Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Ronaldo will stay with Man U

Manchester United want to keep Ronaldo...

After the whole sending of Wayne Rooney was blamed on Ronaldo, England fans everywhere basically hate him. That is why everyone was wondering where Ronaldo would go seeing as Manchester United could get some bad slack from it....

"Cristiano recently signed a new contract until 2010 and the club fully expects him to honour that contract. The club will not listen to any offers for Cristiano"

So it's official the 'booing' will continue in Old Trafford. Manchester United have decided to keep in, personally I would have liked to see him go somewhere else like Real Madrid but I guess it's just not to be.

What do you think about this?

Contribute to some lively chat! Josiah

The 'headbutt' incident to be investigated by FIFA

FIFA are having an investigation into the circumstances surrounding France captain Zinedine Zidane's head-butt on Italy's Marco Materazzi during the World Cup final.

There has been a lot said by the media and it is hard to think what might have happened, people have said that Materazzi insulted Zidane's mother or sister or that he called Zidane a terrorist!

Materazzi denies this saying that he did throw an insult but it is one that is heard on the pitch dozens of times.

UPDATE: On a talkshow Zidane said that Materazzi said something that involved his mother and sister and that he repeated the phrase 3 times!
Who knows if this is true, I wonder if we will ever find out??

It is all quite contraversial, what do you think happened and what do you think might happen??

The guy who is wishing the World Cup never ended, Josiah

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The World Cup comes to an end

Well it's sad to say but the World Cup has finally come to an end.

We can thank Germany the host nation as they did an extremely good job, the organisation efforts were great and I am really impressed, it has been one of the most successful World Cups if you look at it.

What have I gotten out of this World Cup? Well I learnt that the best teams don't always win, fans definitely don't like divers (yes I'm talking about C.Ronaldo, nothing against him though he is still a great player) and probably most importantly; don't say anything to Zidane in extra-time when the game is tied up and there is pressure galore!

The Awards:

Klose took the Golden Shoe for scoring a total of 5 goals in the tournament! It's the lowest winning total since 1962 and I think that is because global Soccer is improving so much and international and or domestic team's defence is just getting so hard to breach. So congrats to Mirsolav Klose!

Buffon takes the Lev Yashin, the Lev Yashin goes to the best goal keeper at the World Cup finals, I definitely think he deserves it. He made some fantastic saves and I think without him Italy might not have even made it to the Finals. He showed why he is the best keeper in the world in this tournament and he was very deserving of the award.

Ronaldo breaks Gerd Mueller's all time Fifa World Cup scoring chart with 15 goals, OK so its not an award as such but it still worthy of the 'Awards Chart'. Ronaldo managed to score 3 goals this World Cup and my favourite would have to be the one where he was one on one and performed a Step over to beat the keeper. Yay for Ronaldo the top scorer of all time in the World Cup!

Contraversially the golden ball went to Zinedine Zidane. I think he played very well in the tournament, I especially liked his dazzling skills in the France-Brazil game. It was very sad to see him end his career like he did. But still he played well in the World Cup and I guess he deserved it so Congrats Zidane!

Brazil and Spain take the fairplay award...Well what can I say? Brazil and Spain played very fair thats one thing they have in common another thing is the both came out of the tournament fairly early. I think they deserved to go further in the tournament but atleast they both won something to in a way... make up for the loss.

The World Cup games had an estimated total of 30 billion watchers which proves that Soccer is growing on a global scale!

To conclude I have to say that the 2006 World Cup was absolutely brilliant,I loved it! Germany did very well as hosts and well it was near perfect! Oh yeah and before I forget......


What are your thoughts on this World Cup?

Until South Africa 2010, Josiah ;)

Monday, July 10, 2006

Zidane gets golden ball despite 'headbutt incident'

Zinedane Zidane is named player of the tournament ahead of Fabio Cannavaro and Andrea Pirlo!

Past winners of the golden ball have been Oliver Kahn, Ronaldo and Maradona to name a few.

Zidane, who put France ahead with a penalty in the opening minutes of the World Cup final was given a red card after a vicious headbutt into Materazzi's chest during the tense second period of extra time.

Personally I thought the golden ball should have gone to Fabio Cannavaro but I admit Zidane still played well in most of his World Cup games.

At least this means Zidane can end his world cup on a more positive note....

Who do you think the Golden ball should have gone to?


Sunday, July 09, 2006

Zidane's headbutt - A shocking end to a fabulous career

Zidane retaliates and headbutts Materazzi.....It was his final ever game and I can't believe it ended like this.... I am hoping that he does not retire yet because that would be a horrible way to end it.

It is just so sad to see such a legend end his glorious career like this. To me his was a fantastic soccer player and I just cannot see why he would want to end it like this!

It is just really sad to see him go like this, many were hoping that Zidane could end his legacy by winning the World Cup but it was not to be...

His headbutt was not called for but I still want to farewell Zidane on a good note lets face it, he was a brilliant soccer player, I just hope that people remember him for how he played and not the way he acted today.

What do you think about this?