1. Blood, Sweat, and Tears: The Dutch Celebrate Their Second-Place Finish

    Thanks to one Simone Dutch who posted a Youtube link in the comment section of one of my articles . I got to see a video of a joyful welcome back home for the Dutch team by their fans...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 4 years ago 837 reads 3 comments

  2. Paul the Prophet: How World Cup Octopus Spoke and the World Listened

    Lest you think I'm a believer, I'm not. But, at least those who believe can point to seven of seven "predictions" by Paul the Octopus as proof of his authenticity. It may not be the last we hear from him...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 4 years ago 4,859 reads 32 comments

  3. FIFA World Cup 2010 Final: Habrá Lágrimas: But Whose?

    Exactly a month after the ball was kicked in Soccer City, Johannesburg, to begin a month-long soccer fiesta, and after 64 games, there will be tears...

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  4. Defying Paul and The Spaniards: How The Netherlands Will Beat Spain

    Now that Paul (der Tintenfisch , of course) has spoken, with the omen favoring Spain, the question is: If there is such a thing as fate, can it be defied? I will leave attending to ...

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  5. Also Sprach Paul Der Krake: Did an Octopus Undo Germany

    The life of Paul the Octopus may be in danger. His spell apparently undid Germany. Or did it? It might be more apt to say the German machine broke down, or at least didn't work quite as smoothly as would have been desired...

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  6. FIFA World Cup 2010: Dutch Are In the Final, But Questions Remain

    The Dutch are into the final of the World Cup, beating Uruguay 3-2 in the first semifinal. It wasn't a comprehensive victory by any means, not in the class of Germany's victory over Argentina in one of the quarterfinals...

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  7. Germany Over Argentina: A System trumps Flair

    It has been said that Brazil won the 1970 Word Cup without a system but just a bunch of players on the pitch expressing themselves. With such a gifted squad as Brazil had in 1970, it is little wonder that this approach worked...

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  8. FIFA World Cup 2010: Dunga Kills the Beautiful Game with Brazil

    It is true. The beautiful game dies, and Dunga, Mourinho, Rehhagel, Van Marwijk, Hitzfeld, Ancelotti, et al, conspire to cause its demise. The lot have killed the soul of football, the part that made it beautiful, the art, the poetry...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 4 years ago 1,273 reads 35 comments

  9. 2010 FIFA World Cup: What Africa Can Learn From Ghana's Loss

    It was a single straw that broke the Camel's back. Or so they thought. One strike to put Ghana through to the semifinals of the 2010 World Cup. One strike to set the whole of Africa berserk in fits of celebration...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 4 years ago 1,225 reads 1 comments

  10. 2010 FIFA World Cup: Is Nigeria's Decision a Smart or Fatal Move?

    When is it acceptable to throw away the baby with the bath water? Or is it never? What if the baby is a time bomb? Defuse it? What if there is no time to do so except fling it away ...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 4 years ago 730 reads 6 comments

  11. FIFA World Cup: 2010 Is the Year Africa Reaches the Semifinals

    Predictions are tricky. More times than not, the one doing the predicting ends up eating his or her words. But there are moments in time when a person senses something, an intuition, an inexplicable augury in the air, if you will...

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  12. FIFA World Cup 2010: Two Worst Goalkeeper Outfits in South Africa

    Sight, sounds, flair, and fashion are all part of the spectacle of the World Cup. National team jerseys are delightful memorabilia for fans. The brighter the colors, the better...

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  13. 2010 FIFA World Cup: Illegal Argentina Goal Sinks Mexico

    Everybody loves Brazil. Everyone adores Argentinean stars: Maradona, Kempes, Roa, Caniggia, Crespo, Batitusta, and now Messi. We are delighted to watch these teams and players...

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  14. FIFA World Cup 2010: Continent Behind Ghana, But They Need a Change of Attitude

    Every African, no matter where in the world, must be glad for Ghana's successful progress to the quarter final of the World cup. More so, because she is the only remaining flag-bearer for the continent...

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  15. USA vs. Ghana 2010 World Cup: Ghana Silences the USA, Wins 2:1

    Lost in the din of self-adulation were my modest observations concerning the Ghana-USA match and the general attitude of the USA team and its fans...

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  16. Are The USA Team and Fans Naive?

    I have had this nagging suspicion for quite a while that the sensibility of American soccer fans, and indeed of the their soccer team, may actually tend towards naivete in so far as it regards their status as a soccer nation...

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  17. FIFA World Cup 2010: How the USA Can Win Against Ghana

    We may quickly run through Sun Tzu's five essentials for a successful war or battle--Moral Law, Heaven, Earth, The Commander, and Method and Discipline-- and safely disregard the first four as already fulfilled platitudes by both the USA and Ghana...

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  18. Slovakia Defeats Italy: How Did They Do It?

    Slovakia sends Italy—the defending champions—packing. How did they do it? Were they that fantastic, or was it because Italy wasn't good enough on this occasion? The Slovakian team is not bad but it's far from fantastic...

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  19. 2010 FIFA World Cup: Torn Between Three, The Case Of Group C Final Matches

    It is not always that a soccer fan's allegiance is torn between three teams. Today was one such rare case. I have stated in my profile page that I root for the USA and England, besides ...

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  20. Nigeria vs. South Korea FIFA World Cup 2010: Match Review

    It was an agonizing thing to watch. As a Nigerian, even though the outcome of this match had not been in doubt for me, I still had a glimmer of hope that Nigeria might do enough in ...

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  21. Nigeria vs. South Korea 2010 FIFA World Cup Preview and Prediction

    If the two matches played in the World Cup so far are anything to go by, it will require more than optimism for Nigeria to get pass South Korea in their final Group B match today to berth a place in the second round of South Africa 2010...

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  22. No Outrage From Americans For Handball and Poor Officiating

    This is not intended as an indictment of Americans, but as a demonstration of my point, which is, that we are often or usually motivated by things that serve our self-interest. Of course, this is human nature, pure and simple...

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  23. Cycle of Blame Begins As Nigeria's Eagles Disappoint

    As much as Nigerian fans would like to scapegoat midfielder Sani Kaita (shown kneeling here in the picture) for his hotheaded but daft kick out at Greece's Vassilis Torosidis in their ...

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  24. FIFA World Cup 2010: England Not That Bad

    A Time article, "Is England The Most Boring Team in the World Cup?" captures the frustration of English fans around the world. They showed their displeasure yesterday after the England-Algeria match by booing the team...

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  25. 2010 FIFA World Cup: America's Ire on Disallowed Goal a Good Thing for Football

    I objected yesterday to the use of what I considered objectionable language on air by ESPN commentators. Ian Darke, the English commentator, had condemned Koman Coulibaly's yellow ...

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