FIFA World Cup 2010 Review

 By: Rita Jain
FIFA World Cup 2010 has completed first half of its group stage and has produced some shocking results in this brief period. 32 teams divided in eight groups have played 2 matches each and the layout of next stage is almost complete. This 11 day extravaganza has been a showcase of some astounding soccer skills, fierce attacking, robust defending and a 'never say die' spirit. Besides this, some magical moments and dominating performances also form the highlights of FIFA world cup 2010.

As expected, football world cup 2010 kicked off with an unmatched excitement when host South Africa took on Mexico. Anyone could hardly forget the goal of Siphiwe Tshabalala (South Africa) which was the first FIFA world cup 2010 goal. From their onwards, started a fierce battle of skills and talent which marked the advent of soccer's greatest event in history. Under rated teams performed exceptionally well , top contenders of the tournament seemed to be caught in a fix and some least expected teams turned the foils emerging as strongest contenders.

The earliest of all surprises came from Argentina, which under the coaching of legendary Maradona seems to have re-discovered its football world. After a very hard time during world cup qualifiers and a testing of 108 players in 20 months, Argentina came out of the blues and became the first team to enter pre quarter finals. Next came in three times world champion Germany, which blasted Australian defense by scoring 4 goals in their first game of FIFA world cup 2010 match schedule. Most talked about side - Brazil was no behind & in spite of an average performance, they managed a win in their first game. The real Brazilian cyclone started against Cote de Ivorie where the five times world champion side showed their metal with a 2-1 win.

However, there have been a few shocking performances by some expected winners of FIFA World cup 2010. Defending champions Italy are facing the heat to cross the group stage. England failed to register a single win in their two matches and are struggling to make it through in the next level. Portugal appeared shabby in their first game against Ivory Cost and ended up with a draw. Another stunner came from Euro champions Spain. Considered as the strongest contender in this tournament, Spain experienced a humiliating defeat by Switzerland in their first game. The biggest shock of FIFA world cup 2010 came from former champions France, who are on the verge of becoming the first team to be knocked off from FIFA world cup 2010.

Under rated teams like Switzerland, New Zealand, Chile, Paraguay, Ghana etc performed exclusively to grab this opportunity of to perform at world stage. Till date the teams which have qualified for the knockout stage are Brazil and Argentina. The teams like Spain, Portugal, Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, Germany, Ghana are just a win away from next stage. All in all, FIFA world cup 2010 promises to bring forth some more interesting moments as the tournament unfolds.
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