Rosey’s World Cup Round-up semi-final

by Ashleigh Rose

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
 

Thanks Diego

So it’s Holland who are the first team to book their place at Sunday’s final, after they defeated Uruguay in Cape Town tonight. But I’d like to take this opportunity to heap praise upon a member of the tonight’s losing side, Diego Forlan.

There surely has never been such a world class goal-scorer so criminally underrated going into a tournament like Forlan was pre South Africa. I mean when bets were being taken on who was going to be the competition’s top scorer Forlan never got a mention despite his truly amazing record at club level. And while he probably won’t go on to nab the shiny shoe, he has still proved that he does belong and should come in the same breath as such top-draw goal getters like Fabiano, David Villa and erm…Wayne Rooney.

It’s not just his goals though -of which include a sublime free-kick, a cooley taken penalty and a worldy in the semi, no it’s his all round contribution as talisman for the Uruguay team that has seen he easily become one of the stand-out players on the tournament. As well as chief set-piece taker anywhere in the attacking third, Forlan has also formed a formidable partnership with Luis Suarez that has bought the best out the young Ajax front-man on football’s biggest stage. In a World Cup that has been severely lacking a player to shine-out amongst the cagey football, Forlan has been that man and has been as important to Uruguay as Zidane was to France in 1998 and Maradona in 86. It’s just a shame that despite that excellent strike against Holland he couldn’t help Uruguay all the way to the showpiece on Sunday.

Forlan has long been stuck with the unfortunate reputation he gained whilst at Man Utd, where as a young striker fresh off leaving his South American surroundings struggled at one of Europe’s biggest clubs even if he did score vital goals against Liverpool and Chelsea. Yet since leaving Old Trafford Forlan has emerged as a truly great goalscorer for first Villarreal and now Atletico Madrid, winning the European golden boot on two different occasions and last season helping Atletico to Europa League glory. Yet before this summer he was an outsider looking in at the grand table of true world stars.

Now though after a stellar world cup, where he will no doubt be included in the team of the tournament he will be given the credit that he has been long overdue, and it a testament to what self belief and hard work can do for player. It’s just a shame from a selfish point of view that he’s committed his future to Atletico, cos I for one would have liked to see him have one more hurrah in the Premier League and prove that last of the doubters wrong.

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How weird was it just to have a solo commentator on the game tonight?  I have to admit that Jim Beglin is somewhere near the bottom on my pundit scale, but having to put up with a whole game with just Clive Tyldsley did make me wish he would get off his sick bed as soon as possible and start pointing out the obvious once again. And was it me or was the atmosphere dead in that stadium? For a World Cup semi-final it seemed like everytime Holland scored the reaction didn’t receive the excitement that the moment warranted.

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  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    totally agree and spot on. Forlan is without doubt the player of the tournament, and what’s more he played the game with passion and heart. He looked gutted when the 3rd goal went in.

    How do Holland do it? Team work I guess, they dont look any thing special at all. I can’t help thinking if Capello actually had some balls and went with a front line of…

    Rooney
    Johnson
    Gerrard
    Walcott

    with 2 holding
    Parker
    Carrick

    I think we may have gone further.

    Still, well done to the Dutch, winning is a habit and they do it well!

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