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What will be the legacy of World Cup 2010?

12:51 UK time, Saturday, 10 July 2010

Spain has beaten The Netherlands in extra time of the final of the football 2010 World Cup. What will be the legacy of the tournament?

The World Cup has seen some surprise results, including early exits of leading contenders such as Italy, France, Argentina, Brazil and England. Smaller teams have fared much better than expected.

The tournament has not been untouched by controversy. A Newsnight investigation has revealed that Fifa was warned the games could be subject to match-fixing.

The next World Cup could also see a shake-up in the refereeing system, after officials failed to spot a goal by Frank Lampard in England's match against Germany.

Have you been following the World Cup? How has it affected the place where you live? What did you think of teams' performances? Is the final result a good thing for the smaller countries who performed well? Is football due for a shake-up?

Thank you for your comments. This debate is now closed.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Paul the Octopus seems to have made a name for himself, especially if he gets the results right of the match tonight and tomorrow's final.

  • Comment number 2.

    White elephants used up all the money, now none left, no schools, no roads, no & still poor water, very angry people, demonstrations, violence, possibility of burnt down stadiums and facilitys.

    For what, a few weeks football and international recognition for spending more money on a game of football than on people.

    Wonderful stuff!!!! Only on planet earth are such morals/ethics possible (at present time at least)

  • Comment number 3.

    England exposed once more as the overhyped 'pub team' they always have been. At least all those queasy flags were taken down quickly. Small mercies.......

  • Comment number 4.

    The only legacy will be torn bookies slips, wasted bets, emotional elation and more grief than it’s all worth.
    Spain or Holland, does it really matter?
    Roll on the next distraction from reality.

  • Comment number 5.

    The next World Cup could also see a shake-up in the refereeing system, after officials failed to spot a goal by Frank Lampard in England's match against Germany.

    Locals did NOT fail to spot that promised roads just go direct to footy stadiums and they themselves remain with dirt tracks.

    Locals did not fail to spot that promised schools have not materialised.

    Locals did not fail to spot that water systems were provided for watering football pitches and greenery around football teams locations while many local communitys continued to drink low quality water and have poor access to it.

    Locals did not fail to spot that many an official made vast corrupt profits.

    Frank Lampards non-given goal is such an outrage, I am sure many South Africans are really bothered about it and extremely upset at such a harsh reality/outcome!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 6.

    Hopefully the England hype bubble is finally burst and we can enter the next one with rather more realistic expectations.

  • Comment number 7.

    The thing I'll remember most are those god awful vuvuzelas. Let's hope we'll not hear another after tomorrow's match!

  • Comment number 8.

    Its been a good world cup over all lots of highly entertaing upsets!

    Sure Englands performance was a joke, but what do you expect from a group of over paid, loutish underachevers who have about the same concept of what its like for the rest of us as the queen does? Personally I would much rather Fabio have fielded a team of kids with something to prove and a whole hearted desire to represent our Country rather than their sponsors and publishers, than the bunch of highly paid donkeys we saw wearing the three lions. They were doing something that 99% of us would do for free and be proud to do it!

    As for Frank Lampshades goal being missed, thats football if the decision had been made on Germanys second it would not cause anything like the kerfuffle it has in press.

  • Comment number 9.

    That our (England) overpaid footballers are rubbish, like our overpaid bankers and our overpaid politicians.
    If all three were paid what they are worth, they would scarcely make the minimum wage.

  • Comment number 10.

    The FIFA bandwagon will roll on to the next country leaving a set of stadia which will eventually be covered in weeds and looted by the locals for whatever valuable scrap is available. The people who really need help will get none and the legacy will be bitterness and resentment that FIFA and its selfish cronies have had their jamboree at the expense of the poor and defenceless.

  • Comment number 11.

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  • Comment number 12.

    At the beginning of the competition I made a point of not watching a single match. Surprisingly, I was still able to take part in all the blokey pub conversations about the World Cup without the slightest difficulty. I suggest the IT Crowd opening gambit: "Did you see that ludicrous display last night?". Works every time.

  • Comment number 13.

    World Cup?


    In the same sentence?

    Who's trying to kid whom ?

  • Comment number 14.

    Isn't it amazing we have football and the England flag rammed down our throats, TV Adverts, shops etc when England were briefly in the world cup. Now it's over (for England anyway) the advertising has gone (great) and perhaps it's time to sack the group of arrogant overpaid individuals with money who danced on the grass for 90 minutes and start a fresh.
    Perhaps they should recieve a basic wage and if they win a game or score a goal they get a bonus.

    PS I did have a great laugh when I saw someone flying the German flag on their car!

  • Comment number 15.

    If Webb does his job; it will be two yellow cards and a sending off for cynical fouls and diving. I can only dream.

  • Comment number 16.

    Unless this world cup leaves South Africa richer than what it was beforehand, this could well go down as a white elephant. Looking at the reports coming back from the townships, it's as if there is no world cup for them. Those with the affluence to enjoy or managing to generate work / profit from the moment seem very happy, but I am wondering how far that is going to extend post WC. The infrastructure this will leave behind looks of no real value for SA's problems, where an investment into industry could well have proved more successful. We will see the true answers to all these questions in a year or two's time, but for the many I believe it will be a waste.

  • Comment number 17.

    The people of South Africa will count the cost of hosting the World Cup and regret their involvement, though officially it will have been an overwhelming success. The people of England will come to the same conclusion in 2012 after the Olympics.

    For the two countrys in the final, the winner will have won the tournament for the first time and will party on, and on, and on.

    England, France and Italy will have much to explain to their followers.

  • Comment number 18.

    Sixteen posts in and the usual miserablist nonsense.


  • Comment number 19.

    As with all these big events ,once the glow of tail lights on fancy cars the promoters drive has dimmed on the horizon, the legacy will be at best a few unsold souvenirs.

  • Comment number 20.

    Our plan for the next world cup should be to field a team from the eligible players of Accrington Stanley FC and Didcot Town FC. Lets forget the Chelsea "pensioners" and others who have no passion to play for England.

  • Comment number 21.

    Legacy? Why should there be a legacy? It will all be forgotten to the world next week and to South Africa in a month.

    I suppose if there has to be a legacy, it will be that trumpet thing. We will be seeing (or hearing that) at all sports events now.

  • Comment number 22.

    A massive bill for a country that can ill afford it. No doubt we will soon be gifting millions of tax payers money that we can ill afford to help stave of an impending collapse of South African infrastructure while the high and mighty line their pockets and live it up in their ivory towers :-(

  • Comment number 23.

    Eh ?? ...the usual. Tokenism,Waste,Geography lesson,Despondency.

    S-F1:Goal line techno.
    .....England T-shirts, unsold.

    lovely name.
    .....South African novelty, gone.

    I think of the semi-finals, 'goal line technology' will live longest in memory(UK bias).

  • Comment number 24.

    Legacy: The eventual, and extremely reluctant realisation by the 'powers that be', who conitnue to have a who have 19th century mindset, that we're in the 21st century and that today's game simply can no longer exist without 'technology'.

  • Comment number 25.

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  • Comment number 26.

    England, France and Italy leading teams? Don't make me laugh. Spain and the Netherlands deserve to be in the final.

    Goal-line technology is a start, the process won't be complete until the referee has electronic aides to review offside and fouls within the penalty area.

  • Comment number 27.

    Damn Noisy!!!
    Over Hyped!!!
    Crap Refereeing Standards!!!
    Crap Footballing by Certain 'So-Called Stars...Over-Paid and Pampered'!!!
    Inept Decisions by FIFA!!!

    Bring on the Rugby World Cup from New Zealand...
    Rugby is a game played by MEN with Odd-Shaped Balls!!!

  • Comment number 28.

    England and France were embarrassing.
    The quality of the football was ok (but not great), but the quality of the TV presentation of awful, especially the BBC.

  • Comment number 29.

    For the world at large not much just another sporting event that comes and goes in the strict sense. But for South Africa a chance to have proven that it can engage globally and has the infrastructure necessary to advance when given the opportunities. There is no reason why South Africa cannot become the Switzerland of Africa with a high standard of living if any country can do it is this one but it will require tackling thorny internal economic and social issues yet that is what is required if the future is to be brighter. The World Cup will have had the efect of raising the expectations of South Africans that things can no longer remain along the lethargic status quo and the government has to deliver something to all the people. The process is not instant but as long as it is incremental and postive it will the best legacy of the South African World Cup. The Cup was a showcase of what Africans can do on their own. Already so many foreigners worldwide have had their preconceived notions about Africa as a place of nothing but civil wars and hunger changed as a result of the Cup and that too is positive.

  • Comment number 30.

    As far as I am concerned the legacy of the WC in South Africa and anywhere else will be the diving, the cynical fouls, the players trying to get their opponent sent off, the money that has been spent to play football games, which I think is obscene. No sport is worth all that money being spent on it, it should be spent on infrastructure in South Africa and helping the poor people. Not on these overpaid idiots to win what, a wee piece of metal and a title, shocking

  • Comment number 31.

    The legacy? Lots of of empty expensive stadiums dotting the landscape of a country that could ill afford to build. Every time I think of South Africa my mind is overrun with annoying horns blasts which block out any memories of what actually happened on the pitch. The false drama of football due to its 19 century officiating (cameras aren't the enemy guys). A reminder of why this is only tolerated every four years (I only watch football once every four years and that is enough). And finally, I remember why it is such a wimpy man's sport (dives, tears, hissy fits, etc)!
    The legacy for sub-Saharan Africa will be the same as decolonisation, everything will fall into disrepair and they'll find some way to blame us.

  • Comment number 32.

    Good question. On the eve of the worst World Cup since 1990, and very possibly the worst of all time, being put out of its misery tomorrow where do you begin to assess its legacy? One thing is clear, you have to look at it on a case-by-case basis.

    For South Africa the legacy will be white elephant stadia and probably a bit of debt to boot. The affluent and influential will have done well financially, while everyone else feels the brunt of the impact.

    For Adidas, their legacy will be that they introduced a ball that is simply not fit for purpose and made a mockery of the tournament.

    For the modern footballer as an archetype, the legacy will be a further breakdown in affinity with the supporters who won't earn in a year what they earn in a week. Until, of course, the next time the dreadful tabloid media once again elevate them to messiah status.

    For the game of football itself, the legacy will be the official endorsement of cheating. It's OK to break the rules if you're marketable enough. Remember, kids: it's not wether you win or lose, but how much revenue you generate.

    And for FIFA, one can only hope the legacy for them is the path to extinction. They are not fit for purpose in the 21st century.

  • Comment number 33.

    For South Africa, there are several large stadia, with wonderful approach roads and high-tech infrastructure, and a population who can't afford the price of a ticket.
    For England, there is a squad of massively overpaid and overrated players who play without passion or national pride - headline news in OK! and Hello!, but lacking in ideas and ability on the pitch.

  • Comment number 34.

    3. At 1:26pm on 10 Jul 2010, TASHKENT wrote:

    England exposed once more as the overhyped 'pub team' they always have been. At least all those queasy flags were taken down quickly. Small mercies.......

    Not my English flag. I fly it all the time. I never fly the British flag!

  • Comment number 35.

    The fat cats of South Africa make a large profit, FIFA make an even larger profit (excused from Tax by SA government)- the people of South Africa - they got a diversion and when its all over they will have the same problems as before. FIFA somewhat revealed as an avaricious State in itself protecting its sponsors (monopoly capitalism at its worst)and its trespass charge against the guy that got into the dressing room - what a bully boy farce. Wonder if all the inducements FIFA members get for deciding on where a world cup is held will ever be investigated.

    I know quite a lot of people who went out of their way to not buy the products of any of the sponsors due to all the hype and the actions in SA of FIFA.

    On the footballing side hardly very much to get excited about as mainly well drilled defenses played well drilled defenses. Though it should be said lots of good football quality on show from many sides.

    Commentators comments about plyers that came to England and were flops, and indeed if England could win the next game they could go all the way, laughably nulled by the complete flop of the complete England team, ultimately outplayed, out-thought and even out-worked. They still have the ultimate lesson still to learn - given equal motivation the more technically skilled team, and cleverer team will usually win. (So Rooney et all, go and learn better basic skills, after all you're supposed to be footballers)And please, pundits and commentators dont call an England player world class until they can perform at the highest level comfortably with the very best. So many players from so many teams had better skills than any England player.

    All that can be hoped for the final is that somebody scores in the first 10 minutes and it becomes a live game rather than a complete chess match, though there will still be some superb football on show if it is the latter.

    Next time round ? Just put all the qualifiers in a hat and get an octopus to work it all out.

  • Comment number 36.

    I didn't see any Scottish flags at the World Cup!

  • Comment number 37.

    Why must almost everything and everybody have a 'legacy'? Such a pompous and self important concept. Things happen; life goes on; sometimes things change, sometimes they don't. It's particularly inapplicable to a football tournament, first because it's such a trivial thing, and secondly because people in different countries will have viewed it differently, depending on whether they had a team there, whether their team did well or not, or even whether they were the host country or not.
    So far as England's concerned:
    It happened in South Africa
    There were a lot of noisy horns
    As usual England did pathetically (we wuz robbed)
    The African challenge didn't emerge; neither did South America's
    A European team won
    There was mercifully little off-pitch violence.
    FIFA still can't see the obvious

    Hardly justifies the word 'legacy', does it?

  • Comment number 38.

    A very disappointing world cup scenario. Englands attempt at football was shambolic. As stated by so many of the comments on this thread it is not worthwhile adding to the list as we were promised above performance by the english team but not on what level. With so much secrecy by Fabio about his choices in choosing the team within 2 hours for each match made it interesting to see his so called magical talents as a manager. But he forgot his wand and could not bring about the performance that we all had desired to see. The wild card teams could show England team how to pass, work as a team and merit respect. Ban any trumpet playing during the games. OK before but not during play. The England manager only to be contracted for specific tournaments so that if he cannot show his skills as a manager then he can be released without the FCA paying out millions to release him.

  • Comment number 39.

    "17. At 2:47pm on 10 Jul 2010, Confuciousfred wrote:
    The people of South Africa will count the cost of hosting the World Cup and regret their involvement, though officially it will have been an overwhelming success. The people of England will come to the same conclusion in 2012 after the Olympics."

    Spot on.

    What for me has come to the fore are people justifying players cheating "I would have done the same thing in their position". Arguments such as this might be used to justify hitting someone who is assaulting a child, but it seems to bring football to an all-time low.

  • Comment number 40.

    You've got to love all of the idiots who talk about England footballers being overpaid, every single one of them donated their wages to charity this year just as many of them have in the past.

    The wages they earn for their clubs has nothing to do with the national team and most of their earnings come as a result of TV and sponsorship deals and if they weren't earning the money then it would be going straight into the pockets of the multi-millionaires and multi-billionaires that own most of our most successful teams.

    Considering how badly organised our national team is, how poor our nations youth development systems are and how overplayed most of our national players are I was surprised they made it out of the group.
    The press may have labelled them the Golden Generation but the truth is that most of them are past their best and carrying injuries, in most other nations this would have prevented the manager from taking them to the tournament but we all know that the FA allow the marketing men to pick the squad (hence Beckham's involvement even though he was not able to play and not even a squad member) and that the manager is little more than an overpaid front man who's job is to give the impression that things are being done properly.

    I've no idea what sort of legacy the South Africans will be left with but I hope the legacy for England is the realisation that relying on the Premier League to create world class players isn't enough; we need a serious national youth development system that is designed to locate, train and develop young players, coaches and managers who all know how to work together just as the Germans, Dutch and many other nations do.
    The adoption of youth rules within our leagues would also help a lot, luckily FIFA and EUFA are already bringing some of these in over the next few years and these will require each club to have a minimum number of youth players from within their own nation and area in their squads instead of having teams filled almost exclusively with foreign talent.

    And maybe just a basic level of understanding from some members of the public so we don't have to listen to the perennial moaners and whiners going on about overpaid, lazy or undeserving footballers.

    England players to donate wages to charity


    The Team England Footballers Charity


  • Comment number 41.

    "37. At 4:09pm on 10 Jul 2010, deanarabin wrote:
    Why must almost everything and everybody have a 'legacy'?"

    Ah, because when the organisers cannot possibly justify the cost when monies are desperately needed elsewhere for much more basic needs, they have now latched onto this term. As have the 2012 London Olmpics Committee, while they try to pacify London council taxpayers.

    Think along the lines of eyes and wool.

  • Comment number 42.

    Another anti- US rant from RockingTheJoint

    Who won the group again? I forgot. I generally don't watch Soccer unless my 7 year old daughter is playing. Her team is the Fairy Princesses. They lost to the Magical Unicorns in the championship game so I know how you must feel being an England fan.

    I remember you predicted England would beat the U.S. 10 to 1, how did that work out?

    Oh yes RockTheJoint, in regards to saving your nation from the Germans - Your welcome.

    Legacy of World Cup 2010? Bringing people from different cultures together through sports of course

  • Comment number 43.

    The miserable posters are so hilarious, you wonder if they are ever happy.
    More monotonous than the vuvuzela's they love to whine about.

  • Comment number 44.

    No discredit to South Africa, they have done a first class job in organizing it. so congratulations to them. But the standard of football has been the worst I have ever seen. As regards the England team , well what can you say. Pathetic is the politest word I can use. Their problem is quite simple, they can play with foreigners but not against them. The four matches England played showed this very well All the teams new how they would play because half of them play in the premier league. Some times there isn't an English man in some of the games played in the premier league. Why do we bother to enter these competitions, like the European Song contest we are never going to win.

  • Comment number 45.

    "40. At 4:19pm on 10 Jul 2010, General_Jack_Ripper wrote:
    You've got to love all of the idiots who talk about England footballers being overpaid, every single one of them donated their wages to charity this year just as many of them have in the past."

    Very laudible. I'm not going to go into how well or not England played.

    But if you use that argument, surely any incompetent person who completely messes up their job (I am not saying that is what the players did, I am just following your argument), on the basis they pay lots of money to charity, is it ok for them to keep their job?

  • Comment number 46.

    A very Dodgy Ball from Del's suitcase

  • Comment number 47.

    The legacy? Blind referees. Well we must have diversity, right?

  • Comment number 48.

    A lack-lustre event.
    I'll remember the underdogs like Ghana, the USA and Japan (Honda) for playing with heart and soul. I'll remember all the big teams for their lack of excitement and the total lack of any individual stars.
    I'll remember Rooney as being an overpaid donkey and those dreadful plastic trumpets.
    I'll certainly not get exited again about England's chances. They are now paid so much, they just don't care any more. They probably prefer to have a nice long holiday in the sun.

  • Comment number 49.

    The legacy of the World Cup will be another World Cup!

  • Comment number 50.

    Legacy? Perhaps it is too much to hope that the media will realise that no,our lives are not dominated by football, for a great many people it's irrelevant. A sad, corrupt "sport", with over paid, over hyped prima donna players, and worst of all, pathetic men whose lives are dominated from week to week by how well "their team" are doing - as if their team gave a toss about anything but their inflated salaries. As for South Africa, all forgotten in a month, except for picking up the bill.

  • Comment number 51.

    A great big debt for the South African people perhaps? See also Olympic Games 2012.

  • Comment number 52.

    The most positive thing is the hitherto unknown psychic powers of the humble octopus.

    Hopefully this will not result in the octopus being the next 'must have' pet!

    The worst thing is that in four years time it will all happen again.

  • Comment number 53.

    Football is a game and No team is an escort to another.Don't ever underestimate or overestimate any team.I learnt so many things but the greatest is that I learnt a new word which is 'Vuvuzela'.
    Uzoamaka Ikwumelu Okafor

  • Comment number 54.

    "40. At 4:19pm on 10 Jul 2010, General_Jack_Ripper wrote:

    You've got to love all of the idiots who talk about England footballers being overpaid, every single one of them donated their wages to charity this year just as many of them have in the past."

    It's probably a tax wheeze!

  • Comment number 55.

    There's always one big memory of each World Cup - for this one, it's probably going to be the vuvuzelas. Love 'em or hate 'em, they were the defining 'sound' of the tournament.

  • Comment number 56.

    Lecacy? Nothing apart from an incessant drone at every future football, rugby and cricket match thanks to those blasted horns. Sport in general has been forever ruined thanks to them.

  • Comment number 57.

    What will be the legacy of World Cup 2010?

    Those stupid trumpet thingies.

  • Comment number 58.

    England were/are a bunch of overhyped, overpaid flops. Spain play wonderful football, Holland have made the final without failing out. Ronaldo sulked his way through the world cup. Maradona was a star on the touch line. The only down side was the ticket prices that were way to expencive for the average south african to go their own world cup.

  • Comment number 59.

    It’s a football competition - why must it have a "legacy"?

  • Comment number 60.


    As an American, I loved your reply to the very boring, broken-record of a poster, RockingTheJoint - until I got to the part about saving England from the Germans. Then I couldn't help but cringe. Just as bad, imho, as those Europeans who go overboard the other way to diminish the role we played.


    Rocks: the topic is the legacy of the World Cup, but you choose once again to post about ..... Americans. In your typical style, it's an ill-informed rant full of pettiness, lies, and personal opinion proffered as fact. I, for one, hope you do not stop posting, however, as we all need a little comic relief in our lives. And you never fail to make me laugh. Thank you.

  • Comment number 61.

    Legacy? There wont be one. In a week it will be all forgotten about.

  • Comment number 62.

    Boring, it is after all only a game and not even a very interesting game, but as in other things you always have the Anotaks whittering on about insignificant miniscule details

  • Comment number 63.

    Some strange comments above! here's mine we have an English ref. with a job and a half on his hands! I'm sure he will succeed over our team, who at £50M+ and failed, gosh! Lads, sport has never been my top priority but watching this with all the moaning about the grass quality, the ball, the trumpets in the crouds, its a better laugh than the old Goon show with the line "never p*** into the wind neddy"

  • Comment number 64.

    The legacy behind football world cup is that the simplest and cheapest sport attracting the largest number of viewers is still ruling the world with full enthusiastic spirit as it was started in 1930.

  • Comment number 65.

    I have enjoyed the football that I have seen and at last I think people have woken up to the fact that we do not put enough back into the game to create a team of world class players and that sadly England are unlikely to qualify again unless we hold the World Cup here.

    From a the locals perspective they have been sold a load of false promises and it must be really galling to live next door to such fantastic and under utilised stadiums whilst they are preparing to cook their meagre dinner on a fire of animal dung which has to be carried over dirt track roads!

    Sadly we will suffer the same problems albeit not so dire with the 2012 Olympics as money will be robbed from local facilities to pay for the long-term debt.

    It is time we started holding events for what they stand for and not as moneymaking schemes for a handful of wealthy companies and sponsors.

  • Comment number 66.

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  • Comment number 67.

    After looking inside the penalty area for free kicks and corners, maybe they should rename the game to Come Dancing.
    Its become a joke.

  • Comment number 68.

    I doubt very much that as many people are interested in football as the media would have us believe.
    Boring cheats.

  • Comment number 69.

    The only legacy as far as England is concerned is the knowledge that we must encourage more home grown players into the Premier League in order to field a more skillful national team. Foreign players may be exciting to watch but when it comes to playing against International teams we are found to be woefully wanting.

  • Comment number 70.

    I assume most of you missed the report during half time in the germany spain game about a charity founded by england fans who helped build an orphanage over there? That's going to be a good legacy. Well done to them.

  • Comment number 71.

    Those vuvuzelas, which sound like an elephant that had too much beans for dinner.

  • Comment number 72.

    It will be chiefly remembered for England being the worst team of the tournament.

  • Comment number 73.

    Children will want to waste even more time playing football instead of concentrating on more important subjects.

    It's surprising how a 30cm plastic ball becomes more important than anything else in life - it's very worrying.

  • Comment number 74.


    The players, overpaid, overhyped footballers, more individuals than a team and not as good as their billing.

    The manager unable to gain the respect of players or instill a team spirit. A manager clearly, technically failable and unable to communicate with the press let alone the players. Not worth £6m a year.

    The FA, a bunch of amateurs. Who decided to extend Capello's contract even before a ball was kicked. Somebody needs the sack for this complete lack of judgement.

    It would be better to have a team of non-stars who can train as a team with no egos or premiership allegiances.

  • Comment number 75.

    Legacy:- England are No No`s Hyped up by the media, awful when playing. grossly overpaid clowns. No guts, just "thanks for the money" suckers pay to watch the the thickos. As for the other teams, a few cheats around, but thankfully the last 4 have been good. Studio presenters. Totally biased until England lost their way. The only one with a bit of sense is Alan Handson. Tough luck England, but you deserved it


  • Comment number 76.

    England. A joke.

    What do you expect from a team which doesn't even have its own national anthem? Has a foreigner as its manager?

    The insult when a star (?) like Rooney can't even be bothered to sing the British National anthem. He and the rest of the team should take an example of how some of the other teams players link arms whilst all signing their anthems.
    What's the difference, they can't sing, and they can't play football either.

  • Comment number 77.

    BBC - I really don't know why you bother with these type of HYSs. They just seem to bring the worst out of people.

    A stream of diatribes from 'superior' types with little or no interest in football or any of the big sporting events, it seems.

    My nightmare vision is of being forced to attend a 'HYS Constributors Christmas Party' where I have to listen to such incessant, inane miserable comments all evening.

  • Comment number 78.

    The legacy IS a huge bill for South Africa, no change for the poor of SA, a feeling of satisfaction for the elite that they have been on the world stage for a few weeks, increased bank balances for those who no doubt have creamed off some of the millions, and to Brazil for a repeat performance in 4 years time!
    Oh I nearly forgot about the unmasking of those world class 'footballers' who would have been hard pressed to play for their local pub.
    But that's life.....or early death for many of those in the shanty towns.

  • Comment number 79.

    The legacy should be that people turn their back on this ridiculous game and stop pouring their money into the pockets of the morons that play it and run it.

  • Comment number 80.

    Hopefully that the English game needs a drastic overhaul. There needs to be a bigger pool of English players and more English players need to be given a chance to play at the top level. Still, what do I care it is a boring game anyway and what little I have seen of this world cup hasn't changed my opinion. Only reading this HYS do I see that the next world cup is in Brazil. I do smile to myself when I see some players making the sign of the cross then playing in the most unfriendly way. Some role model eh?

  • Comment number 81.

    South Africa will be paying this off for years, the ordinary dirt-poor South African will all too fleetingly have had all that money waved in their face only to have it snatched away.
    Debt and resentment.

    As for England, I fervently hope that football fans have seen through all the hype. Their ´stars´are anything but, they´re just over-rewarded underacheivers, losers in short - especially that lout Rooney.
    Hopefully some of the sheeple will now not renew their season tickets, but sadly, I fear most footie fans are just too stupid. they´ll make excuses and keep on living in hope.

  • Comment number 82.

    Complete lack of sportsmanship, poor refereeing, poor commentating, some good football and exploitation by FIFA. Just like any other world cup really. Probably be another final with a penalty shoot out and the winners declaring how deserving they are.

  • Comment number 83.

    #25 = daftest comment so far
    #79 = one of the best

    The gulf between the two is unbridgeable but I hope the like of #79 prevails, now THAT would be a positive legacy worth crowing about!

  • Comment number 84.

    Stevem65 wrote:


    My nightmare vision is of being forced to attend a 'HYS Constributors Christmas Party' where I have to listen to such incessant, inane miserable comments all evening.

    Think yourself lucky, most of us have to regularly sit and listen to endless tosh being spouted about football already.

  • Comment number 85.

    An octopus....

  • Comment number 86.

    The people of Africa can be proud that they have done it all so well and that other tournament organisers can consider Africa as a viable venue for sports activity. Maybe the 2020 Olympics could go there next!

    Well done South Africa and Africa in general.

    It reminds me of the motto - "Give a man aid and he is grateful - Give him tools to provide he can and he will do it well"

    Africa can be proud.

    Looking at East London England for 2012 it all looks so exciting I only hope we can do such a good job too! Come on England lets be as proud as Africa and do the business.

  • Comment number 87.

    I don't know about the legacy but I think I know what the final score will be.

    The players 1 000 000 ... Average slum dwellers 1

  • Comment number 88.

    83. At 7:47pm on 10 Jul 2010, fishinmad wrote:
    #25 = daftest comment so far

    It's just an anti-american diatribe from someone who drinks bitter.

  • Comment number 89.

    The usual big names in the england squad for the next world cup but like the 2010 world cup, most of the team can't be bothered to play.

    Exclude the players like rooney who are very good for their clubs but don't want to play for their country.

  • Comment number 90.

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  • Comment number 91.

    I wanted either England or South Africa to win! So I am gutted! I have lost

    interest in it when England went out. I wanted England to win or South Africa

    I work with a lazy staff on 2 shifts. The Sunday this staff sat down and did

    NOTHING! Just watched both matches. Then the Monday that lazy staff again just

    sat and did nothing just watched the match. I told the boss who did nothing

    (this staff is the boss favourite) & I was told I could be in trouble for

    picking on this staff!!!!!!!! So I then had to say sorry!!!!! So for me I have

    learnt alot about policy and procedures it really means they dont work - just

    keep your head down & mind your own business! So from now on I will. I don't

    care who win tomorrow...

  • Comment number 92.


  • Comment number 93.

    The legacy will be wealth beyond belief for FIFA and a South Africa that is much poorer for the experience.

  • Comment number 94.

    My item number 91. I miss out one line when I mentioned that I wanted England or South Africa to win, BECAUSE it would have been good & something POSITIIVE to happen to South AFRICA.

  • Comment number 95.

    The World Cup Legacy for English Football should be a lesson learned from the Spain team - fielding 7 players from a successful team - Barcelona - who know each other and play tegether as a team REGULARLY, is a recipe for success. The Premiership is to blame for bringing in huge quantities of cash, and enticing foreign players to take the pickings.

    England fielding a load of over-paid "players" who complained of boredome in the middle of the biggest football festival for years (if not ever) is just a joke.

    A word of advice for the English players: If you're bored and surrounded by half-decent teams playing football, go and see what else can be done on a football field - you might get a surprise or two!

    Watching the perfomance of the England Head Coach (if that's the title at the moment) in press conferences was a revelation. The guy needed far too much translating to his native language. How can he communicate effectively with his players from the touchline (or in training, or anywhere else) when he has a less than perfect command of the English language?

    Bring in a new Head Coach - one who speaks the language......

    A successful club coach isn't necessarily a successful International coach. A club coach can buy in players who fill a gap in his team, regardless of their nationality. THIS CAN'T BE DONE AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL. When will the FA understand that?

    Drop all the sponsorship from football WORLD-WIDE, let the players be paid from gate receipts, and see how long they last......

    That should be the legacy of the Word Cup 2010.

  • Comment number 96.

    The desire to win is born in most of us. The will to win is a matter of training. The manner of winning is a matter of honour.

  • Comment number 97.

    The Good:

    Some great matches with the underdogs doing better than expected.

    The Bad:

    Obnoxious horn blowing - too many bad calls - occasionally more bad acting than good soccer. Also - some primo players apparently more concerned with themselves than the team.

    The Ugly: France (need I say more)

  • Comment number 98.

    Hopefully we'll see the end of excessive worship of a group of 'top class' players who can't play well together (England).

    Hopefully we'll see the limitation of vuvuzelas at future competitions. Other devices have been banned over the years, it's time for these excessively deafening toys to be banned too.

    Hopefully FIFA will start listening to their members and their fans and start implementing technology in the game.

    And hopefully, finally, we'll stop talking about 1966. We're sick of it.

  • Comment number 99.

    40. At 4:19pm on 10 Jul 2010, General_Jack_Ripper wrote:

    You've got to love all of the idiots who talk about England footballers being overpaid, every single one of them donated their wages to charity this year just as many of them have in the past.

    The fact that they can afford to donate their wages to charity just proves that they are being overpaid.

  • Comment number 100.

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