We are approaching the conclusion of the 2010 FIFA World Cup as we now know which teams will engage for the final battle for the title.
Before I begin, I have to admit that I am not a hardcore soccer fan. But I have to say that I have followed each and every World Cup with growing interest since 1990.
Each edition of the World Cup that I watched brought something special to remember and this year will be no different. Except that this time it will not be for the good aspects of the whole event.
If I could resume this 2010 World Cup in five words, those words would be: deception, awful refereeing, and noise pollution.
I use the word "deception" because of the large number of teams that miserably underachieved. For example, France and Italy are two recent past champions that did not manage to do anything on the field. France was not only bad during the competition, they made headlines because of internal disputes that boiled outside the locker room. The players even refused to be part of a public training.
The second part of my resume, "awful refereeing," is an obvious choice for me. A couple of results during the pool round and a couple of round of 16 matches were directly influenced by the work of referees. The round of 16 match between England and Germany itself could be named "the pinnacle of awful refereeing" resulting in a blown second half.
After the Germans took a 2-0 lead, England struck twice before the end of the first half. But the ball on the second goal came out of the goal before the referees could see it. From that point on, the match was tainted.
I chose "noise pollution" for my third part of my resume because of the noise produced by the horns used by the fans gathered in the crowd. The "vuvuzela," when used without interruption, creates an annoying vibrating buzz that a pack of flies would produce.
Now that my resume is over, I will try to pick a winner between the four remaining teams in the competition.
Semifinal No. 1: Uruguay-Netherlands
While Uruguay needed the penalty kicks to evict Ghana in their quarterfinal match, the Netherlands defeated the powerful Brazil in regular time, an impressive result for the oranje.
I will favor the Netherlands for this semifinal.
Semifinal No. 2: Germany-Spain
The German scoring machine has not seen any sign of slowing down. The loss of Michael Ballack has not been a factor yet as the German team managed to produce goals in quantity. Spain's defense will give a strong opposition but will it be enough to win?
I favor Germany to win this second semifinal.
Be there Tuesday and Thursday to see who fill be the finalists of this 2010 World Cup.