For many people the real world cup starts here. There can be no more teams trying to avoid losing by too many goals to guarantee a qualifying slot or teams playing meaningless matches. Now it is win or go home.
The smell of crisp green grass, the feel of tension rising, the sound of thousands gathering to watch a match. Yes, it is the world cup Wimbledon. With the queen in attendance, the higher-ranked males did not dare to disappoint, and marked yesterday as the first day when all seeded players in the gentlemen's singles won their matches. The ladies failed to rise to the challenge however, as Daniela Hantuchova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Aravane Rezai and Jie Zheng failed to make it to the next round.
Yesterday, reigning World Cup champions Italy, were unceremoniously dumped out of this year's competition. Defeated 3-2 by Slovakia, in what must be considered the match of the tournament thus far. There were tears and everything.
Wasn't yesterday tense? It was for me, I was following the earlier games in the office via the comments and live blogs. Not a lot of work got done! No doubt the same pattern will be repeated in offices elsewhere in the world today among those who couldn't get time off, or simply didn't plan ahead and ask (oops).
This should be interesting. See, if you've been around the past few days I have admitted as much as I love Wimbledon I am not very good with remembering how tennis works. Because of this, I am going to apologise in advance if today's Wimbledon thread seems extremely bizarre. Nevertheless, Day 4 have arrived and what a day tennis fans were treated too yesterday as well as some of the tricks up their very short sleeves today! Well in their pockets really because that's where they seem to store their spare tennis balls they quite blatently stole from the Pringles-esque tubes in JJB Sports. But yes, tennis tennis tennis!
13 Days. Never has so much expectation been placed on England before, a result is required, a win against the Slovenians. Its not all about England, Germany could be out if they aren't too careful. USA need to perform and Australia, ideally need to try and keep all 11 men on the pitch. World Cup Day 13, my word, we should be in for a treat and a half.
Today marks the third day of the tennis championships at Wimbledon, and so far it’s been brilliant! Yesterday three high seeders found themselves packing up their racquets and waving goodbye to the grandstands for the last time this year as the smiley Marcos Baghdatis , Juan Carlos Ferrero , and most shockingly of all Fernando Verdasco  were all defeated.
Somehow, I didn't manage to watch any football yesterday. I blame Wimbledon. I want to make up for it today, and goodness me, I have four matches to choose from! Four! They're on in two lots of two, so four teams playing all at the same time. I need more eyes, I really do. Or that TV screen from Back to the Future II. If someone could go ahead and invent that, I think we'd all be very grateful.
Welcome to the second day of the championships at SW19. It was an epic first day yesterday, with loads of the seeds struggling with their form. Roger Federer went down two sets to Falla, before gradually snatching back a victory against all the odds. Hewitt needed four sets, whilst Djokovic was also making life hard for himself.
The world cup has come alive! Or not. Controversy reigned for the whole of the past week and, frankly, I am not sure if it is really that good for football's reputation. Here's a look back at the good, the bad and the ugly for those of you who have missed it all (and shame on you).
Hello. Amy here. As the self elected official unofficial bringer of Sidepodcast tennis news, I bring you Wimbledon: Day 1. Wimbledon is the third slam of the year and the only one played on tennis' original surface of grass. They don't call it Lawn Tennis for nothing. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have one slam a piece in 2010, and they are once again the two favourites to lift this title. Some say 2010 could bring an upset though, as in the all too short grass season coming into this tournament Roger lost to Hewitt for the first time in 16 matches in the final at Halle and Rafa was taken out early in Queens.
Good Morning People – It’s Day 10 of the World Cup. Wasn’t yesterday’s action brilliant? I may be slightly biased however, because we went to watch the Danish game at an outdoor stadium – where the atmosphere was brilliant! So many people went to see it, all dressed in red and white with flags, horns, beach balls and LOADS OF NOISE!!!
The World Cup has thus far treated fans to a fantastic spectacle, with great drama, breathtaking goals, beautiful typography and some unexpected results. Wait a second, beautiful typography? Why yes indeed.
We enter our eighth day of football, and I'm sulking. I was behind France, having drawn them in the sweepstake, and they failed miserably last night. Apparently they're not out of it yet but the chances of them scraping through are, as Jeremy would put it, Buckleys.
Oh my goodness. I finally have the opportunity to do a post for the World Cup posts within Sidepodcast – awesome! I myself am a football fan but the great thing about the World Cup is that you learn so much you didn’t know before, like this stat – did you know that the Jinglgjonljelly ball being used for the World Cup is round? It’s causing many arguments because it’s a ball doing ball-esque things. Fabio Capello called it the ‘worst ball he has ever seen’ – take that Jellybanana Ball! He hasn’t played with my old year 10 team I did in school, clearly. I for one am outraged it is a ball being a ball. Rugby never has this problem. Anyways, I digress, there is another big World Cup day to concentrate on.
The World Cup entered new waters yesterday, by providing us with a cracker of a game. Originally seen as a walkover for the Brazilians, North Korea battled hard against them in a tight 2-1 contest. Oh yes, only the second time more than two goals have been scored in a game so far this tournament.
Finally, it falls to me to write a World Cup post. I thought I was doing quite well, avoiding it for five days to give me a chance to swot up on this football lark. Now's my chance to display how very knowledgable I am about it all now.
This world cup is well and truly alight after Germany's comprehensive trashing of Australia. Too bad for me that the same did not occur on the Montreal track. In any case, those who wrote Die Mannschaft off can bite their tongues, while those betting on Australia making the knockout rounds will be slightly more than apprehensive.
Hi this is World Cup Day 3 and this is Alex Andronov. I am writing this from my holiday in France where the world cup also takes place, it being the cup of the entire world. During the England vs USA match this is how the situation looked here.
As the 2010 World Cup enters its second day of exciting pitch action, we're busy swatting up on the rules and regulations surrounding that mysterious game, known simply as football.