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World Cup 2010 Awards

Monday, July 12, 2010
With the 2010 World Cup over, here are my awards...

Best Game
The third-place play off between Uruguay and Germany was exciting from start to finish with fast, attacking football. Germany ran out 3-2 winners.

Best Goal
Diego Forlan's volley against Germany was a fantastic goal but I'm going to give it to Giovanni Van Bronckhorst for his 35 yard shot against Uruguay that hit the post on its way to the top corner.

Biggest Villain
Has to go to Marc Van Bommel. How he didn't get sent off in this World Cup we will never know. Against Brazil, Uruguay and Spain, all he seemed to do was throw his legs at players trying to hurt them.

Biggest Disgrace (team)
England and holders Italy were quite shameful, but with just one point to their name, I'm giving it to France. With quite an easy group on paper, the 2006 finalists went out in disgrace.

Most Dramatic Moment
After 120 minutes of nothing happening, the Uruguay-Ghana game burst to life with a goalmouth scramble seeing Suarez block a goal with his arm. He was sent off but Gyan missed the penalty with the last kick of extra time. Uruguay went on to win on penalties.

Best Save
With the score at 0-0, Robben was put through with only Casillas to beat. But Casillas' outstretched leg tipped the ball around the post. It may not have been the best in terms of reflex but it was certainly the most important.

Biggest Shock (result)
England drawing to Algeria, France losing to South Africa and Slovakia beating Italy were all shocking but Switzerland's 1-0 over Spain in their opening fixtures surprised everyone.

Biggest Flop
There were so many let downs but I'm not going to mention Kaka or Messi as I wouldn't exactly say they were awful- just below par. Ribery, Ronaldo and Torres were all very poor but I'm going to give it to Rooney who had a disastrous World Cup.

Best Young Player
Mesut Ozil was impressive, but with 5 goals and 3 assists from midfield earning him the Golden Boot, I'm giving this one to Thomas Muller. At just 20, he really shined this Summer, with a brace against England being his highlight.

Best Player
Sneijder and Villa were good to watch throughout but Forlan gets my vote. With 5 goals and most of them crackers, he inspired Uruguay to the semi-finals against all the odds.

These are just my views, what do you think?


  1. Cathal Breathnach said...

    Agree with the majority of that!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:18 PM  

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