WORLD CUP FOOTBALL, PLANNING THE AFTERMATH: Sleeping off after Super Sunday – Classes put off or rescheduled for soccer face-off

WORLD CUP FOOTBALL, PLANNING THE AFTERMATH: Sleeping off after Super Sunday – Classes put off or rescheduled for soccer face-off – planning and action, vision with a future, good assists ?!!

A roadside vendor tries to sell flags of the Netherlands and Spain to a passing motorist in Johannesburg a few hours before the match on Sunday; (above) A Spanish flag strung up at Pachpanhata in Darjeeling - only business opportunities left ?!! (Photos by AFP and Suman Tamang)


Darjeeling, July 11: Strategies have been chalked out not just in Soccer City but in the boardrooms of hill educational institutions as well. School principals had racked their brains last week to strike a balance between work and play so that sleepy heads don’t have to trudge to class tomorrow rubbing their eyes after the grand finale ends early in the morning.

Few in the hills are unwilling to miss the face-off between the Netherlands and Spain but with the kick-off at midnight, many may not be able to reach school on time. Classes in many institutions start as early as 7.30am.

So many school authorities have decided to either declare a holiday or postpone the first period tomorrow.

George Fernandez, the principal of Mount Hermon, has decided to keep the school shut.

“All the students will be definitely watching the match and we have decided to declare a holiday. We had a full school on Saturday when we followed Monday’s routine,” said Fernandez.

Most of the residential schools have arranged for television sets that will be placed in the dormitories for the students.

St Joseph’s School (North Point) has not declared a holiday but has decided to change the timing so that students and teachers can catch up on some sleep.

“We start school at 8am but tomorrow we have decided to start an hour late. The school will remain open till 4pm instead of 3pm,” said Father Kinley Tshering, rector, North Point.

It is not just the schools in Darjeeling that have been caught in the World Cup euphoria. Most schools across the hills have also decided to change their timings for the D-Day sake. “We too have decided to start school at 10.30am, instead of the usual 8.30am, because of the match,” said Rabindra Subba, the director of Himali Boarding School in Kurseong.

The build-up to the games in Darjeeling has hit a crescendo despite teams with major followers like Argentina, Brazil, Germany and England having crashed out.

“I have spent almost Rs 5,000 throughout the tournament betting which player will get yellow card or the red card or score the first or the second goal in a match,” said a driver who plies a taxi on the Darjeeling-Lebong route.

The hills, which have more football followers than cricket, have already a planned a party to watch the closing ceremony. “I have sold four rooms to some local people who are planning to watch the match with their friends,” said Vicky Rai of Hotel Crystal Palace in Darjeeling.

District information and cultural officer Pasang Bal said the matches were being telecast on a giant screen at the Gymkhana Club.

“Since the semi-finals were held at midnight, the turnout at the club was thin. But today, I think a lot of keen football fans will come to watch the final at the club,” the officer said.


Thomas Mueller wins golden boot award – wins only due to assists, a lesson we should all learn ?!!

The prestigious Golden Boot Award - unselfishness wins always ?!!


Johannesburg, Jul 12, 2010 at 03:18: Germany’s Thomas Mueller has been announced the Golden Boot winner as David Villa and Wesley Sneijder fail to score in the final between Spain and the Netherlands.

Mueller, Spain’s Villa, the Netherlands’ Sneijder and Uruguay’s Diego Forlan have each scored five goals but the 20-year-old German led the tiebreaker with the most assists.

Thomas Muller - watch out, he's coming to be the very best ?!!

He has assisted teammates to score three times, while the other trio has one assist apiece. This was Mueller’s first ever World Cup and helped Germany finish third on Saturday after beating Uruguay 3-2 in playoffs.

Mueller was also crowned the “best young player” earlier on Saturday.

Uruguay’s striker Diego Forlan has been awarded golden ball award. Forlan made a big impact for his country at the World Cup with his five goals and came up with many match winning performances.


World Cup 2010: Spain’s Iker Casillas wins Golden Glove, ahead of Netherlands’ Maarten Stekelenburg and Germany’s Manuel Neuer

Crowning glory for Real man…

Spain's Captain-Keeper Iker Casillas wins the Golden Glove award - stunning performance ?!!

By James Daly

12 Jul 2010 00:26:00: The Real Madrid shot-stopper conceded only two goals all tournament, the first coming in a shock 1-0 defeat to Switzerland in Spain’s first group game, the second in the 2-1 group win over Chile, but went on to keep clean sheets in all of his remaining games.

The 29-year-old shed tears at the final whistle of Sunday’s game after leading his side to their first ever World Cup triumph, a feat which will surely see him go down as a hero of Spanish football.


Casillas captained his country to their first ever World Cup final and subsequently was the first Spaniard ever to lift the trophy. The Real Madrid man was solid for La Furia Roja throughout and didn’t let in a single goal throughout the knockout stages. He played every minute for Vicente Del Bosque’s men and made a total of 17 saves.

FIFA did not list any runners up but a number of names deserve credit: Germany’s Manuel Neuer only played 550 minutes after his side were dumped out in the semi-finals, but made an impressive 22 saves. It could have been different had Frank Lampard’s goal been properly awarded, a shot that beat Neuer from the edge of the area, but the young keeper impressed throughout with mature displays.

Maarten Stekelenburg came as close as any other keeper to lifting the World Cup, but was beaten by match-winner Andres Iniesta in the final. The Netherlands keeper did, though, make more saves than Casillas during the tournament – 19 in total – but only managed to keep two clean cheets.


Once the knockout stages started Casillas kept it tight, and produced the goods when it mattered, his most important moment came twarting Arjen Robben in the final with a brilliant one-on-one save. He also kept his side in the quarter-final with Paraguay by saving – and holding onto – an Oscar Cardozo penalty.

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