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Germany Beat Argentina to Qualify for 2010 FIFA Semi

Germany Beat Argentina to Qualify for 2010 FIFA Semi

The showdown between Germany and Argentina was the seventh for the cross continental rivals in the history of the soccer World Cup. The two countries were also quarter finals opponents in 2006. They are the only teams to have met in two successive editions of the FIFA World Cup having played against each other in 1986 and 1990. In the former occasion, a Diego Maradona inspired Albiceleste won 3 2 and in 1990 the Europeans, under Frans Beckenbauer, took revenge with a 1 0 win.

The Goals in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Quarter Finals Match Between Argentina and GermanyIn a great start for ‘Die Nationalmannschaft’, four goal ace midfielder Thomas Mueller tossed a header past goalkeeper Sergio Romero after Bayern Munich teammate Bastian Schweinsteiger’s freekick in the third minute of play. From then on, Argentina did not seem to stand a chance. Miroslav Klose drove in a second goal for the Germans in the 68th minute. Another Bayern Munich player, Klose just flicked the ball into the net after FC Cologne finisher Lucas Podolski broke into the Argentine box after a spirited run on the left and unselfishly passed the ball to his strike partner to push over the line.

Where Did Argentina Go Wrong in the Match?What went wrong with Abiceleste? They started well enough, being the only team to have won all their four matches up to then. Could it have been a change of atmosphere in the cooler coastal city as Argentina had centred mainly around Gauteng? One can only speculate. However, it seems obvious that playmaker Lionel Messi hving failed to find the net since the tournament began, was not going to impress with Germany which is already the most successful at the 19 times the FIFA World Cup has already been held. They have had a regular last eight placing in 15 of the 17 editions they have participated in. The reigning World Footballer of the Year made an attempt for a goal in the 10th minute but his shot was off the mark. Even though he further attempted a few of his artful runs, German coach Joachim Loew had deployed at least three markers to thwart his every move.

The last time the sides met this year was in March at Munich. Argentina won 1 0, playing with a four man midfield. For the match on Saturday Argentinian coach Diego Maradona did not pick a more defensive team although Germany showed how dangerous they are on the counterattack in their 4 1 last 16 victory over England. Maradona has been criticized for not having a system or a concept but relying on individual qualities of his players.

FIFA World Cup Soccer South Africa 2010 Germany Uruguay Battle for Third Place Paul Oracle Octopus

FIFA World Cup Soccer South Africa 2010 Germany Uruguay Battle for Third Place Paul Oracle Octopus

This weekends world cup fixtures will showcase the tussle between Group A and D on Saturday and Group E and Group H on Sunday. Funny but true that it is the first (Group A) and last (Group D)group of the first four groups (ABCD) and the first (Group E) and last group (Group H) of the last four groups that will be playing. So that leaves us with Saturday Groups A, D, E, and H. Today I officially decree that SADEH is short for South African Destiny Enthrones Holland.

Miroslav Klose summed it up best when he said that winning as a team is more important than establishing personal records during the world cup competition. Paul the oracle Octopus has selected Spain to beat Germany. However, predicting a winner is different from being the winner. It will indeed be a hotly contested game on a cold winters night in the nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. My gorgeous daughter will actually be attending the game; how I envy her context.

Never on a Sunday means that you have not made it to the final. The fact that Germany and Uruguay will be playing on Saturday does not mean that the game is of lesser value; just that it is the playoff for third and fourth place. I sincerely hope that that known villain and soccer handballer will not play in this game. He does not deserve a spot on the team. I think Uruguay will be better off without him.

Uruguay from Group A, drew with France, beat South Africa and Mexico, beat Korea and Ghana beat Ghana, was beaten by the Netherlands and so Uruguay plays on Saturday against Germany. Germany from Group D lost to Serbia, beat Australia and Ghana and lost to Spain and so Germany plays on Saturday against Uruguay.

It will indeed be a sad game as the nostalgia will finally dim. Folks will realize that all good things have to end. All the hype, all the rush, all the adrenalin, all the tension twill soon be over for the next four years. I would like to wish Brazil well as they prepare to host the next world cup in 2014. I am sure that they will take many lessons learned from us fun South Africans.

And then we turn our attention to Sunday. Wesley Sneijder says Holland from Group E must win against Spain from Group H because he wants his team to win. The form guide would indicate that Holland is the only unbeaten team to play this weekend. Right now I am more focused on the closing ceremony because my nerves just cannot take it anymore. I have no nails left and that includes toe nails.

No matter what you say, think or do with your vuvuzela, the giant vuvuzela on the unfinished highway in Cape Town has been certified by officials of Guinness as the biggest horn in the world. Some say the noise is a nuisance, others say it disturbs the birds others say it is just black noise.

The 1998 FIFA World Cup

The 1998 FIFA World Cup

The 1998 FIFA World Cup was held in France and home advantage helped ensure that the tournament was won by the host nation for the sixth time in its history.

Group Stage

The group stage was expanded from 24 teams to 32 and Brazil defeated Scotland 2 1 in the opening game on June 10 in Group A. The South American nation topped the group with Norway taking second place.

A Christian Vieri inspired Italy won Group B with seven points as Chile qualified for the next stage with three draws.

The hosts stormed to three wins out of three in Group C whilst fellow Europeans Denmark sneaked through in second place.

One of the lowest ranked nations Nigeria surprised many on their way to the top of Group D as Paraguay took second spot.

Netherlands and Mexico qualified from Group E with five points each whilst Germany and FR Yugoslavia progressed from Group F with seven points.

Elsewhere Romania topped Group G with England finishing in second as first time qualifiers Jamaica impressed in Group H but it was Argentina and Croatia, with tournament top scorer Davor who qualified.

Last 16

Italy won the first match in the knockout stage 1 0 against Norway with Vieri again the Azzurri hero.

Brazil won the South American derby against Chile 4 1 with C Sampaio scoring twice.

Laurent Blanc proved the unlikely match winner as he scored the golden goal to defeat Paraguay 1 0 whilst Denmark trounced Nigeria 4 1.

The last 16 was dominated by European sides as Germany beat Mexico 2 1, the Netherlands also won 2 1 against FR Yugoslavia whilst hit the only goal as Croatia advanced against Romania.

The final game of the round provided much controversy as England and Argentina, two nations with a lot of recent history, went all the way to a penalty shoot out to decide the winner.

Gabriel Batistuta and Alan Shearer traded early goals before 18 year old Michael Owen stormed onto the world stage with a solo goal. Javier Zanetti equalized just before half time and David Beckham was sent off for a kick on Diego Simone.

Brazil attacking prowess saw them progress to the final four stage thanks to a 3 2 victory over Denmark with attacking midfielder Rivaldo grabbing a brace.

In the third game of the round Dennis Bergkamp fired a last minute winner to help the Netherlands to a 2 1 win against Argentina at the Stade V The final game of the last eight saw Croatia romp to a 3 0 victory over Germany as further strengthened his claim for the Golden Shoe with the final goal of the match.

Semi s

Young striker Ronaldo fired Brazil into the lead in the first semi final against the Netherlands but Patrick Kluivert scored a late goal to take the match into extra time which failed to produce a golden goal.

The South American nation booked their place in the final as they won the penalty shoot out 4 2.

France dominated the match at the Stade de France on July 12 and were crowned the FIFA World Cup champions with a 3 0 win thanks to a brace from Zinedine Zidane and a late strike from Emmanuel Petit.