It was an afternoon for nostalgia. The 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ may be a few months behind us now, but Tuesday was an opportunity to look back at all the fascinating action and wonderful memories from the tournament, at the "adidas World of Sports" event, staged in the Bavarian town of Herzogenaurach.
Franz Beckenbauer, member of the FIFA Executive Committee, and Herbert Hainer, chairman of the board of adidas AG, were on hand to present Diego Forlan, Thomas Muller and Iker Casillas with the trophies they won for their outstanding individual performances in South Africa. Forlan was given the adidas Golden Ball for the player of the tournament, Muller took the adidas Golden Shoe as top scorer while Casillas won the adidas Golden Glove for best goalkeeper.
The Spanish FIFA World Cup winner and the German and Uruguayan goal-getters were brought up on stage to the sounds of Shakira's "Waka Waka". It was an emotional moment for the three stars, as the official FIFA World Cup song was the soundtrack to a film showing highlights of all their incredible achievements at the first ever FIFA World Cup on African soil.
Honour and pride
Thirty-one-year-old Forlan helped two-time FIFA World Cup winners Uruguay to the semi-final stage of the competition for the first time in 40 years, his five goals playing a major role in his country finishing the tournament in fourth place. "Plenty of great players have won the adidas Golden Ball in the past," he said. "It's an incredible honour for me to receive this award and to belong to this elite group of players."
Muller was taking part in his first FIFA World Cup at the tender age of 20, but he too notched five goals, in less playing time than Forlan, making him the shooting star of the tournament in more ways than one. "It's a real honour to win the adidas Golden Shoe," the budding talent explained. "I really wasn't expecting to win an award like this when I travelled to the World Cup. I hope that 2011 will see me score a lot more goals for club and country."
Casillas was between the posts for a Spain team that swept all before them on their way to their first ever FIFA World Cup title. "I am delighted to win the adidas Golden Glove," said the 29-year-old captain of the Furia Roja, "and it's the perfect way to round off an incredible 2010 season. I hope that we'll be able to continue our success into 2011."