2010 FIFA World Cup – Week 1 Roundup

FIFA World Cup Week 1 Roundup

Its not exactly a week but all 32 teams participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup have finished playing one match apiece and though it is far too early to judge who’s on top and who’s fading out, let’s cast an eye over the bygone five days of World Cup action.

Draws, and goal-shyness as well, seem to be the forte for the opening round, what with 16 matches producing 6 draws (2 of them goalless), 6 1-0 victories and just the 2 matches with 3 or more goals. And only 25 goals scored at an average of 1.5 goals per game!

Owing to the rather odd work hours (I work in the GMT shift), I rarely got to see the early and mid-day kickoffs but have caught few of the late kick-offs and though there were a couple of dour draws in there, I’m inclined to believe things will pick up soon. Of the matches that I’ve seen, France Vs. Uruguay pips the Italy Vs. Paraguay one to being the most dour one, mostly coz it was a nil-all! England Vs. USA was a nervy affair but I was ROFLing when Robert Green made than horrendous miss to gift USA the draw. Brazil Vs. Korea DPR was a lively affair too, but undoubtedly the pick of the round was Germany’s 4-0 drubbing of hapless Australia.

  • Game of the First Week: Germany 4 – 0 Australia
  • Yawnfest of the First Week: France 0 – 0 Uruguay
  • Surprise of the First Week: Spain 0 – 1 Switzerland
  • Disappointment of the First Week: England’s draw against USA
  • Most Impressive Player of the First Week: Mesut Ozil (Germany)
  • Howler of the First Week: Robert Green (England) Vs. USA
  • Goal of the First Week: Maicon (Brazil) Vs. Korea DPR

P.S: Just as I was typing this, Diego Forlan scored an absolute peach of a goal against South Africa. It would take something special to beat that to become next post’s Goal of the Second Week

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