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2010 World Cup Awards

Hillel Aron |
July 11, 2010 | 11:28 a.m. PDT

South Africa Correspondent

Player of the tournament: Diego Forlan (Uruguay)
Runner up: Xavi (Spain)
Honorable mention: Thomas Mueller (Germany)

Best player you’d never heard of: Keisuke Honda (Japan)
Runner up: Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria)
Honorable mention: Jong Tae-Se (North Korea)

Most disappointing player who wasn’t coming off an injury: Wayne Rooney (England)
Runner up: Entire French squad

Most disappointing player who was coming off an injury: Fernando Torres (Spain)
Runner Up: Oguchi Onyewu (U.S.A.)

Worst coach: Diego Maradona (Argentina)
Runner up: Raymond Domenech (France)
Honorable mention: Dunga (Brazil)

Most underused player: Diego Milito (Argentina)
Runner up: Cesc Fabregas (Spain)

Player that most made us scratch our heads and wonder if his performance was good or mediocre: Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Runner up: Sergio Ramos (Spain)

Most annoying team: Netherlands
Runner up: Nigeria

Most boring team: Paraguay
Runner up: Switzerland

Most exciting team: Germany
Runner up: Argentina

Best game: Germany / Argentina
Runner up: US / Slovenia
Honorable mention: Spain / Germany

Worst game: Brazil / Portugal
Runner up: England / Algeria

Team you inexplicably wanted to root for: North Korea
Runner up: Paraguay

Worst uniforms: Slovenia
Runner up: Paraguay

Best uniforms: Uruguay
Runner up: Germany

Most attractive fans: Portugal
Runner up: Netherlands

Player who looks most like Peter Lorre: Mesut Ozil (Germany)
Runner up: David Silva (Spain)

Player who looks most like a kid on class picture day: Lionel Messi
Runner up: Steven Gerrard

Worst facial hair: David Villa’s soul patch
Runner up: Robinho’s chin strap beard

Best goal: Siphiwe Tshabalala’s goal against Mexico
Runner up: Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s goal against Uruguay

Worst goal: Christiano Ronaldo’s goal against North Korea
Runner up: Carlos Tevez’s offsides goal against Mexico

Most entertaining news story: Paul the psychic octopus
Runner up: North Korea hiring Chinese actors as fans

Most shocking moment: Brazil’s second half implosion against Holland
Runner up: Italy giving up three goals against Slovakia

Saddest moment: Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan missing the penalty kick in extra time against Uruguay
Runner up: Paraguay’s Oscar Cardozo crying after loss

Most thrilling moment: Andres Iniesta’s goal in the final
Runner up: Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria
Honorable mention: Bafana’s second goal against France

Best soccer blog: Run of Play
Runner up: the new republic’s Goal Post



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