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South Africa 2010 roundup

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 Match (es) of the tournament

 Argentina 0-4 Germany

Joachim Loew’s young guns comprehensively outthought, outfought and outmaneuvered their supposedly more superior opponents. Germany’s defended resolutely, bossed the midfield and attacked with precision and vigor. Their fourth goal was a class apart. The icing on the cake was that it finally put paid to the overhyping of Argentina and convinced everyone what they already knew, that Maradona as a coach is quite useless.

Italy 2-3 Slovakia

Again, for pure entertainment, nothing beat Slovakia’s renouncement of Italy. End-to-end football and an absolutely topsy-turvy encounter. You did not know it was over till it was over. It had all the elements of great drama as well; the slaying of a giant by an underdog.

Player (s) of the tournament

 In descending order:

Xavi Hernandez: With all due respect, Spain would not have won the World Cup with any other player in that position. Ran more yards and made more passes than any other player in the competition. Absolutely imperious. Without Xavi, neither Spain nor Barcelona would be the best teams in the world.

Diego Forlan: In a tournament crying out for an individual hero, Forlan was the closest thing resembling. An absolute titan for Uruguay, and a deserving winner of the Golden Ball. His goal against Germany was a class apart.

Bastian Schweinsteiger: Germany’s Xavi. Louis van Gaal has reinvented Schweinsteiger as a holding midfielder, and he performs the role to excellence. Schweinsteiger was particularly impressive in Germany’s routs of England and Argentina. His tally of passes and yards run was second only to, you guessed it, Xavi. Doesn’t hurt that his WAG is quite stunning!

Goal (s) of the tournament

Fabio Quagliarella’s feather chip against Slovakia. In a game full of highlights, the stunning strike from the Udinese forward took your breath away. Personally, I jumped off my seat, head in hands.

Diego Forlan’s side volley against Germany. Hans-Jorg Butt had no chance, he just watched it crash in. Awesome technique, particularly since everyone else had been complaining about the ball.

Gio van Bronckhorst’s belter in the semifinal. Out of nowhere, from the player you least expected it from. The surprise factor trumps the beauty of the strike.

Biggest disappointment (s)

Fabio Capello. The England manager is a highly-rated tactician and one of the best managers in the world today. His struggles with England show just how much catching up the Three Lions have to do. But that still does not excuse Capello’s insistence to use the 4-4-2, a formation long scrapped to the bin of yesteryear.

Fernando Torres. The Spaniard shows he is more of a club player. Struggled spectacularly and according to statistics was slower than even Gareth Barry. Injury cannot be the only excuse. He also failed to score a single goal in qualifying.

FIFA’s no to technology, or even extra referees. England’s disallowed goal was abysmal.

Personal highlight (s)

Germany’s thrashing of Argentina was a lesson on how to play football and how not to play football.

Larissa Riquelme’s constant promises to strip naked almost had me gunning for Paraguay

My team of the World Cup

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Coach: Joachim Loew

 (GK) Iker Casillas : His save off Robben in the final alone warrants nomination

(RB) Phillip Lahm: For me, second only to Maicon in this position

(LB) Fabio Coentrao: The most impressive Portuguese player on show

(CB) Gerard Pique: He does not draw comparisons with the Kaiser for nothing

(CB) Diego Lugano: An absolute rock for Uruguay at the back; good at set-pieces

(CM) Bastian Schweinsteiger: Germany’s best player in the finals and a revelation at CM

(CM) Xavi: Few better players in world football; his passing is phenomenal

(LW) David Villa: His best games were out on the left playing off a target man

(CAM) Andres Iniesta: Fleet of foot, quick of thought and Wayne Rooney’s favourite

(RW) Thomas Mueller: Golden Boot winner, playing as a non-striker. Only 20 years old

(ST) Diego Forlan: An absolute titan. Fabulous throughout

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Written by quazi zulquarnain

July 13, 2010 at 11:12 am