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Vuvuzela!

Vuvuzela- That’s the name of horn which is making sound at FIFA World Cup 2010.Also known as “lepatata” (Tswana name) it’s a 3 ft 3 inches instrument creating lot of controversy on distracting players on field with noise. FIFA as of now has not yet decided to ban the instrumentbut there’s been lot of eyebrows raised by the players.
Coming on to game updates – last weekend – Argentina started their campaign with 1-0 win over Nigeria and Korea beat Greece 2-0 in Group B. England one of the strong contenders this time started off well with captain Gerrard leading from the front strikes early for his side, but soon US team counter attacked and it was a suicide goal from English Goal-keeper slipping ball into his own net. The game which could’ve easily gone in England’s favour, ended in a draw England 1 -1 USA. In another match Slovenia managed to beat Algeria 1-0. These were results from Group C.
Group D results saw Ghana beating Serbia 1-0 followed by Germany thrashing Australia 4-0.

Group E kicked off really well with Japan beating Cameroon 1-0 and Dutch team enjoying Danish party, The Netherlands beat Denmark 2-0.

Group F had defending champions Italy taking on Paraguay. Match ended in a draw 1-1 with some great moves and fighting spirit shown by Paraguay team.

Today 15th June Matches –

New Zealand facing Slovakia @ 17:00 IST – Group F

Portugal vs Ivory Coast @ 19:30 IST – Group G (Group of Death)

Samba boys Brazil vs N. Korea @ 23:50 IST – Group G.

Soccer Mania

With the 19th Edition of the Football World Cup to kick start from 11th June 2010 and 30 days of utter craziness with billions and billions of people following each and every match, its time for ShamsnWags to keep their favorite Red Cherry aside and chase the Golden Ball. It’s an undisputed fact that Football is a game that is played and followed globally.
It’s going to be an exhilarating contest with every team pushing hard to lift the trophy.Right from the famous ‘Hand of God’ by Diego Maradona, to the infamous ‘Head Butt’ in last edition by Zidane, football has seen some super incidence in the ground. Not to forget killing of Andres Escobar from Columbia for hitting a self goal.
Though people still vouch for the teams that have won word cup on numerous occasions like Brazil, Italy, Argentina, the likes of Spain, Portugal & Holland are all set to break this trend
Going back to our child memories, in 1986 when Argentina won the WC, that time for Shams football meant Maradona. Now the time has changed and we are following football very closely which includes team formation, recent form of players.
Let’s have a look at some of the Key Players:
Lionel Messy (termed as Modern Maradona), Carlos Tevez –Argentina
Kaka- Brazil
Cassilla Vila & FernandoTorress – Spain
Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal
Thierry Henry – France
Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard & Frank Lampard – England
Lucas Podolski -Germany.

Didier Drogba -Iveorycost

For Shams the favorites are England & Spain, for Wags its Brazil & England.
Which team do you support? Do write in your feedback.

Shamsnwags
Photo Courtesy:
http://sgfsoccer.com/

Champions Trophy 2009


We are inching towards the last debacle of World cricket calendar for the year.
Yes we are talking about the Champions Trophy. With 8 teams playing for the title and the top four team desperate to retain the top position, it’s going to have some exhilarating contests between the teams.Champions Trophy is also referred as ‘Mini World Cup’ and it’s played once in every two years.

The teams have been divided in 2 groups. Each team will be playing a match against the same group.
The group structure is as follows
Group A: Australia, India, Pakistan and WI
Group B: England, New Zealand, SA and SriLanka.
India is placed in one of the toughest group as it has the likes of Australia, Pakistan and West Indies. The Champions Trophy will kick start on 22nd September between SA and SL at the Centurion.India will take on Pakistan on 26th September at the same venue and believe us, its going to be as good as a final match. India has never lost to Pakistan in any World cup format and we hope that record remains intact.
Let’s hope to see some wonderful matches in this 50 over format which is talked about losing it’s interest over the T20 format.

Posted by: Shams N Wags.
Photo source: livesports-streaming.com

Fizzing Strauss

With Strauss adding the fizz on the top in both the innings, playing a peach of an innings,only Paul Collingwood played a support role for England.
After the loss of three quick wickets in the second innings, Strauss and Collingwood steadied the England ship. At the loss of 9 wickets, England declared for decent total of 316.
In came the deadly opening pair of Sehwag and Gambhir. With the task of scoring 387 runs to win, they came heavily on the bowlers. Hitting over an average of 5 at the top of the innings is what one can expect from this opening pair and they obliged yet another time.
Sehwag was all guns blazing and smashed he ball all over the park. With him attacking and Gambhir playing a support role, India ended on the score of 131 for the loss of Sehwag wicket. The task ahead of Indians is to score 256 runs in a day and lets wait and watch how the Indian achieve the target.