Day 12 of the World Cup and in the Museum “break-rooms” everyone had an opinion about
- the French team and their 2-1 loss to “lowly” South Africa (“a fiasco in all directions”)
- Portugal’s 7-0 win over North Korea,
- Mexico 0-1 loss to Uruguay.
France and South Africa might both have exited the World Cup, but one went down in flames and the other went down in a blaze of glory. South Africa can look back on its World Cup with pride. It tied Mexico, it lost to two-time world champion Uruguay and it defeated former world champion France.
There is eager anticipation for two games being played at the same time on Wednesday Day 13
- the U.S. vs Algeria;
- England vs Slovenia
The US have never played Algeria before. No one can predict whether all the American team’s hard work and training will help them win the game: “Algeria is fast, strong and technically adept.” What is known, is the Americans have never won their third game at six previous World Cups.
Slovenia, the World Cup’s smallest nation, are ready for their greatest challenge. They know that most of the fans at the stadium will be cheering for England. “We are not afraid,” said their coach
As for England, Steven Morris wrote in the London Guardian on Tuesday 22 June 2010
It will be one of those rare afternoons when England – or at least a great chunk of it – pauses. Tens of thousands of football fans have booked the day or the afternoon off work. Others with sympathetic bosses will be able to break away to watch the crucial World Cup game against Slovenia on specially set-up screens, with the rest forced to discreetly following the action online.
Hundreds of schools have made special arrangements to cope with the 3pm kick off, some erecting screens to make sure children can watch the team, and others giving their pupils the chance to go home early.
Many local authorities are letting staff work flexibly so they can take in the game. The TUC today led the calls for employers to allow staff access to the game. General secretary, Brendan Barber, said to “avoid tension” bosses should encourage employees to watch the game if they wanted to and make up the time later. “That way, everyone wins,” he said.
But if England does win, expect a few extra absences from work on Thursday. The British Beer and Pub Association expects 3 million people to watch the game from pubs and bars. Hangovers are bound to follow.
FirstCare chief executive Aaron Ross, said: “If England do well more people will be celebrating and end up taking tomorrow off. It is by no means any real consolation, but if England fail to win the match businesses will save millions in reduced absenteeism.”