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Friday, July 09, 2010

Spain Finalist of WoldCup 2010

Spain Finalist of WoldCup 2010

World Cup is going on these days. Octopus Paul has predicted that Spain will be the World Cup winner and everybody is going crazy with him.

Until few weeks ago I was skeptical of seeing Spain ever win the World Cup in my lifetime. I've followed them in 9 world cups. In the German World Cup I even attended one of the matches live. This year it looked more of the same, with Spain having really annoying sports media and even more annoying TV commentators. They started loosing and then they couldn't play well after that either. They won their last match of the first round thanks to the mistakes of the rival team Chile whose goal keeper was at fault for Spain's first goal. Chile made also the mistake of playing violently resulting in a red card early in the match. After that it was easy for Spain. Portugal the team Spain met in the next round was not a very good team with the exception of their hunky goalkeeper! With Paraguay, Spain can give thanks to the referee who disqualified a legal goal for Paraguay and awarded Spain a penalty that was not. Spain was superior but was not playing well.

Spain had reached the semifinals and a common comment in the international press was: "I had never seen a team playing so badly reach so high".

The below images are from Gran Via street in Madrid right after Spain won over Paraguay and qualified for Semi Finals of the World Cup. It coincided with Pride 2010, so there was a mixture of fans of Kylie Minogue who was playing a free concert and football fans that wanted to party!! What a mix !! Kylie couldn't be heard from far though because the speakers where placed in the wrong direction. The best part was a guy that was waiving a red UGT (Workers Union) flag all the time!!

It was a pleasant surprise to see that Spain decided to play well right in the hardest game of all against Germany in the Semi Finals of the World Cup. Spain played beautifully beating Germany which had won 4-0 over Argentina and 4-1 against England. I watched the game and commented it live on Facebook. This is how the World Cup is watched in 2010.

Dario Margeli

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