The many thousands of Manchester United fans who cannot wait to see the back of a Bulgarian they nicknamed ‘Berbaflop’ will be well advised to remember the Uruguay hitman who was dubbed Diego ‘Forlorn’ during his two and a half years at Old Trafford. Perhaps his 17 goals in a total of 98 appearances warranted his nickname at the time but Forlan has certainly proven his ability to find the net in the five years since.
When South Korea captain Ji-Sung Park slotted the ball home to ensure that all three points were secured for his country in their opening Group B World Cup match against Greece, he took a major step in his determined vow to lead the Koreans into the next stage of the tournament. It will only be the second time in their history that the Asian powerhouse will get into the last 16 and that was when they were co-hosts with neighbours Japan back in 2002.
The cruel hammer blow received by England manager Fabio Capello with the withdrawal of his captain Rio Ferdinand from the tournament just one week before the opening match against the USA may eventually have serious consequences for Sir Alex Fergusons attempts to reclaim the Premier League title for Manchester United next season.