World Cup Thread

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Montanablue, Jun 10, 2010.

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  1. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    The U.S. has a real good shot to get to the semi-finals. They certainly have winnable games vs. Ghana and Uruguay/South Korea.
     
  2. Claudiu

    Claudiu Puritan Board Junior

    YouTube - Chile Vs Spain 1-2 - David Villa Awesome Goal + Sara Carbonero Interview - June 25 2010 - World Cup

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    I like how the South American teams are playing the best right now. It's nice to see so many of them make it out of the group stage.

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    I was thinking the same about the flag.

    Argentina is a nice place, and they do have some nice football down there. .

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    Last World Cup Ghana won...I think USA will want some revenge. Either way, it will be interesting to see if there will be any more bad calls by the refs going against USA, seems like they've had full on goals taken away from them.

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    I also think Beckham hasn't been great in America.
     
  3. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    We look terrible in that 1st half...better pick it up...
     
  4. earl40

    earl40 Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    2-1......someone wins. We, the USA, look pretty good so far this half.
     
  5. DeborahtheJudge

    DeborahtheJudge Puritan Board Freshman

    oh well. that was fun for about week.
     
  6. Claudiu

    Claudiu Puritan Board Junior

    It seems like USA only plays strong when they are losing and there is only 1 minute left in the game otherwise they don't move. Altidore seemed like he wasn't all there today at times. Disappointed in their style of play but at the same time happy Ghana made it on so the Africans still have something to cheer for.
     
  7. Montanablue

    Montanablue Puritan Board Doctor

    so sad. Good think I was all about Mexico anyway.
     
  8. Claudiu

    Claudiu Puritan Board Junior

    It will be an interesting match between them and the albiceleste
     
  9. Claudiu

    Claudiu Puritan Board Junior

    ...and a day later... FIFA.com - ARG 3:1 MEX :oops:
     
  10. LawrenceU

    LawrenceU Puritan Board Doctor

    ¡Viva la Argentina! I still love to recall Maradona in his prime.
     
  11. torstar

    torstar Puritan Board Sophomore

    ¡Viva la Argentina! I still love to recall Maradona in his prime.[/QUOTE]


    probably the best I'll see in my lifetime, especially for his years with Napoli.

    At first, i thought the MARS on his jersey meant the planet he came from.
     
  12. kvanlaan

    kvanlaan Puritan Board Doctor

    Hup Holland!

    Can they lose? Only time (and Brazil) will tell...
     
  13. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    If the Dutch can tighten up their central defense I think they can do well. Brazil has not really had a competitive match the whole tournament (the game with Portugal was a "let's not get anyone hurt" game that I would not call a competitive match.
     
  14. Montanablue

    Montanablue Puritan Board Doctor

    I hate Argentina - mostly because of the "Hand of G-d" pass. Ugh. They're actually the only L.A. country I won't cheer for.
     
  15. torstar

    torstar Puritan Board Sophomore


    Holland will likely again lose out to the World Cup Champion.
     
  16. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    Yeah I am predicting a Brazil-Portugal Final at this stage.
     
  17. Tripel

    Tripel Puritan Board Senior

    If that happens, I'm not watching. The two remaining teams I refuse to cheer for are Brazil and Portugal.

    I'm siding with the Netherlands and Spain.

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    OK, I take that back. If it came down to Brazil and Portugal I would have to pull for Brazil, the lesser of two evils. Ronaldo being the greatest of evils.
     
  18. torstar

    torstar Puritan Board Sophomore

    one rule they should consider is when two flyweight nothings fluke their way into the round of 16 (like Paraguay and Japan), give them the pre-game option of electing to go straight to penalty kicks instead of wasting 120 minutes of everyone's time.
     
  19. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    :lol: I would not mind that rule.
     
  20. LawrenceU

    LawrenceU Puritan Board Doctor

    That wasn't a pass, Kathleen, it was a goal.

    Much like Germany's goal defense . . .
     
  21. torstar

    torstar Puritan Board Sophomore


    it's one thing for a weak team to try to rag the puck for 120 minutes in this round, praying to get to penalty kicks, quite another for both teams to refuse to cross midfield with authority and intent.

    Chile would not have been blamed for this maneuver, but they can't resist attacking and end up with another 3.5 or so goal loss to Brazil.

    They gain my admiration though.

    The junior varsity match is over, on to the real game, beautiful football and Little Portugal ready to erupt a mile south of my condo.

    by the way, Uruguay is not a soft touch, Forlan is one of the best on the planet, an underhyped game for one with his skill.
     
  22. Montanablue

    Montanablue Puritan Board Doctor

    Hahaha, you're right. That's what I get when I don't drink my coffee in the morning...sigh...
     
  23. torstar

    torstar Puritan Board Sophomore

    my friend was transferring to a new job in a city far away and had to pick out a house by himself before the move.

    his longsuffering wife was quite upset to find every single room painted in the green that Portugal is wearing on their shorts today. previous owners were from the old country.

    my friend didn't seem to be bothered a bit by it, didn't even notice, but clued in that he had to repaint the whole home quickly to restore the peace.
     
  24. LawrenceU

    LawrenceU Puritan Board Doctor

    Dead straight about Forlan. He is incredible, and he has a pretty solid team behind him this year. It should be very interesting.
     
  25. Claudiu

    Claudiu Puritan Board Junior

    Looks like predictions are wrong again, Portugal is out.

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    From what I remember the Dutch have a bad history with Brazil.

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    I was expecting a response similar to this...what do you think about Uruguay though?

    It is disappointing though because I feel like Mexico vs Argentina game, Mexico had the best squad I've seen in a while. I think they played well this World Cup, it's a shame bad calls maybe costing teams wins.

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    probably the best I'll see in my lifetime, especially for his years with Napoli.

    At first, i thought the MARS on his jersey meant the planet he came from.[/QUOTE]

    Messi is a talented player as well.
     
  26. torstar

    torstar Puritan Board Sophomore

    Messi is a talented player as well.[/QUOTE]


    Messi is a great player for his day. Maradona is a great player for all time.

    in the mid 80s to early 90s, England was exiled and broken in Europe and the Italian league spent all the money in the world to build a super league. The Germans went to Inter, the Dutch to Milan, South Americans to Napoli, along with dozens of other great international stars and the Italian talent already spread amongst Serie A. These squads were probably stronger than most national teams.

    Maradona led Napoli to its only titles in league history in the midst of this amazing era of the Italian game. And he was a midfielder. He carried games almost single handedly. His World Cup hi-lites are forever etched in the minds of those who saw them live as well.

    Messi is a strong cog for powerhouse Barca. a half dozen in the game today could replace him easily on that team.

    comparing the eras, the game isn't the same for building power on teams. sadly, all Germans on this World Cup team play domestically.
     
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  27. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    So, what's your new prediction?
     
  28. Montanablue

    Montanablue Puritan Board Doctor

    I like Uruguay, but I honestly don't know that much about them. I think I'll probably be rooting for them or Paraguay. I kind of like Spain, but I'm not that enthused.

    One of my friends (who has seen all of her favorite teams beaten) has decided to root for which ever country has the lowest GDP in each match. I may end up going in that direction, haha.
     
  29. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    Uruguay! I love watching Diego Forlan play.
     
  30. Zenas

    Zenas Snow Miser

    I'm cheering against Argentina. Diego Maradona is quite possibly the biggest loser in sports. The only consolation I'd have if they won is Messi might begin eclipse Maradona in terms of greatness, and Maradona would hate that. Right now I favor Germany, but I'm also inclined to root for Spain, especially considering they just sent Ronaldo packing.

    It's been an interesting tournament so far:

    1. France sent home in disgrace, flying coach. I don't think they even gave them a chance to shower after their last game.

    2. England was found to be as it was: overrated. Lampard got hosed though.

    3. US had a very favorable showing but being a second half team isn't conducive to a deep run. Hopefully Clark is looking for other career prospects at this point.

    4. I don't think I've seen worse officiating at a major sports event ever. These refs couldn't be worse at their jobs.
     
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