Soccer Awards: Best performances

It is nearly the end of the world cup * sad sad crying *. It has been an enormous amount of fun with all the friggin own goals, penalty kicks, dramatic coaches, heroic goalies and fabulous players (and acting). My only request for the next world cup is that it is held in a time zone that is not six hours behind my country. And that Bafana Bafana actually get INTO the World Cup this time around.

I am pretty sure that Germany will lift the trophy tonight, but I am putting up this post up ahead because I don’t want to jinx my team. Good luck guys!

Best coach

Miguel Herrera: Mexico

In a game where coaches generally have plenty to say next to the field (a miracle that they can’t get yellow cards), Miguel Herrera stands out as the most entertaining with the highest level of excitement and the funniest reactions of all time. I salute your spirit, sir.

Best Goal keeper


Julio Cesar – Brazil

Julio doesn’t only have extremely lucky genetics, he is also an amazing goal keeper for one of the best teams around. His saves (especially during that penalty kick out), are legendary and when he choked up I nearly choked up. Cesar has unfortunately been removed since two spectacular defeats, although most blame should be heaped on the Brazilian defence, who left Cesar alone exactly seven times during the Germany game.

Guillermo Ochoa – Mexico

mexico goalie

Ochoa apparently means stone wall in some language, and man, how appropriate. Ochoa can be credited as the best goalie this World Cup. He held a spectacular number of teams at bay. I think Mexico honestly deserved to go further. They are a really respectable team and I think they just keep getting better and better.

Best Captain

philip lahm

A captain should be a guy that is calm amidst chaos and that carries himself with dignity – who better than the serious faced Phillipp Lahm of Germany?

Most ridiculous hair


There were days in the not too distant past that hair bands were used by lazy girls to hide dirty hair, but it is now used by temperamental soccer players. Introducing Diego Forlan from Uruguay. I really don’t like this guy, his team, or his attitude.

Most fabulous

Cristiano Renaldo


You are welcome!

Best Actor

Arjen Robben

There are two options regarding Robben’s flighty feet: Harry Potter is in the stands, making him fall deliberately through magic, or Robben is tripping himself with his own dodgy brand of magic. Sadly I think it is the last.

What was your most entertaining moment of the tournament?


Five things Friday: Where I will be for a while


It’s the Fifa Soccer World Cup Baby!

Although not fortunate enough to be in Brazil, I WILL be in front of my TV Binge watching as many soccer games as I can possibly find being shown at a respectable time in my country. (Fuuu Brazil, is it really necessary to be four/five hours behind us?! #rude)

Penny depicting my obsession perfectly

I love everything about soccer. It is:

1) so close to Hockey rules I understand it perfectly,

2) the guys are super hot – check this,

3) It is a beautiful game

4) Emotional and gut wrenching

5) I laugh and laugh at the dramatic behaviour of the players

This is a Five Things Friday post, so I will add the sixth point apart: It really makes me proud to remember what South-Africa did in 2010. It was the most AMAZING time in this country and the atmosphere was unbelievable. We showed the world what we can do when we put our minds to it, and I will never forget it. EVER.

Are you a soccer fan? Excited much?


5 Things Friday: Five Things South-Africans can talk about except Oscar Pistorius

This case is driving me nuts! It is nonstop on the radio, television, newspapers, twitter, bars, clubs, the queue in Woolworths. Seriously people, can this just stop? I wish he could be either convicted or let loose because I can honestly not survive another day of hearing his name or Barry Roux or Gerrie Nel or stories about fans on balconies and people who are overly affectionate of guns.

So here are 5 topics you can discuss should you feel the need to discuss things of actual importance:

The upcoming elections

Because 99.99% of South-Africans are either dumb or blind sighted by misplaced loyalty, it is a given that the ANC will win this year’s elections. However, feel free to discuss Helen Zille’s ridiculous attire, Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s eternal hope that he will become president and Julius’s “trust-fund” to clear the money he owes to SARS.


Remember that ridiculous estate our President claims he didn’t ask for? Yes, talk about why we are paying so much tax, which brings us to the next point for discussion.


That thing road users in Gauteng are paying obscene amounts for? Mr. President, I did not ask for E-tolls so I am not paying them. Let’s all talk how we will rather go to prison than pay more taxes to our corrupt government so that more fire pools can be built.

Shrien Dewani

Who finally arrived in SA but is now in the loony bin, taking more of our tax money.

Many Other Topics

The Weather, rugby, cricket, soccer, loadshedding, how many chocolates you are planning to eat for Easter, what you will do for easter, etc. etc.

So now that you have topics, please stop talking about Oscar.



PS: My brand ne laptop is BROKEN, so I am planning a few posts ahead while it is being fixed. Because April is sucking, that is why.

Soccer City and other stuff

You can sleep when you are dead

That is apparently my new philosophy on life. This weekend was hectic! I am so exhausted, and in desperate need for a new weekend just to recover from the craziness.

On Friday night we had a girl’s night. We went to watch an Afrikaans movie, Klein Karoo, at the Glen shopping centre’s Nu Metro cinema. It was cute, and very cheesy. I will definitely post a review on it later this week. Afterwards, we went for a few drinks at a club close by, but left quickly. That scene certainly wasn’t ours! A friend suggested another pub in Alberton, called Tudors, and we went there instead. It was LOADS better.


Saturday I went with my friend Anèll to another friend’s church for their annual Old Motor show. It was really inspiring to see how cars can be preserved. There were cars up to a hundred years old, and still in working condition. Amazing hey?

On Sunday I came in to work for a bit (meh) and then in the evening I went to the AFCON final at Soccer City stadium, Soweto, SA. It is always nice to go to the stadium – it is a wonderful reminder of our country’s success at hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The stadium was in pristine condition as always. The opening ceremony was wonderful, with the formation of the African continent my favourite part. Then the match started with an amazing display of dizzying footwork. Nigeria and Burkina Faso both deserved to be in the final, and win the trophy. At the end of the match Nigeria won 1-0, and took the trophy home for the 3rd time. The stadium was in ecstasy, since most of the fans there was for Nigeria.

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Africa formation during opening ceremony.

In front of stadium

Me in front of stadium

Orange glove

Large plastic gloves main sponsor Orange gave to everyone in the stadium.

Soccer city

Soccer City at night.

So I am naturally exhausted, but rather happy with the weekend.

How did yours go?