Sunday, July 4, 2010
Maradona fracas with the German fans after the 0-4 world cup 2010 humiliation at the hands of the Germans!!
This is the scenic view of the Table Mountain, in Cape Town, the icon of South Africa. Cape Town is also the city where Diego Maradona's and his boys were heartbroken after the crushing 0-4 defeat against Germany at the quarter final stage of the 2010 World Cup, held at the Green Point Stadium, Cape Town.
The 2010 World Cup champion will now be decided between the 2 times finalist at the 1974 and 1978 world cup - The Netherlands, 2008 European champion Spain, World Cup1930 and 1950 winner Uruguay and 3 times World Cup Champion (1954, 1974 and 1990)Germany.
The match ended unexpectedly with a 4-0 drubbing by Germany against the hapless Argentina. Seen here, Germany striker Miroslav Klose, scoring Germany 2nd goal in 68th minute of the second half. Klose later scored his 2nd goal of the night at the 89th minute for Germany's 4th goal.
On 3rd July 2010, Germany inflicted Argentina biggest ever loss in a World Cup match. The 4-0 drubbing of Diego Maradona's boys at the hands of the Germans, was totally unexpected. Billions of people around the world expected Argentina to give a very tough fight against the mighty Germans. In the end, it was "Don't cry for me Argentina".
Matches at any level pitting the 3 times world chamipons Germany against 2 times World Champion Argentina were always explosive.
These two teams have met at the World Cup final twice in 1986 and 4 years later in 1990.
In the 1986 final held at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico, Diego Maradona's team prevailed, winning 3-2 to lift the World Cup for the 2nd times after their first triumph in the Mario Kempes inspired team of 1978.
However Germany avenged that painful defeat by inflicting a 1-0 loss against Maradona and co in the 1990 world cup final in Rome, Italy. A sole penalty goal by Andreas Brehme, allowed Germany to lift the coveted and prestigious trophy for the 3rd time.
Both teams also fought it out at the same quarter final level at the 2006 World Cup in Germany where the home team once again prevailed. Germany won the penalty shoot out after the match ended 1-1 after extra time.
Before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Germany actually lost 0-1 to Argentina in a pre world cup friendly match held at the Allianz Arena in Munich on
However, last night on 3rd July 2010, Germany played differently and superbly, their splendid passes and game strategy worked out magnificently and perfectly and caused endless havoc at the hearts of the Argentine defence from the 1st minute till the 90th minute.
The Argentina defence failed to contain the relentless German attack, conceeding a goal as early as the 3rd minutes, courtesy of a Bastian Schweinsteiger free kick, headed by Thomas Muller from close range, leaving Argentine long haired 6 foot 5 inches goalkeeper, Sergio Romero no chance at all.
A Miroslav Klose double goals in the 68th and 89th minute as well as Arne Friedrich 1st goal for Germany in 77 matches in the 74th minute, sealed Argentina's fate with a 4-0 drubbing.
This was a scene after Argentina's worst ever defeat in a World Cup Match, the 0-4 humiliation by the Germans at the Argentina's coach - the legendary Diego Armando Maradona seen in a fracas with the Germans who celebrated too close behind the Argentine bench. Diego has to be calmed by his daughter, Dalma.
This made in German banner which reads "Bye, Maradona" also further incensed the already crushed and heart broken Argentine legend.
In the 0-4 loss, Argentine playmaker and 2009/2010 World and European footballer of the year, Lionel Messi failed to shine. He occasionaly threatened the rock solid German defence but to no avail. Sadly, Messi leaves this 2010 World Cup without scoring a goal, however his many defence splitting passes has helped Argentina to progress into the quarter final, defeating Nigeria, South Korea, Greece and Mexico in the process.
"Messi is my Maradona," said Maradona himself, as the head coach of the Argentine national team.
Martin Palermo dubbed the Joker for missing 3 penalties in a match against Colombia in the 1999 Copa America, thus infamously earning him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for missing three penalties for Argentina in a single international match. The first penalty rebounded off the crossbar; the second penalty went over; the third was saved by the Colombian goalkeeper, Miguel Calero. Though his international career seemed to be over at the end of his magnificent career, Palermo late goal in a crucial 2010 World Cup qualifier with Paraguay, secured his place in this Argentina squad, with boss Diego Maradona hailing him as 'Saint Martin' after that game.
Argentina's forward Diego Milito's 2 goals for Inter Milan against Bayern Munich en route to winning the Champions League on May 2010, was not enough to earn him a first team place. Milito did not feature in the 0-4 demoliton of Argentina by Germany in the 2010 World Cup quarter final at Cape Town.
Last but not least, I join millions of frustrated Argentina fans around the globes and other galaxies as well, in singing this heart broken song.