South Africa: the World Cup in letters

final2


It’s over. Well done South Africa. Congratulations Spain. And here, using the letters of the host nation, is the first of our looks back on the 2010 tournament …

S

– Spain, worthy winners on the night, and just about overall, in a generally unimpressive event


O

– Make it the figure 0 and you have the number of goals scored by Wayne Rooney, Emile Heskey, Peter Crouch and (with a perfect excuse and alibi) Darren Bent.

U

Uruguay: good to see a smaller South American footballing nation outperform Brazil and Argentina, even if the semi-final place, won by Luis Suarez’s last-second handball and Ghana’s failure to convert the penalty, left a nasty taste in the mouth

T

Television coverage – at least where I am, enhanced by the intelligent voices of people like Emmanuel Petit and Arsène Wenge, even if the pantomime exasperation at Meester Webb’s failure to send off the entire Dutch team eventually grew wearing

H

Holland: blackest of marks for an unpleasantly physical approach to the final. Whatever happened to Total Football?

***** ***** ***** *****

A

another dismal World Cup showing by England, firmly putting us in our places

F

France, for the millionaire brats’ tantrums that made total lack of achievement under Raymond Domenech all the more shaming. But also for Diego Forlan of Uruguay, for many the player of the tournament

R

Ronaldo, Rooney and all the others, whatever initials they have, who flopped so comprehensively

I

Italy‘s place among the great also-rans, Iniesta’s winning goal in the final

C

Cristian Riveros, whose effective displays for Paraguay, along with those of his teammate Paulo da Silva and Ghana’s John Mensah, made it a good World Cup for Sunderland. Cheating, too, but we’ve been that way often enough already

A

A big pat on the back for South Africa for organising, against far too many expectations, a largely trouble-free tournament where the biggest sources of pain were probably French footballers and a billion vuvuzelas

Colin Randall

Tags: , , , , ,

Salut! Sunderland is written, illustrated and edited by - and principally for - supporters of Sunderland AFC. The site aims to be sufficiently literate and entertaining to appeal to people who do not follow SAFC but enjoy good football writing.

2 Responses to “South Africa: the World Cup in letters” Subscribe

  1. Bill Taylor July 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    At risk of sounding mean-spirited, which is not my intent, I wonder about the biggest sources of pain now the World Cup is over. As always, the underclasses will be left to pick up the pieces. Or, rather, to languish among the pieces because I don’t suppose anyone will be picking them up.
    In particular, Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit will be a daily reminder to the people of what they have gained — a massively expensive white elephant that is now of little use to anyone — and lost: for one thing, their only school.
    A pat on the back, absolutely, for South Africa. But at the same time, and equally absolutely, a kick up the backside.

  2. Jeremy July 12, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

    I don’t think there’s anything mean spirited airing those concerns. It will be interesting to see what use, if any these stadia are put to. It’s difficult to swallow, both literally and metaphorically to observe these monements to FIFA largesse and funded by the likes of Coca-Cola and Budweiser when the people across the street have no electricity or even a toilet.

    Getting back to the original article. I was fully expecting the “O” to stand for “Oh dear FabiO”

Leave a Reply

The bookies say Sunderland, Barnsley, Charlton, Portsmouth, Luton and Scunthorpe. What about you?

McCormick's Craic(featured image) full size 640 x 138

And so we have it: the fixtures are out. You’ll be getting your fill of dates, and conjecture from all […]

Alim Ozturk gets the traditional Salut! Sunderland welcome

Just a few of Jake's generic Salut! Sunderland images ...

No time for much else, but Salut! Sunderland could not let the signing of Alim Ozturk – our first acquisition […]

Charlton at home to start. Seaside promotion party at Southend to finish?

Just a few of Jake's generic Salut! Sunderland images ...

Monsieur Salut introduces the full fixtures list for next season, starting with Charlton at home, remembers an ambitious pre-match request […]

World Cup Diaries: (4) Moscow en fête as Russians celebrate another big win

Andy Falconer: 'I love Sunderland really'

Our Boro-suppporting World Cup diarist – Monsieur Salut’s nephew, Andy Falconer – changes city. After revealing in the beauty of […]

The Paddy McNair question and the ins and outs of squad rebuilding at Sunderland

One that was made earlier. Nic, left, with Claire, from outside the Fulwell

This tweet, from a Twitter contact (we follow each other), caught the attention. Well Mr Paddy McNair I do not […]

World Cup Diaries: (3) our Middlesbrough-supporting chronicler enjoys his first game

Andy Falconer: 'I love Sunderland really'

This is the third instalment of the World Cup musings of Monsieur Salut’s Boro-supporting nephew, Andy Falconer, who saves hard-earned […]