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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