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WC2010 : Day 20 to the end

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Match Day 20
Friday 2nd July:

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Netherlands 2 Brazil 1
Missed it!

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Uruguay 1 Ghana 1
Uruguay win 4-2 on penalties

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Suarez lays claim
To deified limb
Africa aghast
Their faces grim

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Gyan grits
Nervous teeth
But skies the ball
No laurel wreath

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 And that was
The very last kick
A continent gasps
Now worried sick

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 The shootout ensues
And Gyan scores
Is he redeemed
Amidst the roars?

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 Unfortunately no
As drama grips
And ice-cool Abreu
Deftly chips …

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 Match Day 21

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 Germany 4 Argentina 0

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 Özil oozes class
Schweinsteiger pulls the strings
Deutschland uber Argies

12 Leave a comment on verse 12 0 Messi muscled out
Tempo, pace, aggression
Four without reply

13 Leave a comment on verse 13 0 Match Day 22 : Semi-Final 1

14 Leave a comment on verse 14 0 Uruguay 2 Holland 3

15 Leave a comment on verse 15 0 Where to watch
How to watch
And who to watch with?

16 Leave a comment on verse 16 0 Center Parcs sports Bar
in the company of many

17 Leave a comment on verse 17 0 All of us neutrals
All up for entertainment
Hoping for open play
Not too much containment

18 Leave a comment on verse 18 0 We got the goals
And the buzz
And we all roared
As one does

19 Leave a comment on verse 19 0 But unbelievably, I missed four of the goals!
Yet how could that be?
Just why was it
That I didn’t see?

20 Leave a comment on verse 20 0 A distraction here, a distraction there
A waitress obscuring, yet unaware
And a young child’s cry
Averting my eye

21 Leave a comment on verse 21 0 (Though not my own –
She was in the climbing zone)

22 Leave a comment on verse 22 0 Match Day 23 : Semi-Final 2

23 Leave a comment on verse 23 0 Germany 0 Spain 1

24 Leave a comment on verse 24 0 Where to watch
How to watch
And who to watch with?

25 Leave a comment on verse 25 0 How delightful
To join the insightful!

26 Leave a comment on verse 26 0 A very first meeting
A pity so fleeting

27 Leave a comment on verse 27 0 With Stuart and Basil
The verbal skills dazzle

28 Leave a comment on verse 28 0 With Crispin in the corner
Solecism the mourner

29 Leave a comment on verse 29 0 And as to the game
We proudly proclaim

30 Leave a comment on verse 30 0 They’ll miss Muelller
As Stoke would Fuller

31 Leave a comment on verse 31 0 And all that pretty passing
Is rightly outclassing

32 Leave a comment on verse 32 0 Teutonic efficiency –
Bested by Iberian proficiency

33 Leave a comment on verse 33 0 And we all remarked
While Basil barked

34 Leave a comment on verse 34 0 Would it be just too existentialist
To hanker after a free-kick specialist

35 Leave a comment on verse 35 0 what a pleasure to finally meet Stuart and Crispin (& Basil!) in person! It’s taken 10 years!

36 Leave a comment on verse 36 0 Match Day 24 : 3rd and 4th place Playoff

37 Leave a comment on verse 37 0 Germany 3 Uruguay 2

38 Leave a comment on verse 38 0 Where to watch
How to watch
And who to watch with?

39 Leave a comment on verse 39 0 Or even – bother to watch at all?
How about –
Our own game of football?!?!

40 Leave a comment on verse 40 0 And so to West Wittering
And an impromptu game on the beach
Where one side of the family
Beat the others out of reach !

41 Leave a comment on verse 41 0 Champions of the World?
Well, at least Champions of the clan…
Comprising the portly, the chortley
And the unabashed fan!

42 Leave a comment on verse 42 0 Yet we had no contenders
For third or fourth spot
So I guess Grandma and Grandpa
Edge out Auntie Dot!

43 Leave a comment on verse 43 0 And then after an evening of sun and fun
A return to catch the match
And though it was exciting….
Did it measure up to ours? Not a patch!

44 Leave a comment on verse 44 0 (You’ll just have to take our word for it!! 🙂

45 Leave a comment on verse 45 0 Match Day 25 : The World Cup FINAL!

46 Leave a comment on verse 46 0 Spain 1 Holland 0

47 Leave a comment on verse 47 0 Where to watch
How to watch
And who to watch with?

48 Leave a comment on verse 48 0 Where better
Than with your best pal!
And his delightful ensemble
à la Luca and Hal !

49 Leave a comment on verse 49 0 Such a pleasant welcome
With warmth in the greeting
Alas to say
So pitiably fleeting

50 Leave a comment on verse 50 0 And so to give dues
To our location
A summary ode
As invocation …

51 Leave a comment on verse 51 0 Drive a crocked car to Banbury Cross
To see a fine team inflict a deep loss
With passes to feet and skills galore
Spain lift the trophy to a mighty roar!

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Notes

Yes!
A delightful first meeting between this particular FP editor and our founding fathers! And of course, the site mascot Basil.
And a trip to their local, the venerated …….. Prince Albert

Apologies for tardiness in posting, quite obviously we were on holiday and touring around the UK durng the latter stages of the World Cup, and I just never got around to posting up my missives!

Results:

Quarter Finals

Friday 2nd July:

Netherlands 2 Brazil 1

Uruguay 1 Ghana 1
Uruguay win 4-2 on penalties

Saturday 3rd July:

Germany 4 Argentina 0

Paraguay 0 Spain 1

Semi Finals

Tuesday 6th July
Uruguay 2 Holland 3

Wednesday 7th July
Germany 0 Spain 1

3rd v 4th Playoff

Saturday 10th July

Germany 3 Uruguay 2

Final

Sunday 11th July

Spain 1 Holland 0


And given the location where we watched the World Cup Final, I just had to re-arrange the traditional Nursery Rhyme!
To those who may have forgotten it ….

Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross
To see a fine lady upon a white horse
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes
She shall have music wherever she goes

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/wc2010-day-20-to-the-end/