Wow wow wow!! Toyota Etios Cross!

I have always been a huge Toyota fan… however Toyota has seriously outdone themselves lately! Check out the All New Etios Cross!

This must be the best suited car to my lifestyle – being out and about every week my options will be unlimited having this car. What I really love is the roof rack. It just opens up the door for me to not have any luggage constraint problems when I decide to go to the Vaal or the coast.

Best of all is this car won’t break the bank! In fact probably not even dent it :). At R159 800 as the recommended price it certainly is the most affordable car of its class!

For a 1.5L car the 66kW you get is certainly enough for any challenge! You get 132 Nm Torque so going off road is a breeze :)

Take a look at how stunning the interior looks:



The color choice also makes it very attractive as I love the “burnt orange” version:


I really encourage you to go check out the website and see for yourselves! and if you are allready convinced why not go book a test drive? Book here!

The Lime Has Come

South Africa’s coldest beer brand introduces a new member to the Extra Cold family – Castle Lite Lime. The original Castle Lite you’ve come to love is now available with a revitalizing dash of lime.


It’s an all-new icy fresh experience added to the smooth, crisp taste of Castle Lite and the coolest way to keep the party extra cold this summer.

With innovation at its core, Castle Lite have taken the extra cold experience to the next level with the addition of a lime infused beer to their product range. The addition of lime flavor offers a fresh way of consuming beer making Castle Lite accessible to a new crowd of fans.

To introduce Castle Lite Lime to the market a remix of the original Castle Lite advert starring rapper Vanilla Ice was created, with a refreshing dash of lime of course.

It’s the same green bottle, signature 2-stage cold indicator, grip and ice-proof label with added zest for intense Extra Cold refreshment.



Golf is a sport that is often scoffed at by non-golfers. “A game played by fat, old men, requiring no athleticism. A dull, unfathomable affair”. We of course know better. The Ryder Cup however, is the one golf event that transcends the golf world and manages to capture the imagination of many a non-golfer. Patriotic fervour is probably the driving force behind the Ryder Cup’s continued popularity. With the competition now fierce, the matches close, this popularity is set to grow.

This competitiveness wasn’t always the case however, between 1935 and 1977 America won 16 out of the 18 matches played, with one Great Britain victory and one tie. Then in 1979 things took a turn. Players from continental Europe were introduced, and the Ryder Cup changed forever.

Europe’s first two outings as a united continent weren’t exactly auspicious, they lost 17-11 at The Greenbrier in 1979, then got trounced 18.5-9.5 at home, at Walton Heath in 1981. Things started to turn next time around though, when Tony Jacklin led a rejuvenated European team to a narrow one point loss on American soil, against a Jack Nicklaus led U.S. side.  Then in 1985 came Europe’s watershed. The Belfry was the venue and all of Europe believed. They started slowly that week, losing the Friday morning foursomes 3-1, but inched their way back into the contest to lead 9-7 going into Sunday’s singles. Dominant in the singles, it was Sam Torrance who sank the winning putt and catapulted European golf into ecstasy. Finally after 28 long years the Ryder Cup was rested from American hands.

Then in 1987 came a new dawn. Tony Jacklin led a team consisting of 4 Scotsmen, 3 Spaniards, 2 Englishmen, a Welshman, Irishman and German into the lion’s den. Jack Nicklaus captaining his country in his home town, on the course he built, was vanquished, and America had lost the Ryder Cup on home soil for the first time ever. It was fitting that the winning point was captured by the man that has epitomized the Ryder Cup more than anyone else , Seve Ballesteros. Since then America have only reclaimed the Cup four times, Europe winning it outright seven times and retaining it once, in 1989, at The Belfry.

This year the Ryder Cup returns to Scotland for the first time in 41 years. Tom Watson returns as American captain, having captained his side to victory in 1993, at The Belfry. He will face off against Irishman Paul McGinley. The likeable Dubliner got the top job in European golf despite only having won four European Tour events, a measure of the respect and affection his peers have for him.

The two men, with vastly contrasting resumes as players, lead their teams into the heat of battle this week at Gleneagles. The captains duties which range from selecting three players to join the nine automatic qualifiers, to selecting the team outfits and hotel rooms, are now almost done. What’s left is the small matter of press interviews, opening and closing ceremonies and selecting pairing combinations. Then of course there is the indefinable motivation. A leader’s ability to motivate his troops, to inspire superior performances and bring a group of individuals together as a team.

Speaking of teams, the two teams are brimming with talent from top to tail. The Americans have six major champions in their midst, while Europe have four. The Americans also have a slight edge when it comes to average world ranking position, with an average of 16th place, whilst the European twelve average out at 20th. The Europeans however go into the contest as fairly strong favourites, due to their recent successes, home ground advantage and their strength at the top. Both teams have three rookies, and both have similar Ryder Cup experience. Europe’s twelve having played in a cumulative 31 Ryder Cups, with the Americans totaling 28. That all said, and with the last two Matches coming down to just one point, I think and hope we have another nail-biter on our hands. My prediction…Europe by a nose.

 EUROPEAN TEAM:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Paul McGinley (Captain)

 Rory McIlroy                                                                                                                                  Sergio Garcia                                                                                                                                  Henrik Stenson                                                                                                                              Justin Rose                                                                                                                                      Martin Kaymer                                                                                                                              Graeme McDowell                                                                                                                          Victor Dubuisson                                                                                                                          Jamie Donaldson                                                                                                                        Thomas Bjorn                                                                                                                              Stephen Gallacher   (Captain’s pick)                                                                                                    Ian Poulter   (Captain’s pick)                                                                                                                  Lee Westwood  (Captain’s pick)


 Tom Watson  (Captain)

 Jim Furyk                                                                                                                                        Bubba Watson                                                                                                                                  Matt Kuchar                                                                                                                                    Rickie Fowler                                                                                                                                    Phil Mickelson                                                                                                                              Jordan Spieth                                                                                                                                    Zach Johnson                                                                                                                                Jimmy Walker                                                                                                                                Patrick Reed                                                                                                                                    Keegan Bradley  (Captain’s pick)                                                                                                Webb Simpson  (Captain’s pick)                                                                                                      Hunter Mahan  (Captain’s pick)

Friday Morning Four-ball:

Stenson/Rose  vs  Watson/Simpson

Kaymer/Bjorn  vs  Fowler/Walker

Poulter/Gallacher  vs  Speith/Reed

McIlroy/Garcia  vs  Mickelson/Bradley

Let’s get ready to Rumble. 

Josh Greybe





The SEMI-FINALS of the U.S. OPEN are set. Returning once again to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre, in the heart of Queens, New York. The U.S. Open is the biggest and baddest of the four slams, owing to the sheer size of the complex, particularly Arthur Ashe Stadium, the late night matches and the robust nature of the native New Yorkers. It is loved and loathed by players of differing dispositions.

On the women’s side of things, Shuai Peng and Caroline Wozniacki are through to meet each other in the semi-final at the bottom half of the draw. An interesting match-up between the attacking Chinese woman, who had never previously gotten past the 4th round of a slam, and the Danish defensive wizard, a previous finalist at Flushing Meadow. Peng is in the form of her life this fortnight, beating Radwanska and Safarova among others, to get to the penultimate match. Wozniacki herself seems to have found the magic that took her to world no.1, already taking out Petkovic, Sharapova and demolishing Sara Errani, losing just a solitary game in the process. I was leaning towards Peng in this one, but after seeing Wozniacki’s display against Errani, i’m picking her to reach her second grand slam final.

At the top half of the draw Serena Williams will take on Ekaterina Makarova. Serena is in imperious form, breezing through her first 5 matches without dropping a set, but in Ekaterina Makarova she finds a worthy opponent. The Russian is making her first appearance in a grand slam semi-final, coming off a quarter-final at Wimbledon. She’s beaten Serena before, and if her powerful left-handed game is on song, then another win over the legendary American is a distinct possibility. Having said that, I can’t look past Serena making her 22nd appearance in a grand slam final.

The last four for the men will see Novak Djokovic take on Kei Nishikori, and Roger Federer take on Marin Cilic. Nishikori has done remarkably well to reach his first grand slam semi, coming through two, 5 set thrillers against more fancied opponents, Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka. Djokovic has eased through to the semis for the eighth straight year at Flushing Meadow, dropping just one set, to Andy Murray in the quarters. The 4 hour plus epics in the last 2 rounds will have taken a great deal out of Kei and a win against the inform world no.1 seems unlikely. Djokovic should win this one at a canter and reach his 5th Final in a row, and 6th all-time in New York.

The Federer vs Cilic match should be a closer encounter. The tall Croatian has never beaten Federer, losing their previous 5 matches, but since teaming up with fellow countryman Goran Ivanisevic , he seems a new man. More focused and confident than ever, Marin might now start to realize the potential he has promised for so long. A semi-final of the U.S. Open against perhaps the greatest player of all time, is a good place to start showing his talent to the world. Roger has proved this year that there is still life in the old dog, reaching 8 finals, including that epic Wimbledon final against Djokovic. He’s claimed 3 titles this year, including his first Masters 1000 title in two years. Although he’s coming off a tough Quarter-Final match against Gael Monfils, dropping the first 2 sets and having to fight off match points, I’m still thinking Fed’s experience will just win through.

So that means Williams vs Wozniacki,  and Djokovic vs Federer will be the finals if my predictions come to pass. Two mouth-watering encounters that the tennis watching public will be itching to see. I can’t see Serena or Novak getting beaten this fortnight, so the two no.1 seeds are my picks to claim the titles . Not exactly out of left-field picks, but there you go.

Josh Greybe


















It’s that time again, FEDEX CUP Playoffs time. The season long points competition culminates in four playoff events, The Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship and finally the TOUR Championship, where the top 30 will battle it out for world domination and the right to hold FedEx to ransom, to the tune of $10 million. The top 125 on the points standings after last week’s Wyndham Championship make it into The Barclays this week. Thereafter the field sizes diminish to 100, 70 and 30 respectively.

The Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship all offer up massive points, with the winner in each event accruing a whopping 2500 points. An illustration of the scale of these points is the fact that current points leader, Rory McIlroy has managed to acquire 2582 points the entire season, and that’s with winning two majors and a WGC event. It is therefore conceivable that someone could jump from last to first by winning The Barclays.

After the BMW Championship, which this year will be played at famed Cherry Hills CC , site of Arnold Palmer’s famous 7 shot comeback in the final round of the 1960 U.S Open, the points will be reset, leaving the top 5 with their fate in their own hands. A win meaning FEDEX Cup victory.

Top 5 in FEDEX CUP Standings After Regular Season:

1. Rory McIlroy             2582 points.

2. Jimmy Walker          2493 points.

3. Bubba Watson          2173 points.

4. Matt Kuchar              1921 points.

5. Jim Furyk                   1851 points.

My Top 5 Picks For FEDEX CUP Glory:

1. Adam Scott                  Current position: 15th

2. Rory McIlroy               Current position: 1st

3. Phil Mickelson            Current position: 45th

4. Brandt Snedeker         Current position: 55th

5. Justin Rose                   Current position: 18th

The FEDEX Cup is in it’s 8th season and has already become a must have trophy for the game’s elite. Woods , Singh , Furyk , Haas , Snedeker and Stenson have all tasted victory, and there are 120 others who will be itching for that feeling in a month’s time.






The U.S. P.G.A. Championship


Seen by many as the “ugly sister” of the 4 majors, the U.S. P.G.A Championship perennially has the strongest field in golf, and as the PGA of America’s tagline says, is “Glory’s Last Shot”. This year the PGA returns to Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville Kentucky, hometown of Jennifer Lawrence. It’s the third time the championship will be played at Valhalla, both previous visits ending in playoffs.

In 1996 Mark Brooks beat Kenny Perry on the first hole of a sudden death playoff, making a birdie to Kenny’s x, he never completed the hole. In regulation Kenny had bogeyed the 18th, a reachable par 5, then sat in the CBS tower chatting away to Jim Nantz and Ken Venturi , while Brooks was birdieing 18 to force a playoff.

The 2000 edition will probably go down in PGA history as the most exciting and controversial championship of them all. Tiger Woods started the final round 1 shot ahead of the unheralded due, Scott Dunlap and Bob May. Playing in the final pairing together, Tiger and Bob May had a battle that rivalled Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson’s “Duel In The Sun” at Turnberry in 1977. Trading birdie’s throughout the round, it was a punch and counter punch battle that culminated in Woods having to hole a 5 footer for birdie at 18. He dually did, forcing what seemed at the start of the day as a highly unlikely playoff. May had shot 66 to Woods 67. The three-hole aggregate playoff started with Woods running in a 20 footer for birdie on 16 to take a 1 shot lead. Both players pared 17, leaving Woods 1 ahead going down the last. Just when one thought Tiger had broken the spirit of his gallant opponent, Woods hooked his tee shot at 18. The ball bounced near the gallery and rolled straight into a bush ,then a few seconds later rolled out the bush again, back where it came from, in the direction of the tee. To this day I have no idea how that ball came out of that bush and it will remain one of those unsolved mysterious in life. Tiger went on to match Bob’s par at the hole , claiming his third major title of a year that will go down as perhaps the greatest in history.

This year’s Championship is shaping up to be a shootout between golf’s hottest players. Rory Mcilroy, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Jim Furyk all come in to the week in red hot form, and are going to be a tough lot for the rest of the field to overcome. Throw  Aussie Marc Leishman into the mix, and you have 7 guns cocked and ready to fire. Golf’s an unpredictable game though, and with so much talent out there right now, the winner could quite easily come from left field. I have a strong feeling that Phil Mickelson is gearing up for a big week, and South Africa’s challenge will be headed by a rejuvenated Charl Schwartzel. The title will be defended by Jason Dufner , who won in fine style at Oak Hill Country Club last year. The Ohio native has been struggling with bulging disks in his neck and with his form in the doldrums, I can’t see a repeat performance this year.

The PGA is always a fun week, and with a long 8 month wait before the next major, it’s an opportunity for player and fan alike to make the most of a rewarding week.

Josh Greybe





Holywood is the centre of the golfing world right now, Holywood, Northern Ireland that is. Rory Mcilroy played three peerless rounds of golf and then managed his way to victory on Sunday, to claim his first Claret Jug and third major title. All this at the tender golfing age of 25. In fact he became only the third man in history to win 3 majors before the age of 26, the other two, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. This means only Augusta National stands between Rory and becoming the sixth man ever to claim a career grand slam .

What makes Rory so good? What separates one great athlete from the pack? It’s a question I’ve always asked myself. It’s amazed me how often in sport , one man or woman rises well above their competition. Tiger Woods did it. Roger Federer did it. Serena Williams has done it, as well as the likes of Laver, Nicklaus, Bradman, Borg, Merckx, Pele, Hendry and Graf. What set these great sports people apart is a matter of conjecture, but they all had that indefinable something that made them rise above the rest. Now I’m not putting Rory in this league quite yet, but he is certainly on the way .

Rory is in many ways the anti-Tiger. Where Tiger was cool, calculated and strategic, Rory is loose, laid-back and aggressive. An illustration of their differences as players, is the way they chose to tackle the Royal Liverpool layout in their respective victories. In 2006, Tiger laid back off the tees, leaving himself long irons into the greens, but making sure he found the fairways. This year Rory went with all out aggression, using driver more often than just about anyone else in the field, bringing the course to it’s knees with his power and accuracy. Perhaps it just boils down to Rory being more confident with his driver than Tiger was by that point.

Both are in their own ways inspirational players, capable of super human feats, but it seemed that Tiger could call on moments of magic by sheer force of will, while Rory gets struck by bolts of inspiration.

It’s going to be fascinating to see how Rory finishes the year off, and if Tiger can manage  to recapture his world no.1 form of last year, after his surgery. Time is running out for Tiger to make the U.S. Ryder Cup team , with just this week’s  WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and next week’s P.G.A. Championship in his schedule before the playoffs, which he isn’t currently in, there’s going to be a lot of thinking for U.S. Captain Tom Watson to do if he doesn’t find form fast.

Josh Greybe

Gunning for the start of the season


This has been the theme for Arsene Wenger. Getting things done. 4 new signings and hopefully more to come.

I feel that winning the FA Cup has meant so much to Arsene, he has the taste of winning again. He has been much more ruthless so far this summer and it will eventually prove fruitful.

Our pre season has been a little disruptive with the World Cup. Most of our players have done remarkably well and this will lead to little squad issues , as well as the fitness situation heading into a season that’s upon us. A season that I feel is critical and needs to deliver success.

All our Germans are unlikely to play throughout pre season as Arsene has said they would likely not be available for the opener against Palace. The English contingent are already in full swing in pre season. Thomas Vermaelen , The 3 French boys , New signing Alexis , OSPINA should all be ready to train this week. Disruptives are fine provided these guys ready to go during the season. We will have to deal with first 3/4 fixtures with the guys that got to do pre-season early.

So how have we done so far



A marquee signing early, can it be Arsene? I fully expect great things from ALEXIS. A player that can contribute across the front 3. He has excellent work rate and can galvanise us to greater things.



A signing that everyone sees as making sense. A right back that has premier league experience should bode well for us. He could turn out to be an astute signing.



The Colombian national team goalkeeper was superb in the world cup. An excellent shot stopper that i predict will unsurp Wojciech sooner rather than later. Brilliant work on this one, Arsene.



A player some feel is a gamble, however the fantastic youth system at Southampton is for all to see. At £16m one could argue this is alot for a 19 year old, but thats the premiem for English talent. I haven’t seen nearly enough of him to be certain in saying he’ll be a superstar. AW Knows!


Arsenal’s main concern season after season has been IMPACT INJURIES and MUSCLE INJURIES. Have we adressed one of our main concerns? Now we have!



I Strongly feel that this will be the signing of the season. GERMAN FITNESS coach has been a major factor in the success of the national team, and with his knowledge in periodization, Arsene and the rest of the team can gain so much more.


When things are going well, too well, we lose sight of the fact that last season in the big games we were tactically lacking and naive. We can all agree to be positive and say we have won a trophy however if we have to be honest with ourselves: We got hidings consistently and you cannot blame a slow defensive midfielder , you blame the set-up and organization of the team on the day.

I do not need to dwell on embarassing hidings of last season. Arsene Wenger needs to remain ruthless but not just on players, on himself too. He needs to prove that he still has it ON THE PITCH.

We need to be flexible on the pitch as well as when we are off it in the boardroom. If we have deficiencies this season it will be all about how Wenger uses modern technology when it comes to match preparation and tactics.

Arsenal can definately win the league, without a doubt. We do need to change certain aspects because we have a massive battle for the crown coming up.



This is preparation for the upcoming season, however with a very short pre season and world cup duties having been fulfilled , we need to step it up. Season is 2 weeks away , and team set-up and shape as well as tactics needs to be honed.

We can expect all the new signings and some World Cup participants to be available. OSPINA and Vermaelen will not be available due to knocks. Furthermore the squad will be very strong and Arsenal can definately put out 2 very strong teams across the 2 days.

In conclusion, I sincerely hope Arsenal adequately replaces Vermaelen with a proper centre back that’s willing to knuckle down and fight for his place, and not sulk all the time with complaints to the media.

We also need to go big for a hard man with tactical awareness as holding midfielder. He must be able to tackle , win the ball and distribute.

We are not far off from a premier league winning squad.

Come on the Arsenal.

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Links golf is the original form of the game . Developed in Scotland by mother nature and Scottish pragmatism , links courses are located next to the sea and are characterized by firm , sandy fairways , long , wispy rough , pot bunkers and plenty of wind . The Open is the oldest golf tournament in the world . It was first played at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland , in 1860 . The first championship had a field of eight professionals and was held over three , twelve-hole rounds , in a single day .

Greatness can be achieved over time , over a career of excellence . Jack Nicklaus’s 18 majors or Gary Player’s 140 worldwide wins . It can also be achieved in a day , or even a moment . Ben Curtis started the final round of the 2003 Open Championship at Royal St Georges (Sandwich) , a complete unknown . Mike Weir , the Masters champion that year , had sat down opposite Curtis , in the clubhouse before the start of the championship and a friendly conversation started between the two . Weir innocently asked Curtis if he worked at the club and was suitably embarrassed when Ben sheepishly told him that he was in fact playing in The Open .

A few days later , Curtis stood on the first tee early on Sunday afternoon , not knowing that the next 5 hours would change his life . He played 11 holes of scarcely believably golf and then hung on , holing a 10 footer on the 18th to card a final round 69 , to post 1 under par . Less than an hour later , he was Open Champion . Not until Thomas Bjorn’s ball slid past the hole at 18 , could Ben Curtis ever have allowed himself to dream , let alone believe , that he would write his name alongside the greats of the game and forever be etched in golfing history . All this in his first ever major championship start .

Eleven years on and 156 players , the great and the good , will be looking to write their own chapter in Open Championship history . This year , The Open returns to Royal Liverpool Golf Club (Hoylake) , for the 12th time , the first since 2006 . That year , Tiger Woods put on a long iron clinic , eventually prevailing by 2 shots over fellow American Chris DiMarco . Tiger is back to compete in his first major of the year and will headline a star-studded field .

Players to look out for this week :

Dustin Johnson : The big hitting American has been quiet of late , after a hot start to the year . A T4 at the U.S. Open though , shows signs are good . I feel that Hoylake will fit his game beautifully and I think the time is now for the talented 30 year old to break through and win his first major . Dustin is my number 1 tip to lift the Claret Jug on Sunday .

Justin Rose : Justin is coming off wins in his last 2 starts , at Congressional in Washington and at last week’s Scottish Open . He is looking to become the first Englishman to lift the Claret Jug since Sir Nick Faldo in 1992 and judging by his current form , he might just do it . One hurdle he will have to overcome is a very disappointing Open record . He hasn’t had a top 10 in the championship since that remarkable T4 as an amateur in 1998 and has missed the cut in 3 of his last 4 starts . I personally don’t feel this will be his week , but he is certainly one of the favourites .

Henrik Stenson : The powerful Swede is the number 2 player in the world and has shown signs of late of returning to something close to his unbelievable form of last year . A T4 at the U.S. Open and a playoff loss in Germany a couple of weeks ago prove his game is starting to click into gear . With three top 3’s in his last 6 starts at The Open , it will be a surprise to no one if he becomes the first Swedish man to win a major,  this week .

Martin Kaymer : It was remiss of me to leave Martin out of my U.S. Open picks and he proved it in empathetic fashion , with a Tigeresque display , blowing the field away by 8 strokes . With wins in two of the three biggest tournaments of the year so far , The Players and the U.S. Open , Martin is in my mind the best player on the planet at the moment . Known as Martian to some of his contemporaries because his golf is out of this world , he has had 1 top ten in 6 starts at The Open , but with his swing changes now on automatic pilot and his confidence at an all time high , this could be the week he completes the “Kaymer triple crown” .

Rory Mcilroy : Golf’s newest playboy , Rory is always going to be a factor in the game’s biggest events . He’s got power and talent to burn and  if he can get over a nasty habit over 2nd round blow-ups , he’ll be right in the hunt come Sunday afternoon . He would be my 2nd favourite this week .

Phil Mickelson : Phil has had a dismal 12 months on the golf course , since perhaps his greatest triumph , at Muirfield last year . With just one top ten this year , it will take an inspired performance to reclaim the Claret Jug .

Sergio Garcia : It’s time for Sergio to step it up at a major again . He hasn’t seriously contended in one since the 2008 P.G.A. Championship and has been left behind by many of his contemporaries . A solid year , including a T2 in his last start proves that if he can get out of his head and just play golf , free and easy , like in his youth , then this could be his breakthrough week . Sergio is my 3rd favourite this week .

Tiger Woods : I couldn’t really leave Tiger off the contenders list , despite him having no form and being just back from injury . In his only start since his return from back surgery , he missed the cut in his own tournament in Washington D.C. . Tiger is Tiger though and with his last Open triumph being that win at Hoylake in 2006 , one can never write him off . Winning a 15th major title after over 6 barren major years is a long shot though , despite the bookies having him as their favourite .

That’s my shortlist of players to watch , but there are many more could claim the fabled Claret Jug and be read out as “The Champion Golfer of The Year” come Sunday night .

Josh Greybe



World Cup fever

Spectacular. Mind-numbing. Exasperating. Euphoric.

These words describes the 2014 edition of the Fifa World Cup. Association football at its best. For the millions watching and the thousands in attendance, no one can argue that this has simply been brilliant. Thank you Brazil.

The tournament kicked off with a bang, Croatia came to play ball as Brazil eventually soured through the opener. Their passionate anthem nearly brought the world to tears. I do not like a single player in their squad, but boy did I enjoy their passion.

Day 2 brought a shock , a quite superb performance from Die Oranje, as Louis van Gaal and his beloved Robin van Persie unanimously ripped the raining world champions to shreds. Quite pleasing to see Tiki-Taki football being unanimously countered tactically.

England flattered to deceive once more as they played much better football than previous tournaments, or at least this is what we have been lead to believe by the so-called well known press journalists. Mario Balotelli gave them the proverbial kiss of death in an outstanding game of football.

Soon it was time for ALBICELESTE, the Argentina national squad. Leo Messi graced The Maracana for the very first time. How ironic it is that Brazil’s biggest enemies play at their home of football. He scored a screamer, Will this be Leo’s time to shine?

Die Mannschaft also arrived, a mindless act from Portuguese defender Pepe made things much easier as another rather big country gets pummeled. Thomas Mueller with a outstanding hat-trick.

Belgium like the shortness of this paragraph flattered to deceive. They just might not be ready. Watch out for them nonetheless!

Brazil kicked off Round 2 with a hard fought 0-0 draw with Mexico. Love the Mexican fans whenever a opposition goalkeeper kicks the ball, they shout “Putooooo” to try and put him off. Never works!

Australia v Netherlands was another outstanding game. My favourite moment being petulant Van Persie getting booked, and gaining expulsion from the last game due to 2 yellow cards. Tim Cahill scored a screamer, so did Arjen Robben. The boy just has class.

Later that evening, raining world champions again got well beaten and the era embarrassingly came to an end against Chile. I love the Chileans and I’m a huge fan of Alexis Sanchez. The Spanish looked dejected as Vicente del Bosque looked like a Spanish Bull with a lot of pent-up aggression. Adios Spain.

Luis Suarez returned from injury against the country of his employment where he singlehandedly sorted the Poms out. England on the periphery of Elimination. They really are NOT that good.

Costa Rica went on to qualify after beating Italy. Hardworking and a well drilled team. They do the basics well and they have a gem of a forward, Joel Campbell.

Alles les Blues rang around the Arena Fonte Nova as France annihilated Switzerland. Olivier Giroud simply unplayable on the night, so too Karem Benzema. They are going to hurt teams with their dynamism and trickery. Sad Ribery had to be injured.

The game of the tournament so far took place at the Estadio Castelao. Germany played Ghana on a barmy evening. The outcome 2-2. Such alot happened in this game. The standout factor being the African spirit and togetherness, which would later become non-existent. Great game though. Well done to Klose for emulating Ronaldo’s record of 16 WC goals.

Italy v Uruguay. Horrendous game of football marred by a talented idiot finding the time to GNAW on a professional athlete. Luis oh Luis. Suarez bites the dust on Giorgio Chiellini. Sad end to the World Cup for an astoundingly talented forward. Uruguay eventually progressed as England and Italy take early flights home.

The Ivorians and their so-called golden generation flatters to deceive again. Poor display from them as they get knocked out, albeit via a dodgy penalty by Greece.

The worlds player of the year flattered to deceive too. Cristiano Ronaldo 10 minutes before Portugal’s elimination scores a goal. Where for art thow Christy?

16 teams said goodbye, while 16 remains to fight it out for the famous trophy. A lot will still take place at this world cup let’s just hope for more goals and alot less controversy.


Brazil v Germany
Argentina v Holland

Enjoy fans of the football.