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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


World Cup of Music July 6

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2010 by fred6368


P/Review of Matches July 3/6/7; So it does look like a Holland Germany final after all; now there is a local derby to savour. Next Sunday I suggest you get over to Holland, wear some Oranje, neck down some Oranjeboom and hope the third-time lucky rule kicks in for the Soldiers of Orange. Given how unpredictable this World Cup has been however it might be won by street-fighter Suarez in the Final slipping it passed Casillas, who is due a monumental mistake with someone sharper that Roque Santa Cruz following up. Villa already deserves a winner’s medal as he is carrying European Champions Spain. Paraguay were immense until Nelson Valdez went off , suggesting that a great counter-attacking side can defeat Spain. Sadly Ghana, like Paraguay, missed a penalty that would have put them through; penalty heart-ache ruled Accra. Despite tipping them as dark horses I just can’t see Uruguay beating Holland but, whilst Germany are stronger, Spain are capable of unlocking any defence when Iniesta puts Villa through. So todays Theme Tune is some joyous Ghanaian Hiplife to thank them for their great performances. Trosky Blackman (featuring Osofo Mafia) with their Italianate BlackStar Football Anthem;   Continue reading

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 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 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 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 18

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2010 by fred6368

Second Games June 18

Review of matches June 17; More matches mattered so more excitement, ranging from the quality of Argentina’s football to the entirely predictable lack of intelligence from Domenech’s France who, as we predicted, are effectively out now. Mexico, like Chile, are quick and exciting, outplaying and out thinking France, and should qualify with Uruguay. Anyone notice how many Man City & Man Utd players have scored? A completely pointless red card decided Nigeria’s fate when they were leading, and Greece, but perhaps not coach Rehagel, discovered that if you attacked the other side they make mistakes. Korea were overwhelmed by Messi but did score, so must have hopes of qualifying; their final match with Greece could be a cracker. Todays Theme Tune is Tebe by Kottarashky from Bulgaria as we have have two Slavic teams playing today. The YouTube playlist of all these songs is on fredg136; Continue reading