Thursday, July 1, 2010

Africa hangs its World Cup hopes on Ghana

We've made it through 56 games in 2010 World Cup, and sadly only have eight more before a winner is declared. We had to let go of some truly deserving teams (U.S.A., Cote D'Ivoire, Nigeria, and Mexico to name a few), but there are still many more hungry for glory. And after the finale on July 11th, we can all look forward to a slow recovery from the damage caused by the blaring vuvuzelas that were the most conspicuous hallmark of this distinctly, wonderfully African World Cup.

AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

Eight games left, eight teams left--do you think you know who will have the blood and sweat required to outlast every other team? Along with the rest of Africa, we are pulling for Ghana, the only remaining team from Africa.

AP Photo/Rob Griffith

Ghana's Black Stars have the odds against them, as they are the lowest ranked team left in the competition. I'd like to think, though, that the rankings are meaningless once the first whistle blows, and Ghana have a factor in their favor that no other team left has--the support of the host continent, which could make a significant difference when the teams step on the pitch. Stay tuned to see how the next week and half plays out, as it's sure to be extremely exciting.

Here are the games to watch this weekend:

  • Ghana v. Uruguay, Friday July 2nd, 2:30 pm EST
  • The Netherlands v. Brazil, Friday July 2nd, 10:00 am
  • Argentina v. Germany, Saturday July 3rd, 10:00 am
  • Paraguay v. Spain, Saturday July 3rd, 2:30 pm

Also, I'd be remiss not to plug Argentina as well, as the productivity of one of our other interns Alexia would likely plummet if they lost (which would mean more work for me). Gooooooo Ghana and Argentina!

Posted by Owen
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