Monday, July 12, 2010

WCP #30: Like the Day After Christmas

Overall, the 200 FIFA World Cup in South Africa was fantastic. Although the final match lacked some of the style I was hoping, it was an exciting match w/ a bit of drama. I was kind of pulling for The Netherlands, but Spain was clearly the better team, & it was nice to seem thee European Champions get the win. The South African Football Federation deserves boatloads of credit for hosting the tournament, a tournament that just a year ago FIFA seemed afraid would have to be moved to a more stable footballing nation like England of the USA (stable in that they could host w/ little prep time). 2014 will be in Brasil so we'll see the Brasilians win again, but then 2018 & 2022 are still up for grabs. I'm pulling for England in 2018 & the USA in 2022. I don't like the idea of 2 in the Americas in a row. The tradition of moving back & forth is a good 1 which is why I hope England gets it before us.

The prospect of looking ahead to the 2012 Euros is nice, but they're still 2 years away... I remember thinking about the next Christmas as a kid on December 26th & thinking it would never come. waiting another 2 years for a big tournament is tough, but the Premier League starts in a month & the pre-season friendlies begin in a week & a 1/2 so @ least there's that. (Here's the article about the winners of the individual awards... no mention of the Visions of Ypsi Player of the Day though... go figure.)

In terms of the World Cup Wrap Up, Thomas Muller won the Golden Boot w/ 5 goals & 3 assists. Diego Forlan won the Golden Ball, the award for the outstanding overall player of the tournament. If you'll remember, after Uruguay's draw w/ France on the opening day, I said anything they accomplish would be down to him. I didn't expect them to make the Semi-finals, & they may have overachieved a bit, but I was certainly right about him. The Golden Glove went to a player who is also the Visions of Ypsi Player of the Day for the Final match. This was a tough decision. Iniesta's goal was nice, & it will probably overshadow his diving, but the 2 dives he took in extra time pissed me off. The 1st of which, while he was barely touched, got Heitinga sent off w/ a 2nd yellow. Fabregas certainly played well, but as he only came on in the 87th minute, I don't think he had enough time to win this award. Torres was out of sorts in each of his appearances throughout the tournament, & David Villa played well leading up to the Finals, but could have done better yesterday. The Spanish defense was fantastic, & Puyol, Pique, & Ramos all were in the running for the final award, but it's coming down to the man who stopped Robben's break-aways twice. Your Visions of Ypsi Player of the Day for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finals is none other than Real Madrid's outstanding goalie & Spain's El Capitan, Iker Casillas.
Tears of joy after the big triple crown: World Cup Champion, Golden Glove, & Visions of Ypsi Player of the Day

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