A few of the happiest photos from South Africa 2010 have been the product of Radidgamer‘s seemingly one-track mind. All quarter finalist pictures here, with the exception of Stig Nygaard‘s woman of Ghana, are his work …
If you happen to be English, French, Italian or Portuguese, and like football, life could seem a little grim just now.
But viewed through the eyes of a Sunderland fan, there are several compensations for the varying levels of grief we feel at the stutter and eventual collapse of England’s World Cup challenge.
Most of us, I suspect, realised very early on, if we hadn’t already seen it coming before Capello’s 23 boarded their flight to South Africa, that we were not going to see a vintage World Cup from our boys.
But Sunderland have three players still deeply involved: Cristian Riveros and Paulo da Silva have, on most reckonings, had excellent competitions so far for Paraguay and John Mensah has been a key figure, prior to suspension, in Ghana’s heartwarming progress.
It means we cannot wait to see Riveros and, rather more than last season, da Silva in action in our red and white stripes, not just Paraguay’s (even though these do give us another great excuse for supporting them, as Salut! Sunderland has been doing for a month or more). And it also means we are following with interest the rumour mongering and comment about the chances of Mensah returning to us.
The new season will be a great test of Steve Bruce’s ability to lead us to the next level, which must be a significantly improved Premier showing and maybe a serious cup run or two.
Paraguay and Ghana remain fixtures of my own thinking as the quarter-finals approach, but I now can’t wait for more news on signings – real news, that is, not wild speculation – and the start of the new season.
Over at the Blackcats list, Rob Hutchison signed off before beetling off to Porto for a week – work, Rob, or pleasure … or both? – with these thoughts:
So what can we be looking forward to?
Again it’s great to be looking up and not down (for now anyway). I’d be content with a top 10 finish (and) a sprinkling of class added. Riveros looks like he could be an absolute steal, but I can’t see Benty scoring the number of goals he did last year, so KJ needs to step up to the plate, and we need another quality striker to give real competition for places.
El Mohamadi and Angeleri deals are still not done but hopefully at least one of ’em will come and we still need more defensive cover.
On a wider outlook, I believe Blackpool and West brom will go back down, and it will be a close thing for the Toon, with maybe Wolves slipping down as I doubt Mic Mac’s ability to sign the quality needed.
Chelsea will win the league again, and Liverpool under Hodgson will get their CL slot back, I reckon.
Maybe Fulham will struggle under sven…..one thing I know…..its gonna be fun….bring it on!
That nicely sets the ball rolling. Now’s the time to enjoy more of Rapidgamer’s photographic essays from South Africa 2010 and maybe add a few thoughts of your own.
Tomorrow: the men