Summer Toast #2 - World Cup report
Summer Toast is back with a look at Pompey in the World Cup so far and other bits of news plus a report from our man in South Africa.
This item would have appeared earlier but Portsmouth has been experiencing massive power blackouts since a fire in a sub station in Old Pompey. If you have been trying to contact anyone down here we are still having (26th June at noon) major problems with mobile stations etc out of action.
Last time we told you about the eighteen current and past Pompey players in South Africa. Today we look at how they are getting on.
Kostas Chalkias was also unused by Greece. This was strange as he had been the Greek #1 until recently but was probably welcomed by all Greek fans.
Aaron Mokoena, Captained the host nation in the first World Cup held in Africa which in itself is a great honour. The Bafana Bafana gave their all and only just came up short, their defeat of the French will have bought smiles to all Irish faces.
Nadir Belhadj - Probably Algeria`s best player with his probing runs down the left and accurate crosses.
Hassan Yebda - nice blond hair and impressed some watchers - not ours to sell sadly.
Theofanis Gekas - the player with the shortest ever Pompey career (1min 40 seconds) failed to impress. Despite being the top scorer in the European qualification competition with ten goals he rarely threatened and was dropped for the final group game with Argentina.
John Utaka unsurprisingly did not feature for Nigeria which does nothing for his value.
Yakubu Aiyegbeni scored from the spot against South Korea.
Nwankwo Kanu bade farewell to the World Stage at the age of 46 with 57 minutes against South Korea. His skill certainly helped set up the Nigerians first goal.
Aruna Dindane has been heavily involved with Ivory Coast. The Ivorian superstar failed to find the net and he has just announced he is joining Qatar club Lekhwiya after the tournament.
Made the Second Round
Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi was not been used yet by Japan after his surprise inclusion in the squad.
David James, became the oldest World Cup final debutant and the age of 39 years and 290 days and has looked rock solid between the sticks. Will that record ever be broken?
Glen Johnson, has shown that he is easily England best number two.
Pedro Mendes - at last Pedro is back in the Portugal squad and are they benefiting from it? He still has only won eleven caps! Picked up a yellow card against Ivory Coast.
Kevin-Prince Boateng - another record breaker when he lined up against his brother, Jerome in the Ghana Germany match. They became the first brothers to play in a World Cup finals game for opposite sides. Will we ever see that again? Prince has impressed many watchers and was awarded the man of the match prize in the 1-1 draw with Australia. We award him the Toast award for the top Pompey man in the group stages.
Quincy Owusu-Abeyie just one substitute appearance so far for the box of tricks that is Quincy.
Sulley Muntari has appeared twice now for Ghana and will be a key player if they are to progress past the US of A. Still only twenty five years old which surprised me.
Jermain Defoe, scored the winner against Slovenia and I heard a Pompey fan say after the game 'I forgive you for everything Jermain` - 'steady on boy` I replied.
Peter Crouch. On twice as a very late substitute but has only managed seventeen minutes action. Will he prove his worth to England again?
World War Two
With the French home early, Yanks leaving it to the last minute and England left to take on the Germans - does that ring a bell?
This is the first World Cup held in the Southern Hemisphere outside of South America. The European sides are not faring too well with only six sides through whereas all the sides from the Americas with exception of total outsiders Honduras are through. Don`t rule out Uruguay to cause some surprises.
News in brief
Toast's eastneydave after his unsuccessful exploits with German TV company ARD has a meeting with new Pompey Chief Executive David Lampitt coming up - anything he should ask him?
Despite the transfer embargo Pompey have been told players aged under 24 who were on Pompey's books last season are allowed to re-sign. They are allowed only 20 players until the CVA is signed off.
Remember the last day for on-line season ticket renewals at early bird prices is Sunday 27th June.
Linvoy's testimonial will be against Fulham at Fratton Park on 31st July kick off 3pm.
Tony from Cape Town
As always Toast has contact all over the plant and he have just received this quick report
'Watched the England game (with Slovenia) in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. I still don't think the majority of England fans here are too buoyant. There was a very large yank contingent watching their game and quite ecstatic - even if they seemed to have no idea about the rules and terminology of Football.
We think we saw Harry there earlier on but he disappeared when we chased him for a photo. (Tony chasing
I'm hearing completely different rumours out here as to why the stadiums aren't full. Before I came, the reports seemed to be implying that the locals weren't interested, couldn't afford it or would normally buy tickets on the day.
aving spoken to a fair number of the locals here in Cape Town, the FIFA ticketing site has not been working recently and they've had to queue for up to 24 hours to try and get a ticket for a game.
Anyway, that's all for the moment. I've definitely got the England quarter final now, if they beat Germany, so hopefully be able to get you some good pics and updates.`
Thanks Tony - no relation to UKTony - sounds as those you are having an absolutely awful time!!