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Confession time: I must admit I did not have high hopes for the highlights of a “World Cup” for those still in the midst of a high school education. I was very, very wrong and rather blown away by the astonishing expertise with which these “women” (they’re girls, really) can hit a Jabulani. The men from the summer’s edition should be blushing in shame.

South Korea beat Japan on Saturday to win the Women’s U-17 World Cup, and it’s a good thing they did or else maternal areas the world one would’ve felt too much pain to continue on. The South Korean keeper, Minah Kim, had an adventurous normal time to say the least: the first Japanese goal was just cruel – how is a child supposed to jump high enough?; the second was a proper Jabulani’ing, which makes her qualified to start for most senior teams of the male persuasion; and the third was a bad spill into the six.

However, she’d have her chance for retribution in extras – South Korea would actually pay back both on their second goal – and Minah would come good, with some added help from So Dam Lee’s monster volley in the 79th to equalize. Maternal areas of the world are now safe, though it’s best not to scope out the Japanese post-game photos.

Superdramatic highlights set to superdramatic metal-cum-choir follow, with an added bonus of some Jabulani specials: Continue reading

Possibly the best eleven of all time. With dramatic music.

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Smithy and “Wayne” get down.

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  • Breaking down England’s golden oldies. (SoccerLens)
  • Tom Cruise talks English football. (The DA)
  • Anything involving ‘gi-normous douchesack’ and Landon Donovan is worth reading, frankly. (Futfanatico)
  • A real illness epidemic about to sweep England. (BBC)
  • Breaking down Holland’s fab four. (Zonal Marking)
  • What’s in a name? (Studs Up)
  • Franco Baldini punk’d Jermaine Defoe. (England WCB)

If you’re unfamiliar with our wonderful World Cup Blog, then allow me to explain: The blog you’re reading now is the front page, but the core of WCB is the multitude of team specific blogs, including one for each of the World Cup 2010 teams.

The authors of these team blogs have forgotten more about their sides than I’ll ever know, so I decided to tap that knowledge by asking each of them a set of 10 questions. Today it’s the turn of Paul and Julian from Italy World Cup Blog. Read on to learn all about the Azzurri.… Continue reading

The art of the inch-perfect free kick with Sejad Salihovic.

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If you’re unfamiliar with World Cup Blog, then allow me to explain: The blog you’re reading now is the front page, but the core of WCB is the multitude of team specific blogs, including one for each of the World Cup 2010 teams.

The authors of these team blogs have forgotten more about their sides than I’ll ever know, so I decided to tap that knowledge by asking each of them a set of 10 questions. Today it’s the turn of Shane from Cameroon World Cup Blog. Read on to learn all about The Indomitable Lions, and no prizes… Continue reading

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