German football pride: Mesut Özil ‏ versus Reinhard Grindel

Mesut Özil is a German professional footballer who plays for English club Arsenal.  Hewasin the disappointing German team that failed in the recent World Cup in Russia. He was born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Reinhard Grindel (born in Hamburg) is a German journalist, politician (Christian Democratic Union of Germany) and football administrator.

From 2002 to 2016 Grindel was member of the Bundestag (Lower Chamber of the German Parliament). On 15 April 2016 he was elected president of the German Football Association (DFB) and resigned as member of parliament.

France win Football World Cup versus Croatia

France have beaten Croatia by 4 goals to 2 in the Football World Cup final this morning in Moscow.

Good to see that more goals than normal were scored – it was the highest scoring final since 1966.

Semi-final – England versus Croatia

Croatia play England this morning at 6:oo am (NZ time) in the second football world cup semi-final.

The winner will play France in the final at 3:00 am on Monday morning (NZ time).

Football world cup – Belgium versus France

Belgium and France are now playing the first semi-final in the football world cup.

These are the top ranked teams to reach the semi-finals. Just prior to the tournament Belgium was ranked 3 and France 7.

I’m neither picking a winner nor backing either team. May the best team on the day win.

England, Croatia win world cup quarter finals

In the early hours (NZ time) England beat Sweden 2-0 in the third football world cup semi final. Hoes of something great are rising in England.

WTF is SWEENG?

England’s semi-final opponent is still to be determined, with the Russia versus Croatia game due to start soon.


Russia v Croatia 1-1 after 75 minutes of game time.

Still 1-1 at the end of normal time, so the game will go in to extra time.

Both scored goals in extra time, ending 2-2, so now a penalty shootout.

Croatia win the shootout 4-3.

Russia did very well to get this far, they were ranked 70 going into the tournament. Croatia was 20.

Semi finalists:

  • France versus Belgium (Wednesday 6:00 am NZ time)
  • England versus Croatia (Thursday 6;00 am NZ  time)

 

France, Belgium win world cup quarter finals

It probably wasn’t a surprise to see France beat Uruguay in a Football World Cup quarter final this morning, but it would have shocked many, especially in South America, when Belgium edged out cup favourites Brazil. Belgium led 2-0 until late in the game, and Brazil could only close up with one goal.

France has eliminated both Argentina and Uruguay, and with Brazil out too now there are no South American teams left in the running.

Tomorrow morning (NZ time) the other two quarter finals will be played:

  • Russia versus Croatia
  • Sweden versus England

Despite Germany crashing out early, and also Italy, Spain and Portugal, Europe is dominating this world cup.

Rankings prior to the cup starting:

Top 20 rankings as of 7 June 2018[1]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Steady  Germany 1558
2 Steady  Brazil 1431
3 Steady  Belgium 1298
4 Steady  Portugal 1274
5 Steady  Argentina 1241
6 Steady   Switzerland 1199
7 Steady  France 1198
8 Increase 2  Poland 1183
9 Steady  Chile 1135
10 Decrease 2  Spain 1126
11 Steady  Peru 1125
12 Steady  Denmark 1051
12 Increase 1  England 1051
14 Increase 3  Uruguay 1018
15 Steady  Mexico 989
16 Steady  Colombia 986
17 Increase 2  Netherlands 981
18 Increase 3  Wales 953
19 Increase 1  Italy 951
20 Decrease 2  Croatia 945
*Change from 17 May 2018
Complete rankings at FIFA.com

 

The ugly game

The amount of shoving and collapsing in writhing heaps and with little sign of being shoved and repeated remonstrations with the referee is farcical in the England versus Colombia game.

 

Germany crash out of world cup

 

Germany were, as usual, one of the favourites for the football world cup currently running in Russia, but they started badly with a loss to Mexico. This put pressure on them.

They were able to scratch out a win against Sweden with a last minute goal.

But they have just lost to South Korea 0-2, so have finished bottom of their pool.

Bittere Tränen der deutschen Fans auf den englischen Titelseiten

„Der Weltmeister hinterlässt eine gedemütigte Nation“

This is a major upset – but sports can be like that.

An awful anthem is the main problem

The New Zealand National Anthem that is always used now (as opposed to the first, foreign version) is a dirge with awful, inappropriate lyrics for a modern secular country.

Rattue is right (and that flag is a different problem).

Recent renditions of the anthem about something supposedly saving New Zealand have been awful in different ways. The mess-up mangle preceding the New Zealand-Great Britain league test in the weekend was given a lot of attention, but the sterile opera style versions at recent All Black-France tests have also been lacking in pride and passion.

The problem is that no political party or Government are likely to have the guts to get a decent anthem that we can sing and listen to with pride.

17 year old Amanda Kerr breaks cricket records

It has to be said that the White Ferns New Zealand women’s cricket team has absolutely smashed Ireland in a three game series, but the effort by 17 year old Amanda Kerr is still amazing.

Records were broken in the first two games – from White Fern makes cricket history

In game one, the Ferns recorded the biggest score in ODI history, smashing 490, and in game two, Sophie Devine blasted the fastest ODI century by a New Zealand woman.

But Kerr starred with both bat and ball in the third.

17-year-old White Ferns all-rounder Amelia Kerr has blasted a record-breaking 232 not out against Ireland – the highest score in the history of women’s One Day Internationals.

She then completed arguably the greatest individual performance in ODI history by taking 5-17 with the ball as Ireland were bowled out for 135 as New Zealand coast to a 305-run victory.

Kerr scored nearly a hundred more runs than the Ireland 11.

The caveat about oppositional strength does have to be mentioned – Ireland have been hopelessly outclassed, to the point where the Ferns could decimate their bowling attack with two batswomen who before this series had never batted above number seven in ODI cricket.

But those caveats would perhaps be more of note if Kerr has simply blasted another quickfire 80. When you become the youngest double centurion in the history of the game, there cannot be many diluters.

Amelia Kerr’s records:

  • Biggest score in a women’s ODI (Second highest in any women’s format, third in all ODIs)
  • Biggest partnership for the second wicket in women’s ODIs (Second highest for any wicket)
  • Biggest partnership in White Ferns ODI history
  • Most fours in a women’s ODI innings
  • Most boundaries in a women’s ODI innings
  • Youngest New Zealander to hit a hundred
  • Youngest double centurion in all cricket

Cricket form can be fickle, but Kerr has made an impressive start to her career.