FIFA 2010 World Cup South Africa Preview Group A
Can you feel it ,see it, hear it today?
If you can’t, then it doesn’t matter anyway
You will never understand it ’cause it happens too fast
And it feels so good, it’s like walking on glass
It’s so cool, it’s so hip, it’s alright
It’s so groovy, it’s outta sight
You can touch it, smell it, taste it so sweet
But it makes no difference ’cause it knocks you off your feet
[Epic performed by Faith No More, original lyrics by Tina Turner]
Yes the FIFA 2010 World Cup is really happening in our backyard! See it on our wing mirrors, grab hold of it in the streets as shopping malls and streets come alive in the colour of the participating countries’ flags.
The world cup! Ba-Boom!
Support to the max and flags aplenty, aaahh hell yes! Check the ‘gees’ in Joburg. Notice the correct way our flag goes peeps, blue at the bottom.
No doubt the Bud campaign isn’t far off, which is slightly strange as it’s quite hard to come by in SA and no one here drinks it, except maybe the thousands of American fans. Interestingly, the highest number of international visitors to SA during the SWC. I thought it would be the British but it seems they have been discouraged by all of the snakes we have here (according to that quality read, The Daily Mail). My question to you, are snakes that bad?
For the next few days we will be providing you, our loyal readers with a preview on the match ups and as Tina Turner famously said “I believe in world cup games, just listen to the rhythm of the ball”
First up our group…
Group A: South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France
What will probably happen:
South Africa will upset Mexico in the opener and manage 2 draws in their other 2 games to progress to the knock out phase… no really. There has to be a reason that the host nation always makes it to the knock out phase, be it home support, divine intervention or perhaps vuvuzelas really do put off visiting teams (unlikely). Can you imagine if Bafana Bafana excel against all odds and progress.. I’ll set myself on fire.
I am going to be controversial from the outset and predict France not making it past the group phase. It has a little to do with karma and the spitting in the eye of the Irish leprechaun but also that they are just not the same team which made the 2006 World Cup Final, though ironically that wasn’t considered to be a great team either.
I’m going with South American flair over their Central American neighbours, Uruguay to make it shocks all round in group A and really get the party started in the right way. Uruguay to beat France on the opening day, draw with South Africa and beat Mexico. Mexico won’t leave empty-handed though, they’ll nick a point off France.
Wouldn’t it be great if…
In the cauldron of Soweto’s Soccer City the rampant South Africans rip the Mexicans to fajita shreds and roll them up in a vuvuzela shaped tortilla. Leaving the Mexicans to drink tequila and wish they were back home or better yet, in America. SA score 2 glorious goals. Zuma is at the game and beams with a massive grin, when asked for comment he has this to say “… two goals… at one point, you can’t believe…”
And bizarre (but karmic) if…
Down in Cape Town a freak ‘flash of electricity’ removes the hand of Thierry Henry as he closes in on goal. A very suspicious looking short man is seen leaving the stadium shortly after the incident swirling a pint of black and tan whistling Molly Malone…
Keep a look out for our previews of the other pools.