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South of the border

It has been a hectic couple of days at the World Cup but I wouldn’t have it any other way. We checked out defeats of South Africa and Korea but they were two very different games. Amazing atmosphere in Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria for the host nations second game. Sadly they couldn’t replicate the form of the opening game. Listening to the South Africans sing their anthem was hairs up on the back of the neck stuff. Diego Forlan got a cracker and then he silenced the vuvuzelas with a penalty kick. I’m a proud owner of an official World Cup 2010 vuvuzelas now, green in colour of course!

Yesterday was just a classic World Cup day. Started with a light jog through the cbd or downtown to get to train to take us to Soweto. Taxi stuck in traffic so we had to hustle a few blocks. Train packed to go out to soccer city. Incredible stadium with capacity of 95,000. Lots of Koreans but there must have been 15,000 Argentinians. Flags hung off every available space in the five tier stadium one of the very best stadiums I’ve been in. We got the Shamrock Rovers flag up on second tier along with the “Team 33 on Tour” flag as seen in the New York Times. Indeed the lads I’m with were quite popular for photos with their leprechaun hats and Ireland jerseys with 33 on the back! My Shamrock Rovers jersey was being worn proudly. Great game with Messi running the show, Higuen slotting away a hat trick and the living legend that is Maradona prowling the sidelines. We are back to Soccer City on Sunday for Brazil v Ivory Coast.

Everybody staying in our pension in Melville is here for World Cup. Great crack with the Aussies (who have 15,000 fans at the cup), Americans (who have nearly as many) and some Brazilian. We all went out to a bar/cafe to watch the French game. The second Mexico goal sparked a mini stage invasion for an impromptu celebration for the French defeat, petty I know but very cathartic. Judging by every Irish persons facebook status updates last night we weren’t the only ones to enjoy that result!

Worldcup Macdara

  1. June 18, 2010 at 16:10

    Nice one Macdara, keep the posts coming!

  2. Scouse
    June 18, 2010 at 17:52

    love the articles, keep up the good work, I really wish I was there!

  1. January 2, 2011 at 17:21

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