Saturday, June 12, 2010

Day 2

Okay I am a bit behind, but it’s not my fault. I was out late last night having s’mores. Have you ever had a s’more? They’re fantastic! How did I live my life before them?

South Korea – Greece
Ref: Michael Hester (New Zealand)

Anyway, I was semi-conscious for the South Korea – Greece game this morning. In all of my pools I picked for them to draw, so of course S. Korea won 2 – 0.

Question: How were the Greeks once the European champions? Seriously.

Anyway, Park was, as always, a delight to watch, despite the fact that I didn’t recognize him in my half-conscious state.

Here are the game stats:

Final: South Korea 2 – 0 Greece
Attendance: 31,500
South Korea
Coach: Huh Jung-Moo

Sung-Ryong Jung
Young-Pyo Lee
Jung-Soo Lee
Yong-Hyung Cho
Du-Ri Cha
Ji-Sung Park
Jung-Woo Kim
Sung-Yueng Ki [Sub: Nam-Il Kim]
Chung-Yong Lee [Sub: Jae-Sung Kim]
Ki-Hun Yeom
Chu-Young Park [Sub: Seung-Yeoul Lee]


Coach: Otto Rehhagel

Alexandros Tzorvas
Giourkas Seitaridis
Loukas Vyntra
Avraam Papadopoulos
Vasilios Torosidis
Georgios Samaras [Dimitrios Salpingidis]
Alexandros Tziolis
Konstantinos Katsouranis
Georgios Karagounis [Christos Patsatzoglou]
Theofanis Gekas
Angelos Charisteas [Pantelis Kapetanos]


 @ 7' J. Lee [1 - 0]     
@ 52' J. Park [2 - 0]  

Game Stats: [South Korea – Greece]
 Shots on target: 6 - 2 
 Shots off target: 5 - 3
 Possession (%): 51 - 49         
 Corner kicks: 6 - 11   
 Offsides: 1 - 4           
 Fouls: 14 - 12
 Yellow cards: 0 - 1    
 Red cards: 0 – 0

Sonja’s Pool Stats: 0 for 3.

Argentina – Nigeria
Ref: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

It’s HT in this game, and I got to say, I am very impressed with Nigeria. I think Argentina is completely overrated. Yes, players are good, but as an overall team? Meh. Remember, they almost didn’t make it to SA… but I suppose, Nigeria is in the same boat.

Anyway, here’s the match up for the game:

Coach: Diego Maradona  

Sergio Romero
Jonas Gutiérrez
Walter Samuel
Martin Demichelis
Gabriel Heinze  
Juan Veron
Javier Mascherano
Angel Di Maria
Lionel Messi
Carlos Tevez
Gonzalo Higuain


Coach: Lars Lagerbäck

Vincent Enyeama
Chidi Odiah
Joseph Yobo
Danny Shittu
Taye Taiwo
Lukman Haruna
Dickson Etuhu
Sani Kaita
Chinedu Obasi
Victor Obinna
Aiyegbeni Yakubu

Prediction: A good game. At the half, it’s been pretty close, Messi can’t seem to finish anything and I am not sure if Argentina has a defense, but both teams are playing strong. Though, I have to say, Argentina is boring to watch; too much holding of the ball, passing back etc. Also, I am not sure if it’s the ball, or the altitude or the players, but, the ball travels fast and bounces hard.  Whatevs, Vincent Enyeama has been fantastic as the Nigerian keeper and deserves Man of the Match.

Predicted Score: 1 -1 (It’s 1 – 0 at the half).

England – USofA
Ref: Carlos Simon (Brazil)

This is the game that I am looking most forward to. I decided to support England (really, the lesser of two evils), but I am excited to watch Landy Cakes play. I have a soft spot for him.

Anyway here’s the matchup:

Coach: Fabio Capello

David James
Glen Johnson
Ledley King
John Terry
Ashley Cole
Aaron Lennon
Frank Lampard
Steven Gerrard
Joe Cole
Wayne Rooney
Emile Heskey


Coach: Bob Bradley

Tim Howard
Jonathan Spector
Oguchi Onyewu
Carlos Bocanegra
Steve Cherundolo
DaMarcus Beasley
Michael Bradley
Clint Dempsey
Stuart Holden
Landon Donovan
Edson Buddle

Prediction: Do not discount the Americans, this is not MLS. This will not be a walk in the park for the English, the Americans play hard and they don’t really play with a distinct style, which makes it harder to judge them. Remember, they came in second for the Confed Cup; they are getting use to playing against the big boys. Also, keep in mind the injuries that England has been having, they really had to scramble to get their team set for this match. Also, I am not convinced of Stevie G.’s abilities to captain his team. Regardless, I do think the English will prosper, but it won’t be easy.

Predicted Score: 3 – 2

We will see how everything thing works out today. Until tomorrow, and the second half of Group C,



  1. Peter Crouch looked like a Tim Burton puppet out there--all spindly and lanky and stuff. Argentina is arguably the most dangerous team out there offensively... sure, the back line had issues and there seemed to be occasionally confusion, but remember this team had never played together before this match. (This is what happens when your madman of a coach decides to try out 482925 potential players.) Many seemed to like what Messi was doing, but I stand by my assertion he tends to be pretty exposed as being "great" and not "god-like" when the game isn't in La Liga. I think for the cup, Diego would be better off playing a certain Mr. Milito...

  2. Milito also has the height.

    From their opening game, I don't think Argentina is going to make it past the quaters and it's entirely the fault of Deigo.

  3. USA USA USA USA USA USA USA...sooner or later this chant will catch on.