POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 27, 2010
TheWorld Championship of Soccer The Greatest Sport Event in the World
by Orazio Z.
I must confess it. As many soccer aficio- nados, yes, I watched virtually all the games on television. In principle, I get easily hooked up to TV by important soccer events, as the European Champions League. But the world series monopolized my attention entirely.
As any soccer fan knows, every four years the soccer world is mobilized “in toto.” Not many years ago we could follow the games only on radio, which broadcast only a few games of the entire world championship. These days we can tune to any TV station, even foreign ones, and watch the games. Oh, the progress! Now large crowds can follow the games on giant screens in public squares all over the world.
The games this year were played in South Africa. Many of us were disappointed by the failure of teams that, in the anticipa- tion of many experts, would reach the finals. The worst disappointment were Brazil and Argentina. They were eliminated by teams like Germany (Argentina) and by Holland (Brazil). Nonetheless, we enjoyed the spectacular playing skills of Ronaldo, Messi, Macon, et al., too many to mention. Overall, it was quite an experience and enjoyment this year.
South Africa was a great host to the many thousands who came from all over the world. Bravo.
Here is a summary of the games, from the very start. And we start from the first eight groups, from A to H. Group A - The qualifying two teams were: Uruguay and Mexico. Losers: South Africa and France. Group B - Qualifying teams: Argentina and South Korea. The losers: Greece and Nigeria. Group C - Qualifying teams: United States and England. Losers: Slovenia and Algeria. Group D - Qualifying teams: Germany and Ghana. Losers: Australia and Serbia. Group E - Qualifying teams: Holland and Japan. Losers: Denmark and Cameron Group F - Qualifying: Paraguay and Slovakia. Losers: New Zealand and Italy. Group G - Qualifying: Brazil and Portugal. Losers: Ivory Coast and North Korea.
Group H - Qualifying: Chile and Spain. Losers: Switzerland and Honduras.
The second ‘knock-out’ round produced the following winners: Uruguay (defeated South Korea by the score 2-1). Ghana (defeated USA by the score 2-1) Germany (defeated England by the score 4-1) Argentina (defeated Mexico by the score 4-1) Holland (defeated Slovakia by the score 2-1) Brazil (defeated Chile by the score 3-0) Paraguay (defeated Japan by the score 5-3) Spain (defeated Portugal by the score 1-0)
The winners of the second round will play in the quarter finals. Here are the winners: Holland (defeated Slovakia by the score 2-1) Uruguay (defeated South Korea by the score 2-1) Ghana (defeated the USA by the score 2-1) Germany (defeated England by the score 4-1) Argentina (defeated Mexico by the score 3-1) Brazil (defeated Chile by the score 3-0) Paraguay (defeated Japan by the score 5-3) Spain (defeated Portugal by the score 1-0)
The quarter finals were played. These were the results, and the winners: Holland (defeated Brazil by the score 2-1) Uruguay (defeated Ghana by the score 5-3) Germany (defeated Argentina by the score 4-0) Spain (defeated Paraguay by the score 1-0) The semifinals produced the following: Holland 3-2 Uruguay Spain 2-0 Germany The winners played for the championship, the others for the third place. Germany defeated Uruguay 2-1 (Germany won third place) Spain defeated Holland 1-0. Spain: the new world champion.
The final game was played at the new stadium of Johannesburg (89,000 seats) on July 11, 2010
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