2010 FIFA World Cup Review: People Who Became Hated After the World Cup

Snide CommentsCorrespondent IJuly 12, 2010

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 11: John Heitinga of the Netherlands appeals to Referee Howard Webb following a tackle on David Villa of Spain during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The World Cup ended on July 11, with Spain winning their first ever tournament. They played their brand of football amid controversy and poor officiating, but isn't that what had dominated the competition?

Spain will be glad, their goal scorer Andres Iniesta will be worshipped as a legend.

Congratulations to Spain on their first win.

Back to the controversies. There were many disallowed goals, wrong calls and unpunished fouls. Some players dived, tackled roughly, and ruined the beautiful game. Cheers to those referees and players, as they make the list of the "Most Hated Figures Of the World Cup".



Ronaldo didn't do much to boost his "pretty boy" status for Portugal, and fans of Portugal will be livid as he didn't look as bothered, like he usually is with Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Ronaldo managed one goal, getting booked for diving, and a disappearing act against Spain.


Luis Suarez

It all started with a dive against South Africa to win a penalty that was converted by Forlan.

The Uruguay was having a great tournament, until Uruguay met Ghana in the quarterfinals. Ghana won a free kick late in extra time. John Mensah connected with the ball, he headed it towards an open goal, and Luis Suarez "saved" the day.

Asamoah Gyan missed the penalty after Suarez was sent off.

On a very reasonable note, many players could have done the same, but he would not be forgiven more for mishandling Africa's semifinal chances.

Although, Gyan should also be blamed for buckling under pressure.



Raymond Domenech/The French Squad

The man who made a fool of himself at the tournament failed to bring stars like Karim Benzema, Samir Nasri, and Phillipe Mexes to the tournament.

He also picked controversial lineups in his games, with Anelka playing alone up front with Sidney Govou at right wing. After the game against Mexico, Anelka was sent home for abusing the Domenech verbally.

Then next came a team refusing to train before they were humiliated by South Africa.


Kader Keita

He came on against Brazil in the 68th minute, and then simulated an elbow injury from Kaka to get him sent off.

Kaka's red card might have not meant much after the game because Brazil qualified, but why dive when we are trying to rid the game of divers?


Koman Coulibaly

The United States fought back from a two-goal deficit against Slovenia, and equalized.

Maurice Edu connected with a Landon Donovan cross, only for the goal to be disallowed by the Malian referee. He was sent home later and didn't appear in any more matches.


Jorge Larrionda

England were losing to a very great attacking Germany side. Frank Lampard shot at goal and scored. The ball never touched the net, but it crossed the line and the referees missed it.

England would go on to lose the game 4-1, and have blamed the referee for losing.

Rewind 44 years earlier when England hosted and won the World Cup, and a goal that never was.


Total Football By the Dutch?

Holland won all their games, including beating Brazil and Uruguay.

Then came Spain in the final. They then resulted in the dirtiest tactics ever in World Cup finals history. De Jong was lucky to be on after kicking Xabi Alonso square in the chest. Van Bommel forgot that tackles have to be timed, and just tackled recklessly. Arjen Robben kept going down very easily, and it became hard to tell when he was even really tackled.


Howard Webb

The worst refereeing performance of all time in a World Cup Final was sadly done by Howard Webb. He issued out a record 14 yellow cards and one red, the most in a Final.

More so, he missed a ghastly challenge by De Jong as aforementioned. It wasn't all dirty from Holland, as Iniesta dived to get John Heitinga sent off. He then missed a corner of a free-kick.

Dutch prodigy Elia was manhandled by the defenders and Webb turned deaf ears and eyes. 

Arjen Robben was clean through goal and then dragged back by Carles Puyol, and Webb did nothing.

It looked like a game that should have had those many cards, but they were handed out to the wrong people. I feel bad for the English Premier League now.


There you have it, the most hated figures from the 2010 FIFA World Cup.