World Cup - Ghana

I was lucky enough to catch most of the Ghana-Czech world cup match yesterday.  In the biggest upset of the world cup thus far, Ghana controlled the match and beat Czech Republic 2-0.  Getting behind Ghana wasn't difficult for me.  They are one of the smallest and poorest countries repsented in the tournament.  After the match, defender John Paintsil raised an Israeli flag in celebration.  After some research, I discovered that Paintsil has played in the Israeli soccer league for several years, currently with Hapoel Tel Aviv and previously with Maccabbi Tel Aviv.  The Israelis responded well to the recognition and issued a public statement of thanks.  Unfortunately, Ghana's next match is against the U.S. so supporting them will be more complicated.

By Josh Guttman

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