Our HeartsBy Matenneh-Rose L. DunbarMade of only soft flesh without a boneMade to be flexible and ready to bendMade of how we see the world aroundmade to swifter big problems suddenlyOur hearts plead to go on……………………Made to shed tears as a vent for hurtMade firm by the sound of pleasantriesMade bubbly when your smile radiatesMade weak by actions of the unfriendlyOur hearts sing a song…………………….made a hero by the loud acclaim of allMade to rock against all the odds in lifeMade green as a lawn new spring timeMade to glow as candles behind a glassOur hearts rests in a cradle……………Made to break when placed in shockMade to rejuvenate its self-healingMade to rosy again after the deep fallMade to tango in lilac and purple yetOur hearts soft but stronger than goldTwo Blind MenBy Matenneh-Rose L. DunbarAlong the metal wall of the presidential groundsTwo blind men felt their way down a clean pathThey multi stepped as slowly their hands gropedWith swinging white canes to navigate graduallyMuch vigor was placed into getting to destinationMy heart skipped a beat to see them do their bestThese…………. Two Blind MenOne wore slacks while the other was suited fineThe ironed black pant with white shirt was sharpSeemed like the suited guy was a office workerHis pal in slacks was matching in red and blueThey were sure to get to duty as they huggedIn close commune their goal was singular hereThese……. Two Blind MenInspiring puffs rise from their journey of a dayHands on each other back serves as self-beltsGuarding each from the cars busy Capitol HillTen thirty daily means commitments to themReady to face the pains and drains of todaySentiments float over why there is little careThese………. Two Blind MenHer SacrificeBy Varney L. S. GeanFrom the instant she knew beforehandA child growing her small belly heldThe sings all there she knew the truthHappy was she months later she boreThe moment when joy had no boundaryHer SacrificeHer love her nursing for the child she boreForsaking many things for the child’s futureToil and sweat for the child must be nurturedHer aim to make better won’t be ruinedThroughout times she did the best she couldHer SacrificeThat youngster will be greater she acclaimedFor all her efforts smiles her sweet face carriedShe did not falter not even in dire momentsHer newborn she prayed should be betterShe knew how far and whatever it tookHer SacrificeToday she laughs when mothers wailToday she smiles when people ask herWho is that greater man or woman with you?For all her efforts it is time to beam motherFor without YOU life would have been futileHer SacrificeA Whole New LevelBy Varney L. S. GeanStarted out like a blur out of nowhereStreaming down so rapid like cascadeA whole new levelHeadlong to get the paramount of allNot halting as everything spiral fasterA whole new levelIn this time minds jump start like boltsLike thunderbolts the sharpness mattersA whole new levelIn the long run results will be probableSomething to make frowned faces smileA whole new levelShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Manchester United legend Lou Macari has told talkSPORT he was surprised by the Red Devils’ pursuit and eventual capture of Real Madrid star Angel di Maria, saying the club should have focussed on bringing more defensive steel to the squad.United have endured a shocking start to the new season under new boss Louis van Gaal, losing and drawing their first two Premier League fixtures and then suffering a shock 4-0 defeat to MK Dons, the League One outfit dumping their top flight opponents out of the League Cup second round.The British record arrival of Di Maria, who signed a five-year deal on Tuesday for £60million, is sure to be a boost for the struggling side, but Macari believes they should have instead tried to strengthen the squad’s limited defensive options.United did complete the signing of Argentina full-back Marcos Rojos last week, but missed out on Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona and failed to land primary target, Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels.“We’re all hoping Di Maria will be a great signing,” Macari told Drivetime when asked about the forward’s arrival at Old Trafford.“I hope has enough in him to help turn things around for Man United.“But the club have plenty of players in the midfield and up front who can do the damage and that why I thought more defenders would be coming in as a priority.“I was a little bit surprised when it was Di Maria who they announced. However, nowadays there aren’t many world class players going around, so if you have the opportunity to sign one, and Di Maria undoubtedly is one, then you have to take it.”
13 13 13 13 13 Iniesta scored the winning goal in the final as Spain claimed their first World Cup 13 Andres Iniesta scored the winning goal in the final to down the Netherlands and secure Spain their first ever World Cup, and the second of their three successive international successes; La Roja won the European Championship of 2008 and they repeated that feat two years after the World Cup in 2012.The 2010 finals did not provide particularly great entertainment, with some displays of poor football soundtracked by the endless drone of the vuvuzela. Nonetheless, some great players showed off their best skills, including Golden Ball winner Diego Forlan, and Germanys Thomas Muller, who finished as joint-top scorer and was named the best young player at the tournament.Forlan and Muller were two of the stars of 2010, but who else performed that summer in South Africa? The World Cup All-Star Team is named to remember the best performers, and you can see who was selected below, alongside their @OfficialPanini stickers for the tournament 2010 FIFA WORLD CUPHosts: South AfricaChampions: SpainRunners-up: NetherlandsThird place: GermanyFourth place: UruguayTop scorer: Diego Forlan (Uruguay) / Thomas Muller (Germany) / Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) / David Villa (Spain) – 5 goalsBest Player: Diego Forlan (Uruguay)Best Young Player: Thomas Muller (Germany) 13 2010 WORLD CUP ALL-STAR TEAM DEFENCE: Maicon (Brazil)Maicon made his mark on the 2010 World Cup despite Brazil being knocked out at the quarter-final stage. The athletic, forward thinking right-back scored a memorable goal from a near-impossible angle against North Korea which caught the eye in the group stage. He came into the tournament off the back of a treble-win with Inter Milan, but his career would soon go downhill after this moment as he was famously terrorised by Gareth Bale at the San Siro a season later. MIDFIELD: Andres Iniesta (Spain)Having left Barcelona at the end of the 2017/18 season, Iniesta will have one last hurrah for his country at the 2018 World Cup. Without doubt, the highlight of what has been a glorious career came in 2010 as the midfielder’s dazzling displays throughout the tournament propelled Spain to the final. His 116th minute goal against the Netherlands will live forever in the hearts of every Spanish fan who watched the tournament, as it allowed them to bear witness to their country conquering world football for the first time. The 2018 World Cup is just around the corner, so talkSPORT.com are trawling through the archives to relive past tournaments.Today we are taking a look at the 2010 edition, won by a quite brilliant Spain side in South Africa, the first ever African nation to host the finals. DEFENCE: Carles Puyol (Spain)Casillas may have been captain of Spain, but Puyol was undoubtedly their talisman. Barcas big-haired centre-back was vital to the defence which kept clean sheets in every knockout round of the 2010 World Cup and even scored the semi-final winning goal with a thunderous header against Germany. FORWARD: Diego Forlan (Uruguay)Endearingly hapless at Manchester United, Forland was dynamite in shooting Atletico Madrid to Europa League glory. He stood out in in 2010 as the first player to truly know what the hell to do with the unpredictable Jabulani ball and it brought him five goals (three from outside the area), and saw him deservedly named player of the tournament and take him the Golden Player trophy. 13 13 DEFENCE: Sergio Ramos (Spain)Despite their differing club allegiances, Ramos stood side-by-side with Puyol at the heart of Spains impenetrable defence. The Real Madrid man played every minute of the 2010 World Cup and topped the tournaments Castrol Performance Index. His versatility at the time, playing both right-back and centre-back, proved to be a great asset for his country. 13 FORWARD: David Villa (Spain)Perpetually underrated striker who has (easily) scored more World Cup goals than any other Spaniard. Villa got three in Germany in 2006, but showed his true class in South Africa four years later. His five goals included two match winners against Portugal in the last 16 and Paraguay in the quarters as Spain lifted the trophy for the first time. He scored his ninth goal – a quality back heel – in the 2014 edition during a 3-0 win against Australia. It was his 59th and final international goal for Spain and a stylish way to say goodbye in what was a disappointing tournament. Villa remains the country’s top scoring player.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. MIDFIELD: Xavi (Spain)Winning became an addiction for Xavi, the great Barcelona and Spain midfielder, who combined intelligence, technique and composure to great effect. He operated as a midfield conductor as his country won both the Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup and in South Africa he completed a 544 passes, more than any other player. GOALKEEPER: Iker Casillas (Spain)Casillas was already considered a modern great heading into the 2010 World Cup, but staked his claim as an all-time legend with his performance at the tournament. The Real Madrid man was Spains captain when they lifted the trophy at Euro 2008 and carried this experience onto the biggest stage of all, keeping clean sheets in all four of his countrys knockout matches. 13 MIDFIELD: Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)Perennial Manchester United target Sneijder was unlucky to not win the Ballon d’Or in 2010 for his performances in guiding Inter Milan to the Champions League that year, and then helping the Netherlands to the World Cup final. The talented playmaker was joint top scorer at the competition with five goals, and such performances established him as one of Europe’s finest midfielders. He never did get that move to Old Trafford, though. 13 MIDFIELD: Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)A winner in 2014, Germany lit up the tournament four years earlier with Schweinsteiger as the midfield anchor. The result was some breathtaking football, culminating in hugely impressive wina against England (4-1) and Argentina (4-0). Schweinsteiger retired from international football in 2016 with 121 caps as Germanys fourth-most capped player, behind Lothar Matthaus (150), Miroslav Klose (137) and Lukas Podolski (129). Here was a true leader of a team. 13 DEFENCE: Philipp Lahm (Germany)Lahm became the youngest player to captain Germany at a World Cup after Michael Ballack withdrew from the 2010 tournament due to injury. He led his fresh-faced Germany side to the semi-finals, where they were eliminated by Carles Puyols famous header. The experience that Lahm and the rest of his young Germany side picked up in South Africa would prove crucial four years later when he picked up the trophy in Brazil.