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World Cup post-mortem part 2: preview of the third place game. July 10, 2010

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in World Cup 2010.
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Who cares about it?

(More after the jump)Ten points:

  1. Seriously, who cares about these things.
  2. I’d probably back Miro Klose to score two though.
  3. But Uruguay has more to prove, having not really legitimately beat a top-class team all tournament, and being, generally, a slightly feistier team.
  4. Usually, coaches use these games to give run-outs to players who have appeared infrequently, or starts to bench players. So I wouldn’t be surprised to see Toni Kroos instead of Sami Khedira or Bastian Schweinsteiger, or Marcell Jansen starting at left-back.
  5. Uruguay, though, will probably send out its strongest side from the start.
  6. Diego Forlan has been the best player of this tournament. I’m sure many people thought he would be capable of scoring goals, but he’s also been the only player to truly tame the supposedly unruly Jabulani ball (although that story is seriously overplayed), and shown a heretofore unforseen gift for orchestrating his team’s attacks. For me, the moment of the tournament so far from him was his excellent pass to Edinson Cavani for Uruguay’s goal against Mexico.
  7. It wouldn’t be out of place to call Thomas Mueller Forlan’s closest competitor, though. Without anybody really taking much notice, he’s become one of Europe’s very best players. If Bayern Munich ends up selling Arjen Robben or Franck Ribery this season, I don’t think it will be too much of a loss.
  8. Egidio Arevalo’s facial hair is atrocious.
  9. Other players in this game who have been brilliant, but not gotten the credit they deserved: Mesut Ozil, who has been even better than people say; Cavani; Uruguay’s fullbacks Maxi Pereira and Jorge Fucile; Per Mertesacker; Manuel Neuer.
  10. I would like to see it go to penalties.
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