Archive for June, 2010

World Cup of Music June 30

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2010 by fred6368

Best World Cup of Music Videos (Losing Teams)

Review of Matches June 29th; The refereeing continues to be of the highest order, particularly at ignoring the pathetic histrionics of many players, only Capdevilla of Spain, twice, getting away with it. Nonetheless Spain deserved to win once Portugal’s Queiroz made a fatal substitution. Whilst Spain’s Cruyff-inspired patience is admirable they will go out to a mistake by Casillas for whom, like Shilton and Seaman, this is one tournament too far. Paraguayans, with consummate arrogance, rolled penalties past Japan as if born to penalty shoot-outs. Japan didnt spark off like before and, despite having the Jabulani ball early, missed a penalty. So let’s hear it all around the world for the best of Theme Tune so far. It must be the joyful dancing in the streets of Congotronics with Konono Number 1, Fula Fula;   Continue reading

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World Cup of Music June 29

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2010 by fred6368

Second Round Knockout Matches

Review of Matches June 28; Chile came, pressed, created and thrilled, but were second best to both Spain and Braassiill! Great football from Brasil in all departments extended their ten-year undefeated run against el Loco’s Chile and Brasil look strong enough to meet Argentina in the final. The refereeing, as throughout this World Cup, with the exception of one or two decisions and a couple of yellow cardistas, was excellent. Holland however, like Germany, look good enough to spoil the Latin party and, like Brasil, had too much movement and creativity about them for a tough Slovakian side.  With two more teams going home Vusi Mahlasela says “Sing Sing Africa” for Chile and Slovakia live in When You Come Back ; Continue reading

World Cup of Music June 28

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by fred6368

Second Round Knockout Matches

Review of Matches June 27; England continued their recent dominance over the auld enemy Australia winning the tournament comfortably on Sunday. Hang on! This is a blog about soccer. Oh well, continuing our recent incompetence at international football we were thrashed by Germany 4-1. At last, after 44 years of whinging, Germany have benefitted from a goal-line refereeing error and won a game they deserved to win. If you think FIFA should bring in goal-line technology sign the petition on Facebook. Lampard overtook Jay-Jay Okocha and officially became the least-likely player to score in a World Cup. Mexico were far worse served by a refeering error when Tevez scored when offside after Mexico had the better chances early on. With Rosario gifting the ball to Higuain and Tevez smashing the shot of the tournament so far Argentine won relatively comfortably. BBC replays here, FIFA replays here. With such a devastating end to England and a number of great goals to admire we can only Look on The Bright Side of Football;   Continue reading

World Cup of Music June 27

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2010 by fred6368

Second Round Matches June 27

Review of Matches June 26. Just two, but they were knockout matches, and in different ways both were thrilling. Uruguay, as I expected, prevailed against Korea due to two goals from Suarez. Great ; I can play some more Uruguyan music! Whilst Forlan has been the focal point of Uruguayan attacks Suarez is a very hard-working and shoots on sight. They combined for the first and after Korea equalised Suarez finished them off with a fabulously curled shot as though he wasn’t playing with a bouncy projectile. Footballers craft is starting to overcome the Jabulani, but it still flies too high, bounces too much, dips as you head it and… Poor Korean have to go home to their K-Pop. Should have tried harder lads, dont forget the iPods. USA Ghana was a real thriller. USA have been the comebacks specialists and Ghana gave them two chances to prove it and they took one. In the end Altidore, who really plays like England fans think Heskey plays, didnt have the forward craft of Suarez, let alone the finish. Two great African goals by Prince and Gyan has set a real African Challenge to get to the semi-final for the first time. Toumani Diabete’s jammin Symmetric Orchestra play a brilliant musical Africa Challenge;   Continue reading

World Cup of Music June 26

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2010 by fred6368

Second Round Matches June 26

Review of Matches, June 25; So the titanic clash was rubbish, as both Portugal and Brasil had qualified. Ivory Coast came alive, or North Korea rolled over, but far too late. Brasil now have to face the fast-paced pressing Chile who looked exciting until their goalkeeper rushed out and gave the ball to the subdued Villa; who then scored a fabulous Waddlesque goal and put Spain safely through. Switzerland could have benefitted but their ugly goal policy didnt work against the excellent Honduras. Switzerland’s role seems to have been to wake up Spain whose only problem is Torres lack of fitness. We now have the worst overall performance by the big, rich and greedy European teams since, well probably since the Latin Americans first held a World Cup in Montevideo in 1930. Sepp Blatter now looks like a visionary compared to the likes of Domenech and Lippi. I’ve been wondering what my eleven best players so far might be and today Barnsley-born (hi Dad!) ex-Ireland manager Mick McCarthy picks his. Reads like the eleven players he could afford to sign for his Wolverhampton Wanderers, whose most famous fan is Robert Plant. His Strange Sensations want to Shine the fame All Around; Continue reading

World Cup of Music June 25

Posted in Uncategorized, World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2010 by fred6368

Final Games; Groups G & H

Review of Matches June 24; And the shocks just keep on coming! Perhaps not? Italy had been dire but we expected their football smarts to see them through as they did in 2006. Despite Italy scoring 2 late goals once Pirlo came on Lippi got his desserts and Slovakia played as though they were the 1976 European Champions, Czechoslovakia. The dangerous Paraguay went through after their expected bore draw. In Group E Japan went epic as expected and scored two wonderful free kicks with Honda outstanding. Holland move smoothly through the gears and look good for the semis at the moment, as do Japan. Abavuki are a Cape Town musical collective and just released a terrific album called Africa Got Soul.  With South Africa out we will have to keep their music going. I prefer Shame, Shame, Shame, but for all the babies left at home by the footballers this is Papa Was Rolling Stone; Continue reading

World Cup of Music June 24

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2010 by fred6368

Final Games; Groups E & F

Review of Matches June 23; So the inevitable happened, which Beckenbauer picked up a long time before the tunnel-vision British press, and England and Germany contrived to meet in the second round. Ghana could have drawn with, or even beaten Germany until Mesut Ozil hit a fabulous goal, but they looked strong throughout. Australia took out the uneven Serbs, which worked for Ghana, whilst Algeria defended stoutly but could have lost by a hatful until the resilient Landon Donovan added to his record total of goals for the USA to take them through. With the Bavarian beer girls being acquitted and the web, social media and Twitter being emptied of Yanks this evening the Theme Tune has to be LCD (Landon Champion Donovan) Soundsystem and Drunk Girls; Continue reading