2010 FIFA World Cup: Top 10 B/R Articles of the World Cup Thus Far
With the second round of group games well on the way, and the second week of fabulous football behind us, I thought it was time to look at the best of the best from Bleacher Reports articles with a B/R, 2010 FIFA World Cup: Top 10 B/R Articles of the World Cup.
No. 10: Germany To Win The World Cup: Thanks Adidas
One of my personal favorites. A tongue-in-cheek (with an edge) look at the Jubulani ball, after Germany's clinical demolition of Australia in the first round of the Group "D" tie.
No. 9: A Clear Case of Injustice in USA-Slovenia Result
B/R's man on the ground in South Africa, Neal Collins, looked at the injustice of one of the decisions that prevented one of this tournaments great comebacks.
No. 8: America's Ire on Disallowed Goal a Good Thing for Football
Ishaya Yarison was courting controversy with his take on the USA Vs. Slovenia game, and its awful refereeing decisions. His points are well taken as he discusses the larger implications of the biggest talking point of the World Cup so far.
No. 7: England vs. USA, Can History Repeat Itself?
In the run up to the historic meeting between the US and England in this year's World Cup finals, Brian Rhodes's great article told the Cinderella story of the Yanks finest footballing hour, from Brazil in 1950.
No. 6: 2010 FIFA World Cup: Argentina's Starting Lineup
Argentina fans hit the reading jackpot with his short, sweet, and superb review of the Argentina squad, and who Diego Maradonna should insert into his starting lineup for La Albiceleste.
No. 5: Vuvuzelas: Local Color or the Curse of the Cup?
Paul Austin raised a huge amount of debate with this discussion on the curse of World Cup South Africa, the "Vuvuzela." His online poll showed that almost 80 percent of fans hate South Africa's cacophonous horn.
No. 4: FIFA Rankings Mean Nothing at the World Cup
With much made of the FIFA's ranking system before the tournament even started, this article looked at the chances of FIFA's No. 1 nation winning the World Cup. History doesn't look like it will help Brazil.
No. 3: Top 10 Worst World Cup Refereeing Decisions
Colm Larkin's wonderful look at the worst moments in World Cup officiating puts Malian referee Koman Coulibaly's huge mistake into perspective.
No. 2: World Cup 2010 Preview: Power Rankings
B/R rookie Stewart Flaherty did a fantastic job picking the form teams and how they should do this World Cup before a ball was even kicked. Unfortunately, form is fleeting and sometimes class doesn't shine through, as Spain and England seriously slide down in the rankings.
No. 1: England vs USA: Goalie Gaff Gives Yanks Tie
This superb slide show was the point of much debate, as it highlighted the main points of a great night for US soccer as they took a well deserved point from the Three Lions of England at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.