Monday, June 28, 2010

Video Technology Implementation On Football Matches. Yes, or No?

The FIFA World Cup heat is on the rise. Yesterday's matches saw England slumping into a 4-1 defeat to the German tankers and Mexico well beaten by Diego Maradona's high flying Argentina.

2 matches. 2 controversial decisions.


Let's talk about England's "No Goal". I watched the match, supporting England. Lampard's shot ricochet off the cross bar and over the line, a.k.a A BEAUTIFUL GOAL. Everyone was jumping, fist were pumping in the air, and then suddenly, the play continues. No goal for England!



Lionel Messi was charging towards the Mexican goal. Nutmegging the Mexican defenders, he powered his shot which unfortunately was blocked by the on coming goal keeper. Bad luck for the Mexicans as the ball fell right back to Messi. He lobbed the ball passed the entire defences, for Carlos Tevez to head it into an empty net without anyone in front of him, a.k.a AN OFFSIDE!!

2 big mistakes by refrees that no doubt sparkle the debate of the usage of video technology to make the right decisions when refrees can't make a fair and 100% correct judgement. No doubt if FIFA were to use video technology, in the future there won't be a single mistake or wrong that goes by unnoticed. Nil. The winner deserve to win and vice versa.

But if we were to look back at footballing history, till the day today, till the very instant this moment, as all of the matches played passed us by. Each and every one of them is a history, an epic battle between 2 teams. Asked any footballing fan he can tell you the exact scenario of a match( if he DID watch). What happened, and so on. Even those who aren't born in the previous World Cups knows The Hand Of God, Kung fu Kick on a supporter, The Goal that was not a Goal, and the lists goes on.

Nations on the losing side with bitter pride will definitely deny the goal or situation to the very last breath of their lives. But the goal stands or fall the moment the refree makes his decision. He may not be right all the time, but we have to accept that he has done his best every match and did not favour any side.

Every controversy and misjudgment makes football an unfair sport. But it is also the reason that football is the most watched sport in the world, minus the Olympics where so many sports are contended together. Whether you like it or not, hate it or love it, you aren't gonna quit watching football for one freaking mistake the refree or player make. Instead, every 4 years if the same team play against each other, you will be watching the match and with your pulse going berserk and you heart beating like mad, hoping that another repeat ain't gonna happened.

I am a Manchester United fan and honestly speaking, if video technology was implemented much ealier on, Didier Dorgba won't have scored the winner when we faced Chelsea, and that the 2009/2010 title was left at Old Trafford. I would not have sacrficied my teams glory and killing off the excitement football has given me.

But of course, measures have to be taken. To ensure horrible and "unforgivable" mistakes aren't to be repeated again. A goal should have been a goal, and when it is not, it isn't a goal. Extra refrees at the back of the goal is a welcome suggestion, and should be implemented without doubt.

JUST SAY NO TO VIDEO. It kills the game.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Asian Power

Asian football has certainly stamped it's mark on FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Did you saw the two freekicks Japan scored against Denmark? Or have you watched South Korea going against all odds and fighting bravely?

Tonight I'll be rooting for South Korea to throw up another shocker against Uruguay...

Ah yes, the talisman... Ji Sung Park =)

Korean fans... LOVE THEM =D

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Forca Portugal

For those who still think that Ronaldo is a one man show guy, I'd have to say you have never watched football. Ronaldo was a one man show pony, that was before he matured into one of the world's best football talent. You saw what he did to the DPR Korea's team. No exaggerating dribbling skills like Robinho, no futile shots that skied high.

All I saw was brilliant play and passes that teared open the defences, rocket shots that hit the posts, rattling the wood work, shots that left the keeper rooted on the ground, blistering runs down the wing.

And the scoreline? A historic 7-0

Yet I do agree he is second to Lionel Messi, he cannot change the momentum of the game like Messi. But that was club footballl.

Time to shine for your country and shine the world...

Write The Future...

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Waka Waka ( Official FIFA 2010 World Cup Theme Song) - Shakira -

THIS IS THE OFFICIAL FIFA WORLD CUP SONG, mind my mistake. Wavin' Flag is just Coca cola's ad song. XD

You're a good soldier
Choosing your battles
Pick yourself up
And dust yourself off
And back in the saddle

You're on the frontline
Everyone's watching
You know it's serious
We're getting closer
This isnt over

The pressure's on
You feel it
But you've got it all
Believe it

When you fall get up
Oh oh...
And if you fall get up
Eh eh...

Tsamina mina
Cos this is Africa

Tsamina mina eh eh
Waka Waka eh eh

Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

Listen to your God
This is our motto
Your time to shine
Don't wait in line
Y vamos por Todo

People are raising
Their expectations
Go on and feed them
This is your moment
No hesitations

Today's your day
I feel it
You paved the way
Believe it

If you get down
Get up Oh oh...
When you get down
Get up eh eh...

Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

Tsamina mina eh eh
Waka Waka eh eh

Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa aa

Tsamina mina eh eh
Waka Waka eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

Awela Majoni Biggie Biggie Mama One A To Zet
Athi sithi LaMajoni Biggie Biggie Mama From East To West
Bathi . . . Waka Waka Ma Eh Eh Waka Waka Ma Eh Eh
Zonke zizwe mazi buye
Cuz this is Africa

Voice: Tsamina mina, Anawa a a
Tsamina mina
Tsamina mina, Anawa a a

Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa a a
Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

Django eh eh
Django eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa a a

Django eh eh
Django eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa a a

This time for Africa
This time for Africa

We're all Africa
We're all Africa

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The German Tanker

Germany steam rolled Australia for the first most pulasting match in the FIFA 2010 World Cup.
Now that is what I called World Cup.

Later will be Portugal's time to shine.

Vamos Portugal!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

My View on World Cup Till Today

Not many goals scored. Not as exciting and thrilling as expected. Argentina and England were a let down, France was terrible. Let's hope Brazil, Portugal, Spain and Netherlands strut their stuff...



Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The FIFA World Cup 2010 - South Africa

Official logo of The FIFA World Cup 2010

It's down to single digits in the countdown! 9 DAYS to the biggest event on Earth. Men go GAGA for one month. Women for once sit beside men to watch 22 men tussling for a ball. You can call it stupid, but we call it, THE BEAUTIFUL GAME...

Zakumi, the mascot

Jabulani, the official match ball

Wavin' Flag (Celebration Mix) by K'naan is the official theme song for this event. Click here to get the lyrics!

This time football's biggest stage is held at South Africa - a first in an Africa continent. 32 teams ( 4 from Asia, 3 North America, 6 from Africa, 5 from South America, 1 from Oceanic, and 13 from Europe) from all over the world battled through the qualifying stage before they can get into this big event.

Which team are you be supporting? Or do YOU know which team has qualified??? Here they are in their respective group stage. To progress to the knockout stage, each country must have a TOP TWO position in their respective groups after playing their opponents in their respective groups.

Group A- South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France
Group B- Argentina, Nigeria, South Korea, Greece
Group C- England, United States, Algeria, Slovenia
Group D- Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana
Group E- Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon
Group F- Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand, Slovakia
Group G- Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast, Portugal
Group H- Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile

* Remember, top two position to progress to next round, which is the round of 16...


It was called the Jules Rimet Trophy before changing to the current trophy. The trophy was given to Brazil for winning it the 3rd time but it was stolen and melted... =(

The Jules Rimet Trophy

The current trophy of men's most coveted prize


There are some players, who have etched their name in World Cup history. As heroes of their nation, and as a legend in football history... Introducing...


Luiz Ronaldo from Brazil. 15 goals in 3 world cup tournaments...

Most World Cups Won

Brazil, 5 times

Defending Champions

Italy, champions in the 2006 World Cup Germany

Best Goal Scored

Diego Maradona 1986 Argentina vs England