Live in South Africa: on the World Cup pitch

TAGs: 2010 world cup, England, portugal, South Africa is always where the action is and right now South Africa is by far the place to be. With the world soccer powers doing battle in the Motherland, we took it to the pitch in South Africa to join the World Cup party. Here’s an inside look at the action from our crew on the scene.

France vs. Uruguay

Cape Town and the beautiful newly built stadium, Green Point, welcomes fans from all over the world to their kick-off match featuring France vs. Uruguay. So naturally, we were on scene. Hours before kick-off the V&A Waterfront was packed with supporters. The match ended in the always impressive nil – nil draw but the excitement in the stands was epic and it was merely a prelude of what’s to come….

England vs. USA

We had to be there for this one… This was a highly anticipated match given the rivalry and history of the two teams. Not to mention the fact that the USA’s win over England in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil was the biggest upset in international soccer history. The atmosphere in the stadium was bananas. Every supporter arrived with flags and dressed in their countries colours and the women, oh women, no wonder they call it the beautiful game! The match ended in heartbreak for England supporters, especially when that USA goal was scored before half time to tie up the match. Pretty sure I could have stopped that one. Does that mean I should be dating a Spice Girl?

Portugal vs. Cote D’Ivoire

This was a match that I was really excited to attend but I wasn’t there to see Ronaldo’s abs. But with sensational players like Drogba and Ronaldo you knew this was going to be good .The Cote D’Ivoire supporters came out in full force. They had a full band and dancers in the stands that did not sit down or stop dancing the entire match. It even drowned out the sound of the vuvuzelas in the stadium (which I didn’t think could ever happen!) Cote D’Ivoire kept a very close eye on Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo’s upsetting missed goal before half time was a little disappointing since it would have sent the place into a frenzy, but the match was still intense and very exciting to watch. Drogba was not expected to play in the tournament, however he was brought in at the 70 minute mark in order to try and make things happen, much to the delight of the Cote D’Ivoire contingent. After all the dancing and singing you would have never guessed that the match ended in yet another scoreless draw.

My ears are still buzzing from the vuvuzelas, which has become the soundtrack to this South African party, on the bright side, my African two step shimmy is coming along quite nicely!


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