Thursday, June 10, 2010

Day 1: June 11, 2010

Alright, let's get this started. We all waited four years, so let's do this up right. Most of my stat information for the next month will be (lovingly) stolen from, who I suggest you check out because they have completely changed their interface for the World Cup, and, despite the awful green colour, it's awesome.

Did I just write “interface?” Damn you MLIS!

Anyway, let's start with Day One. Here's the line up:


South Africa – Mexico
Ref: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

South Africa
Coach: Carlos Alberto Parreira

Itumeleng Khune
Siboniso Gaxa
Bongani Khumalo
Aaron Mokoena
Lucas Bongane Thwala
Teko Modise
Renielwe Letsholonyane
Kagisho Dikgacoi
Siphiwe Tshabalala
Steven Pienaar
Katlego Mphela


Coach: Javier Aguirre Onaindía

Oscar Perez
Paul Aguilar
Francisco Rodriguez
Ricardo Osorio
Carlos Salcido
Gerardo Torrado
Rafael Marquez
Efrain Juarez
Giovani dos Santos
Javier Hernandez
Carlos Vela

Prediction: I want to say South Africa will win this match, but in reality, I don't think it's going to happen. It's the first game so I am sure they will be some jitters on both sides, but I think Mexico will prevail in the end. However, I also won't be completely surprised if it ends up being a draw.

Predicted Score: 0 – 1


Uruguay – France
Ref: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan) 

Coach: Oscar Tabarez

Néstor Muslera
Mauricio Victorino
Diego Lugano
Diego Godin
Maximiliano Pereira
Diego Pérez
Egidio Arévalo
Alvaro Pereira
Ignacio Gonzalez
Luiz Suarez
Diego Forlan


Coach: Raymond Domenech

Hugo Lloris
Bacary Sagna
William Gallas
Eric Abidal
Patrice Evra
Yoann Gourcuff
Jérémy Toulalan
Florent Malouda
Sidney Govou
Nicolas Anelka
Franck Ribery

Prediction: I hate to admit it, but the damn Frogs will get this one. That said though, I think Uruguay (or, Team Diego) may give them a good run for it. The French need to prove themselves for being there and they will use their first game to do so. But more importantly, I am watching to check out how Domenech 's glasses will be styled this year.
Fun Fact: The French tied 0-0 with Switzerland in Germany 06. The French then went on to lose to Italy. Conclusion: The Swiss have a chance to win SA10.

Predicted Score: 1 – 2.

ONE MORE SLEEP. I'll be at the Grad Club at 09h30. With the biggest smile on my face that you've ever seen.


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