khedira.jpgGermany coach, Joachim Loew said his young team had exceeded expectations by coming third in the 2010 World Cup.

The Germans beat Uruguay 3-2 in Port Elizabeth to finish in the top three for the 11th time in 17 appearances.

 

Loew said the German team is going home with a very good feeling as they’ve achieved what they never expected eight or nine months ago. Germany thrashed England 4-1 and Argentina 4-0 before losing 1-0 to Spain in the semi-finals.

 

The third-place play-off was a pulsating affair, with both sides pressing for a victory.

Oscar Tabarez says Uruguay can become a major force in international football – if they can build on their fourth-placed finish at the World Cup.

The Uruguay coach saw his side exceed expectations despite being beaten 3-2 by Germany in the third-place play-off. 

 

Uruguay were the last team to qualify for the World Cup after beating Costa Rica in a play-off to book their place in the finals.

 

 But Tabarez’s side have been the surprise package, qualifying from a difficult group which included France, Mexico and hosts South Africa before defeating South Korea and Ghana to reach the last four.

They missed out on a place in Sunday’s showpiece final in Johannesburg after their 3-2 defeat by Netherlands, but Tabarez said his squad could be proud of their African endeavours.

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The FIFA World Cup ends in South Africa this evening with the crowning of new world champions as Spain and the Netherlands prepare to tackle each other head on we give you some news ahead of the titanic like duel. 

zuma world cup.jpgSouth Africa bowed out of the World Cup at the first round stage but President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday the successful hosting of the tournament made its people the champions.

President Zuma also said the committed support given to Ghana and other African teams displayed African unity, love and solidarity in practice. Africa’s economic giant is crowing over its successful hosting of the world’s biggest sporting tournament, defying sceptics who had doubted it could organise the tournament, including completing construction of stadiums on time.

Zuma’s government has played down reports that, despite an outpouring of support for other teams from the continent, locals have threatened to turn on poor African migrants competing for scarce jobs in the continent’s largest economy when the World Cup ends.

jordan.jpgSouth Africa World Cup organising head Danny Jordaan says Fifa needs to look again at the issue of player burn-out before the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

There has been disappointment that some of the world’s best players have failed to perform in South Africa because player freshness is always an issue at the World Cup, adding that it seems at the end of a season the body cannot take the pressure and extra energy required for the World Cup.

 

 Jordaan said a complete rest period has some effect but it is something that really needs another look for 2014.

******************************************************************************************************************************************* Arsene Wenger admits he is still furious at France’s capitulation at the World Cup finals. Wenger, who worked for French media in South Africa during the finals, has joined the chorus of disapproval at France’s World Cup woe.

wengerr.jpgFrance bowed out in the group stages after they failed to win any of their matches against Uruguay, Mexico or South Africa.

The camp suffered during the tournament as Nicolas Anelka clashed with coach Raymond Domenech, and then a subsequent player strike followed after Anelka was sent home.

 Wenger said his anger is growing with each day that passes by, and also criticised the decision to announce that Domenech would be leaving, to be replaced by Laurent Blanc, before the tournament had even started.