World Cupdate 2

By: Don Ward
By: Don Ward

A few more thoughts on the latest from South Africa.


I'm no expert, just a big fan.  I'm biased for the teams I like and against the teams I don't like.  Aren't we all? It doesn't mean I don't like those nations, or their people (I'm about half German)..I just don't like their soccer teams.

Who would have expected both Brazil and Argentina to be knocked out in the quarter-finals.  One or the other, maybe, but both?  It seems like sometimes we all just expect Brazil to win.  Brazil expects Brazil to win. Sometimes I think they just forget to go out and actually do the winning.  They just never really seemed to hit their groove.  On the other hand the Dutch were amazing!

Argentina is always good.  I don't like them.  It goes back to 1986..and Diego Maradona's goal against England.  He later humbly dubbed his own flagrant fist-foul the "Hand Of God"  ...really?  There it is below...

He was the best player in the world at the time, but God?   Lots of fans this time around said they liked him for the enthusiasm he brought to the sidelines.  Not me.  Good riddance.

The Germans were incredible against Argentina.  I don't like them either, so this game was a win/win for me.  I don't know if anyone can stop Germany. The strategy of get an early goal, defend like crazy and strike on the counter-attack works perfectly.  Every team would do it...if they could just master the "get an early goal" part! 

Spain still doesn't seem to have hit full stride.  Fernando Torres hasn't been himself yet. David Villa has been amazing.  How about that end-to-end, penalty-spot-to-penalty-spot drama between Spain and Paraguay.  Even when Spain did get the winner, that ball hit the post three times in about a second and a half...crazy!

So this week we've got the semi-finals...Uruguay against Holland on Tuesday.  I think the Dutch will be too much for the talented Uruguay team.

On Wednesday it's the battle of European titans...Germany against Spain.  If Germany gets an early goal again, forget it Spain. I hope the Spanish will win...I think the Germans will win.

Final:  Holland vs Germany. I think the Germans will win.  Go Holland!

We'll talk again soon.

Don Ward

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