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World Cup 2010, everyone remembers the top scorer

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

While we are preparing for the final and the bronze match in South Africa and comparing the teams and checking the odds inside and out, I have gone down memory lane looking back at some World Cups. What all big, memorable World Cups have in common is that they have a crowned king of the tournament. Mention 1986 and you think Maradona. 1982 spells Paolo Rossi. 1998 Zidane. And so on. As we approach the two last matches in South Africa it looks likely that either David Villa or Wesley Sneider will be the crowned king of South Africa 2010. I am not so fancied by Villa, he is a great player in a great team and nothing more sticks out, but I am truly amazed by Sneijder.


A friend told me that Inter coach Moruinho texted Sneijder some tactical orders when his transfer from Real Madrid was completed in August last year. The day after the contract was signed Sniejder made his debut and played a starring role when Inter thrashed AC Milan 4-0 in the San Siro derby. Mourinho is a clever coach and he knew that Sneider, educated in the Ajax academy getting all the goodies you can ask for as a youth learning the trade, would adapt easily tactically only with a couple of text messages. After that, Sneijder have never looked back winning the treble with Inter and now leading Holland to the World Cup final.


Sneijder have scored five goals so far, same amount as Villa, and yet he has not shown his classiest touch on the field yet: the set-pieces. It would be a true saga if Sneijder would score on a free-kick and lead this stubborn team to the title. At the same time, Spain is the favorite and Villa himself will equal Raul´s all-time record as Spain´s  best goal-scorer if he scores in the final. Not to mention that he probably will grab the Golden Boot.


Meanwhile, in the bronze match, Mirsolav Klose eyes Brazilian Ronaldo´s all-time record in the World Cup with 15 goals. One goal and Klose is on the same level in the history books, and if he scores two he passes the great Roanldo and could even win the Golden Boot. So let us wait and see who will be remembered as the king in South Africa 2010. But I must admit I hope for Sneijder.


The odds:


Final match (Sunday 20.30)


Holland – Spain  3.65  3.20  2.15


Bronze match (Saturday 20.30)


Uruguay – Germany 5.20  3.70  1.70


Top scorer:


D Villa 1.75

W Sneijder 3.60

M Klose 5.50

T Muller 15.00

D Forlan 15.00

L Suarez 67.00

L Podolski 67.00

A Robben 151.00