Stories about Sport from July, 2010
This Beach Called Life thinks that female football fans may be on to something.
Ato identifies 7 reasons why Ghana soccer team is out of the World Cup: Players were thinking about lunch with Mandela, President Mills was not in the stadium, Other African countries brought ill-luck…”
Ghana soccer team helped South Africa lay its ghosts to rest: “For a short while we:remembered that we are Africans; welcomed our brothers from Africa in the spirit of Ubuntu;celebrated when Ghana played like champions and despaired when those penalties failed.”
Should South Africans keep flying the flag after the World Cup?:”Apparently buoyed by the ‘gees’ shown during Soccer World Cup 2010, there is an initiative to keep the flag flying after the event finishes next Sunday.”
Recently the New York Times posted the question on “Why does China lag far behind in soccer when it competes so aggressively in many Olympic sports?” and invited a number of experts to answer. Actually similar questions have been raised by Chinese netizens in various QA forums since the beginning...
Considered by many the main culprit for the elimination of the Brazilian team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup due to his bad behaviour in the football field, player Felipe Melo became the victim of a series of jokes in the twittersphere [pt].
Brunei was listed in an MSN article as one of the World Cup-free countries. The Daily Brunei Resources writes that it is a wrong description of Brunei.
Myanmar has caught up the 2010 World Cup fever. Electricity became stable in the capital, fans get to watch the games for free on state-owned TV channels, bars and tea shops are open during midnight, sports journals have been given the license to print and sell copies daily, and many residents are happy that two dancers in Shakira's Waka Waka music video are from Myanmar.
Yngvild on the end of Ghana's World Cup dreams: “Football has never hurt before. Unless it was a ball kicked in my face or something. Yesterday's Ghana-Uruguay match was torture.”
Sarpong reacts to Ghana team's elimination from the World Cup: “I will make this as short as possible. Ghana is sad. Africa is sad. Football lovers are sad!…But we leave with one bold message: WE WILL BE BACK TO PUSH HISTORY ONCE AGAIN”
Bajan Global Report and Havana Times have World Cup Football fever.
In a post titled Gayism is sinful[pt], Mozambican rapper Azagaia takes a stand on homosexuality: he defends “equal rights and opportunities for all Men. (…) No matter which sexual orientation”. Though the subject is rarely discussed in the southern Africa region, there is a debate tonight about “Sexual Orientation and...
Ghana, Africa's only hope in 2010 FIFA World Cup, faces Uruguay today. African bloggers hope that the Black Stars of Ghana will not let Africa down.
Many bloggers in Brazil have criticized the seasonal wave of patriotism taking place during the World Cup. For some, patriotism is the face of fascist ideologies, while for others the Brazilian team is such a disappointment that they prefer to support the Argentinean national team.
Marcelo Bielsa has become much more than a football coach in Chile; he is often admired for his statements, and the media frequently deem his opinions headline worthy. But recently, his actions are speaking louder than his words as his treatment of President Sebastian Piñera has created controversy and mixed opinions. On July 1, "Bielsa" became a trending topic on Twitter where Chileans expressed their feelings about the most recent encounter between the president and the coach.
When a Bhutanese parliamentarian was struck by an arrow recently, an intense debate ensued on the need to regulate archery, the national sport of Bhutan. Dorji Wangchuk opines that “archery is not just a sport, it is a great socializing exercise.”
Kite Surf Sri Lanka blog writes about Kite Jam 2010, Sri Lanka's first kite surfing event, which took place recently.
Glenna links to great African photos on the Internet: “The first set of beautiful photos I’d like to point out are by Jessica Hilltout of football in Africa.”
Will Prochaska argues that the choice of the Jabulani ball for for 2020 FIFA World Cup was a missed opportunity: “Sadly, however, a great chance was missed when the decision was made to use the Jabulani ball rather than a ball made in Africa.”
Sokari writes about a racist World Cup Ad by German car rental SIXT: “The above advert was sent to me by a friend from Germany which she explains as follows: It is playing various eurocentric, afro-pessimism clichés in relation to the coming Ghana/Germany soccer play.”
James writes about world cup game between Ghana and Uruguay: “The beers and biltong have been bought and the friends all confirmed. All is set for a great day of Football tomorrow! Ghana, Ghana, Ghana – our last hope for an African victory.”