Monthly Archives: June 2010

World Cup

Argentina’s first game in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa is about to begin.  They play Nigeria.  It’s very exciting to be outside the US during World Cup. Robert was in Italy in 1990 and Japan in 1998 (and in LA for the final in 1994).  He has little more than an anthropological interest in the event, but it reminds him that the “rest of the world” finds the World Cup to be extremely important.  Extremely.  Argentina has not won the World Cup for 24 years and Robert can tell you that it would be a tremendous uplift for the country if they did it this year, and a huge letdown if they don’t do well. 

It’s  fun to see so much of South Africa on television.

Anyway, Robert’s lying low, watching the game on TV.  He does not want to be standing around when they start to beat up foreigners and burn cars!

Year Host
Final
Third Place Match
Winners Score Runners-up Third Place Score Fourth Place
1930
Details
Uruguay
Uruguay
4–2
Argentina

United States
[note 1]
Yugoslavia
1934
Details
Italy
Italy
2–1
(a.e.t.)

Czechoslovakia

Germany
3–2
Austria
1938
Details
France
Italy
4–2
Hungary

Brazil
4–2
Sweden
1950
Details
Brazil
Uruguay
[note 2]
Brazil

Sweden
[note 2]
Spain
1954
Details
Switzerland
West Germany
3–2
Hungary

Austria
3–1
Uruguay
1958
Details
Sweden
Brazil
5–2
Sweden

France
6–3
West Germany
1962
Details
Chile
Brazil
3–1
Czechoslovakia

Chile
1–0
Yugoslavia
1966
Details
England
England
4–2
(a.e.t.)

West Germany

Portugal
2–1
Soviet Union
1970
Details
Mexico
Brazil
4–1
Italy

West Germany
1–0
Uruguay
1974
Details
West Germany
West Germany
2–1
Netherlands

Poland
1–0
Brazil
1978
Details
Argentina
Argentina
3–1
(a.e.t.)

Netherlands

Brazil
2–1
Italy
1982
Details
Spain
Italy
3–1
West Germany

Poland
3–2
France
1986
Details
Mexico
Argentina
3–2
West Germany

France
4–2
(a.e.t.)

Belgium
1990
Details
Italy
West Germany
1–0
Argentina

Italy
2–1
England
1994
Details
United States
Brazil
0–0
(a.e.t.)
(3–2 pens.)

Italy

Sweden
4–0
Bulgaria
1998
Details
France
France
3–0
Brazil

Croatia
2–1
Netherlands
2002
Details
Korea Republic
& Japan

Brazil
2–0
Germany

Turkey
3–2
Korea Republic
2006
Details
Germany
Italy
1–1
(a.e.t.)
(5–3 pens.)

France

Germany
3–1
Portugal

Miraflores

Robert is spending five days in Peru. He’s staying in the Lima, in the Miraflores neighborhood, which is a collection of high-rise apartment buildings, hotels and shopping centers on a sea-cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. He had not been in Lima for over ten years. The Miraflores area was beginning to be built out then, but it is now very packed with Marriots and Tony Roma’s, Starbucks, Radio Shacks and Chili’s. All very “tastfully” done. He’s sure that the rest of Peru, the Andes, smaller cities and the rest of Lima are not as changed. Perhaps he’ll go to Arequipa this weekend. While in Lima he is staying at the large ocean-view apartment of his friends the Cardenases.

Miraflores

Robert is spending five days in Peru. He’s staying in the Lima, in the Miraflores neighborhood, which is a collection of high-rise apartment buildings, hotels and shopping centers on a sea-cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. He had not been in Lima for over ten years. The Miraflores area was beginning to be built out then, but it is now very packed with Marriots and Tony Roma’s, Starbucks, Radio Shacks and Chili’s. All very “tastfully” done. He’s sure that the rest of Peru, the Andes, smaller cities and the rest of Lima are not as changed. Perhaps he’ll go to Arequipa this weekend. While in Lima he is staying at the large ocean-view apartment of his friends the Cardenases.