Monthly Archives: June 2010

Day 1 – June 27 – Johannesburg

The arrival was smooth and easy.  I landed on time, picked up a SIM card, picked up my match tickets, and went to the hostel where I was staying.  I checked in, showered, and then went to meet up with … Continue reading

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Arrived in South Africa

The blogging here has been very spotty recently, but I’m hoping to pick it up. Don’t tune out just yet! I arrived in South Africa on Sunday, June 27, and have already watched two games: Argentina-Mexico and Holland-Slovakia.  I will … Continue reading

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The Netherlands: Orange Madness

There is something very unique, captivating and insane about Dutch football.  Almost every World Cup the Dutch appear with a fantastic team that plays some wonderful and exciting football, and yet, somehow, always fails to win the trophy in the … Continue reading

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Serbia: Potential dark horses

The Serbs are another descendant of the great Yugoslavian football team. Football nerds worldwide will remember the last great Yugoslavian side of the early 1990’s which could really have gone on to be a major force in world football had … Continue reading

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Algeria: Spurred by memories of 1982

The Algerians make their first appearance in a World Cup since their historic and heroic first appearance The 1982 World Cup in Spain—an appearance that will live in infamy for German and Austrian football forever. The great 1980’s Algeria side … Continue reading

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Day 2 round-up: Special Providence edition

“God has a special providence for fools, drunks, and the United States of America.” Historians have long debated whether Otto von Bismarck really did utter these words, or if they were just unscrupulously attributed to him. Today, however, The Long … Continue reading

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USA: A growing force looking for validation

Americans should drop the pretense of not being a football nation.  They are as much a football nation as anybody else—they just have a terrible football league. No one should be surprised if they do well this summer. [Editorial Note: … Continue reading

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