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Congratulations to the only undefeated team of the World Cup

posted 14 Jul 2010, 07:06 by All Whites

...yes that's right the All Whites/New Zealand were the only undefeated team of the 2010 World Cup.  With three draws just not quite enough to go through to the next stage it meant they were the only undefeated team, with the World Champions Spain having lost their first round game.

Go the undefeated All Whites!

There is going to be a ticker tape parade in Wellington, NZ for them next week.

Spain win the World Cup

posted 14 Jul 2010, 06:23 by All Whites

So Spain win the World Cup...  1 - 0 in extra time..

After the game there were lots of celebrations everywhere, including a number of Spaniards in London who went and celebrated in the fountains of Trafalgar Square.

Congratulations Spain!

The Final Group match

posted 14 Jul 2010, 06:09 by All Whites   [ updated 14 Jul 2010, 06:32 ]

Well we knew that New Zealand had to win (well pretty much) to be able to progress through to the next round.
They managed to do well on holding off Paraguay during the game, and had only a couple of good chances of getting a shot on goal..  which just wide.   So the game ended up in a 0 - 0 draw..  :(

I sure had a bit of adventure even trying to see the game.  Had gone to Glastonbury for the music festival, and they were only showing the England game on the big screen, even though there were no bands playing on the Thursday they weren't going to show any other games.   So had to leave the site to try and find a pub.  Just leaving the site took about half an hour (during which I was almost run over by Prince Charles landrover contingent).  Then walked up the hill to the nearest pub, dodgy tractors, buses and fences to then find that the closest pub that was open yesterday was now closed.  
After waiting a while to get a taxi which never came past, I asked a local and he said there was a local bus service that would go the opposite way and would go past a pub.  Time was ticking down.  So went and waited and then the bus turned up, though then some young kid ahead got on and tried to make up some sob story about how he had been at the festival, then went to a car, but then left the car and festival and needed to get the bus somewhere but he didn't have any money to pay for a ticket!  Lame.  So the bus driver wouldn't go anywhere without the kid getting off the bus.  Eventually some of the festival people who were trying to keep the road clear came along and they paid for the stupid kid.
Bus then drove past the festival and I got out and the next pub the other way, that was open, went into the pub and then found that it was a lovely big pub that did great English food and a lovely beer garden area, and they had absolutely no TVs!  Great.
So back out on the main road, managed to flag down a taxi and told the guy to take me to the nearest pub showing the game.  The driver was Italian and actually thought the Italy game was tomorrow, he checked with his office and they confirmed what I said that the game was on in about 10 minutes.   So he told his office he was going home after dropping me off in the town of Glastonbury.
I get into the town and they have at least three pubs and a bookie, go into all those places and they are all showing the damn Italy/Slovakia game!  Where's the NZ/Paraguay game?
I find one pub that has tv's outside in the beer garden, ask the people around if they mind the channel being changed, they say no, then ask the bar manager.  He said it's all one system and if he changes the channel on one it changes it for everyone else!  Argh!!
But he says he does have a projection room which he could open up for me, and he kindly does.  So it's me in this big long room with a projection screen sitting there by myself watching the game.


Kept popping out to hear about the Italy game as that was a pretty exciting/intense game..

Such a pity that the All Whites couldn't have gotten a goal though.   As if we had won that game it meant that NZ would have been top of the table!  How would that be from starting the World Cup as 2000-1 outsiders to win the cup!

Italy 1 - New Zealand 1

posted 21 Jun 2010, 04:28 by All Whites

Well what can I say!  I almost feel like we were robbed of the win, which is pretty crazy when you think that the result was probably one of the greatest results in NZ sporting history, and it sure was the best result ever that New Zealand football have ever done!

I think the NZ Herald have summed it up quite well,
"Take a look at the points table. Look again. Sitting in second, equal with Italy, are New Zealand.

Little, old New Zealand with just 25 professional footballers - Italy has 3541. A country which had played just four World Cup matches before this morning drew with one which has won four World Cup titles. Crazy."

We even lead the match after 6 minutes, what a start!   Italy were only able to get through and equal with us from a oscar performance by one of the Italian players than ended up getting a penalty called for.

If only it had stayed this way.....

NZ Herald story here

Some comparisions

posted 20 Jun 2010, 06:16 by All Whites

The Italian (injured) goalkeeper is paid around 10 million a year, this is more than the combined total salary of the ENTIRE NZ team..

The NZ coach has two jobs, well he coaches two different teams.  

The NZ coach is the lowest paid coach in the entire tournament, he's paid around 50,000 a year which is about the same as most of the English players earn in two days.

New Zealand 75
Italy 5

That's not a prediction, that's current world rankings..

Still go Kiwi!

Italy 4 - All Whites 3

posted 19 Jun 2010, 03:22 by All Whites   [ updated 19 Jun 2010, 03:24 ]

Ok it was last year.. but Italy had to come back three times to before they were able to beat New Zealand

An Italian goes down..

posted 17 Jun 2010, 10:03 by All Whites   [ updated 19 Jun 2010, 03:25 ]

Ricki Herbert on NZ hopes against Italy and Paraguauy

posted 16 Jun 2010, 04:31 by All Whites   [ updated 16 Jun 2010, 04:41 ]

New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert on their hopes against Italy and Paraguauy  

"We're in the group, we've got a chance, we're on the same points after round one. Who would have ever thought that? I can say we have got two big hurdles to go and if they are too big, then they're too big but they will certainly know that they have been in a football match."

Also a comment story from the BBC about Kiwi's in London enjoying the match

Why the Kiwis have a chance against Italy

posted 15 Jun 2010, 16:23 by All Whites

  • Italy has been knocked out of the World Cup by North Korea (in 1966)
  • Italy has been knocked out of the World Cup by South Korea
  • The No 1 World's Best Goalie Buffon may not be playing (does Italy even have another goalie?)
  • The Kiwi Coach's yearly salary is about the same as the Italian teams hair gel budget (or two days of John Terry's pay)
  • We've got nothing to lose, we drew with Slovakia and that's the best ever result for NZ Football..
  • While if Italy were to draw with us let alone lose then I know a few Italians that might throw themselves off a building, or want to beat up their team
  • There's always one team that outperforms all the predictions every World Cup, we can beat this years Senagal!
  • Last time we played Italy only a few months ago they had to come from behind three times and the score finished 4-3 to Italy

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