South Africa 2010: Five weeks, 32 nations, one dream – World Cup. Amidst massive heartbreaks, unimaginable turn- arounds, crushing defeats, shattering egos, magnanimous display of nerves, brutality of moments, unfortunate decisions, awe-struck numbness, failures of superstars, absence of megastars, wholesome hysterics, deafening vuvuzelas, jubilations and tears, Maradonas and Dungas, superstitions and Octopus Paul Oracles, a truly deserving winner emerged – SPAIN, the reigning Eurocup2008 Champions. Muchas Felicidades.
Brazil, Argentina, England, France, Italy, Portugal were those which shocked the whole world by their unprecedented exit. Some humiliating, some lack-lustre with reasons best known to them returned home, hoping that they do some serious reality check. Whereas Paraguay, Ghana, Uruguay, Slovakia showed grit and determination to prove their worth on the biggest spectacle of the king of sports.
The one team which stole the hearts of millions by their stunning display of the game, the youngest of the whole lot, the most inexperienced side in the World Cup, with their uninhibited exposition of courageous football was Germany. Headed by their (handsome ;)) coach Joachim Löwe, the team reached semi-finals beating England in pre-quarters, Argentina in quarters only to be defeated by the prospective champions Spain in the semis. This brilliant team were also known to be the most multi-culti assemblage comprising Pudolski, Lahm, Klose, Özil, Khedira, Müller, Neuer, Friedrich, Schweinsteiger, Jansen, Mertesacker, Boateng and others altogether who scored 16 goals in all, highest in number in the tournament. The 20 yr old Thomas Müller outshone the most with 5 goals and 3 assists in his name was awarded the Golden Boot as well as the Hyundai Best Young Player Award. Miroslav Klose came as close as 14 goals, one short of Ronaldo with 15, for the most number of goal scorer in the history of World Cup.
Surely I am biased towards Germany, but everyone seems to be agreeing with the way I feel. The team who brought Rooney’s England crashing out 1-4 and hung Maradona’s head down in disbelief after a 0-4 defeat for Argentina, surely got standing ovation by the entire world. Finally they came back home grabbing the bronze medal by beating Uruguay in a thrilling 3-2 which everyone claimed was the actual final in all footballing terms.
Would like to quote @mojorojo here for his brilliant tweet during the final between Spain and Nederland – “So basically Germany won, Uruguay are 2nd, and the lamest 3rd place game EVER is currently on.” Also @FinancialUAE –“ Frankly neither team deserves to win after this dreadful display. Let’s give the cup to #Ger instead.”
And that’s all I wanted to hear 🙂
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