FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010

ESPN (ended 2010)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 64

    2010 World Cup Final: Netherlands vs. Spain

    Aired 7/11/10

  • S 1 : Ep 63

    Third Place Game: Uruguay vs. Germany

    Aired 7/10/10

  • S 1 : Ep 62

    Germany vs. Spain

    Aired 7/7/10

  • S 1 : Ep 61

    Uruguay vs. Netherlands

    Aired 7/6/10

  • S 1 : Ep 60

    Paraguay vs. Spain

    Aired 7/3/10

  • Cast & Crew
  • Chris Fowler

    Studio Host

  • Bob Ley

    Studio Host

  • Mike Tirico

    Studio Host

  • Shaun Bartlett

    Studio Analyst

  • Ruud Gullit

    Studio Analyst

  • show Description
  • Some of the world's finest athletes will converge in South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The tournament is set to be held from June 11, 2010 to July 11, 2010.

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  • Quotes (194)

    • South Africa Midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala: Apart from the first 20 minutes I think we did well. This is the first World Cup for many of us and we should be pleased with ourselves. Maybe we missed a few chances but the good thing is that we created them in the first place. The rest is just a question of time. More goals will come.

    • Mexico Coach Javier Aguirre: I'm not happy with our performance today. We played really badly after their goal and we had to work extremely hard to get back into it.

    • South Africa Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira: Considering it was the opening Match, this is a good result for us. The pressure got to the boys to begin with but then they started to play the ball around and took control. This is going to be a tight group and anyone who gets four points will go through. That means we're still well in the race.

    • Uruguay Coach Óscar Tabárez: It was a hard match and we expected that. We're more or less content with the result but not with our play. We didn't have enough of the ball. (Franck) Ribery played very well and (Abou) Diaby brought lots of balance. He was very effective in the center of the park and changed the midfield in a way. I don't want to say that France deserved to win, though, as we kept them quiet in front of our goal.

    • Uruguay Forward and Man of the Match Diego Forlán: We never understood how to approach this match. We had a few good chances but we were often guilty of wasting our final ball. It's a shame. I thought the match was quite even.

    • French Coach Raymond Domenech: It's frustrating when it goes like that, when we push and push and say to ourselves, 'It has to go in'. But we were also saying to ourselves, 'Let's hope we don't suffer an unlucky counter-attack' because that would have been very disappointing, given the level we played at in this match. It was very irritating but the players who came on nonetheless made things happen with those already out there and they imposed a certain rhythm. It's a shame. I was going to say it was almost a great 0-0, but I would have preferred a bad 1-0. Our opponents were solid, as you'll see in the coming matches. We succeeded in stopping them from building almost any moves. As a team, were performed very well.

    • Argentina Coach Diego Maradona: That was an important step for us today but we need to make a whole lot of improvements if we want to reach the Final. The game played out just as I thought it would, and if we'd converted the chances we made then we'd be talking right now about a fantastic Argentina performance. However, we were very wasteful and that's something we need to sort out. If you let your opponent off the hook, you normally end up paying for it, although on this occasion they let us off the hook. Winning games gives you confidence and that's the good thing, and if we can keep on picking up results then the players are only going to grow in self-belief.

    • Nigeria Coach Lars Lagerbäck: I am a little disappointed with the result although I am proud at how my players performed. Unfortunately we made an error that led to the corner they scored from, and at this level if you lose your concentration for a second you pay for it. That's exactly what happened. If we hadn't made that mistake, we might have come away with a draw.

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    Notes (199)

    • Final Score:
      South Africa 1
      Mexico 1

    • Coaches:
      South Africa: Carlos Alberto Parreira
      Mexico: Javier Aguirre

    • Match Officials: Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB) Assistant Referees: Rafael Ilyasov (UZB), Bahadyr Kochkorov (KGZ) Fourth Official: Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (MAS)

    • Final Score:
      Uruguay 0
      France 0

    • Coaches: Uruguay: Óscar Tabárez France: Raymond Domenech

    • Match Officials: Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (JPN) Assistant Referees: Toru Sagara (JPN), Jeong Hae Sang (KOR) Fourth Official: Joel Aguilar (SLV)

    • Final Score:
      Argentina 1

      Nigeria 0

    • Coaches: Argentina: Diego Maradona Nigeria: Lars Lagerbäck

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    Trivia (79)

    • Man of the Match:
      Siphiwe Tshabalala (South Africa)

    • This telecast marked the debut of ESPN 3D, the first 3D network in the industry. The network signed on the air with the first of 25 World Cup Finals telecasts.

    • Man of the Match: Diego Forlán (Uruguay)

    • Man of the Match: Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria)

    • Man of the Match: Park Ji-Sung (Korea Republic)

    • Man of the Match: Tim Howard (United States)

    • Man of the Match: Robert Koren (Slovenia)

    • Man of the Match: Lukas Podolski (Germany)

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