FIFA World Cup 2010: Round One In Quotes
So far, the 2010 FIFA World Cup has been one of shocks, controversy, and dour football.
Just today, Switzerland has defied all odds to overcome tournament favorites Spain.
Yesterday evening, minnows Korea DPR scored a fine late goal against Brazil and earned many plaudits for the excellent display they put on in a 2-1 defeat to mighty Brazil.
USA, Paraguay, and New Zealand have all also recorded unlikely results in their opening matches against seemingly far superior opposition.
So, there has been much to talk about - even if there have not been as many stunning goals, controversial refereeing, or outrageous player behavior on the field.
Below, I have rounded up a series of quotes which might encapsulate the events of the first round of this year's tournament:
''Pele should go back to the museum...Platini is French and he thinks of himself as being more than the rest of the world. I've never paid him any attention, and I won't do it now'' (feisty Argentina coach Diego Maradona responds to criticism levelled at him by two other World Cup legends)
''It is outrageous that the two women have a jail term hanging over their heads for wearing orange dresses in a football stadium'' (Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen defends two female Dutch supports as they prepare to appear in court for contravening the Merchandise Marks Act after they wore dresses illegally promoting a brand of Dutch lager).
''It is almost a beautiful 0-0. But the result is what it is. They were good, solid in defence'' (evidently unpopular France coach Raymond Domenech was watching a different game from France's dour 0-0 opening draw against Uruguay)
''You saw with Italy that they struggled on crosses and diagonal balls and hopefully we can get into the game through that'' (tournament outsider New Zealand's dramatic 1-1 draw against Slovakia has striker Rory Fallon dreaming of upsetting World Champions)
''It's the worst feeling ever. It goes straight to your head. So you have to battle with that, and at the same time deal with players like Messi. It's not easy'' (unsurprisingly, Nigeria and Fulham midfielder is struggling to make the transition from playing at Craven Cottage to facing Leo Messi 1,700 metres above sea level in Johannesburg)
''Everything I do in football is for Edwin. He is watching over me'' (Jerry Palacios, one of three Palacios brothers to have been called up to the Honduras squad, is dedicating his World Cup to brother Edwin, who was tragically kidnapped and murdered last year)
''I chose the position for him and I take responsibility for that'' (Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen accepts that playing deadly striker and team leader Samuel Eto'o on the right wing was a decision which has hampered the team's chances of progression after a 1-0 defeat to Japan)
''I feel it's an excessive prize for them considering the football they displayed'' (Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque is not impressed by Switzerland's playing style. Opposite number Ottmar Hitzfeld will not be bothered after his team recorded a huge shock win over the tournament favourites)
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