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World Cup of Music Final

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2010 by fred6368

Finals July 11th

Well I picked a final between Brasil and Spain, with Uruguay as dark horses and Domenech (France) to crash out at the group stage, so I feel fairly satisfied in the tipster department. England did exactly as predicted in “Why England Lose” and the ELO World Football rankings rated Spain and Holland Numbers 1& 2 before the tournament, so no surprises for them. However in todays Spain Holland Final we have At Last The Johann Cruyff Show, with Cruyffesque Spain reflecting the influence of his style on Barcelona, and the post-Cruyff Dutch team reflecting his arrogance. Well done to Bert van Marwijk for managing the team’s egos, and really well done to Rafael van der Vaart for helpfully getting injured at the right time. In terms of the final we have a team that dominate around 80% of their games, then score one goal, playing a team who only fire for 40% of their games but score 2 goals. Spain are also the team most fouled against, whilst Holland commit the most fouls (hello Marc van Bommel!), so it could be ugly between goals. Having tipped them as finalists and loving their pass and move style (unlike the UK journalist on the BBC last week who wonder why they never hoof the ball upfield to add some excitement) I expect Spain to win, just like Paul the Octopus. However I have a funny feeling that Casillas is going to make a howler and gift the Dutch a goal, which Sneijder will claim as he “forced it.” Whatever, at the end of the match we will all be able to go Ghanian, celebrate hiplife and Kiss The Bride; Continue reading

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World Cup of Music July 3rd

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2010 by fred6368

Quarter Finals

Preview of Matches July 3rd; Well as predicted Uruguay won on penalties but Brasil threw away a winning position against a relentless Holland. Will this lead to a repeat of  the 1974 Final between Holland and Germany? I thought the final would be between Brasil & Argentina so I will stay with Argentina, which might mean that we get a repeat of the 1978 Final between Holland and Argentina if Argentina win in normal time; Germany could nick it on penalties. So the predictions that Latin America might rule the world might prove a little premature. Paraguay and Spain doesnt seem too hard to predict, but I think Spain need to get ahead early and not let Paraguay either shut them down or start to believe they can nick it; Spain to win in normal time else Paraguay on penalties. Musically we’ve just lost two wonderful musical nations in Brasil and Ghana, and today I much prefer the music from Argentina and Spain, which doesn’t bode well. So with Brasil going out to a high Sneijder cross todays Theme Tune is by CSS, from Sao Paulo, and Listen to Death from Above;  

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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

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 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 23

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2010 by fred6368

Final Games; Groups C & D

Review of Matches June 22; Tuesdays games were slightly more predictable than Mondays but at least South Africa ended their World Cup with a terrific win demolishing Domenech’s donkeys. Without Zidane to cover for his incompetence Domenech has revealed his true colours, whereas South Africa ended with a rainbow win. Argentina were seriously frustrated by Rehhagel’s disciplined Greece before taking them apart. Can’t see Argentina winning the Cup but they are much more fun to watch then when Maradona played for them in their ugly 1990 team. Uruguay eased their way past Mexico but both qualified and both will be difficult to beat. With Nigeria also going out and with Ghana and the Ivory Coast under threat Algeria might become Africa’s best bet, so todays Theme Tune is Africa Unite, the Bob Marley classic re-interpreted by the great Youssor N’Dour, giz’s a goal! Africa Unite; Continue reading

World Cup of Music June 22

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2010 by fred6368

Final Games; Groups A & B

Review of Matches June 21; The games continue to get better despite bad weather and referees. Portugal swept past a tired North Korea, no Motherland love for them then, but with 7 goals this time. Portugal’s intelligent movement suggests they are ready for Brasil. Chile Switzerland was immense, despite a fussy school teacher of a ref, with non-stop Chile passing their way around the well organised mountains of  Switzerland; probably the best coached team of the tournament. It must have been a Chile Sunday Fondue after all. With France seemingly on their way out, in disgrace as always with Domenech, and the Latins taking over, with both Uruguay and Argentina playing today, we must select Last Tango in Paris as todays Theme Tune. Written in Paris for the Bertolucci film, by Argentinian jazz exile Gato Barbieri, Gotan Project (who have a World Cup remix competition) recently revitalised this and play a great live version. Last Tango in Paris; Continue reading