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World Cup Fever........South Africa is Jamming!

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Just watching the festivities in Sewoto..........what a great atmosphere to start the 2010 FIFA World Cup!

Looking forward to the games tomorrow........

Opening Game:

Bafana Bafana (South Africa) up first against El Tri (Mexico)

Host nation power will be great but not strong enough to overcome a very talented and explosive Mexico side that has been playing some of their best soccer at the end of qualifications.  Coach Javier Aquirre will play an open style of attack and South Africa will try to match....predict goals by both teams but 3 for Mexico and only 1 for South Africa.

Players to watch:  Franco (MEX), Vela (MEX), Blanco (MEX), McCarthy (SA)

Second Game:

Los Charruas (Uruguay) against Les Bleus (France)

Despite less than impressive qualification games from France, they always know when to get it done on the world stage.....arguably one of the most talented teams player for player on the planet, it will come down to team chemistry and unity on the pitch.

Look for Diego Forlan to create some good opportunities and test the back line of Les Bleus.  Uruguay will be organized and very physical defensively but France's talent will prove too much in the end.  Between Anelka, Ribery, and Henry along with Malouda and Gourcuff, France is equipped to score goals in bunches if they are on.  Prediction is that France doesn't have it all clicking yet but still manages to squeak by Uruguay either 1-0 or 2-1.  Possibility of a draw is high here too based on Uruguay's style.

Players to watch:  Henry (FRA), Anelka (FRA), Ribery (FRA), Forlan (URU), Abreu (URU sub)

Should be a great day of soccer.  Hope you can tune it to see it like more Americans than ever before.......take a look at this link that shows how the US is really becoming a supportive soccer country......US is a Soccer Country!

Next post will have our staff's predicitons.........talk at you soon.  Feel free to post your predictions and let us know your thoughts before and after these games!  Thanks.

Dan Ensley
UC Soccer Staff




UC Men's Soccer - 2010 FIFA World Cup Blog

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Greeting from the Cincinnati Men's Soccer Office

In less than 48 hours, the world will change as we know it.  A competition so intense, a global battle, will ensue in many cities in South Africa.  The first time the World Cup will ever be held on the African continent.  History in the making!

We would like to invite you to join us from time to time to keep up with this world-wide event over the next 4 1/2 weeks.  Our coaching staff will be discussing and sharing insight into games and items on and off the fields of South Africa that our of interest to us and others.

My name is Daniel Ensley, I am the Associate Head Coach for the men's soccer program here at the University of Cincinnati.  I will, with the help of my colleagues Head Coach Hylton Dayes and Assistant Coaches Jeremy Bonomo and Chris Black, be sharing some information that we will be gathering and preparing before most games. 

From a UC perspective, this is a historic event as we will have a former UC Soccer Beacat captain and player actually helping to lead his country.  Tim Brown, a 2003 DAAP Graduate from the University of Cincinnati, will be vice-captaining the All Whites from New Zealand in Group F play.  His team will compete with Italy, Paraguay, and Slovakia for the rights to advance out of the group.

Here is a picture and a short bio of our boy TImmy:

Biography of Tim Brown

Tim Brown Picture.htm

For your convenience, i have also included the link to the entire World Cup Schedule that is being provided by ESPN;

ESPN 2010 World Cup Schedule

Please stay tuned for our tournament predictions.......we also plan to have on-site reporting and pictures from current and former players who are in South Africa to experience the event.

GET ON YOUR BOOTS!

UC Soccer Staff