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With all the World Cup action over and all the votes tallied, the World Cup awards can now be handed out. And there’s a lot of gold to go around. There’s the Golden Ball for best player (plus silver and bronze for runners up), the Golden Boot for top scorer, the Golden Glove (just one, this ‘aint boxing) for best goalkeeper and the not so golden but still prestigious Best Young Player award (the Golden iPod?)

Read on for an overview of who won what:

Golden Ball for best player: Diego Forlan (Uruguay) FIFA drew up the shortlist… Continue reading

The World Cup final happens this Sunday, July 11th. Hopefully you already knew that. If not, read our World Cup final preview and get yourself up to speed.

Everyone else, I have two simple questions for you:

1. Netherlands or Spain: Who do you think will win the World Cup? 2. Why?

So we’re not accused of precition cowardice, Chris and myself pick our winners below:

1. Chris: 2-1 Spain. 2. Why: There’s something in the ability of the Dutch midfield to break up play, but there’s something even more in the ability of the Spanish attack – the one… Continue reading

We saw David Beckham looking very coach-like on the England bench at World Cup 2010. There was even a (made up) rumour that Beckham would be replacing Fabio Capello as England manager after the team’s World Cup exit. That rumour seemed to mysteriously disappear the second Argentina exited the tournament and proved that inexperienced coaches are probably not the way to go.

However… what better and more basic way to judge David Beckham’s coaching talents than by looking at the World Cup Best XI he chose for Yahoo!?

Assuming Beckham really did make this selection himself (my uneducated guess is… Continue reading

THE BIG PICTURE Many will be shocked to see Uruguay still alive and kicking, and just one win away from the World Cup final. Theoretically South America’s fifth best team (based on World qualification) la celeste have outlasted Chile, Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina to be CONMEBOL’s sole remaining representative. Some might even be annoyed at Uruguay’s presence here, since it’s a direct result of Luis Suarez’ handball (since Adiyiah’s header was definitely going in). Good news for those people is that Suarez is suspended for this game as a result of that handball, which breaks up that fearsome Forlan/Suarez combo… Continue reading

It wasn’t quite Germany 4-0 Australia, and it wasn’t the fluid Oranje football we were all hoping to enjoy, but the Netherlands made a decent start to World Cup 2010 by comfortably beating Denmark 2-0.

There were chances for both teams early on, with Netherlands Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart all looking keen if not lethal, and Dennis Rommedahl (still only 31, I feel like he’s been around forever) looking dangerous for Denmark down the right. Goalless at halftime, but then disaster struck for Denmark right at the start of the second half. It… Continue reading

It’s Inter vs Bayern in the 2010 Champions League Final tomorrow. The biggest game in club football. Maybe in the world, if you believe Jose Mourinho, who recently claimed the Champions League was bigger than the World Cup.

Plenty of the players involved in tomorrow’s game will soon be able to make a direct comparison between the two, as the Champions League final is their last game before joining their national teams for World Cup duty. The following is a (hopefully?) complete list of every player potentially involved in the Champions League final, and currently listed on a national… Continue reading

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