Tag: Ghana

World Cup 2010: Ghana 0-1 Germany

If England supporters had reason to be concerned that their run of not having been knocked out at the opening stages of the World Cup finals since 1958 mind come to an end, then the question of what might be running through the minds of German supporters this evening probably also merits our consideration. Germany last failed to get through the opening round of the World Cup finals in 1938 and, unlike England, they have qualified for every tournament since then. Yet the precariousness of their position has gone curiously unmentioned in the British press. If Germany fail to beat Ghana this evening and Serbia beat Australia, Germany, who had everyone singing their praises after the opening match hiding that they dished out to Australia, will be out in the first round of the World Cup finals. Ghana, meanwhile, remain as enigmatic as anyone else in this most peculiar of World Cups. A late penalty saw them beat Serbia in their opening match, but their 1-1 draw with Australia surely felt more like two points dropped than one point gained after they played sixty-five minutes against ten men when Harry Kewell was sent off for the penalty that brought them back into the match. They are top of the group going into the final match without having scored a goal from open play, and perhaps is their youthfulness –...

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World Cup 2010: Ghana 1-1 Australia

This game sees us pass the halfway point of the group stages. By the end of Friday, we’ll have lost half of the teams, and we’ll know the shape of the knockout stages. Once we reach the knockout stages, most of the contrasting games (whether in ability, age or experience) will be over, and the main contrasts we’re likely to get between opponents are playing style and location. Ghana and Australia are as big a contrast as you can get. Australia are an aging team, with a wealth of experience. The nucleus of the squad is from the team that reached the last 16 in Germany, with six of them being aged 30 or over. Their youngest player on duty today is 25 year old Carl Valeri, with just three squad members being younger. Ghana on the other hand are a young team. Only Hans Sarpei (33), Richard Kingson (31) and John Paintsil (who turned 29 last Tuesday) are older than Valeri. Lee Addy, starting at centre half today, was born the day before the 1990 World Cup Final, and is five days older than his central defensive partner Jonathan Mensah. They replace John Mensah and Isaac Vorsah, the centre halves from the Serbia game, who are both carrying injuries, but John Mensah is named as a substitute. Unlike the commentators of the last generation, any description of Addy...

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World Cup 2010: Serbia 0-1 Ghana

Why are all the matches in the tournament that I have to cover for Twhohundredpercent on ITV? It’s not that the BBC coverage appears to be any better – indeed, it appears that yesterday’s Match of the Day highlights package neglected to show any footage from South Korea’s win over Greece, which is fairly appalling – but I am a snob. Actually, it’s frankly preposterous the amount of pre-game build-up and half-time punditry that I’m watching in this tournament, considering the cataclysmic effect it has on my sanity, ITV or otherwise.

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World Cup Preview: Group D

The 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off in five weeks today, close enough to feel the disappointment. Today we continue our preview of this summer’s tournament with a look at the prospects for the teams in Group D: Germany, Australia, Serbia and Ghana. No doubt drawing numerous questionable conclusions along the way will be your regular guide, the increasingly excitable Dotmund.

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The World Cup Of National Anthems (Part Two)

For many people, major sports tournaments are the only occasion that national anthems are heard. These peculiar tunes have become a genre of their own, transcending the mere hymns that many of them were in first place, and they range from the gloriously uplifting to mournful dirges. The selection of words has, in many countries, brought about national debate that has been all-encompassing. In the case of Spain, it was decided that it would probably be for the best just to not bother having any for the sake of national unity.

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