The 2009/2010 FA Cup final between Michael Ballack's Chelsea and Kevin Prince Boateng's Portsmouth was an eventful one, and one that will definitely have an effect on Group D at the 2010 World Cup. Didier Drogba got the applauds for helping the Blues clinch their first ever double.
But what grabbed the headlines in Germany especially was Kevin Prince Boateng's horrible tackle on Michael Ballack's ankle. Today, we look at how the tattooed pro-Ghanaian player may have sold Porstmouth's FA Cup luck to Ghana ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament.
(Note: this article is purely based on suppositions. No idea inside has been confirmed by reports.)
Kevin Prince Boateng's injury to Michael Ballack
Ghana and Germany have both been drawn in Group D at the 2010 World Cup. Following Ghana's recent success at the continental level and at the U-20 level, soccer analysts have tipped the country to survive the group stages in South Africa. On paper, the Black Star's strongest opponents in the table are Germany.
While Ghanaians feel that the team might take points away from Australia and Serbia, they view Germany's potential as a great obstacle to Ghana's chances of reaching the Round of 16. However, Black Stars fans have started to put their faith in Kevin Prince Boateng's presence in the squad.
The aggressive midfielder , who was born to a Ghanaian father and a German mother but opted to switch nationalities, is expected to create wonders against his brother's Germany through his inspirational love for Ghana.
Now his reckless challenge on Michael Ballack, which will keep the latter out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, may have been a plot against Joachim Lowe's men at the benefit of the Black Stars. Without Michael Ballack, everyone knows how fragile Germany's hopes of winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa have become.
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Kevin Prince Boateng's Belief In His African And Jokers Tattoos
The 6 ft 1⁄2 in tall man, whose body is covered with thirteen tattoos once spoke about some of his tattoos on his biceps, saying:
"Here you see Africa and Ghana from my father. I have the name of my wife and my home town, Berlin. I have two jokers, one is smiling and the other crying. It means laugh now, cry later."
Supposing Kevin Prince Boateng's tackle on Michael Ballack was a premeditated one, then this "laugh now, cry later" belief will make sense. Ironically, it all happened in a space of 90 minutes.
Kevin Prince Boateng achieved delight by hitting Michael Ballack for two purposes.
Purpose Number 1: to take revenge on his long time foe. A statement recently made by Kevin's father explained an interesting old story:
“It upsets me a lot, but you have to look at the whole story. [In 2006] Kevin had just scored his first goal for Hertha [Berlin]. Then, they played against Bayern Munich. He had an argument with Ballack. Ballack told him: ‘You’ve scored one goal, now you think you are the best!’
“Kevin has never forgotten that. Unfortunately, Kevin is not very diplomatic.”
Purpose Number 2: to ease his country's chances at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Kevin certainly should have received his marching orders after his dreadful tackle on Michael Ballack. Instead, he only saw yellow. If Portsmouth had gone 10 man down after only 35 minutes, the team might have perhaps experienced a heavy whipping of goals.
With Ballack out and the dynamic Boateng still in, Portsmouth had a great opportunity of causing an upset. THE moment came in the 56th minute of the game when Pompey were awarded a penalty following a challenge in the box by Brazil's Belleti on Ivory Coast's Dindane. Ghana's Kevin Prince stepped up to convert the spot kick and awfully kicked the ball for Chelsea's Petr Cech to produce an easy save. Kevin Prince Boateng had actually just blown his side's luck away.
From there, it looked like Portsmouth were never going to have a better chance than that to claim the FA Cup trophy at the expense of Chelsea. At the other end of the pitch, Didier Drogba scored a breathtaking long range free-kick to inflict the blues on Portsmouth and to seal Chelsea's FA Cup triumph.
In conclusion, Kevin Prince Boateng brought luck to Ghana and sorrow to Portsmouth during 90 minutes of FA Cup final football. But was that part of a misterious conspiracy or not?