It’s time to forget about the over-rated and much hyped Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Kaka and co. This World Cup has brought us a new generation of heroes – players who can actually cut it on the biggest stage.
Lets take a look at 10 World Cup stars who have shone in South Africa that the Premier League would love to see week in week out.
Although the Ajax skipper’s reputation has been tarnished by his ‘Hand of God’ antics against Ghana, there’s no doubt his actions on the pitch have impressed.The striker, 23, bagged 49 goals in 48 games for his club last season and has featured in all five of Uruguay’s matches, netting a further three times.
A year ago Honda, 24, was turning out for Dutch minnows VVV Venlo but following his four games – and two goals – for Japan, he is now rated as one of the best midfielders in the world. Ohh please maybe in Japan
In Slovakia’s first-ever World Cup finals, Vittek produced a huge shock by becoming the tournament’s top scorer for a time and scoring the goals which knocked out holders Italy in the process. Though unwanted at his current club Lille and is unlikely to return to Ankaragucu in Turkey where he has been on loan. Such a player in limbo who could be a real bargain.
Don’t let Gyan’s penalty miss distract from what has been a wonderful tournament for the Stade Rennes forward. Bagged 13 goals in the French top flight before heading to South Africa – and becoming a hero in his native Ghana. Had this punk scored the spot kick against Uruguay it would have sent Ghana into the semi-finals for the first time.
As it stands, none of our African teams have a guaranteed slot in the next round. In fact, most of them have a guaranteed flight home. The others are praying to go through on technicality, not performance.
All this during the World Cup we have so been waiting for. Much as it is sad and frustrating, it is also quite curious. It makes one wonder when an African man shall raise that trophy as though he were about to thrust it into the sky in elation. Worse than when, my worry is now whether or not this will ever be a reality.
Theoretically, yes. It’s just a matter of time. Statistically speaking anyway. But sometimes one has to wonder; if not now, then when? Continue reading →
In case you missed it, Portugal just butchered North Korea with a massive 7 to nothing final score. A victory like this is not without consequence and the team here at DR took some time(not a whole lot) to analyze and compile information(i.e. brainstorm) and bring you the 7 things this outcome means. With no further ado… Continue reading →
What could’ve been one of the best games in the World Cup thus far turned into a sloppy display of wasted talent, false sportsmanship and bad officiating.
At the beginning of the match, I was supporting Les Elephants but by the end of it, I couldn’t decide who I hated more between them and the referee. I’ve made no secret of my disgust with them or the game. But it’s really hard to tell when exactly it all began to go wrong.
I think it all started with Brazil scoring. To be perfectly fair, it was no secret that Brazil was going to hit the back of the net, the question was really “How many times?” Anyhow, as soon as the first goal went in, everybody began going crazy. The vuvuzelas got louder and the antics hit hyperdrive. And that’s where the sh** and the fan collided. Continue reading →