I want England to win the World Cup, but as my lovely partner Shirley comes from Brasil, specifically Kaka’s home town of Taguatinga, then I’m also keeping an eye out for his and his team’s chances.
I think Kaka’s going to have a great tournament, which appears to be at odds with footballing legend Brazil Pele, who has cast doubts on Kaka’s form going into the tournament:
BRAZIL legend Pele admits he is worried about Kaka’s form ahead of the finals.
Real Madrid star Kaka has been plagued by injuries but insists he will be fit for Tuesday’s clash with North Korea.
But Pele admitted: “Kaka worries me. He is very important – a key player for our attack and midfield. But God willing he will be in good form.”
OK, I admit I don’t don’t know football like Pele does. Or to quote the dry humour of the comment on the Sun website from ‘geteducated’: “Who the hell is this “Pele” and what does he know about football?”
Well, I wouldn’t want to argue with Pele. But then given the option I’ll go with the ladies of Taguatinga and say “Come on Kaka!”
Yo it’s the Beach Soccer World Cup final (11am Brazil time). Yesterday Uruguay beat France on penalty shoot out to make it to the final today! Sorry Eric Cantona, but no luck this time. So its Brazil (who beat Portugal) vz Uruguary – er, I wonder who’s gonna win. Looks like a dead cert for Brazil.
Damned if I can find anyone broadcasting the tournament in the UK. Thanks God for the internet! Check out the 2006 World Cup video clips of the best goals for example.
“Brazil scored two goals in the final period to beat Uruguay 4-1 Sunday and win FIFA’s Beach Soccer World Cup.
“Buru, Duda, Benjamin and Sidney scored a goal each for the hosts, who clinched their 10th beach soccer title. Brazil was held to third place in FIFA’s inaugural tournament last year on Copacabana beach.
“Brazil won all six of its matches en route to this year’s title, its first since 2004.
“Buru scored first in the first period, while Uruguay equalized in the second with a goal by Ricar. Brazil retook the lead still in the second when Benjamin scored, and Duda and Sidney sealed the victory in front of nearly 7,000 fans with goals in the third period.” (IHT)
I’ve dug out the full tournament schedule, starting on 3 November, for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Rio. “This year, for the first time, all the participating associations have taken part in official qualifying competitions in each of the six confederations and games are being played in accordance with the new FIFA Beach Soccer Laws of the Game in line with FIFA’s quality standard.” Yeah, England are not playing.
Group A Brazil (host country) Poland (3rd place in the FBSWC 2006 Qualifier Marseille) USA (champions of the FBSWC 2006 Qualifier Costa Rica) Japan (runners-up of the FBSWC 2006 Qualifier Dubai)
Group B Spain (champions of the FBSWC 2006 Qualifier Marseille) France (5th place in the FBSWC 2006 Qualifier Marseille) Canada (runners-up of the FBSWC 2006 Qualifier Costa Rica) Iran (3rd place in the FBSWC 2006 Qualifier Dubai)
Group C Solomon Islands (champions of the FBSWC 2006 Qualifier Tahiti) Cameroon (champions of the FBSWC 2006 Qualifier Durban) Portugal (runners-up of the FBSWC 2006 Qualifier Marseille) Uruguay (runners-up of the FBSWC 2006 Qualifier Maca
A very amusing footbal powerpoint joke comparing the different tactics to goal across nationalities. Note I’ve actually played in an English game in Norwich like the one displayed! And I had the misfortune to have my relatives watching from the sidelines. And shame Brazil couldn’t convert their creativity into actually winning the World Cup this time round! Oops!
OK, I’m not saying I had anything to do with it – but who else from close to West Ham has in the last couple of months been to both Brazil and Argentina; who has got tickets to the friendly on Sunday; who runs a series of articles on Kaka (he’s Brazilian I know but its close enough). And who’s Brazialian girlfriend criticised the description of the flags outside the Sala club in Charing Cross Road by some journalist as the place to watch Brazil play during the World Cup as it also sported an Argentinan flag? And who’s mate Michael who’s a Hammers fan was with I when he first met Shirley? Who’s the Hammers lucky charm? And who’s going to win on Sunday?
Anyhow, here’s what the club say happened:
Terence Brown says that the arrival of Argentinian World Cup stars Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano signify a momentous day in the history of West Ham United Football Club.
The Hammers Chairman has presided over some major transfers during his time at the Upton Park helm, but none quite as high profile as today’s double signing, and he admits that the Club will now be in a position to step up to the next level.
“It is a momentous day for the football club,” he says. “It is without doubt the biggest deal in our history and one that we are all very excited about.
“I must give a mention to Paul Aldridge and Scott Duxbury, who worked through the night to ensure that the transfers went through. I am very grateful for their hard work behind the scenes.
“The sheer quality of the two players we have signed makes it a very exciting deal, and these are not players coming to the end of their careers – they are young players who are on their way up. They are also great lads – both have shown a keen interest in the Club and knew all about our success last season.
“Javier even asked for the number six shirt at one point during the negotiations, as he knew it was the number that Bobby Moore had worn for us all those years ago!
“I am looking forward to the contribution that both players will provide, and I am sure our supporters are just as excited. It’s wonderful that the fans have something like this to celebrate after the difficult times that they have experienced in recent years, and I hope they enjoy watching the talent that will be on show.
“We are now in a position to take the next step up as a Football Club, and these signings will put us in the spotlight on a worldwide scale. I’m sure we can all look forward to some good times ahead.”
I’ve tracked down the fantastic getty images pics – here with all 83 official wedding photos from Caroline & Kaka’s wedding. Yes, all 83. You can thank me by leaving a comment if you feel like it. Getty images also hosted the great Pele exhibition in London earlier this summer, so it kinda fits.
I’ve just spent all my pocket money on two tickets to see Brazil vs Argentina, with Kaka down to play, on 3 September. It’s also a nice way to say thanks to Shirley on our 4th anniversary (1st meeting at the Barley Mow in Shoreditch on a Rolling Stones night). Plus a great way to see the new Arsenal stadium!