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World Cup in South Africa: The Noisiest and Most Scandalous

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The World Football Championship in South Africa has become, perhaps, one of the most memorable world championships in recent years. Numerous mistakes of judges, a scandal in the French team, a fiasco of many of the world’s leading teams. And at the same time – amazing goals, the dedication of the players and the new world champion – Spain.

The 19th FIFA World Cup is over. For 31 days, 64 matches were played, 145 goals were scored, and 246 yellow and 17 red cards were shown. The broadcasts of the championship were watched by 5 billion people, and the audience of the final match Spain-Holland gathered 700 million viewers.

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South African World Cup. Photo/Sky Sports

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Have not yet come up with an event that could compete with the World Cup. The whole world lived for a month with football in everyday mode, waiting for the champion. And finally, we waited. The Spanish national team for the first time in history became the owner of the World Cup and entered the club of champions, of which there are now 8.

The hugs of Iker Casillas and Sergio Busquets have become a symbol of reconciliation between the eternal enemies of Real Madrid and Barcelona. For the first time, a European team won a victory on a foreign continent, and the score in a kind of series between the New and Old Worlds became 10:9 in favour of the latter.


The best player of the championship and the owner of the “Golden Ball” was the unstoppable striker of the national team of Uruguay Diego Forlan. Germany’s midfielder Thomas Müller received the Golden Boot award for the top scorer. The Bundestim striker became the second oldest player after Pelé to score 5 goals in the World Cup. Unsurprisingly, Muller also won the best young player award.

Meanwhile, the Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas was recognized as the best goalkeeper. He conceded only two goals, saved a penalty in the match Spain – Paraguay and became one of the main characters of the final match.

In the World Cup final, the Dutch team played one of the best matches in history. The Oranges went to the final as the last fight, because such a chance will fall once in a lifetime, and for the team captain Giovanni van Bronkhorst it was the last match of his career. Arjen Robben had two 100 per cent chances but didn’t use the chance to score. In a completely equal match, luck was on the side of the Red Fury.

The opening of the tournament – no doubt – was the national team of Uruguay. And the fact that Forlan, Suarez and the company gave out in the quarterfinal match with Ghana is a classic of the football world championships.

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South Africa World Cup. Photo/ESPN

The main disappointment of the World Cup was the Italian and French teams. The winners of the last championship could not leave the group. Fans of the Squadra Azzurra, apparently, should wait until the change of generations ends in Italian football, and new Totti, Del Piero and Baggio appear. But their geographical neighbours – the French – indeed, a deep crisis has come.

The head coach of the tricolour Raymond Domenech quarrelled with Anelka and expelled him from the national team. The base players went on strike, and as a result, the French played the decisive match against the South Africans with the second squad and lost. Domenech refused to shake hands with the head coach of South Africa, and his team miraculously escaped the shame of going home without scoring a single ball.

This championship has become the noisiest, and all thanks to the African vuvuzela pipes, which claim to be the instrument of the year. As soon as these vuvuzelas were not cursed, but at the end of the championship, they got used to the hated sound.

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See Africa Today

Pharis Kinyua is the editor of See Africa Today. With over seven years of experience in digital media, he has a soft spot for African tours and travel. His drive is to tell the rest of the world what Africa offers, the best accommodation facilities, national parks, culture, shopping malls and best airline deals to travel to Africa

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