With the start of Euro 2012, soccer fans around the world are breathing a collective sigh of relief. Having been starved of top quality, international football for far too long, the BIG Men at the Top are finally at work in Poland and the Ukraine. As usual, they are giving us the greenest of pitches and the sharpest of televised images of those sweat-exploding, ultra-slow motion headers and overhead, HD shots. The only problem is that, mixed with these feelings of satisfaction, South Africans cannot deny that sadly nostalgic, post 2010 feeling- not so long ago, it was all happening right here. In fact, it was exactly two years ago today. It is hard to believe that just 730 days ago our country was the most exciting place to be on
So, what are the implications of the results of the final draw of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ held on December 4th in Cape Town?
For a non Soccer Fundi such as myself, I leave this question to be answered by the pundits themselves. According to sport24.co.za "South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said the host nation was not afraid of any of the teams they drew in Group A of the 2010 World Cup. "We are going to play the ball on the ground," Parreira said after the draw in Cape Town on Friday. "We are going to prepare ourselves, we are not afraid. Mexico are a good side, France have got players in the Champions League and they are a good side." Hosts South Africa, who will play Mexico in the opening match of the tournament, were also drawn against two-time champions Uruguay. Parreira, who guided his native Brazil to
On Thursday, 11 June 2009, the 2010 FIFA World Cup will be exactly one year away. 17 on Loader Guest House is going to join Cape Town Tourism in celebrating this milestone. Cape Town Tourism plans a fun day of activities, including a symbolic football kick-off on Table Mountain at noon. The activities include a City Sightseeing bus which will take a party of soccer celebrities, fans and guests through the city. For a map on on this, see www.capetown.travel The bus is scheduled to travel around the City between 10h30 and 11h30 en route to Table Mountain for the noon kick-off. All of us "Slaapstadters" have been urged to actually get out of our beds (I know this is a tough one!) have a huge cup of coffee (Origin coffee