football fever is still going – it’s the netherlands vs brazil in just 15 minutes time, and ghana vs urugay tonight. as you may have guessed i’m rooting for holland (my extended family are kaaskoppe hehe) and ghana (viva afrika). i’m also supporting germany because of even more familial connections; they’ll be playing argentina in cape town on saturday, what a game that’s going to be! i would be a bit disappointed if it ended up being just south american teams in the world cup… but i’m still going to enjoy this tournament to the very end no matter what the outcome.
wow, what a game. our chances were slim… but we came out victorious in more ways than one. firstly, we scored the opening goal of the world cup. secondly, we scored 3 goals overall – that’s 2 more than the french. thirdly, we BEAT the french. they are ranked 9th, we are ranked 83rd. so, as us south africans would say, wela kapela! feeling like this:
the mood across SA is a bit sad this morning (if you don’t follow the world cup…) and even though its technically not over for bafana yet, some people’s optimism has wained considerably since that awesome opening game against mexico. but my spirit isn’t broken, because i haven’t seen the country united like this since the 1995 rugby world cup.
if you don’t live in south africa or you’re not a football (aka soccer) fan, you probably don’t know or don’t care that the football world cup is in 22 days (you’d be one of a small percentage, if that’s the case). ever since we were nominated as hosts in 2004 world cup 2010 has been coming out of our ears – and by now you’re either on the edge of your seat with excitement or you just want it to be over (or both). i personally haven’t paid too much attention, and never thought i would ever do a football 2010 post – until i saw these posters.
latest pics of the new 2010 stadiums from the official 2010 twitter feed – nice!