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World Cup 2010: The best and worst
Published in FilGoal on 12 - 07 - 2010

The best of South Africa 2010
Best player: David Villa (Spain)
The EURO 2008 top marksman was again on top of the scoring charts in South Africa. His five decisive goals were key to Spain's triumph.
Best young player: Thomas Muller (Germany)
The 20-year-old forward has proven to be one of the revelations of the tournament with a steady form capped by five goals and three assists in South Africa.
Best manager: Joachim Loew (Germany)
Germany were undoubtedly the most entertaining team in the finals, tearing apart the likes of England and Argentina. But if one man is to be credited for the Germans' new-look slick football, it would be Loew.
"This team, it's the masterpiece of Joachim Low. He has placed his mark on its make-up and created a perfect team." Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer.
Best goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Spain)
After conceding a couple of ill-fated goals in group stage, the Spain captain superbly earned four straight clean sheets in the knockouts plus one in the final to inspire his team to the title.
Casillas' brilliant penalty save in the quarter-final against Paraguay was absolutely crucial for La Roja's historic victory.
Best goal: Giovanni van Bronkhorst vs. Uruguay
An absolute screamer from 35 yards out paved way for the Dutch's semi-final win.
Uruguay 2-3 Netherlands (Highlights)
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Best save: Noel Valladares (Honduras) vs. Chile
This was probably Honduras' best moment in the World Cup!
Dark Horse: Uruguay
Although there was some competition from Ghana, the Uruguayans deserved to be the surprise package of the World Cup after their fourth-place finish.
Biggest upset: Slovakia send Italy home
The elimination of the holders from the first round was a plain shock, but the ironic fact was that World Cup debutants Slovakia were the team who caused the damage.
Slovakia 3-2 Italy
The worst of the worst
Most disappointing team: France
The 2010 World Cup campaign will always be remembered as a mere fiasco for the French, in and off the pitch.
An embarrassing one point from three games was the least France could worry about, following the infamous conflict involving the squad and the manager; a crisis which prompted some political figures to express their dismay.
Most disappointing player: Wayne Rooney (England)
The England striker was no more than a shadow of the player who hit 30+ goals for Manchester United last season. His form summed up England's poor campaign.
Most disappointing coach: Raymond Domenech (France)
The man who led Les Bleus to the 2006 World Cup final was largely to blame for his squad indiscipline in South Africa, a failure which resulted in an obvious lack of harmony among the French players.
This is apart from his questionable squad selection and inexplicable tactical decisions, which included keeping the nation's top scorer Thierry Henry on the bench and using William Gallas as a center-forward at the end of the 2-0 defeat to Mexico.
Worst miss: The Yakubu shocker!
This will go down as one of the worst misses in World Cup history.
Worst refereeing decision: Tevez's offside goal vs. Mexico
Referees made that choice difficult, but Carlos Tevez's crystal-clear offside against Mexico was significantly decisive.
Here is a compilation of some dismal refereeing mistakes in South Africa 2010.
Worst managerial decision: Maradona's one-man midfield
Diego Maradona's persistence to play with Javier Mascerano as a sole defensive midfielder came to an abrupt end in the quarter-finals. The poor Mascerano was left hapless against Germany's mighty midfield line.
Biggest error: Gyan's penalty miss
Robert Green and Faouzi Chaouchi were guilty of making two horrendous mistakes for England and Algeria, but Ghana's Asamoah Gyan broke thousands of African hearts with his 120th minute penalty miss against Uruguay.
Ghana vs. Uruguay: The full drama


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