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Daniel….. SOCCER WORLD CUP OPENER: South Africa – Mexico 1:1

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South Africa's Siphiwe Tshabalala scores the first goal of the 2010 World Cup to give the hosts a 1-0 lead, but South Africa gives up a late goal and ends with 1-1 draw.

[ South Africa’s Siphiwe Tshabalala scores the first goal of the 2010 World Cup to give the hosts a 1-0 lead, but South Africa gives up a late goal and ends with 1-1 draw. ]

This late Morning (US Time) the 18th FIFA Soccer World Cup started.

In the opening Match Host South Africa drawed Mexico to a 1:1.

Two different halfs:

In the first half Mexico was clearly better while in the second half the Host were better. South Africa was a little bit unlucky at the end by hitting the Post in the last Minute.

Second Match of this Group is starting in a few Minutes: France – Uruguay.

Daniel G.

Mexico's Rafael Marquez fires home the equalizer in the 79th minute.

[ Mexico’s Rafael Marquez fires home the equalizer in the 79th minute. ]

JOHANNESBURG – A new day – a new era for that matter – dawned on South Africa and the entire African continent Friday.

The first World Cup in Africa kicked off amid pageantry, a celebration of its culture and a South African tie at Soccer City Stadium in Soweto.

Rafael Marquez‘s goal in the 79th minute spoiled the South African party a bit as the hosts left the stadium with a 1-1 draw in the opening match of the World Cup.

Midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala‘s spectacular goal in the 55th minute lifted the hosts to a one-goal lead in front of 84,490 enthusiastic and noisy fans.

Midfielder Katlego Mphela, who created the South African goal, almost became a national hero, as his left-footed shot bounded off the left post and out of bounds in the 89th minute.

The opening ceremonies celebrated the culture of Africa and the host country with music and dances that evoked the culture and history of the continent.

But even while South Africa was celebrating itself, the world and the beautiful game, tragedy marred the event.

Former president Nelson Mandela, the driving force of the country’s end to its apartheid policies, was unable to attend the ceremonies. He was mourning the death of his great grand-daughter, Zenani Mandela, 13, who was killed in a car accident while returning home from a pre-World Cup concert on Thursday night.

“The FIFA World Cup is in South Africa,” Blatter told the crowd and a worldwide TV audience that believed to be more than one billion. “Thank you.

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  1. Daniel?.. SOCCER WORLD CUP OPENER: South Africa ? Mexico 1:1…

    I found your entry interesting do I’ve added a Trackback to it on my weblog :)…

    Trackback by World Wide News Flash | June 11, 2010 | Reply

  2. Since I don’t have cable, I once again curse the Digital Switchover Rip-off.

    I live in Providence, RI, and I could see many, more games on WUNI (Univisión), Channel 27, Worcester-Boston, Mass., as I have for World Cups going back to 1994, if reception were as good as used to be on analogue.

    But now I need a far more powerful antenna or an external one to catch Channel 27 over the Digital Cliff.

    All I’ll see on ABC are some weekend afternoon games, and since I root for England, I’ll miss a lot of early England games (after tomorrow’s Group A opener against the USA on ABC, 2:30 p.m. EDT) until of course she plays the Cup Final.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 11, 2010 | Reply

  3. The GOAL from Tshabalala was really a first class strike. Not many Players can do this from the Position he had.

    Comment by Daniel G. | June 11, 2010 | Reply

  4. Update:

    The Second Match between Uruguay and France also ended in a Draw, 0-0. Certainly not what the French had hoped for.

    Comment by Daniel G. | June 11, 2010 | Reply

  5. DSD

    I thought you had stated on P1 you didnt live in the USA

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 11, 2010 | Reply

    • I make it a general practice to ignore you, TPL, but I’ve lived in the USA since December 1960 (that’s the Eisenhower administration). I actually remember the JFK inaugural, the March on Washington (because I was there), the 1964 election and the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989.

      I’ve seen John Tower, Norman Thomas, Michael Harrington, David McReynolds, J.K. Galbraith, Gus Hall, Bayard Rustin, Martin Luther King, LBJ, George McGovern, Eugene McCarthy, RFK, Ted Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Pete Wilson, Jerry Brown, Mario Savio, Clark Kerr, Jerry Rubin, Pete Camejo, Ron Dellums, Buddy Cianci, Claiborne Pell, Theodore Francis Green, Lincoln Chafee, the Clintons and Barack Obama, as well as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Peter, Paul & Mary, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants.

      I’ve lived in two states (California and Rhode Island) and have visited or passed through about half of them (including a train trip from Providence to Oakland via Washington, New Orleans, Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso and Los Angeles, and a road trip between New York and Berkeley that went along most of I-80).

      However, I was born in London, as were my parents, and haven’t yet changed my citizenship (although I’ve sworn several times to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States).

      Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  6. Huh?

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 11, 2010 | Reply

  7. Where are the Poll numbers for the world cup???

    Comment by BenjaminDOG | June 11, 2010 | Reply

    • Say what?

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 11, 2010 | Reply

  8. Hello BDog…How are ya?

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 11, 2010 | Reply

  9. What’s behind Anyone But England?

    By Jon Kelly
    BBC News Magazine

    As the World Cup kicks off, many football fans from the UK’s celtic nations say they will support ABE – Anyone But England. Why does this inflame so much passion on both sides?

    When Fabio Capello’s men run out to begin their World Cup campaign in Rustenburg, their shirts gleaming in the South African evening sun, an unknown number of their fellow British citizens will be cheering. For the USA.

    On June 18, the same group will support Algeria. Five days later, it will be Slovenia whom they get behind.
    And if Rooney, Lampard, Terry and company make it past the group stages, these UK passport holders have a handy phrase to remind them with whom their loyalties will lie: Anyone But England.

    Few subjects on football message boards generate more ire, head-shaking and mutual antipathy between the constituent nations of the union than that of ABE.

    To plenty of England supporters, the phenomenon is an unseemly grudge-fuelled display of bitterness by those with an inferior international record.

    Meanwhile, to a certain breed of Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish fans, it is either a natural expression of friendly rivalry with one’s near-neighbours or a necessary corrective to the perceived arrogance of an English-dominated media, which appears not to be able to discuss a soccer tournament without copious references to Bobby Moore and 1966.

    As the historian Eric Hobsbawm observed, a nation of millions “seems more real as a team of 11 named people”. Consequently, football has become emblematic of ongoing trends such as devolution; Scottish, Welsh and Irish nationalism; and English resentment over the West Lothian question…..

    ….continued, at length, with a great many comments, at:


    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  10. DSD…Thanks for the clarification to TPL…..

    You are an American….I really don’t care what anyone else says…

    50 years is enough…..

    I just posted to someone else on the same subject….

    Mexican and other immigrants that can document being here for more than 5 or 10 years should have an quick and easy was to become official American’s…..

    Lord knows they have paid enough shoe leather, taxes and social security to qualify …..

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 12, 2010 | Reply

    • Excuse me, I’m still English.

      That didn’t stop me cheering for the US team in the Women’s World Cup.

      Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  11. In name only!…..

    There are people in New York that cheer for the LA Dodgers, Boston Celtics and the Dallas Cowboys…..

    So what!

    He, he, he………

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  12. Well I’m glad the USA didn’t just fold up after that early England goal; in the beginning the US certainly looked rather ragged.

    But with 1-1 at half-time, who knows what’ll happen?

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  13. I did see that exhibition game (I think it was called the US Cup or something) at Foxboro Stadium in 1993 or 1993 when the (pre-MLS) Yanks shocked everyone by winning 2-1. The English coach was booed as he came in, and while it didn’t make much noise in the U.S. in those pre-Mia Hamm days, the next day’s British tabloids read “ENGLAND’S SHAME!”

    My sentiments were mixed going in; of course I was pro-England, but I wanted “real” football to do better in this country than it had in the past.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  14. USA….USA….USA!

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  15. Now everyone’s hoping that Algeria and Slovenia also tie, so neither of them gets a commanding 3-point start, with the USA and England each having only 1.

    If, say, Slovenia beats Algeria (3 pts) and ties either the USA or England, then with 4 points, Slovenia could bump one of them out of the second round.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  16. The beginning of the second half seemed to be played almost wholly outside the US goal, but then the Americans pushed back into the English half of the field.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 12, 2010 | Reply

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