Monday, June 21, 2010

Quick World Cup briefing

Ghana v Australia: World Cup group D match - in pictures

Every team has played twice so far, and that means it's time for another update from the soccersorry footballfans at Afropop.

Last week we previewed the Brazil-Côte D'Ivoire match that took place yesterday, and predicted a fun and dynamic game. Hopefully you weren't disappointed, even if it was a little more one-sided than we would have liked to see. Looks like Brazil may be the team to beat this World Cup!

More games to look forward to this week:
  • After being unequivocally robbed of a victory in the waning minutes of their match against Slovenia,  the United States team can move on to the next round with a win against an Algeria team that had its confidence boosted by an impressive tie with England (Wednesday, 10 a.m. EST)
  • One of the many intriguing stories to come out of the Cup, France's team director resigned a couple of days ago and the players actually refused to practice. This is the World Cup guys! Get your act together! A French team in turmoil is exactly what the South Africans wanted, as the two teams will square off on Tuesday and Bafana Bafana will look to give the host country something to cheer for before taking an unfortunate early exit from the Cup (Tuesday, 10 a.m.)
  • The African team with the most promise at this point is probably Ghana, who are leading Group D with 4 points. They will be taking on a daunting, but beatable, German team on Wednesday. It promises to be a fun match since the two teams' styles are polar opposites, not to mention both teams are playing for a chance to move on to the next round (Wednesday, 2:30 p.m.)
  • Portugal (coming off a 7-0 win against North Korea) plays an explosive, top-ranked Brazil teamthis match is truly fit for a World Cup final (Friday, 10 a.m.)
Here's a list of some of the music ESPN is featuring during the World Cup. What do you think, did they do a good job picking music that highlights the best Africa has to offer?

Finally, since the Black Stars of Ghana have been shining so far, we thought we'd feature the music of Ghana for this week. First is a track by the "King of Highlife" E.T. Mensah, then we have a funky and rhythmic song by Sweet Talks called "Akampanye." Enjoy!

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