She Wolf" would be the right singer for the official theme? Why did FIFA think Waka Waka is a good song? Waka Waka is a garbage!

West Germany - Argentina (FIFA World Cup Final 1990 in Italy)
Referee: Eduardo Codesal (Mexico)
Actor: Jurgen Klinsmann
Argentinian player: Pedro Monzon

Vanity Fair magazine is releasing 2010 World Cup issue featuring 11 footballers, giving the cover to Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal) and Didier Drogba (Chelsea and Ivory Coast). Annie Leibovitz traveled to Milan, Madrid, London and Brooklyn for the photo shoots.

From Vanity Fair’s Blog:
For the June issue of Vanity Fair, Annie Leibovitz set out to capture some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba, Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o, Ghana’s Sulley Muntari, the U.S.A.’s Landon Donovan, Brazil’s Kaká and Pato, Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon, Serbia’s Dejan Stankovic, England’s Carlton Cole, and Germany’s Michael Ballack. Leibovitz’s portraits are, well, revealing. And underwear has never looked so patriotic.

Football players or models?Photograph by Annie Lebovitz - image from vanityfair.com

Mwepu Ilunga is a former football defender from Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) and member in the first black African team at the World Cup. They lost their first game against Scotland 2-0, the second 9-0 against Yugoslavia and third game against Brazil 3-0 in group matches during 1974 FIFA World Cup in West Germany.

He became famous during the third match when there was a free-kick for Brazil. Ilunga, upon hearing the referee blow his whistle, ran out of the Zaire wall and booted the ball upfield. The referee gave him a yellow card. Surprisingly, Ilunga disagrees with this decision.

Diana Ross at the opening ceremony of the 1994 World CupThe opening ceremony at FIFA World Cup 1994 in USA provided a number of classic moments. Like Oprah Winfrey who fell off the podium while presenting. Or Diana Ross.
At the end of her performance, she had to put the ball from 11m. into an exploding goal frame that will reflect the power of her shooting.
And guess? She failed. The worst penalty miss of all time.

1994 World Cup in USA will be remembered by awful shirts.
The worst of the worst list:

1. Goalkeeper of Mexico, Jorge Campos
Goalkeeper of Mexico, Jorge Campos2. USA
USA 1994 team shirt3. Nigeria
Nigeria shirt at world cup 1994

Brazil - Turkey (FIFA World Cup 2002 in South Korea/Japan)
Referee: Yung Joo Kim
Actor: Rivaldo
Turkish player: Hakan Unsal

World Cup 2010 logo uses the colors of the South Africa to create the shape of Africa and shows a player executing a bicycle kick. Maybe it's ok...
2010 FIFA World Cup Logo
...but, World Cup logos should be unique!FIFA Logos

Roberto Baggio was one of the most important players for Italy during FIFA World Cup 1994 in USA. He scored five goals in the knockout phase and he started every match from the beginning.
In the final against Brazil, after 90 minutes regular time and 30 minutes extra time the result was 0:0 and for the first time the title was decided by a penalty shoot-out. After four rounds, Brazil led 3-2. Baggio although playing injured took Italy's last penalty. He missed by shooting it over the bar and Brazil win the World Cup for the fourth time.
Roberto Baggio will forever be remembered as "the guy who missed a penalty".