Uruguay First Red Card in Africa

    

La Cede Uruguaya Cape Town
La Cede Uruguaya Cape Town

 Great news as Uruguay has made history in Africa on the first day of the World Cup. Uruguay is the first country to receive a red card in a World Cup held on African soil. I would like to congratulate Nicolas Lodiero for an incredible accomplishment being so young and inexperienced.  

Africa got to see two World Cup Champions in action for the first time in a World Cup held on African soil. Most of the crowd would have been mesmerised with the chess game that was played. Nobody was giving anything away and hopefully no one fell asleep and hurt themselves by falling out of bed or out of their chair.  

France without the headbutting Zidane are a different team and even when the double hand balling french Henry came on the field nothing was going to change. What was ironic was Henry asking for a hand ball in the Uruguayan penalty box. I guess he was complaining because the Uruguayan only hand balled it once and not twice within the same play?  

Then there is the French coach who suddenly thought he was Napoleon and conquered the field as the Referees were overawed by the occasion and forgot about the rules as they allowed him on the field with no penalty. 

Then there is El Maestro who played with the same tactics throughout the game only to change them after the Nicolas send-off. Both teams had chances to win the game however I believe both teams are happy with the result as now the remaining games become crucial for qualification. Group A finishes after the first game with all teams on one point, however the difference being that Mexico only managed a draw against South Africa. If Uruguay manage to beat South Africa and France manage to beat or draw against Mexico then Uruguay will only need a draw in their last game to qualify. 

Being at the game was a great experience and the crowd were fantastic. No one around me fell asleep and the Uruguayans were in their typical chanting and opinionated comments. Well the Dream has become a Reality as I have now seen Uruguay play in a World Cup. Now for qualification which is in our hands. Now to relax and enjoy the futbol until the next Uruguay game.

Locos por Uruguay
Locos por Uruguay

 

 

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 It’s been an epic journey to get to this stage in preparation for Uruguay’s first game against France in Cape Town. The 3 Amigos (Andres Fontaine, Luis Fontaine and Sienzuf Fontaine) set out from Sydney Australia to Cape Town South Africa. After staying at a hotel near Sydney Airport and spending hours trying to unlock my iPhone from the optus network we headed to the airport with no sleep.  

We flew from Sydney to Melbourne and caught our flight to Jo’berg. The flight was a mighty 16 hours which was then followed by a drive to Cape Town which was another 16 hours. All up it took us 32 hours to get to Cape Town from the time we left Melbourne, but luckily we managed to fit 32 hours into one day.    

 
 
 

  

Cape Town Uruguay
Cape Town Uruguay

 

We have looked everywhere in Cape Town for  Uruguayan Merchandise and it seems that Uruguay is Sold Out. I still haven’t been able to find a Uruguayan scarf, shirt or cap. We are always getting approached when we are at a set of red lights to buy a flag, however when we ask them for a Uruguayan Flag they say they haven’t got one and leave us alone.  

 

  

View from where we are staying
View from where we are staying

 The South African people have been fantastic and we are having a great time. Today we really felt what it is like to lose the technology we have come to take for granted. Both our iPhones lost total battery and we had nothing to charge them with. Luis left his phone where we are staying but no one was home. We wondered the street aimlessly as we were trying to come to grips with the reality of no google, no twitter, no sms and no contact information. 

Now it’s time to go to sleep as it’s 1am in Cape Town and I have finally finished charging every single devise I’ve got. Maybe they can start to focus on longer lasting batteries and I can focus on setting up the asado for the pre match to Uruguay vs France. 

 
 
 

  

South African Asado
South African Asado

 

  

Vamos Uruguay Carajo Vamos!!!!!!