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 www.livescore.com, 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)
Coach: Carlos Alberto Parreira
Lucas Bongane Thwala
Coach: Javier Aguirre Onaindía
Giovani dos Santos
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
Coach: Raymond Domenech
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.