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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.


Asamoah Gyan takes Ghana to the Quarter Finals

Ghana 2-1 United States

The United States’ dramatic World Cup adventure was brought to an end in Rustenberg this evening. Bob Bradley’s gritty side came back from a goal down to force the game into extra-time. Asamoah Gyan, who had scored twice in the Group Stage, was once again the hero for the Black Stars as his half volley just minutes into the first period of extra-time was to prove the decisive goal.

Ghana arrived in Rustenberg on a bus bearing the slogan “The Hope of Africa”. The sole remaining representatives of the continent enjoyed the majority of the support at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, with many South African fans wearing the shirts of their beloved Bafana Bafana painting their faces in the colours of the Black Stars.

They will have been overjoyed to see Ghana take the lead early on. Kevin-Prince Boateng, so influential to Ghana’s progress thusfar, burst down the left on to Kwadwo Asamoah’s pass and unleashed a low drive past Tim Howard at the near post. The concession of yet another early goal will have surely tested the resolve of the United States but they had proven their resilience time and again in this competition.

Ghana were comfortable in their lead for the remained of the first half as the United States struggled to keep possession in midfield. Goalkeeper Richard Kingson, a reserve at Wigan Athletic in the Premier League, prevented Robbie Findley from equalising. Kingson was unimpressive in earlier games against Serbia and Australia but was far more reassuring this evening.

Kingson produced another fine save just minutes into the second half. Benny Feilhaber, brought on as a substitute for Robbie Findley, was played through by Jozy Altidore but failed to beat Kingson with a left-footed dink.

Ghana were tiring and the United States capitalised after some excellent play from Clint Dempsey. Dempsey found himself isolated on the right but managed to squirm past John Mensah before being brought down in the penalty area by Jonathan. The ever-reliable Landon Donovan equalised emphatically from the penalty.

The United States failed to add to Donovan’s goal, however, despite perhaps being the better side in the second half. The full-time whistle will have come as welcome relief for the Black Stars, who appeared beleaguered by the physicality of the Bob Bradley’s side.

Asamoah Gyan undid the positive play of the United States in the opening minutes of extra-time. The Stade Rennais striker latched on to a hopeful long pass from André Ayew and outmuscled Carlos Bocanegra. Gyan finished superbly, scoring his third goal of the tournament by powering a shot past Tim Howard.

The goal seemed to shatter the confidence of the American players. Any hopes of another dramatic recovery were misplaced. The reenergised Ghanians asserted superiority over the United States throughout extra-time with outstanding performances coming from Kwadwo Asamoah, John Mensah and the goalkeeper Richard Kingson.

World Cup Cities: Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth

Over the next 47 days we’ll be taking a look at the cities hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Filling you in on the the history, sights, nightlife and, most importantly, the stadiums themselves. We start with Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth.

With a population of over one million people, Nelson Mandela Bay is one of the largest metropolitan areas in South Africa. Port Elizabeth is the most prominent city of the region and is famous for its glorious blue flag beaches, watersports, wildlife park and game reserve and The Boardwalk entertainment area.

History There has been a long period of settlement in the bay . The Khoi and San tribes were the first to populate the area and ,later, the eminent Xhosa (speakers of the Bantu languages). Before colonial settlers eventually arrived, Bartholomew Diaz and Vasco Da Gama navigated the bay with Da Gama making reference to Bird Island in his logs. Port Elizabeth takes its name from the wife of its founder Sir Rufane Shaw Donkin. This British settlement of four thousand grew rapidly following the construction of the railway line to Kimberly to the north.

A long period of urban decline began in the apartheid era and continued until recently with widespread crime and HIV creating many difficulties for the local government. The announcement of Port Elizabeth as a World Cup host city was a major boon to the local economy. Rejuvenation programmes, the overhauling of the waterfront, the construction of The Boardwalk and urban investment schemes have restored splendour to this industrial city.

The Sights

There’s no shortage of activities in Nelson Mandela Bay. There is the aforementioned Boardwalk, a casino and shopping area featuring its own outdoor carnival.

Then there are the beaches. Port Elizabeth has over 4okm of Blue Flag beach, and is known as South Africa’s ‘watersports capital’. The FIFA World Cup coincides with the whale watching season. Southern Right whales will be easily spotted, even from the coastline.

Nelson Mandela Bay is home to some of the best safari and wildlife parks in South Africa. One good example being the Addo Elephant National Park. Addo is among one of the only places in the world to house ‘the Big Seven’ of elephants, lions, buffalo, rhinos, southern right whale and great white sharks and ,equally impressively, one of the densest populations of elephants in Africa.

Owing to it’s spectacular setting in Nelson Mandela Bay on the east of the cape, the region is renowned for it’s coastal drives and historic trails. Route 72 to Port Alfred being a fine example.

The Stadium Nelson Mandela Stadium, 48,000 seats, built at a cost of over $250 million. The stadium overlooks the North End Lake and has an eye-catching design which the architects say is reminiscent of petals. No professional clubs are based in Nelson Mandela Bay, so the new venue was created solely with the intention of hosting the World Cup Finals. Setbacks during construction led to the stadium being ruled out of contention for hosting the 2009 Confederations Cup. However, these problems were overcome surprisingly quickly and it was the first of the newly built stadiums to be completed. The first game played at the stadium was the Soweto Derby between the Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. After the World Cup it is likely to serve as the home ground to the Southern Kings rugby franchise should they be admitted to the Super XV.

Nelson Mandela Stadium will host five group stage matches, a Round of 16 tie, a Quarter Final and even the Third Place/Fourth Place Playoff.