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Old 06-07-2010, 11:16 AM   #26
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Re: The most vital question. Who's going to win the world cup?

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Well, all these guys are sponsored by Nike. Kaká, in a interview today, said that the ball is ok.

I just heard that Drogba broke his arm. This is too bad for Iviry Coast and for the World Cup.
He might be able to play after emergency surgery. If not, it would be a terrible shame, indeed. I just watched the Ivory coast vs Japan last Saturday, when Drogba broke his arm, and the Ivory Coasters (?) played some wonderful football.

I was hoping Japan would make an impression at the World Cup, but not like this:
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:29 AM   #27
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Cricket... Is that "Test" - "ODI" or "Twenty-20"?
Cricket, the only game I'm aware of where you can play for 4 or 5 days, end with unequal scores, and call it a draw.
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What ever was on the radio while doing field work. Although they seemed to have a strange fascination with seagulls. I remember one game with a two hour long discussion about seagulls between the play by play.

Although twenty-20 had reached Australia so ODI and Test.
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:37 AM   #28
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He might be able to play after emergency surgery. If not, it would be a terrible shame, indeed. I just watched the Ivory coast vs Japan last Saturday, when Drogba broke his arm, and the Ivory Coasters (?) played some wonderful football.

I was hoping Japan would make an impression at the World Cup, but not like this:
I hope Drogba can play against Brazil. Robben, from Holland, seems to be recovering fast also. Good news..

Now, it´s the Brazilian goalkeeper, Júlio Cesar. He is with back problems (he hurt his back in the game vs Zimbabwe ), but the brazilian coach does not say a word about it. All he says is "He will be ok for the first game". I don´t know...

The games start tomorrow . The first game is Mexico vs South Africa, Mexico has a good team, and South Africa is the host. But South Africa has never won a game in a World Cup. The first tomorrow?

Have you seen this chart with all the games?? It is in Spanish, but is amazing!! Beautiful!!!
http://www.marca.com/deporte/futbol/...alendario.html
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Old 06-10-2010, 11:05 AM   #29
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I hope Drogba can play against Brazil. Robben, from Holland, seems to be recovering fast also. Good news..

Now, it´s the Brazilian goalkeeper, Júlio Cesar. He is with back problems (he hurt his back in the game vs Zimbabwe ), but the brazilian coach does not say a word about it. All he says is "He will be ok for the first game". I don´t know...

The games start tomorrow . The first game is Mexico vs South Africa, Mexico has a good team, and South Africa is the host. But South Africa has never won a game in a World Cup. The first tomorrow?

Have you seen this chart with all the games?? It is in Spanish, but is amazing!! Beautiful!!!
http://www.marca.com/deporte/futbol/...alendario.html
That is indeed a thing of beauty. Up there with footage of Ueshiba from the Osaka Juku in the 1930's. The names of countries sound so much better in Spanish : "Corea Del Norte" "Dinamarca".

Bad news about Julio Cesar, However, I have one word of comfort:
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Old 06-16-2010, 12:45 PM   #30
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Re: The most vital question. Who's going to win the world cup?

The first round of games is over...

Germany was impressive. Brasil, Argentina and Italia, disappointing....

England was playing ok vs USA, but Green had that HUGE fail, it was funny, but I feel sorry for England....

Spain, what can I say??

And you?? What is your impression so far??

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Old 06-16-2010, 02:04 PM   #31
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And you?? What is your impression so far??
Switzerland won ugly...honestly, at times it seemed like their offense was so random that they were hard to defend.

North Korea look scary.
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Old 06-17-2010, 06:12 AM   #32
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North Korea has sometimes 2 lines of 5 players on the defense. It is hard to pass through it.

I agree about Switzerland. They won ugly. It is too much pressure on Spain...

Spain play beautifully, and I don´t want Brazil to face them so early on the competition. Spain has to be the first on their group, so as Brazil. In this case, Brazil face Chile or Switzerland next round, and Spain only in the final...
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Old 06-17-2010, 03:26 PM   #33
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France lost to Mexico!!!!

It´s party time at Ireland....
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:03 PM   #34
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Oh man. France got pantsed. Now I want a taco. Hell, I want to apply for Mexican citizenship.
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:39 AM   #35
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France lost to Mexico!!!!

It´s party time at Ireland....
The Boys in Green defeat France

I thought Argentina have been wonderful, chaotic but really classy. Messi's a genius and Maradona's antics on the touchline are worth a look too. Whatever about his tactics, he seems to have created a really happy squad who enjoy their football.

Spain, award for the best World cup never to score a goal! I think the ball is a bit weird and it contributed to the loss. I hope the teams start to get a handle on it.

Generally, the South/Cental American teams have started very well. Uruguay, Chile and Mexico are all very good.

I hope The Dutch and Spain pick it up.

I have a feeling Ivory Coast and Brazil will be a war of attrition.

Must go. USA are getting thumped by The Mighty Slovenia!
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Old 06-18-2010, 11:19 AM   #36
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Must go. USA are getting thumped by The Mighty Slovenia!
Good lord, the half blind fat man who stood most of the game mid-field in my daughter's Under-9 game made better calls. And that final goal that was disallowed... It is that level of officiating and play in the World Cup Matches that make people believe things are still less than reputable. The Kuwaiti Sheikh saying something to a ref that changes a game, Maradona's punching the ball in goal in full view of the ref and linesman, ... Argh. Win, lose or draw it only matters if it is fairly called. Sometimes mistakes are made. Sometimes the mistakes are so blatant that you have to wonder. Terrible officiating.

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Old 06-18-2010, 01:36 PM   #37
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USA got pantsed on that one, for sure. It's hard to be philosophical and say, hey, they weren't expected to win...they did win, dammit. Robbery!
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Old 06-18-2010, 07:11 PM   #38
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What a comeback by USA! Dreadful final decision, but they go into the final game against Algeria while the a turgid England has to beat Slovenia. Still all to play for! Go USA!

Tonight, Netherlands and Japan!
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Old 06-19-2010, 01:09 AM   #39
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New Zealand got their first ever point in only their second ever WC finals earlier in the week.. ... 1-1 draw with Slovakia.

We'll get pantsed by Italy though.. whats the bet the salary of the entire NZ team is less than any individual player in the Italian side.
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Old 06-21-2010, 11:39 AM   #40
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Well, New Zealand tied with Italy. It is amazing. It´s a major win for that group!!!

Brazil played ok against Ivory Coast yestarday, but the game was sooo violent at the end. Not the kind of game I enjoy watching....
Now: Portugal!

Let´s see Spain today....
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:31 AM   #41
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Yeah... if we have an upset win against Paraguay we make it through... if we manage a draw we possibly make it through... Who would have thought?
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:00 AM   #42
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BAFANA BAFANA!!!!

(apologies to any French people present, but GO RSA!!!!)
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Old 06-22-2010, 12:55 PM   #43
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BAFANA BAFANA!!!!

(apologies to any French people present, but GO RSA!!!!)
Well, RSA is out of the WC , as well as France

What a ridiculous final act by Domenech. To refuse to shake Parreira´s hand (South Africa coach) at the end of the game was a shame.

Mexico now will face Argentina. GOOOOOOO Mexico!!!!!!
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:42 AM   #44
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Not shaking hands with the manager of the host country was disgraceful! A great effort by South Africa though.

Great result by the all whites against Italy. A true World Cup story.
Portugal are back on form with a 7 -0 defeat of North Korea. A victory for Democracy! Four of NK's players have gone missing!

Brazil will possibly face Spain in the next round. Awsome!

Tonight: Will it be England or USA to progress?
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Watching US/Algeria... Okay, did someone from the US do something to insult the world cup officiating staff? Sheesh... If this game stays at a draw there's going to be a lot of screaming. They've got to be taking it personally by now...

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Watching US/Algeria... Okay, did someone from the US do something to insult the world cup officiating staff? Sheesh... If this game stays at a draw there's going to be a lot of screaming. They've got to be taking it personally by now...
Keith:

This is another instance in which the last THREE world cups, the US has had blatantly discriminatory calls made against them. The reality is that we are not loved world-wide and not respected within the soccer community. That being said, our players need to shut those officials up and take the chances away from them to steal games from us and finally put a team away!

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Tears are streaming down my face- Tears of JOY!!!!

USA! USA! USA!

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Wow, just wow... Should have been 4-0, but... 1-0 works too.

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WOW!!! That´s why I love this sport. Nice goal!!! I´m happy for you guys....

USA 1st, England 2nd. You just escaped facing Germany next round!!!
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WOW!!! That´s why I love this sport. Nice goal!!! I´m happy for you guys....

USA 1st, England 2nd. You just escaped facing Germany next round!!!
Bruno:

Truth be told, Brazil is my #1 pick, although Argentina is playing better than them at the moment (despite their coach).

We tend to play Germany well and with the way that they are currently playing, that might have been a slightly better match for them. Got to love this sport!!!!!

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