So you thought yesterday was pretty exciting, did you? An own goal, some controversial refereeing decisions, those weird dancing broccoli things in the opening ceremonies...
Well, Day 2 of the World Cup has the potential to be even more fun. We hope, anyway. First up we've got Mexico and Cameroon, which sounds like it could be dull, dull, dull. But with Croatia slipping yesterday, both sides know they can take advantage by grabbing all three points. Full on attack, anyone?
Then comes the rematch of the 2010 final - which means there's a strong possibility that Nigel de Jong could try to Mortal Kombat some small Spaniard's head right off. We get it, Nigel. We're annoyed by tiki-taka too.
There's the potential for it all to end in chaos when Chile takes the pitch against Australia. Those guys are a bit insane and flow forward in some sort of weird amoeba-like formation, looking more to absorb their enemies than to thread their way through them.
Thoughts? What are you most looking forward to today?
|Mexico vs. Cameroon||A||Estádio das Dunas, Natal||5 p.m.|
|Spain vs. Netherlands||A||Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador||8 p.m.|
|Chile vs. Australia||B||Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá||11 p.m.|
Any Napoli players involved?
Um...in a way. If you enjoy watching people watch games, Pepe Reina (whose status as a Napoli player is debatable) and Raúl Albiol should be kicking back on the bench.
After Spain finishes up, we finally have a chance to watch Edu Vargas play - another whose Napoli status is debatable. Technically he's still a Napoli player, but he only spent half a season in Naples before playing in Brazil for a year, then finished up last season at Valencia. He should be starting for Chile, so give us your thoughts on why he needs to be playing in azzurri (or why not).
Any transfer targets or rival players I'm probably interested in?
Alexis Sánchez? Nah. He wants away from Barcelona but it's unlikely he'll find his way to Napoli.
Personally I'll be keeping an eye on two Dutch players, Bruno Martins Indi and Daley Blind. They're both young and they're both capable of playing left-back - they might be too inexperienced for Napoli right now, but it'd be nice to have a look.
How do I watch these games?
In Italy? You're on SkyGO or Sky Mondiale. In the US it's ESPN in English and Univision in Spanish, and both have online streaming platforms, while Canadians friends have CBC and the CBC Sports player. In the UK you can watch ITV or use the ITV player online. If you live elsewhere, check LiveSoccerTV for listings in your country.