2010 FIFA World Cup: Week Two In Quotes

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2010 FIFA World Cup: Week Two In Quotes
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England is out.

France is out.

Italy is out.

The vuvuzelas? Out as well.

As this tournament starts to heat up both on and off the pitch, here are a selection of quotes that caught my eye and summarize the events of the second week in the biggest tournament in the world.

 

"I'm not happy. We always play to win. We even tried to attack in the last five minutes. Portugal didn't attack. They just wanted to defend."

Brazil coach Dunga was clearly unhappy at the lack of ambition shown by group opponents Portugal during the teams' 0-0 bore draw.

 

''I expected to be really jubilant, but I'm not as jubilant as I thought I would be because I don't think we are finished here. I believe we can go further in this competition.''   

Japan midfield star Keisuke Honda backs his team to go a long way in South Africa after they secured a spot in the Round of 16.

 

"It's a surprise for me, you would think that with the World Cup in Africa that more of the teams should have gone through.''   

Ivory Coast manager Sven Goran-Eriksson was at a loss to explain why only one of six African teams managed to qualify from their groups.

 

"I think he's there. I believe he has broken the mould and is ready, let's end the comparisons. Leo is ready to go on to a pitch and leave it [World Cup] with the crown.''   

World Cup legend and the manager of Albiceleste Diego Maradona is confident that superstar winger Leo Mess can emulate his 1986 success.

 

"In terms of cost, just look at tennis. They have firms—such as Rolex—sponsoring their system. I have no doubt football teams will be able to do the same."   

Paul Hawkins, developer of the Hawk-Eye sports camera detection system, pleaded for the introduction of goal-technology after a poor decision by officials denied England a second goal during their 4-2 last-16 defeat to rivals Germany.

 

"I will be available to everybody to analyse frankly the reasons behind the fiasco of the French team in South Africa." 

President of the French Football Federation Jean-Pierre Escalettes resigned in the wake of the football team's shameful participation in the tournament.

 

"A lot of people thought we shouldn't be here and that we had amateurs who were not up to it. But I think that's dead and buried now."   

Kiwi coach Ricki Herbert was beaming with pride at the memories he will take away from leading minnows New Zealand to a dignified and unbeaten exit.

 

''We were champions of the world and now we are the laughing stock of the world."  

Italian national newspaper La Reppublica's blunt headline following the Azzurri's embarrassing exit at the hands of Slovakia.

 

"They could have really been the team that ended our World Cup dreams, but five, six, seven minutes into the  game we sort of realised that 'Hey, they're not really up to it and we can beat them today'." 

German striker Miroslav Klose expressed his opinions about England's woeful performance in the game between the two powers.

 

"For our part, we are aware of our responsibilities as those wearing the colours of our country. Also for those we have towards our fans and countless children who keep Les Bleus as role models. We forget none of our duties. We will do everything individually and also in a collective spirit to ensure that France regains its honour with a positive performance on Tuesday."   

The French squad seemed to have an unusual understanding of the concepts of honour and duty after they kicked their toys out of the pram following the FFF's decision to withdraw bad boy Nicolas Anelka from the tournament.

 

And that is that. The World Cup continues on in its third week as the quarterfinals match-ups are beginning to take shape.

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