Three unforgettable 2010 World Cup memories
With the latest edition of the World Cup on the horizon, it is important to build up the buzz and excitement about the biggest football tournament in the world and what better way than looking back at past tournaments.
The 2010 World Cup in South Africa still holds fond memories for fans all over the world. The first Mundial to be held on the African continent, it represented a triumph of sorts for Africa that had long been neglected by football’s highest authority, FIFA.
Held from June 11 to July 2010, it offered some fantastic moments of football and will still be remembered for a long time for the sheer quality on display across the brilliant cities of South Africa. Fears were initially expressed about the ability of the host nation to hold the tournament, but in terms of organization and logistics, it is up there with the very best, and let's not forget it gave the world the vuvuzela....
Here are three moments the football world are most likely to centre their focus on when the 2010 World Cup is mentioned.
Luis Suarez vs Ghana
For every Ghanaian, Luis Suarez is a name and individual that they will never forgive. The then Ajax player was just 23 at the tournament and had formed an excellent partnership with Diego Forlan. But what he did here turned him to an instant hero and villain alike, depending on your point of view. With perhaps the last kick of the game, Luis Suarez handled a goal-bound effort with his hands that necessitated the referee to send him off and give a penalty. The now Barcelona man had sacrificed himself for the prospect of a lottery of the Ghana spot kick.
Asamoah Gyan, the Ghanaian talisman stepped up and blasted the penalty over via the help of the crossbar. Despite his red card, Sanchez was seen jubilating just before he went into the dressing room. Uruguay fans have loved him ever since for taking that decision, as without that handball they wouldn’t have dreamt of playing in the semis. Ghana lost on penalty shootout. A painful night for Africa that had united for the Black Stars.
Frank Lampard ‘goal’ vs Germany
In the Round of 16 match against Germany, Chelsea midfielder, Frank Lampard scored a goal that was ruled out by the referee, despite replays indicating that the ball crossed the line. That incident led the way for Goal Line Technology, but England felt the goal should have stood.
Perhaps it was karma, compensating Germany for Geoff Hurst’s goal in the 1966 World Cup Final against West Germany. The goal would have tied the game at 2-2 which could have changed the course of the clash. Germany went on to win the game 4-1, playing one of the best counter-attacking games ever since at the World Cup.
Iniesta goal in the World Cup Final
On July 11th, the Soccer City stadium expected a fantastic game of football between Holland and Spain in the World Cup Final, though few knew that the course of a 26-year-old attacking midfielder would change forever. Johnny Heitinga had been sent off for the Dutch, though Del Bosque’s team tried to score all to no avail. With the game nearing extra time, The Netherlands failed to clear the ball, leaving Cesc Fabregas free on the edge of the box.
He looked up and saw Andres Iniesta free before sliding a perfect low ball to him. At that point, the stadium was eerily silent, looking forward to what would happen. Iniesta blasted the ball past Stekelenburg and it was clear that La Furia Roja would win the showpiece. The goal was scored in the 116th minute.
It is hoped that this summer’s tournament on Russia will also hold memories for football fans.