Football Champions

Diego Forlan

One of the perks of winning the Golden Ball is having an invite list so long it requires an assistant whose sole task is to RSVP. State dinners, talk shows, groupie debriefing – he’s up for it all.

Diego Forlan’s list also includes kicking off football matches before slowly sauntering off the field, entirely unable to jog, confusing the referee, while waving to the fans.

Going rate? No clue, but expect Man City to hit eight figures real soon.

I officially heart this. Because the only personal honour better then receiving the World Cup Golden Ball for best player – as Uruguay’s Diego Forlan did – is having a cartoon/song combo made to immortalize your achievement. According to The Spoiler, the celebratory song is by The Golden Vuvuzelas and features the line “his hair is like the sun on the Uruguay flag”. Superb.

Even better that that is the animated recreation of Luis Suarez’ “save” against Ghana, at the 0:45 mark, which makes the moment look perhaps a little mor heroic than it really was…

Someone tried to…do something with that World Cup trophy before the game, just after it’d been handed over by Fabio Cannavaro and placed on the fancy pedestal for the world to gawk. The “streaker” (generic term) – oh, twas just Jimmy Jump – ran onto the pitch and looked to be putting a beanie on the trophy before being laid out by a World Cup-quality clothesline by security. What a @#$%ing hit.

Look at that blazer arm not only flail around to knock him down, but also do so without allowing the trophy to touch grass. Astonishing technique, really. New… Continue reading

BIG PICTURE

The big picture is the story of a few small pictures. The most prominent and historical is Miroslav Klose’s pursuit of the all-time goal scoring record, currently sitting one behind Ronaldo at 14, but maybe not sitting much at all with a back injury going into the game. On an individual level, it’s an enormous game for Klose and Germany – who will be feeding him Jabulanis ad nauseam should he play.

The other striker being watched is Diego Forlan, arguably one of the favorites for Golden Ball as player of the tournament despite on the losing end… Continue reading

THE BIG PICTURE Hands up if you thought this Ghana team would struggle without injured captain/superstar midfielder Michael Essien. Now use that hand to slap yourself in the face. Gently, but still do it. That slap is from the likes of Kevin-Prince Boateng, Kwadwo Asamoah , Anthony Annan and Dede Ayew, all of whom have impressed in midfield for the Black Stars this tournament. The even bigger shock for me has been striker Asamoah Gyan, who was so impotent in front of goal at Africa Cup of Nations 2008 that maniacs started threatening his family, but has looked very… Continue reading

He may not garner the attention of Diego Maradona, incur the wrath like Dunga or keep the world on the edge of its seat like Loco Bielsa, but Oscar Tabarez is making a name for himself in the inane world of South American coaches.

It’s largely due to the exception “start” – if you can call it that – of Uruguay, but it certainly helps that he’s still throwing in his little quirk of naming the lineup days ahead of a match. Even so, you’d think he’d play his cards close to the vest for a World Cup quarterfinal.

Never.… Continue reading

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