Still surprised?

Yet another day of world class soccer and yet another upset.

Netherlands' fans were pleased with the 2-1 victory over Brazil.

Brazil fell 2-1 against the underdog, Netherlands. Fans and journalists alike didn’t give them a chance, but goals two goals in the second half was enough for the Dutch to send Brazil home.

Although many had Brazil penciled in for the finals, the World Cup is a place where anything can happen. No one should be surprised by the upset but feel free to cry if you put your money on Robinho and company.


This is 2010 after all…

Referees have made an impact in this World Cup.

3D TV’s, iPads, and hybrid cars. The year is 2010 and everything seems to be moving in the right direction when it comes to technology. Even sports have let the times change them.

Football allows referees to review replays in tough situations. As does baseball, basketball and even hockey. The only sport that seems to be staying behind is the world’s most popular sport; soccer.

Disallowed goals and other missed calls have cast a cloud over the World Cup yet again but the futbol world doesnt seem like it’ll be making a change soon.

England and Mexico are the latest teams to fall victim to the human eye.

The Three Lions had an equalizing goal taken away from them after previously being down 2 goals. The ball crossed the line and bounced back into play but neither referee saw what really happened so the game continued at 2-1 in Germany’s favor.

Mexico gave up the first goal of the game against Argentina but a missed offsides call made it possible. Carlos Tevez was well behind the nearest Mexican defender but the linesman missed the call and the Argentinians capatalized.

Although I agree that there should be some sort of replay in soccer, these games were not lost because of the calls. Both teams lost by two or more goals and the calls wouldn’t have changed the outcome drastically enough to save either teams World Cup dreams.

Replays in soccer should be held to potential offsides calls and goal line coverage. Fouls have always and should always be left to the referee. (Sorry USA)

Realistically speaking, the futbol world may only take in a replay system that will prevent a goal from being missed again or awarding a goal when it shouldn’t be given.

With that said, nothing is going to change in this year’s cup so everyone needs to stop worrying about missed calls and enjoy the world class competition.

Not surprised…

The world is having a hard time dealing with the recent losses of some of futbol’s biggest names.

Both Mexico and the United States failed to advance to the next round after disappointing outings against Argentina and Ghana. England had a tougher challenge in facing Germany while Italy didn’t even make it out of their group. But was anyone truly surprised by these team’s losses?

While Mexico is known worldwide for it’s soccer skills, they have never won a World Cup in its history.

The Americans went into this World Cup with high hopes as well. Their win-or-go-home attitude had them see early success but fail in the round of 16.

Both England and Italy had a great showing four years ago. England played their way into the quarterfinals while Italy won it all. 2010 proved to be a different story as both seemed old and tired this time around.

Now that these teams are out of contention, the spotlight is swinging back to the other powerhouses that should have had the attention from the beginning.

Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Portugal and Germany all look to do what many quietly expected them to do; win.

Only time will tell if they too will disappoint or if they’ll be celebrating come July 11.

Get over it already…

Many days have passed since the United States was “robbed” of a victory in their last match against Slovenia.

Although it has been days since the referee potentially ruined one of the greatest comebacks in World Cup history for the Americans, the U.S. can’t seem to forget about it.

Players and fans alike were upset that the winning goal was waved off because of a fouled called before hand.

The fact of the matter is that it is the American’s fault for putting themselves in that scenario to begin with. Sub par play in the first half put them in a 2-0 hole that they proved was too much to overcome.

If the U.S. had played better defense, the difference between a victory and a draw wouldn’t have been left to the whistle of the referee to begin with.

Don’t blame the whistle for your shortcomings. The only ones to blame are the people in the American mirrors.

Landon Donovan and Tim Howard need focus on the task at hand, not the past.

What the World Cup is all about…

The World Cup has officially kicked off with a 1-1 tie between host South Africa and Mexico.

This one game gave viewers yet another glimpse at exactly what the World Cup is all about. The hosts were given little chance to keep up with the Mexicans and showed that any team can compete at any time.

South Africa came out a little shakey giving up three solid chances that could have spoiled the opener for them but they slowly gained composure heading into halftime.

The second half gave all the little teams hope when a counter attack put South Africa up 1-0.

Mexico caught some breaks as the hosts continued to push the tempo but missed multiple opportunities and eventually gave up the equalizer.

No one gave South Africa a chance and they proved that no game is predictable in the futbol world.

Now fans can go on enjoying the festivities of the World Cup knowing that sometimes even the favorites need some luck on their side.

An arm and a leg…

Injuries are normal in sports but this year’s World Cup will still go on without two of the bigger stars on the field.

The Ivory Coast’s scoring sensation Didier Drogba suffered a broken arm in Friday’s 2-0 win over Japan. Just like that, the team’s hopes of escaping Group G come June 15 look to be spoiled.

England’s World Cup was shaken up when team captain Rio Ferdinand injured ligaments in his knee during Friday’s practice.

Although injuries to big names have potentially changed the outcome of this year’s festivities, the ratings don’t look to be slowed one bit. Unlike in other sports, fans across the world will still tune in to enjoy world class competition even if the primetime stars are on the sidelines.

Ivory Coast may miss the leadership of Drogba, but players like Salomon Kalou and Yaya Toure are more than qualified to lead this team that already had high expectations entering South Africa.

This is precisely the beauty of the teamwork in soccer. No single man can ruin a team’s chances to do big things on the field. The team may stuggle, but, in the end, it is the active players that will decide their squad’s fate.

How the ball bounces…

The official match ball of the 2010 World Cup

It’s only every four years that the futbol world gets to enjoy some world class competition on the big stage of the World Cup.

Players, coaches and fans begin to get antsy as opening day nears, but some already have things to complain about.

This year the players have yet again complained about the official match ball, the Jabulani.

Goalkeepers are complaining that the ball swerves unexpectedly due to its newly textured surface that is supposed to help with aerodynamics.

Spain’s keeper Iker Casillas called the Jabulani a “beach ball” while Brazil’s Julio Cesar called it a “supermarket” ball.

Strikers have even taken a disliking to the ball and many wonder how, and why, the ball was chosen as the official ball. Both keepers and strikers seem to be at a disadvantage with Adidas’ new ball.

A study done by Adidas showed that the high altitude in Johannesburg will also make the ball travel 5 percent faster than the original shot’s speed.

Although most seem to not like the ball, they will have to deal with it come June 11.