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Prima Donna Soccer

So you’ve manged to score an overpriced ticket for the game. You’ve found your way to the stadium, bought your ridiculously overpriced beer and found your seat far back at the top of the stands. The game begins, and within minutes, even from a point as far away from him as you can possibly get, you see a guy who is paid more than you’ll ever earn in your entire life plainly and deliberately acting up a foul instead of just playing soccer? That’s not cool. Ever.

I say harden the fuck up, pussy boys. TIA, Africa is not for sissies. It’s time to remove the mistaken decisions, introduce some TV-refereeing and penalize those players who try to cheat.

If a team filled with prima donnas get through to the final I will be well upset.

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Google’s World Cup Tidbits

Apart from the old Street View being launched in SA, Google has also introduced a few other treats in anticipation of the soccer World Cup.

For instance, if you search for “World Cup” on Google, you get a summary schedule of upcoming matches, as well as a list of teams and pools. If you then scroll further down the page, you’ll see this beauty:

Nice one, Google.
Oh, and Bafana supporters, don’t forget to tweet with tag #WhenBafanaWins to get onto the When Bafana Wins microsite.

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JP Morgan Uses “Maths” to predict World Cup 2010 Winner – Why Did We Bother With Stadiums?

It seems the financial analysis gurus(?) have come to the soccer World Cup party, with a few mathematically modelled predictions for the winner of next month’s world cup here in South Africa.

“JPMorgan, which described the report as “an opportunity to lightheartedly explain quantitative techniques,” applied a mathematical model, built to screen and identify stocks, to soccer. It used data including bookmakers’ odds, official FIFA world rankings, previous results and the match schedule to predict a winner.”

If they’re right, then we really did not need to spend ridiculous sums of money on infrastructure and stadiums, did we?
Let’s hope this maths hasn’t taken all the unpredictability out of the sport.

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World Cup 2010 South Amerafrica

Yes,  right. I’m not surprised at the “controversy” highlighted in that headline.
Quite glad to see this World Cup is bringing geographic enlightenment on South Africa to the whole world…

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World Cup 2010 – Let the Ticket Scalping Begin!

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Friday 20th February 2009 is D-Day for those South African soccer fans who want to attend a match in the 2010 Soccer World Cup. They’ll either have to be willing to fork out huge chunks of cash for a prime spot, or buy up all the cheap seats going for at least R140.  (One wonders if South African flag coloured binoculars will be complimentary with the purchase?)


“In order to facilitate the access of ordinary South African football fans to a tournament that might otherwise be beyond their reach, Fifa has blocked off about 16% of the tickets — all the cheapest category four tickets — for South African residents.”

If FIFA truly wanted to be charitable towards South Africa, they’d give a cross section of all ticket categories at reduced prices.

“Tickets for the tournament go on sale to the general public on Friday on Fifa’s website,, and through nationwide branches of South Africa’s First National Bank (FNB), a national World Cup sponsor.

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This sale starts online at 1pm (11am GMT) and runs until March 31.”

Yes, because Internet penetration in this country sucks so bad and the crime is so bad that we have to sell tickets at the bank or nobody will be able to buy them?!!? Either way, you still have to wait a further month after parting with your money to see if you win the lucky draw to get your ticket(s).

Either way, I predict thousands of these tickets are going to end up in foreign hands, at a premium of course. The opportunity to make a quick buck is way too high. This is South Africa, the land of corruption, after all.

So sports fans, best you go find yourself a long queue on Friday. Or, like me, you can just kick back and watch the games in High Definition on TV.

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