On September 18th, with the tapping of the first keg by Munich Mayor Christian Ude and a cry of “O’zapft is!”, Oktoberfest 2010 officially started in Munich, Germany. While this year marks the 177th Oktoberfest to be held, 2010 is the 200th anniversary of the very first Oktoberfest in 1810 (some years were missed due to war or cholera outbreaks). The Oktoberfest tradition started in 1810 to celebrate the October 12th marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich were invited to join in the festivities which were held over five days on the fields in front of the city gates. This year, festivities will run until October 4, 2010.
We’ve collected a few images from the opening weekend of Oktoberfest 2010 and made a PowerPoint presenataion and a video slideshow. It is really a good chance to learn more about this traditional German festival, just enjoy!
Germany won the 2010 World Cup in South Africa playoff game for the third place against Uruguay 3:2 scoring the wining goal with only eight minutes of the match remaining.
Both sides wanted to finish the World Cup on a winning note and the first half of the match under a heavy rain in Port Elizabeth ended 1:1 after Germany’s Thomas Muller and Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani traded goals.
With ten minutes of the second half played Uruguay’s Diego Forlan scored another for his team, but the goal was shortly answered by Germany’s Marcell Jansen.
The teams seemed to finish the main time of the match at the 2:2 draw but Germany’s Sami Khedira netted the winner on the 82nd minute to earn his country fourth bronze of the World Cup series.
The 2010 World Cup winner will be determined on Sunday night between two European teams, Spain and the Netherlands, which both never previously won the world championship.
Reigning European champions Spain reached their first World Cup final on Wednesday by defeating Germany 1-0 at Durban Stadium thanks to Carles Puyol’s second half goal.
Puyol scored in the 73rd minute as Spain set up an all-European final with the Netherlands on Sunday. One of those teams will become the first European nation to win a World Cup outside of Europe.
For the second straight World Cup, the three-time world champions Germany will play in the third place game, facing Uruguay on Saturday.
We’ve made a video and a PowerPoint slideshow for you to recall the wonderful moments in the World Cup 2010 semifinal between Spain and Germany.