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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #25 on: May 17, 2014, 08:17:15 AM »
My feelings are 100% the same as Nic.

I am so READY for it!!!

*happy dances*


Yep, for the first time ever I bought an Australian home shirt. Mind you, with the group we're in (Spain, Chile, Netherlands, Australia), I'll be happy if we come away with a point. To be honest I think we could take Chile, we might even score a point on the Dutch (who we beat in both senses of the word just prior to the last world cup) but it will take a lot of new guys getting in sync REAL fast.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #26 on: May 17, 2014, 08:02:46 PM »
The only thing I'm not hype about for the World Cup is having to watch games on ITV, such a terrible circus their football coverage.

Personally I'm assuming Germany are going to win the whole thing, after Arsenal managed to not choke on the FA Cup final I choose to believe that, for a very limited time, all things football are going to fall just how I want them to. And that involves a German world cup win.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #27 on: May 17, 2014, 08:23:26 PM »
The only thing I'm not hype about for the World Cup is having to watch games on ITV, such a terrible circus their football coverage.

Yeah, I've not heard great things about ITV coverage, I have the usual Australian issue with the world cup, all the games start either at 4:30am or 7:00am.

For reference, I watched the FA Cup last night, kick off was at 2:00am. :/

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #28 on: May 21, 2014, 09:14:11 PM »
You do have a good point... Paulinho is a reference man in the midfield, along with a lot of others. But my point was that they haven't worked all that well together. They get that going, and we could have ourselves an interesting team.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #29 on: May 23, 2014, 01:32:02 PM »
What. The. Fuck.

Landon Donovan won't be joining the US team to Brazil.

Can someone explain that to me?  Donovan is, in my opinion, the only world-class player we have.  It would be like Argentina telling Lionel Messi "Nah, it's okay, go ahead and sit this one out.  We don't need you."

It's really difficult to see this decision as anything but Jurgen Klinsmann throwing in the towel before the games have even begun. 

Sigh. 

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #30 on: May 23, 2014, 01:32:56 PM »
I JUST found this out via a text from my friend and posted it on my Facebook so my brother in law can explain it to me. Cause seriously....what the fucking fuck?!

I am NOT happy. >.<

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #31 on: May 23, 2014, 02:31:30 PM »
         I was a little surprised by it too...  Although I can't say I've been following the back story, so I don't have a whole lot to add.

         The Guardian made it sound a bit like either he's been taking too much time off (saying like even he wasn't sure if he'd make the cut), or perhaps he is being treated as a bit old compared to some?  But I have no idea really.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #32 on: May 23, 2014, 10:54:14 PM »
Yeah, when I first read the news, I went 'The US team won't win a single match.'.

Why wasn't he chosen? Sure, the US team might have some notable players (Altidore, Bradley Johnson, Clint Dempsey, etc), but Donovan is and always has been one of the key players and national team captain as well. Well, they might still beat Ghana, but they don't stand a chance against Ronaldo and Portugal and well, Germany doesn't really need awesome strikers to steamroll most teams anyway. Not that Klose, Podolski, Volland and Reus are bad options, of course.
« Last Edit: May 23, 2014, 11:31:41 PM by Paladin of Lust »

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #33 on: May 23, 2014, 11:05:59 PM »
Out of interest, how many MLS players are in the US squad and do you rate them to make the team?

There's been talk here (Australia) of the number of A-League players that made the squad, I'm admittedly a little optimistic about their inclusion. The squad's rather young and there appears to have been a little acrimony about some of the older players that didn't make the first cut but the current Australian coach (Postecoglu) tends to favor younger talent. Ironically our star player is in the MLS (Cahill) so you guys get to see a lot more of him than I do. :)

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #34 on: May 24, 2014, 09:57:27 AM »
       I'm kind of curious to see how Ghana will do. 

       They made a very good show a few years back, but I don't really follow all the teams much outside of the big show.  I just like interesting underdogs (if they play an interesting style, or if others are sort of being asses when actually on the pitch  ::)  ).

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #35 on: May 24, 2014, 10:51:30 AM »
       I'm kind of curious to see how Ghana will do. 

       They made a very good show a few years back, but I don't really follow all the teams much outside of the big show.  I just like interesting underdogs (if they play an interesting style, or if others are sort of being asses when actually on the pitch  ::)  ).

There's a few decent players in the Ghanaian squad. You have Essien, Muntari and Ayew in midfield, along with Boateng and Gyan up front. Don't know much about their defenders though.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #36 on: May 26, 2014, 11:14:58 AM »
       I'm kind of curious to see how Ghana will do. 

       They made a very good show a few years back, but I don't really follow all the teams much outside of the big show.  I just like interesting underdogs (if they play an interesting style, or if others are sort of being asses when actually on the pitch  ::)  ).

There's a few decent players in the Ghanaian squad. You have Essien, Muntari and Ayew in midfield, along with Boateng and Gyan up front. Don't know much about their defenders though.

I think they'll struggle.

They have some attacking talent... it's hard to tell quite how good Gyan is right now because of the weak league he plays in but he should basically be in his prime and there's some solid attacking options behind him. The issue is further back where the defense (an goalkeeper) is basically underwhelming at best and the midfield shield is pretty weak; Essien's a shadow of what he was and Muntari's struggling.

You also have to consider the draw they have. In the 2010 World Cup they found themselves in a fairly open group, finishing behind Germany but getting the second spot over Australia due to goal difference. Then came a match with the US... with all due respect, not exactly a footballing powerhouse.... and then the controversial match with Uruguay where they went out. This time around they're in a group with the US (winnable) but also Germany and Portugal. If they do get out of the group it will likely be as runners up... and that means they have to face the winners of Group H... likely the highly talented Belgian team. Past that? Likely Argentina.

Yeah, when I first read the news, I went 'The US team won't win a single match.'.

Why wasn't he chosen? Sure, the US team might have some notable players (Altidore, Bradley Johnson, Clint Dempsey, etc), but Donovan is and always has been one of the key players and national team captain as well. Well, they might still beat Ghana, but they don't stand a chance against Ronaldo and Portugal and well, Germany doesn't really need awesome strikers to steamroll most teams anyway. Not that Klose, Podolski, Volland and Reus are bad options, of course.

I suspect this may be the reason...



That's a pretty significant potbelly (the photo was taken in late April) for someone to have at a World Cup, especially in draining South American conditions. Moreover, if Donovon wasn't going to start then I guess you also have to consider how he'd act as someone who's warming the bench... would his ego be able to take it or would he end up being a disruptive force?

I also suspect there's a little bit of long term planning here. Donovon's 32, has already taken one sabbatical (during qualifying which is somewhat poor form) and looks to be falling out of love with the game. I can't see him featuring for the next World Cup... and considering how unlikely the US are to get through the group (again, Portugal and Germany...) I think Klinsmann may have decided to blood some new players with one eye on the years to come.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #37 on: May 26, 2014, 01:55:06 PM »
Didn't know that, since I don't follow MLS or USMNT much. But in that case, it does make sense, if Donovan is letting himself go. No point bringing in a player who won't be at his best. As for Ghana, don't see them finishing higher than third. Gyan's playing in a very weak league, so it'll have a detrimental effect on his football. Look at Lucas Barrios, left Borussia Dortmund (39 goals, 83 apps) for Guangzhou Evergrande (5 goals, 17 apps). Big money, but the football, not so good. Eventually left China and joined Spartak Moscow. So far he's had 15 appearances...only one goal. No longer as good a player anymore. And he doesn't get called up to the Paraguayan national team anymore either. I wonder how Gyan is faring. But I feel the USMNT should have enough to pull off a win against Ghana. Not good enough for the other two in the group though.

Personally am looking forward to see the progress of Germany, England, Spain, South Korea, Japan. Am hoping South Korea can upset Belgium or Russia to steal second place in their group. Should be interesting to see if England's youth 'revolution' has an effect on their games against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica. Also am wondering if Suarez will recover in time to face off against Steven Gerrard in England vs Uruguay.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #38 on: June 06, 2014, 07:56:22 PM »
Go Italy!  :D

(We're going to do bad  :'( )

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #39 on: June 06, 2014, 10:01:20 PM »
Germany just had another major player injured....

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #40 on: June 06, 2014, 10:23:28 PM »
Reus? I just read Ribery is out too, must suck to be the French right about now.


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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #41 on: June 09, 2014, 02:13:00 AM »
The jungle matches, in Manaus at the heart of the Amazon rainforest, will be something to look out for: England vs Italy and the US vs Portugal. I wonder how they'll manage...  ;)

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #42 on: June 09, 2014, 04:08:02 AM »
I really hate to say it, but all signs seem to point to the US doing poorly this World Cup.  I think even Jurgen Klinsmann has said he doesn't expect to get out of the group stage.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #43 on: June 09, 2014, 05:23:59 AM »
I don't know, they're in a tough group but Portugal aren't solid, if they can pull a surprise on them and get one over Ghana... who knows?

Downgrading my opinion of Australia's chances down to 'fantastic if we got a point'.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #44 on: June 09, 2014, 10:34:02 AM »
If England win they won't shut up about it for the next 50 years.  >:)

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #45 on: June 09, 2014, 11:19:49 AM »
If England win they won't shut up about it for the next 50 years.  >:)
Damn right! ;D

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #46 on: June 09, 2014, 11:25:05 AM »
If England win they won't shut up about it for the next 50 years.  >:)

They'll have to slash their way out of the Amazon jungle with a machete first.  :D

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #47 on: June 11, 2014, 08:50:15 AM »
Does anybody else keep an eye out for the soccer ads that arise around this time? Any favorites?

Not an especial fan of Neymar, but something of an all star cast and I actually liked the soundtrack.

Beats by Dre

My favorites came out years ago though, much to my surprise I learnt this week that they were directed by Terry Gilliam.

The Secret Tournament
The Rematch

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #48 on: June 11, 2014, 09:19:38 AM »
I remember those commercials.  Roberto Carlos, Luis Figo, Thierry Henry, Ronaldo. 

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #49 on: June 11, 2014, 09:45:23 AM »
I don't know if it's related to the World Cup but I found this Nike commercial so awesome. Even though I can't stand Crybaby Ronaldo.