World Cup (soccer) thread

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  1. Somerset

    Somerset Puritan Board Junior

    Who are you following? Who do you think will win?

    I am mainly a cricket fan, so my views on soccer are driven by politics and patriotism. So I was delighted with Netherlands 5 Spain 1. I think Australia are in this group - if they can catch Spain whilst they are still down and out.......?
     
  2. scottmaciver

    scottmaciver Puritan Board Sophomore

    I tipped Argentina to win it, but what a performance by the Dutch. That's what you call a good old fashioned tanking! Robben & Van Persie tore the Spanish apart. Brilliant.
     
  3. scottmaciver

    scottmaciver Puritan Board Sophomore

    That's why football is 'the beautiful game'. If only Scotland were there. Next time...
     
  4. jambo

    jambo Puritan Board Senior

    Brazil are always my default favourites and this time being the host country it will be hard to see past them. I always like the Dutch and would like to see them to well. Their second half performance tonight was stunning and the Spanish were fortunate t get away with just conceding five. I think the Germans will go far in this tournament.
     
  5. jambo

    jambo Puritan Board Senior

    Scotland declined the opportunity to go this year preferring to sportingly give up their place to lesser teams. But they have sent their representatives this year, namely Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica.
     
  6. Somerset

    Somerset Puritan Board Junior

    I will be supporting England, USA and Australia. Once they are out it will be Netherlands, then Germany, then the radio 3 late night concert as I won't be interested any more.
     
  7. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    I will be supporting England, though they are not likely to do that well. Spain were hung out to dry this evening, but it is hard to know how much to read into it.
     
  8. Josh Williamson

    Josh Williamson Puritan Board Freshman

    I don't really follow it, but I'll be shouting, "C'mon Australia!"
     
  9. earl40

    earl40 Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Rooting for the USA though I will never forget Brazil beating Italy a while ago and one of the Christian players from Brazil said......"Jesus 1 Buddha 0".

    After four rounds, Brazil led 3–2, and Baggio (the Buddhist), playing injured, had to score to keep Italy's hopes alive.[6] He missed by shooting it over the crossbar, and Brazil were crowned champions for the fourth time.

    1994 FIFA World Cup - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  10. Claudiu

    Claudiu Puritan Board Junior

    I'm rooting for Team U.S.A. but I always like to follow Germany and Romania (when they make it). Some of the teams I follow because of players or style of play are Argentina, Uruguay, Japan, Italy, South Korea, and possibly others here and there. I'll go for the underdog if I don't really know or care for either side.
     
  11. Claudiu

    Claudiu Puritan Board Junior

    I used to like Spain, but I think I'm tired of their style. Netherlands can be exciting (as we witnessed today!).
     
  12. Claudiu

    Claudiu Puritan Board Junior

    The CHI vs. AUS match was a lot better than I expected it to be!
     
  13. hammondjones

    hammondjones Puritan Board Sophomore

    I grew up in Ghana, so I'm planning on practicing "In all things charity" this Monday.

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  14. ReverendJim

    ReverendJim Puritan Board Freshman

    US of A!!

    Actually, this is about the only time I watch futbol.
     
  15. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    Brazil's backline and goalkeeping are subpar and will keep them from winning the cup, regardless of local help.

    I think the Dutch (and I did prior to today) will finally get over the hump and win.
     
  16. Claudiu

    Claudiu Puritan Board Junior

    Although Netherlands had a fantastic game, I don't think they have enough to win.
     
  17. hammondjones

    hammondjones Puritan Board Sophomore

    The linguaphile in me would like to note that World Cup season is virtually the only time you'll ever hear "The United States are...." in the US.
     
  18. Frosty

    Frosty Puritan Board Sophomore

    1. USA
    2. Deutschland
    3. Nederland
     
  19. kvanlaan

    kvanlaan Puritan Board Doctor

    Hup Holland!

    Not only are we the keepers of the true spark of the Reformation, we are also really really good at football...
     
  20. Jash Comstock

    Jash Comstock Puritan Board Freshman

    I heard the English team visited a Brazilian orphanage in preparation for the festivities. There was an interesting quote from the encounter.

    "It's heartbreaking to see their sad little faces with no hope."
    - Jose, age 6
     
  21. Claudiu

    Claudiu Puritan Board Junior

    That's messed up.
     
  22. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    :lol: Jose has a great sense of humour.
     
  23. One Little Nail

    One Little Nail Puritan Board Sophomore

    Ye the young Aussie team seemed to be starstruck & went down 2 Nil early but they showed good fighting spirit to come back 2-1 with a late Chilean goal in Xtra time blowing the score out abit.

    I wonder how the kiwi's will go Mr Smith particularly since they don't use an egg ball in football. :wave:
     
  24. Free Christian

    Free Christian Puritan Board Sophomore

    Robert, I think its an "igg ball" over there.
    Personally Ill barrack for any team that has players that don't pretend to have a hurt head when the opponent brushes past their arm. :think: Mmm, :scratch: maybe ill just watch Aussie rules footy instead. :lol:
     
  25. jambo

    jambo Puritan Board Senior

    :rofl:
     
  26. One Little Nail

    One Little Nail Puritan Board Sophomore

    Igg ball, I like that.
     
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  27. Jash Comstock

    Jash Comstock Puritan Board Freshman

    I was sad to see the Aussies routed. They played well for a young team though, I think.

    What do you think about the Brits engaging the Italians?
     
  28. John Lanier

    John Lanier Puritan Board Junior

    Some things that I don't understand about football:

    1) Stoppage time. I guess because in every American sport we know how to stop the clock. It just seems so subjective and no one really knows when the game will end.
    2) Flopping. It is ridiculous the way some of these guys exaggerate every little bump or contact. It is so exaggerated it is silly that the refs fall for a lot of it.
    3) Offsides. I am familiar with the rule but it seems that it would be better suited for a larger box such as with hockey. It would make the game more exciting in my opinion.

    That said. I am enjoying the matches so far even though I know the Americans have no shot.
     
  29. Claudiu

    Claudiu Puritan Board Junior

    England has a good chance to win.
     
  30. Claudiu

    Claudiu Puritan Board Junior

    I wouldn't say USA has no chance. If they beat Ghana, and either tie or beat Portugal they can make it out of the group.
     
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