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Group G game 3 – Brazil versus Ivory Coast

Drogba is starting and is captain for today's game

PEEEEEEEP PEEEEEEP PEEP – Game over. Brazil are through to the next round. Ivory Coast have it all to do against North Korea.

94:00 – Fabiano wins a free kick and rolls around theatrically. He is forcefully helped by the Ivorians and shows his displeasure in being helped.

91:00 – Lovely cross that gets headed across goal that Julio Cesar acrobatically pushes clear.

3 minutes of added time

87:00 – Total meltdown by both teams as fists fly as Keita runs into Kaka. Ref is conned and gives Kaka another yellow and his marching orders. Not the ref’s fault but Keita should be embarrassed.

85:00 – Argy Bargy going on

79:00 – GOOOOOAALLLL – Drogba – Gervinho runs from one penalty box to another but he is finally cut off, comes back, passes it Yaya Toure and he sends a beautiful ball to an unmarked Drogba who easily heads it into the net. Brazil 3 – Ivory Coast 1

72:00 – Ivory Coast lack any creativity right now, however a long range effort is well saved by Julio Cesar.

65:00 – Elano gets caught in a nasty challenge and needs to be stretchered off. Dani Alves comes in to replace him. Keita now comes on for Kalou.

63:00 – GOOOOOOALLLLL ELANO. Terrible defending by Ivory Coast as Kaka runs to the byline and cuts the ball back for Elano as Zakora is caught ball watching and the Brazilian midfielder easily slots it home. Brazil 3 – Ivory Coast 0

62:00 – Brazil back to their Joga Bonita best as they have an inter change of exquisite passing but the final ball is shot straight at Barry.

54:00 – Drogba gets a free header but sends it agonizingly wide. The Chelsea man should have done better.

50:00 – GOOOOOOOOOOAAALLL – LUIS FABIANO. A breakdown in the Ivorian defense as he brings the ball down and dribbles around several defenders maybe touching the ball a couple of times with his hand and fires it into the back of the net. Brazil 2 – Ivory Coast 0

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Out of Africa

African football teams are becoming more and more of a force to contend with.

African teams have become regulars at the World Cup for the past 4 decades. As the game of football has become increasingly global, the top clubs in the world have been sending their scouts to all corners of Africa in an effort to find the next Weah, Essien, Drogba or Eto’o.

African born players have for a long time been very successful in the top leagues as individuals. George Weah, Abedi Pele, and Rabah Madjer have lead their teams to many a championship or cup finals.

Unfortunately when it came to playing for their national team, their teammates were just not good enough or there weren’t enough qualification spots allotted to African teams in order for these world class players to showcase their talents on an international stage. I believe one of  the greatest tragedies in World Cup football, was that Weah never played at the highest international level. The Liberian forward was poetry in motion. A strong player, blessed with wonderful ball skills, he graced the pitch wherever he played. He won European and World football player of the year in 1995 at Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan and won Serie A titles with the Rosseneri. He finally retired in 2003 a decorated club player but never could achieve any international glory.

It’s because of players like Weah, Pele etc… that the road was paved for African players to play top flight football. As European clubs signed more and more promising African players; their respective countries could now boast multiple accomplished players playing for their nation. However, it wasn’t until the 2006 World Cup that African countries were considered a legitimate threat to the traditional South American and European powerhouses.

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