We’re now approaching the end of the first third of the round-robin in this geek-blog World Cup 2010 coverage. Long way to go yet.
I didn’t get up at 4AM to watch New Zealand-Slovakia, although I am the husband of a New Zealander and the father of two more. Oh well. And I might divert a bit of attention from work for an interesting game but I decided that Brazil-DPRK wouldn’t be one of those; I gather I was wrong. I have a certain sick fascination with North Korea to the extent of feeling physical pain in my gut when I read about what its poor people have to live through. And watching them play a football match, or otherwise pretend to be normal in the context of a normal human activity, well it just seems wrong.
Ivory Coast 0 Portugal 0 · OK, I’m a fan now, of the team from the country that would prefer to be known as Côte d'Ivoire. They pretty well made mincemeat of the Portuguese midfield; if Drogba had been able to play 90 minutes I can’t see them not having won.
There’s all this noise about Ronaldo’s hotness; but today Gervinho was the more impressive attacker. No, he’s not an import, his real name is Gervais Yao Kouassi and Gervinho’s a nickname he got from a Brazilian coach. If Drogba can get back on form that just might be the best one-two attacking punch in the tournament.
As for the Portuguese, feaugh. I have an attitude problem caused by their despicable clutching and diving and whining in the 2006 tournament, and I will say they didn’t seem quite as loathsome this time around. I literally crowed with glee when the no-bullshit referee gave Ronaldo and his dance partner yellow cards right at the start of the game; I think the ref may have done his colleagues in the rest of the tournament a big favor there.
It’s a pity — that big early shot of Ronaldo’s was like a force of nature unleashed. The guy’s got so much talent and so little class.
Tomorrow · The interesting game, since Group H is a complete yawner which will deliver Spain and some cannon fodder to the round of 16, is South Africa-Uruguay of course, since Group A is so wide-open. Pity it’s in the middle of the work-day.