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Friday, December 31, 2010

Top 10 Football Moments of 2010

These are basically the best 2010 football games I watched in ESPN or in internet streams. There were obviously greater games than the ones I selected but unfortunately, I was not able to watch those games.
  1. FIFA World Cup final [Spain vs. the Netherlands]: Spain winning the FIFA World Cup, European champion Spain defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in the finals and proving once and for all that that the heart and soul of F.C. Barcelona’s sextuple success in 2009 were Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta, not Lionel Messi. [See below]
  2. Champions League Semi-finals [FC Barcelona vs. Inter Milan]: in my opinion, it is the actual Champions League final and far more thrilling than the Inter Milan vs. Bayern Munich final match-up. Barcelona was the tournament favourite but Jose Mourinho has other things in mind in that series . [video]
  3. FIFA World Cup [England vs. Germany]: The goal that never was… in the World Cup last sixteen play-offs. Frank Lampard scored a goal but disallowed by the referee. The incident could have brought a revolutionary change to the game and FIFA will finally introduce video review in football games. Unfortunately, just like any controversial goals before (allowed or disallowed), the chance to make a change failed and so was England’s World Cup campaign, thanks to a referee!
  4. AFF Cup [Philippines vs. Vietnam]: The biggest upset in ASEAN Football, the Azkals defeated Vietnam in front of their home crowd, 2-0. The victory did not only make history but it captures the hearts of previous non-football fans in the Philippines. [video]
  5. El Clasico [FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid]: Barca 5, Madrid 0... I must admit, as a Real Madrid fan, after that game the best team in the world is FC Barcelona.
  6. FIFA World Cup [New Zealand vs. Italy]: New Zealand’s Shane Smeltz shocked the football world after scoring the opener against defending World Champion Italy. The game ended in a 1-1 draw dominated by flopping Italians and valorous Kiwi defense. [video]
  7. FIFA World Cup [New Zealand vs. Slovakia]: New Zealand’s Winston Reid scored a goal in the dying seconds against Slovakia to earn the All Whites a 1-1 draw. [video]
  8. AFF Cup [Philippines vs. Singapore]: Philippines’ Christopher Greatwich scored the equaliser in the dying seconds against Singapore Lions to earn the Azkals a 1-1 draw (comparable to New Zealand’s  1-1 draw against Slovakia) [video]
  9. FIFA World Cup [Uruguay vs. Ghana]: Uruguay’s Luis Suarez intentionally blocked a goal attempted by Ghana using his hand. The problem was that he was not the goalkeeper. Suarez’s deliberate handball would have been ironically awesome if that game was against Argentina, coached by the Godfather of “Handball” Diego Maradona. Unfortunately, it was against Ghana. [video]
  10. The curse of Nike’s World Cup Ad: all teams and players featured in Nike’s World Cup Ad failed to win the World Cup. The only guy ended up winning something was not even a footballer. [video]

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