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Messi Mania in Japan

October 17, 2010 by  
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By Trevor Kew In the weeks leading up to Argentina’s visit to Japan for an October 8th friendly in Saitama, one might have been forgiven for thinking that Lionel Messi was going to be the only player on the pitch. Sure, there may have been a few quiet mutterings here and there about Tevez or […]

Soccer’s Rising Sun? Japanese Soccer After South Africa 2010

By Trevor Kew In the months leading up to this summer’s World Cup in South Africa, few neutrals would have liked Japan’s chances.  Faced with Eto’o’s physical Cameroon, Holland’s A-list of superstars and Denmark’s experienced (and tall) squad, there seemed little chance of the Samurai Blue progressing out of Group E to the knockout stage. […]

An Everyday World Cup Final

By Trevor Kew The World Cup Final just doesn’t come along every day. In fact, other than the Olympics, it is difficult to think of a major sporting event that does occur less frequently. The Super Bowl lumbers by each winter, the Stanley Cup laces up its skates (some would say inexplicably) well into spring, […]

A Nation on his Shoulders – Holland v. Uruguay

By: Trevor Kew Though many of us have played at it on a Sunday morning in the park, very few soccer players in this world have ever felt the weight of a nation on our shoulders. What must it be like to do all those things we all do (some of us very poorly) – […]

African Cinderella Stories – Ghana v. Uruguay

By: Trevor Kew At the Round of 16 match between South Korea and Uruguay, my travelling companion, Mike Wilson, having just arrived in South Africa bleary-eyed and blinking the day before, decided to purchase a Uruguay jersey. “You do realize that quite a few people here might not like you too much?” I asked as […]

The Best Laid Plans – Uruguay vs. South Korea (Switzerland vs. Honduras)

By: Trevor Kew On the morning of June 25th, the final day of the group stages at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, I met my friend Mike Wilson at OR Tambo airport outside Johannesberg under the huge soccer ball in the arrivals lobby. We’d barely had time to exchange the usual greetings between old friends […]

A Canadian Japan Fan goes to South Africa – Denmark vs. Japan

By: Trevor Kew Just over two weeks ago, I found myself in an interesting situation. It was June 14th and I had been in South Africa less than thirty-six hours. Having attended Ghana and Serbia’s match at Loftus Versfeld on the 13th in a jetlagged haze, I had logged some serious sleep the night before […]

Bafana Bafana’s Last Stand

By: Trevor Kew After scaling the spiralling walkways and jogging up the steep steps of the big stand in Rustenburg’s stylish Royal Bafokeng Stadium, I finally reach my seat, catch my breath, and look out on a sea of green speckled with droplets of sky blue. The national anthems begin and the sea- and sky-colored […]

Stuck in South Africa: Australia v. Ghana

By: Trevor Kew Despite the legions of fans covered in green, yellow, black and red, I can’t help but feel a bit lost when the white pickup truck pulls up to Royal Photo from fOTOGLIF , fifteen kilometres northwest of the city of Rustenburg in South Africa’s Northwest province. For one thing, I am a […]

The Colorful Game

By: Trevor Kew What do we in the West think of South Africa? Carjackings. Shanty towns. Houses behind electric fences. Corruption. AIDS. Apartheid. The wealthiest nation in Africa. Nelson Mandela. Triumph over tyranny. Lions. Elephants. The 2010 World Cup. Like all nations, but perhaps more so than any other I’ve traveled to, the number one […]

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