Thursday, May 27, 2010

Breaking News

So in the latest breaking news, it's Michael Essien's Knee that's broke and causing the breaking dreams of Ghanan fans around the globe. Most of whom are located in Ghana.

The Chelsea star has officially just been ruled out of the world cup and can join his club team mate Michael Ballack watching from the sideline when Germany takes on Ghana in Group D. Australia and Serbia will however, be counting their lucky stars that they themselves have no players playing for Chelsea as a rumour quickly spreads around Group D of the ancient Chelsea world cup curse. Next to go, Frank Lampard? Only time can tell... or a soothsayer, but you need to pay extra for them.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Northern Torpedoes

While North Korea is better known for playing battleships (albeit in reality with South Korean navy vessels) than for playing soccer, it is set to launch its own attack on the World Cup. However, rather than firing torpedoes, it will be launching 11 highly organised, goose-stepping, soldiers otherwise known as the Korea DPR national football team upon Portugal, Cote d'Ivoire, and Brazil.

I think most readers will agree (that's 0 at this stage, but there's no one to disagree either) that North Korea is rather unlikely to beat Brazil. However, given the current run of form of their opponents, they could quite well sneak themselves a place to the second round.

Portugal has eyes only for Cote d'Ivoire, having arranged 3 practice matches all against African teams and none against any Asian team prior to the world cup. An obvious signal of what match they are preparing themselves for. Add to this their poor performance against Cape Verde ranked 117th in the world and you start to question their ability to progress through to the next round. It was miserly 0-0 draw.

Cote d'Ivoire has also failed to impress of late, exiting early from the African Cup of Nations to Algeria in the Quarterfinals this year and then replacing their coach with the failed swede Sven-Goran Eriksson. The appointment is a shock so close to the world cup giving the swede so little time to do what he is renowned for. Losing with all star teams. Maybe it is all part of their secrete plan. Pick a coach who's proven track record it is to make the unfailiable fail, and then not give him enough time to accomplish his task.

All of this seems to be working in the North Koreans favour. And with the Koreans firing warning shots off in the form of two nifty goals against Greece in yesterday's 2-2 draw they look a good chance to pull off what could be the shock of the world cup and and progress to the round of 16. That is provided they don't pull off the shock of the world cup by blowing up any more South Korean boats and get themselves banned from the world cup altogether.

A World Cup without Chipmunks

While the question on most peoples lips may be who will win the world cup, one of the questions on my lips is "Why no chipmunks?". Thats right. Ronaldinho the worlds largest chipmonk has been left out of Brazils squad for the forthcoming world cup.

Arguably one of the best football players in the world along with the one of the most annoying, the Brazilan coach Dunga has chosen that the second quality far out weighs the first. While dental sponsors rush to endorse pretty blonde super stars like Alisa Camplin and Torah Bright, none are jumping on the Ronaldinho band wagon. Is this the possible reason for exclusion? Surely the world cup warrents the best players in the world. Regardless of race, religion, personality, or even species.

I for one am sad to see the likes of Ronaldinho missing out. Regardless of the fact he may have an ego bigger than his footballing talents. The world cup will miss him, his flair, and his teeth and not be quite the same without it.