The World Cup’s Unexpected Winners

Honesty goes a long way in sports, and lately there’s not been enough of it. So, starting now, it’s time to be honest about a few things in the football world. First and foremost, it’s okay to admit that the Americans have no business competing in the later rounds of the World Cup, and probably won’t make it there.

Any team calling football “soccer” has already lost out in world standings, so it’s a fair assessment to say that the US’s team is one of the lesser in contention. However, despite what you may or may not feel toward the American footballers, it’s good to be honest about the fashion in which they were robbed of their 3-2 match win.

After the US broke even with a draw vs. a talented England team, the Americans then went on to face Slovenia. Even gamblers had trouble with this one. Neither team is spectacular. But after Slovenia went up 2-0, any betting man would insist they were a shoo-in to dash the US round-two dreams early.

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German World Cup star eyes Premier League move

One of this year’s World Cup stars could soon be lighting up the Premier League if he gets his way according to most world cup 2010 live betting experts.

Mesut Ozil, a 21-year-old midfielder, has emerged as one of Germany’s best players, taking advantage of Michael Ballack’s absence to stamp his authority on the tournament.

Speaking to the Sun, Ozil explained that although he is currently focused on the World Cup, once it is over he wants to move somewhere he can win trophies, and the Premier League is high on his list of potential destinations.
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The Gerrard Conundrum

It is arguable that of the ‘golden generation’ of players who were meant to finally bring some glory back to English football, it is Steven Gerrard who has most consistently underperformed for his country.

You only have to look at his performances for Liverpool at the highest level to know what he is capable of. At Anfield he leads by examples, scores brilliant goals and can grab a game by the scruff of the neck, single-handedly changing it’s outcome.

We’ve never seen that same player for England. Those who specialize in World Cup Tips believe that this is partly because of Gerrard being continually played out of position, though nobody really knows what that position is.

When Gerrrad first broke into the Liverpool and England teams, it was as a defensive midfielder. You’d have to be very brave to play him in the ‘Makalele role’ now.

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Capello has to stay but must adapt

I still find it amazing how the British media can change their opinion of someone so dramatically. After being built up as “Don” Fabio and the man to lead England to glory before embarking on England’s World Cup adventure, boss Fabio Capello has now been roundly criticised in the press and told he has to resign following the Three Lions’ dismal exit from South Africa.

I am the first to admit that England’s World Cup campaign which yielded just one win, began with Rob Green’s gaffe and ended with a hammering by Germany, was hugely disappointing and has rightly been seen as a failure by all concerned. After all the 2010 World Cup odds made England third favorites before kickoff.

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Shattered England – divided by money and oversized egos

Forget the scripted apologies issued by Wayne Rooney and John Terry this week. They were merely the FA’s attempts at fire fighting the wreckage of England’s World Cup campaign.

No, the most eye opening revelation was Rooney’s impromptu outburst, spoken directly to the fans, at the final whistle in Cape Town on Friday.

There was Rooney without the backing of his media team, or the FA press officer, or his manager. It was his own views and I imagine one shared by the rest of the “senior” (i.e. the most arrogant and therefore the most overpaid) players.

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Why the early favourites won’t finish first

The World Cup 2010 is now truly up and running, but many of the more-fancied teams have still to get going.

Brazil, England, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain all struggled in their opening fixtures. Of those teams, only Brazil won and historically, no team has ever lifted the World Cup after failing to win their first match.

This tournament could be the exception to the rule though. The most impressive teams so far have been Germany and Argentina, yet there are question marks over both sides.

The Germans started in a typically strong fashion, but their performance has to be put in context. Their 4-0 win over Australia, came against a team who started the match without any recognized strikers and who had Tim Cahill sent off when only 2-0 down.

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Indiscipline costs Nigeria

Nigeria’s World Cup campaign lies in tatters after they were beaten 2-1 by Greece on Thursday. Round 16 betting odds 2010 world cup wise have slashed their chances of progressing.

The Africans were leading 1-0 after Kalu Uche’s free-kick deceived everyone and went in and everything looked to be going according to plan until a moment of madness from Sani Kaita on the half-hour mark.

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Can England handle the World Cup pressure?

There was a predictable press overreaction following England’s draw with USA last weekend, coupled with a familiar grim acceptance from beleaguered Three Lions fans.

But following the match, which saw Rob Green’s howler gift the US an equaliser just before half time and England toil after the break, there has also been the suggestion that the England players are struggling to handle the pressure of playing on the biggest stage. Anyone who has placed a World Cup bet on England should probably start to worry.

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Koren’s strike increase’s England’s World Cup worries

Robert Koren’s late strike for Slovenia will have gone down like a vuvuzela at a funeral with Algerian fans, but it should worry England fans as well.

It’s doubtful the strike is the greatest goal the former West Brom man will ever score – his 20-yard shot went through keeper Faouzi Chaouchi with embarrassing ease.

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Scholes reveals snub reasoning

Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has revealed that he would have considered ending his international retirement to play at the 2010 World Cup had he been asked to join the England squad sooner.

Scholes quit England duty some six seasons ago, after Euro 2004, but coach Fabio Capello offered him the chance of a place in his provisional 30-man squad for the forthcoming tournament just days before it was announced.

The veteran schemer had an excellent season for his club, and his experience was deemed to have been necessary in a squad which lacks it when it comes to the reserve roles, which in the end went to Scott Parker and Tom Huddlestone, neither of whom made the cut for the final 23.

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