Posted by: fancywriter | June 27, 2010

World Cup 2010 Sideshows


Soccer legend steals the limelight at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

On the world cup stage nothing grabbed the camera quite like Diego Maradona. Captain Gabriel Hienze, Juan Sebastian Veron, and even the world player of the year Lionel Messi were all reduced to supporting roles.

My first experience in a World Cup match

It was the World Cup 2010 in South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire vs. Brazil. Time 8.30 pm South African time. 84,500 spectators from all around the world in the soccer city, Johannesburg, and other millions of people watching it live on their TV sets, it was overwhelming.

The atmosphere engulfed me and I could hardly concentrate on the game, other spectators around me must have felt the same as I could see them murmur some words with frowned faces.

The people, the noise from the vuvuzelas, the flashing of the cameras around the stadium, the colour ,the music and the random waves was all too much to take in.

Soccer City is an enormous stadium. Grandeurs in every sense of the word and spectacular in its design. It will be hosting the finals of the World Cup. With its capacity of 90,000 people, it is the biggest in Africa and most glamorous.

Turf and grass test in Algeria tie.

What will not pass unnoticed is the fact that the match between Algeria and Slovenia was the first at a World Cup to be played to be plyed on a surface which is not 100 per cent grass. Fifa decided to test grass mixed with synthetic turf in the Polokwane and the Nelspruit stadiums in South Africa and the teams were relieved to have had the chance to practice on the pitch a day before the match. “It’s brand new turf for us,” said Algerian defender Majid Bougherra.

Car advert denies fans Gerrard goal.

In England, where soccer is the number one sport, fans were really upset when they missed Gerrard goal! The British broadcaster ITV had to apologise to viewers after thousands of England fans missed Steven Gerrard’s opening World Cup goal when a commercial was accidentally aired at the crucial moment. Fans watching ITV’s high definition channel at home and in pubs across the country were left in the dark as a car advert was screened at the moment Gerrard put England ahead against main group rivals, the United States.

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