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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
IronS
post #21  on June 29, 2010 - 1:10 PM PDT  
I'd like to see how far Germany advances.
troublemaker
post #22  on June 30, 2010 - 2:38 PM PDT  
Underdog, I'm not too well versed in the game of soccer though I thoroughly have enjoyed watching this year. How much of Bradley's coaching can be attributed to the poor defense we had throughout the cup? Was it more a lack of capable players on our team or some poor choices on Bradley's end?

With Korea, Mexico, and the US out, I'm at a loss for who to root for. I didn't expect Korea and Mexico to advance very far, but now I guess the closest thing to an underdog is Ghana. Ghana it is!
Cinenaut
post #23  on June 30, 2010 - 4:15 PM PDT  
It's hard to root for Ghana, since they denied the U.S. twice. On the other hand, they are the last African country and wouldn't that be sweet if they won?

That said, it would be nice to see Uruguay and Paraguay advance, too.
underdog
post #24  on July 1, 2010 - 3:23 PM PDT  
> On June 30, 2010 - 4:15 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> It's hard to root for Ghana, since they denied the U.S. twice. On the other hand, they are the last African country and wouldn't that be sweet if they won?
>
> That said, it would be nice to see Uruguay and Paraguay advance, too.
> ---------------------------------

I see one of the -Guays advancing and the other Guay-ing home. ;-) Paraguay, your time is up...

troublemaker, you know it's a little hard to say for sure, but probably a combination of both, re the defense. I think his line-ups were a little iffy but some of the backups would have been just as risky. To be fair he had the courage to sit regular Oguchi O when it was clear he was not yet in shape after coming back from injury and was hurting the team. Bornstein seemed a risky pick but he played really well for the most part when called upon. But more than Bradley I think the US just needs to be better at developing really skilled fullbacks/defenders. They have great goalkeeping talent, and midfielders, right now, but need more backs and strikers.

But again, how much of it is tactical and not having the team prepared on defense, I don't know.

Soccer is considered a "player's game" more than just about any other team sport, because it's just nonstop when it starts, no breaks, players have to coach each other and themselves during the game for the most part. Still, some of that could be coaching.

We'll be interesting to see what the US Soccer Fed determines... As you can see with teams like England, even hiring a big splashy foreign coach is no guarantee of success.
IronS
post #25  on July 1, 2010 - 8:04 PM PDT  
> On July 1, 2010 - 3:23 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I see one of the -Guays advancing and the other Guay-ing home. ;-) Paraguay, your time is up...
>

But they've been slurping down all that terere/yerba mate. It must be doing them some good.
underdog
post #26  on July 2, 2010 - 1:08 PM PDT  
Amazing game so far.

Amazing game this morning, too.

How can people still say futbol is boring?

Meanwhile, speaking of Uruguay, have to read this piece "The Meaning of Garra"
IronS
post #27  on July 2, 2010 - 3:58 PM PDT  
Now that Ghana, the last African team, is out, does this mean that the South Africans and their vuvuzelas will stay home from now on?
IronS
post #28  on July 3, 2010 - 3:18 PM PDT  
I guess not...

However, Germany advanced. Take that, Diego Maradona!
underdog
post #29  on July 5, 2010 - 10:04 AM PDT  
Yeah so much for the idea that South America had taken over dominance from Europe. (though I think too much can be read into the final 4; both sides dominated the final 8 at least.) But Argentina looked like the Washington Generals vs. Germany's Harlem Globetrotters.

Never thought I'd type those words!

I feel like rooting for Uruguay though, as an underdog with a rich soccer history. Or whoever wins their game with the Netherlands, basically.
IronS
post #30  on July 7, 2010 - 2:04 PM PDT  
Well, that's it for Germany. The most they can get is third place.
underdog
post #31  on July 7, 2010 - 3:01 PM PDT  
Viva Espana! Very impressive game, they outplayed the hottest team in the World Cup. Should be one fine final, hard to predict but you have to favor Spain.
IronS
post #32  on July 10, 2010 - 1:32 PM PDT  
Germany won over Uruguay! This means that Paul the Octopus may be right about Spain being the World Cup winner as he's been right so far (games with Germany anyway).
IronS
post #33  on July 10, 2010 - 11:19 PM PDT  
And Mani the Parakeet picks the Netherlands as the winner so let's see who is right tomorrow, Paul the Octopus or Mani the Parakeet!
IronS
post #34  on July 11, 2010 - 10:02 PM PDT  
And it's Paul the Octopus! (and Spain)
Cinenaut
post #35  on July 12, 2010 - 11:41 AM PDT  
The Uruguay vs. Germany game was way more enjoyable than the Netherlands vs. Spain! That final game was torture.
underdog
post #36  on July 12, 2010 - 2:03 PM PDT  
Agreed, the 3rd place game was much more fun. They had less to lose I guess, but also were more fun to watch. The ref calling a bunch of weak yellow cards didn't help, stopped the flow of the game and got out of hand. The last 40 mins or so was pretty exciting though, i thought. Spain's D was pretty terrific.
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