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