The game was not as insanely dramatic as the semifinal, which is probably best for our health. The MKX® official correspondent Moi covered the match for us. He posted a sweet, sweet gallery on his blog. I strongly suggest you head over to check the photos out. I also strongly suggest you start saving for Brazil 2014.
If you thought that Dos Santos’ goal in the Gold Cup final was insane, you should check out last night’s results in the U-17 World Cup semifinal.
When Mexico tied the game 2-2 with an olympic goal, Julio Gómez left the field with a 7-inch cut in the head. He came back ten minutes later to score the last minute winning goal against Germany… with a bicycle kick. You can’t make this stuff up, it’s like a movie.
Will we have a 2005 repeat? I sure hope so. All goals below.
Compared to the 2006 version, I look a lot happier and hairier. Most readers will quickly point out that I’m wearing an outdated 1994 Umbro jersey instead of the current one. You are right – but I guarantee that this photo was taken in 2010 next to none other than former national team legend Luis Roberto Alves “Zague”! (see original).
There’s already quite a long waiting list, but I do have a few extras. So if you want your limited edition Marcos Kirsch sticker, just ask nicely in a comment.
And if you know what happened to the mystery sticker shipment from Panama (you know who you are), please let me know.
The awesome Austin institution Alamo Drafthouse movie theater decided to show all FIFA World Cup matches live in one of their beautiful screens. This is probably the next best thing to being there, so I headed out there today to check out Uruguay VS Holland. It’s great to watch the game like this, with our own pitcher of Firemans 4 and good food.
My only suggestion: Make it 3D the next time!
I wrote a bunch of random and mostly disorganized thoughts about my trip to the World Cup. I will break them up in a two posts in order to avoid boring my readers too much. Hopefully someone finds them interesting. Click on read more to check it out.
Tévez would not.
It took a lot longer than I had hoped for due to unforseen technical difficulties, but I am finally done going through the ~1500 photos we took in the last couple of weeks, selecting and post-processing, and have posted them to The MKX® Photo Central.
I am really happy with how the photos came out. We used an Olympus E-PL1 Micro Four Thirds camera on the trip instead of the usual crummy pocket camera, which we occasionally paired with a Panasonic 45-200mm telephoto lens, which allowed for some cool closeups at the stadiums and in the safari. The main album is broken up by day:
- To the World Cup!
Carrying a sombrero across the world is not fun.
A 12 hour layover in Cairo. Let’s make the best of it.
- South Africa VS Mexico
Opening match in Soccer City, Johannesburg.
- Argentina VS Nigeria
Messi and Maradona, in front of me.
- Lory Park
Awesome VIP tour in this beautiful animal sanctuary, courtesy of Sharon Salomon. Also, an encounter with former world champion Oscar Ruggeri.
- Holland VS Denmark
At Ellis Park. Not the best match, but look at that crowd!
- Brazil VS N. Korea
The jogo bonito. Also, Apartheid Museum, SAB World of Beer.
- Pilansberg Safari
Extreme closeups of wild animals, and also of my flat tire.
- Mexico VS France
If we are going to beat France, we should do it in style, flying private and hanging out with Figo and Zidane.
- England VS Argelia
In Cape Town. Zague said hello.
- Cape Town
Enjoying the waterfront.
- Simon’s Town
Table Mountain, then drive to Simon’s town to see the penguins.
- Portugal VS N. Korea
Jewish Museum, then see Ronaldo and friends kill the Koreans.
- Uruguay VS Mexico
Not much luck in Rustenburg.
- Return to reality
Another loooong trip through Egypt, where Mexico is famous for the wrong reasons.
If Maradona, Luciana Salazar, and Claudia Conserva can do it, so can I. So hear it goes: If Mexico wins the 2010 FIFA World Cup, I will run naked. Unless most of you don’t want me to (see poll). Yes, a bold bet, I know. But I am a bold guy, after all.
If Americans cared about soccer as much as the rest of the world does, they’d be carving Landon Donovan’s face on Mount Rushmore right now.