As the world awaits the Fifa World Cup 2010 with bated breath, none could be more excited than the host nation, South Africa. With this being the first FIFA World Cup that would be held in an African nation, it’s actually the whole continent which hopes for a stupendous performance from the South Africans. In what had been an all African bidding process, South Africa had won the rights for the most coveted international tournament in the world from Morocco and Egypt. The tournament as has been expected has been generating a lot of hype and people from all over the world are pouring into the African nation to get a glimpse of the present day legends of football.
On its part, South Africa, too has left no stone unturned in making this Cup an event to remember for times to come. There has been the construction of five new stadiums especially for the purpose of the competition. Apart from this, there are five other existing venues which would be upgraded and the cost for all the ten stadiums stands at a staggering figure of 48 billion Rouble. In addition to the stadiums, the country has been trying to improve its notorious public transport system as well which has been known to be conspicuous. Some of the steps in this direction include the Gautrain and the Bus Rapid Transit System.
Although the Copa de Mundo is going to showcase some of the best in the world of football, there would be some of the biggies who would be missing the show due to injuries. Some of the names that are expected to brighten up the tournament with their presence and eclectic and blazing performances include Brazil’s Kaka, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Andrea Pirlo and the latest sensation Cristiano Ronaldo.
In a dark moment for English football, one of the sports greatest icons was dismissed and humiliated in a passing comment by his national manager. In a TV interview before a friendly match against Hungary, the Italian was asked about David Beckham’s future in the squad.
The Italian market an end to sporting hero’s international career with a single offhand comment; “Thank you for helping me during the World Cup, but probably (Beckham is) a little bit old,” He said.
David Beckham’s career took an upsetting turn earlier in the year when an untimely ankle injury caused him to miss out on what was widely considered his last shot at world cup glory. He got involved as a ‘special advisor’ to the manager and took an active inspirational role in the coaching of the team.
Wayne Mark Rooney is the brilliant young striker of Manchester United. He is also the regular starting Centre forward for England Soccer national team. At this age of 22 he has won the hearts of millions of football lovers from all over the world. He has scored some Fantastic goals for England. Still his threatening goals for Manchester United cannot be taken lightly. He has single handedly won many matches for Manchester United and Everton his former club.
This English premier league star was born on 24th October 1985 in Liverpool. He played 2 wonderful seasons for Everton FC before being transferred to Manchester United. Sir Alex Fergusun bought him for a whooping ¤ 31 from Everton. He had a dream debut for the Red Devils scoring hat-trick in his very first Champions league appearance against Fenerbahçe.
At first he played just behind the main striker Ruud van Nisterlroy. He still managed to score some excellent goals. Now he is the United’s spearhead when it comes to attacking and scoring goals. He is now assisted by Carloz Tevez and Lois Saha. He had a poor start to this season when he broke his ankle in the first premiership match of this season. He got injured against Portsmouth. He was sidelined for 3 months. But he made his return well within expected time.