Category Archives: World Cup Daily: International Press

A look at what the world’s papers say about the FIFA World Cup.

World Cup Daily – International Press

Das Bild (Germany): Germany’s most popular tabloid reacted with glee to Die Mannschaft‘s victory over England. Das Bild proclaimed, “Jungs, we love you!”, a reference to the Jogi Löw’s young side and their phenomenal performance against the Three Lions.

Die Welt (Germany): Jetzt sind Deutschland and England quitt” (Now, Germany and England are even):

Die Welt described Frank Lampard’s controversial effort as ‘revenge for the Wembley goal’, referring of course to Geoff Hurst’s equally contentious strike against West Germany in 1966. In that case, the goal was given when perhaps it should not have been. The broadsheet prints a dizzying and unconventional match report, which emphasises the dream-like quality the result had for German fans.

The Mirror (United Kingdom): “FABIGO”


The Mirror pulled no punches in its evaluation of the defeat. Fabio Capello, they say has to go. The Mirror bemoans the new contract offered to the former Real Madrid manager just before the tournament which, they say, will entitle him to a vast sum in compensation.

The Sun: “Time to go Fabio. Clear off and take your players with you.”

The Sun also subscribes to the idea that the Italian is at fault while also offering partial blame to the players who they say “shamed the shirt”. The Sun argues that England’s results in the Group Stage were indefensible, referring to the 1-0 victory over Slovenia as “scraping through”, despite having praised Capello and England after that particular performance in previous editions.

El Universal (Mexico) : Se van de la peor manera – Un gol que no debió contar abre el camino de la debacle tricolor y la despedida para varios veteranos que no volverán a un Mundial”

“Gone the worst way – A goal that should not have been opened the way for the tricolour’s meltdown and a farwell to several veterans who will never grace the World Cup again.”

The Mexican broadsheet criticises Italian referee, Roberto Rosetti, for allowing Argentina’s opening goal which was shown to be clearly offside. The World Cup ended for Mexico where it had all begun in , Soccer City. El Universal bid its farewell to Blanco, Perez, Torrado and Rafael Marquez and damns the Argentine performance as showing ‘no spectacular football’.

It was an all too familiar end for El Universal. The newspaper drew parallels with Mexico’s demise in 2006, also at the hand of the Albiceleste.

De Telegraaf (Netherlands): Column Cruijff: Chili neemt rol Nederland over

In his regular and always insightful column, Johan Cruyff states that he believes that Chile have taken over the Netherlands’ role as a ‘trendsetter’ of beautiful football. Cruyff lends his ardent support to Marcello Bielsa’s side which he says create more chances than anyone else and entertain more fans than any other side at this World Cup.

Cruyff also considers the new push for technology in football in the wake of yesterday’s events. He firmly believes that goalline video technology is fine but in other instances, such as offside, handball etc, Cruyff firmly believes that technology should be avoided. The former Barcelona manager argues that football is a ‘game of mistakes’ and that placing too much emphasis on video technology would hinter the sport rather than help it.

And finally

The Daily Mail, which in the lead up to England v Germany purveyed a lot of copy offensive to Germans took it a step further in the aftermath of England’s 4-1 defeat to Jogi Löw’s side.

Outspoken, right-wing columnist Richard Littlejohn had this to say:

And finally….again:

Our old friends in the New York Post have been at it again. Following the United States’ 2-1 defeat to Ghana after extra-time, ‘The Post’ has this to say about The Beautiful Game.


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International Press

With the World Cup well and truly underway it’s high time for a look at what the papers across Europe and the rest of the world are making of the World Cup in South Africa.

La Gazzetta dello Sport <<Azzuri ricordate: i campioni siamo noi>> (Azzurri remember: we are the champions)

La Gazzetta’s front page carries the bold headline above, an attempt to remind any doubters as to the pedigree of this Italian side. La Gazzetta features comments from coach Marcello Lippi who tells us to ignore the sceptics and that the recent warm-up games count for nothing.

Süddeutsche Zeitung Der gerläuterte Prinz (The purified Prince)

Süddeutsche Zeitung contains a great piece on the fortunes of Germany’s public enemy number 1, Kevin-Prince Boateng. It reflects open Boateng’s terrific performance for Ghana against Serbia and Boateng’s refusal to answer any questions in Germany after the game.

De Telegraaf, Cruijff ziet defensie Oranje als probleem (Cruyff sees Oranje defence as a problem)

One of the Netherlands’ leading broadsheets’ website carries a video interview with Oranje legend Johan Cruyff in which he describes the chances of the Dutch. He is optimistic about the attacking capabilities of the side but his belief in the team is dampened by his perception of the team’s defensive frailties.

Sunday Times (South Africa) It’s spy vs spy when it comes to game plans

The Sunday edition of South Africa’s Times carries a piece on the lengths some sides go to in order to keep their line-ups and tactics under wraps. It is reported that Johannesburg based security firms and others across the country have been hired by European teams to perform searches of hotel rooms for any electronic listening devices. Rory Steyn, formerly Nelson Mandela’s head of security, agreed with the approach taken by the national teams. He states that it would be ‘an oversight’ for managers and players to leave their conversations unprotected.

The New York Times (online edition) Green Faces the Music; Chaochi repeats his mistake

The New York Times’ brilliant Goal blog contains a helpful list of the tabloid headlines covering the horrendous error committed by Robert Green in the United States’ 1-1 draw with England. The blog offers some minute consolation to Green, reminding him that just the next day another goalkeeper in Group C was the perpetrator of a similar gaffe.

And finally,

The New York Post‘s cheeky front page on Sunday captured a lot of attention worldwide. I wonder why?

World Cup Daily: International Press

El País Del Bosque: “No pedemos esparar a todos los lesionados” ( Del Bosque: “We cannot wait for all of the injured”. Another classic babelfish.)

Vicente Del Bosque tells the Spanish media that he cannot include all of Spain’s injured players in his World Cup squad. The news will worry the likes of Xavi, Fabregas, Iniesta and Torres, all of whom are either currently injured or struggling to overcome injuries. Torres, especially, is in danger of missing the World Cup after Liverpool’s club doctor has announced that he may miss the opening fixtures. Moving on to speak about the vacant spot for a third goalkeeper, Del Bosque refuses to name Victor Valdés yet.

La Repubblica <<Lippi e gli assenti “Totti? Vedrete…”>> (Lippi on the absentees, “Totti? We’ll see…”)

Marcello Lippi appears to end the World Cup hopes of Alessandro Nesta and Amauri, who recently declared for Italy. The Azzurri coach hinted that World Cup winner Francesco Totti may yet be coaxed out of international retirement, but we’ll have to wait until the May 11th announcement of another 30-man squad.

Marca La afición ya tiene clara la lista de 23 para el Mundial 2010 (The fans have a clear list for the 2010 World Cup)

A poll of nearly 700,000 voters online have selected what they believe to be Spain’s squad for the World Cup Finals. There is no space for Marcos Senna, David Guiza, Michel Arteta or José Antonio Reyes. The Marca readers squad reads: Casillas, Reina, Valdés, Piqué, Puyol, Ramos, Albiol, Arbeloa, Capdevilla, Marchena, Silva, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc, Xabi Alonso, Jesús Navas, Pedro, Busquets, Mata, Villa, Torres, Llorente and Negredo.

The New York Times World Cup Gets Closer and U.S. Roster Remains Unsettled

Bob Bradley is not yet decided on his final 23 man squad for the World Cup. He tells The New York Times that 16-18 of the spots are filled at this time. Jermaine Jones, who recently declared for the United States instead of Germany, has been told that he may not be included.

France Football Une liste de 25 dévoilée & Barrios dans la liste de 30

France’s premiere football publication reports on the naming of the training squads of Algeria and Paraguay, with no major shocks in either side.

Die Zeit René Adler fährt nicht nach Südafrika (René Adler will not travel to South Africa)

German goalkeeper René Adler will forgo the World Cup to have rib surgery which might be necessary to prolong his career. The coach of ‘Die Mannschaft’ ,Joachim Löw, was disappointed by the news. The 25 year old goalkeeper, who is rumoured to have been targeted by both Arsenal and Manchester United, said that the decision was hardest of his life. Die Zeit also report on how in-form striker Kevin Kuranyi will not be selected by Löw despite scoring eighteen goals in the Bundesliga so far this season.

And finally
The Telegraph Shakira’s official song ‘Waka Waka’ fails to impress South Africans

Colombian songstress Shakira’s official World Cup song (previously reviewed by World Cup Daily) has not been well received by the South African public. “It’s horrible,” one fan told the Telegraph, “I’m not standing for it. I mean what is our president doing about it?”

World Cup Daily: International Press

USA Today: SAfrica exhibition vs China canceled due to ash

La Gazzetta dello Sport: <<Lippi verso il Mondiale, “Le mie scelte il 18 maggio”>>.

(English version: Lippi on the way to World Cup. “Team list out 18 May”)

BBC Sport: FIFA predicts full World Cup stadiums in South Africa

Marca: La afición apuesta por Valdés, Pedro y Llorente para el Mondial 2010

(English: Poll believes Victor Valdés, Pedro and Llorente will make the world cup squad. Hilarious babelfish translation)

The Times (South Africa): Germans will stay at ‘unsafe’ World Cup base

The Australian: Socceroos fans defy racist warnings from far-right South Africans