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World Cup Chatter
Topic by: underdog
Posted: June 10, 2010 - 4:47 PM PDT
Last Reply: July 12, 2010 - 2:03 PM PDT

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author topic: World Cup Chatter
post #1  on June 10, 2010 - 4:47 PM PDT  
All right, where are the soccer fans? Certainly has to be plenty of film and futbol fans out there.

World Cup starts tomorrow (Friday June 11) in the morning (here). Big early round game is Saturday's US vs England game, though maybe that one is getting overhyped. They are the two best teams on paper in their bracket and both should advance if they stay healthy and don't choke.

Anyone have any allegiances outside the USA? Tri-colores (Mexico)? Italia?

Also, I updated my Soccer Movies list to include a few more. Feel free to suggest others I may be missing!

post #2  on June 11, 2010 - 3:48 PM PDT  

post #3  on June 11, 2010 - 4:44 PM PDT  

I learned a new word, anyway. Vuvuzelas!

I'll probably watch the U.S. vs. England tomorrow. I don't have cable, so I can only see what ABC deems fit for broadcast.
post #4  on June 12, 2010 - 11:04 PM PDT  
Egad! A tie! A tie!

Live reactions to sporting events are one of the reasons for Twitter.
post #5  on June 13, 2010 - 7:36 PM PDT  
Poor Australia. That was hard to watch.
post #6  on June 14, 2010 - 11:44 AM PDT  
> On June 13, 2010 - 7:36 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
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> Poor Australia. That was hard to watch.
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That was brutal indeed. They were overmatched. Their keeper and D used to be good, but they looked wobbly against the US in a friendly a week ago, too, so... and Germany is very good.

US needs to beat Slovenia on Friday. If they do, they're in very good shape. Fortunately keeper Tim Howard is okay and should be fit to play that game.

Btw if anyone is watching right now, this Italy v Paraguay match up is one of the better even matches among the first games. Should be fun. Driving rain however.
post #7  on June 15, 2010 - 9:30 PM PDT  
Anyone else surprised by the non-slaughter the Brazil v. N.Korea match ended up being?

With all the bars/restaurants opening up early for these live matches, I think I picked a bad bad time to try and exercise some restraint with my drinking habits. Can't wait for Thursday and Friday this week. Really wanting to see a good match from Argentina/S.Korea -- hoping Messi doesn't run all over them. And because of my buddy's fervent love for the Mexican team, I too am rooting for a Mexican upset over France.

post #8  on June 16, 2010 - 1:18 PM PDT  
I'd heard No Korea was actually pretty good, or at least they've played together as a unit for longer than most of these WC squads And are not surprisingly resilient. Brazil definitely seemed stunned, though without much to prepare with they probably didn't know what to expect. But woke up in the 2nd half!

The game today with Swiss against the favorite Spain was quite something, too. Highly recommend watching that in the archives on ESPN3 if you can and missed it.

US game vs Slovenia is huge! I know they won't be overlooking the cocky Slovenians but they have to be at their best.
post #9  on June 17, 2010 - 9:13 AM PDT  
Slovenia won against Algeria, right? They are the only ones in this group with 3 points so far.
post #10  on June 17, 2010 - 4:22 PM PDT  
Yep. So they'd be in charge if they win again on Friday. But can also get knocked down by a loss.

Meanwhile, how about the tri-colores, Mexico! Biggest win of their WC history? France looks dreadful.
post #11  on June 18, 2010 - 8:22 AM PDT  
So, two favored teams, Spain and France, have both lost now. It's shaping up to be an interesting Cup!
post #12  on June 18, 2010 - 10:52 AM PDT  
> On June 18, 2010 - 8:22 AM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
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> So, two favored teams, Spain and France, have both lost now. It's shaping up to be an interesting Cup!
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Indeed! Especially after today's incredible US-Slovenia game. Anything can happen!

What a comeback.
And they were totally jobbed, too.
From BBC Radio 5 live's David Moyes on that disallowed goal: Ive just seen that disallowed goal for the US again  and not only was there no foul by a US player, there are probably two penalty-kick offences being committed by the Slovenian defenders. Shocking decision.

If US beats Algeria on Wednesday and England beats Slovenia, US is in for sure. they can get in if England ties that game, too depending on tie breakers, etc. But need to win that game basically...
post #13  on June 22, 2010 - 1:24 PM PDT  
France melted down totally!

It seems like South America is dominating right now.
post #14  on June 23, 2010 - 2:31 PM PDT  
USA and England advance! Yes!!
post #15  on June 23, 2010 - 3:05 PM PDT  
> On June 23, 2010 - 2:31 PM PDT IronS wrote:
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> USA and England advance! Yes!!
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Way to build up the suspense, USA!

post #16  on June 24, 2010 - 11:54 AM PDT  
That was an unbelievable finish! I don't know why but I kept the faith in them to the very end. I guess they really are the comeback kids. Or cardiac kids! One of the greatest goals in US soccer history.

Watch it on if ya missed it. I rewatched the whole game again last night :-)

Now I hope they don't look past Ghana. They did that once before in the WC and lost to Ghana. Time for revenge!

The Slovakia v Italy game today was something. Crazy. Italia slept through the whole world cup until the last 15 mins of that game. Too little too late.

Glad to see some upstarts in the tourney final 16 for once!
post #17  on June 26, 2010 - 5:49 PM PDT  
NOOOOOOO!!!! *sniff*
post #18  on June 26, 2010 - 6:00 PM PDT  
That hurt. I guess letting the other team score early every time turns out not to be a good strategy after all.

They sure played well in the second half, though!

> On June 26, 2010 - 5:49 PM PDT IronS wrote:
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> NOOOOOOO!!!! *sniff*
> ---------------------------------

post #19  on June 28, 2010 - 10:01 AM PDT  
> On June 26, 2010 - 6:00 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
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> That hurt. I guess letting the other team score early every time turns out not to be a good strategy after all.
> They sure played well in the second half, though!
> > On June 26, 2010 - 5:49 PM PDT IronS wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > NOOOOOOO!!!! *sniff*
> > ---------------------------------
> ---------------------------------

I really felt like crying after that game. I got my hopes up too much with this team I guess. Yeah, they really need to shore up their defense. Basically the US has an extraordinary midfield, and goalkeeper, but not as strong a defense and not the scoring striker that the best teams have. If they shore up those two things they'll be in good shape again next time. But they had a good opportunity here to make the round of 8 and didn't take advantage. So sad. But they fought so hard and gave us all much excitement. Kudos to them.

Wonder if Bradley is safe as coach or if they will try to hire someone else...
post #20  on June 28, 2010 - 10:01 AM PDT  
Who are people rooting for now?

I have always enjoyed watching the Dutch. Though if they have to play Brazil next that may be curtains for them. May as well root for Ghana, too.
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