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2006 WORLD CUP - Round of 16 - BRAZIL-GHANA/FRANCE-SPAIN
FIFAworldcup.com ^ | 6-27-06 | FIFAworldcup.com

Posted on 06/27/2006 7:06:16 AM PDT by soccer_maniac

Defending champs Brazil encounter surprise Group E second place finishers Ghana (10:55 a.m. ET ESPN). Then, at 2:55 p.m. (ESPN), European powehouses Spain and France meet.

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: 2006; 3rdworldsleepaid; borders; brazil; fifa; football; footballnot; futbol; futebol; germany; illegals; mexico; soccer; worldcup
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To: Eurotwit

"Henry did a Rivaldo today."

Yeah, Henry's normally above that. Naughty boy. It was a foul by Puyol though. I think there might be a bit of bad blood between those two after the Champions League final.


251 posted on 06/27/2006 2:09:29 PM PDT by FostersExport
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To: jjbrouwer

Plenty of potential classic matchups yet to come. Now the real games begin.


252 posted on 06/27/2006 2:10:42 PM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: jjbrouwer

Look at Henry.

Falls down clutching his face.

If I were him, I'd cover up that mug as well, but Puyol didn't touch him.

Brazil will send the French packing, only to be eliminated by England.


253 posted on 06/27/2006 2:11:13 PM PDT by Eurotwit (WI)
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To: UKRaddell

Enjoy! :-)


254 posted on 06/27/2006 2:12:04 PM PDT by Eurotwit (WI)
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To: soccer_maniac

We are going to be going through World Cup withdrawal for the next two days. Can't wait for Friday.


255 posted on 06/27/2006 2:12:11 PM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: jjbrouwer

"Argentina vs England final. It will be a classic!"

Falkland Islands.... bring out the Harriers.


256 posted on 06/27/2006 2:12:39 PM PDT by bwteim (bwteim = Begin With The End In Mind. Save your finger - Oct 5, 2001)
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To: Eurotwit

If England gets past Portugal, then maybe I'll be a believer in them.


257 posted on 06/27/2006 2:13:13 PM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: jjbrouwer

I agree.

It would be acceptable.

I hear the argies are even making some noices over the Falklands again :-)


258 posted on 06/27/2006 2:13:22 PM PDT by Eurotwit (WI)
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To: Betis70

Missed your post earlier, sorry, betis.
Do you have any favorites left?


259 posted on 06/27/2006 2:13:42 PM PDT by bwteim (bwteim = Begin With The End In Mind. Save your finger - Oct 5, 2001)
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To: bwteim

No way Argentina beats Germany.


260 posted on 06/27/2006 2:13:53 PM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: bwteim
Forty years since we won the World Cup.

Twenty years since Maradona stole it from us with his hand.

261 posted on 06/27/2006 2:14:25 PM PDT by jjbrouwer (Two World Wars and one World Cup (soon to be two World Cups))
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To: Eurotwit

262 posted on 06/27/2006 2:14:42 PM PDT by soccer_maniac (Fine employers $100,000 for every illegal employee they hire-> millions of illegals will self-deport)
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To: dfwgator; jjbrouwer

"No way Argentina beats Germany."

I was just commenting on jjbrouwer's scenario. Regarding Argentina and Germans, as you have seen upstream and other days, any prognostications I make on soccer are useless. Actually, they are valid in a way, come to think of it, just bet contrary;)


263 posted on 06/27/2006 2:18:39 PM PDT by bwteim (bwteim = Begin With The End In Mind. Save your finger - Oct 5, 2001)
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To: jjbrouwer
That's a hard one to forget. Even Maradona was embarrassed by it, I read somewhere.
264 posted on 06/27/2006 2:21:26 PM PDT by bwteim (bwteim = Begin With The End In Mind. Save your finger - Oct 5, 2001)
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To: bwteim

If the WC is in Europe, go with the European team, on any other continent, I would go with the South Americans.


265 posted on 06/27/2006 2:21:44 PM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: bwteim

Have you seen this?

From the news today:

Argentina's new offensive to take control of the Falklands

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=392658&in_page_id=1811&in_a_source=&ito=1490

Cheers.


266 posted on 06/27/2006 2:23:39 PM PDT by Eurotwit (WI)
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To: dfwgator

Well, everything is going to form so far:

Big teams get through the group stages;
Argentina are playing good football;
Brazil are rumbling into life;
Spain and Netherlands go out early.

Next expect to see:

The hosts going far;
England going out on penalties;
Italy going out in the semi-finals.

This should leave a Germany Brazil final and that is one the past history guide gives Germany the edge.


267 posted on 06/27/2006 2:24:41 PM PDT by FostersExport
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To: Eurotwit; jjbrouwer

Have you seen this? From the news today:
Argentina's new offensive to take control of the Falklands
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=392658&in_page_id=1811&in_a_source=&ito=1490
Cheers.

No, but thanks for that link. The comments from the readers are interesting, to say the least. See one below:

"War should never be treated lightly, but those who have lost their lives, whether in The Falklands, or latterly in Iraq, deserve to be remembered with dignity. The present British government should give serious consideration to any action to be taken before capitulation, but I will not be holding my breath" - Alan, Birmingham, England


268 posted on 06/27/2006 2:30:03 PM PDT by bwteim (bwteim = Begin With The End In Mind. Save your finger - Oct 5, 2001)
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To: bwteim

He was so embarrassed, he boasted it was the Hand of God that scored it. That fat drug addict has NO shame!


269 posted on 06/27/2006 2:30:20 PM PDT by jjbrouwer (Two World Wars and one World Cup (soon to be two World Cups))
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To: bwteim

I doubt they'll invade. Half our submarines are probably watching them as we speak.

Plus the US is in more of a mood to help us out than it was the last time round.


270 posted on 06/27/2006 2:33:01 PM PDT by FostersExport
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To: jjbrouwer
That fat drug addict has NO shame!

What do you expect from a Castro-loving commie?

271 posted on 06/27/2006 2:33:39 PM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: UKRaddell

I heard about it. It didn't surprise me. Alec is an elitist, imperious, and snotty dunce.

See you soon!


272 posted on 06/27/2006 2:34:51 PM PDT by lainie
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To: FostersExport; jjbrouwer

WSJ had an article yesterday on how the major flash point there in Argentina is the correct color blue of their flag.

Pick the wrong blue and you are either Federalist or you are a central government supporter.

"Shade of Difference: Getting Blue Right In Argentina's Flag"


273 posted on 06/27/2006 2:39:03 PM PDT by bwteim (bwteim = Begin With The End In Mind. Save your finger - Oct 5, 2001)
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To: FostersExport
If, by some miracle, England get to the final, I'd sooner see it from France doing the hard work and beating Brazil!

Arrrgh! A dreadful vision is forming in my head: England could indeed win the title, if a number of things comes to pass - in exactly this way:

Friday: Germany - Argentina: In by far the greatest match of the tournament the most artistic team (Argentina) meets the hosts who have by far the fittest team. It's an epic battle, THE game of the decade, and remembered for decades to come: 2-2 after 90 minutes, 3-3 after overtime. In the third round of penalty kicks a German striker loses his nerve, Argentina wins.

Italy on the other hand has no problems whatsoever with an outclassed Ukraine, they really got lucky on this one.

Saturday: England meets Portugal - Another lackluster performance by the English. However, the Portugese suffer from a serious disadvantage: Because several players have to sit this one out, their ranks are in disarray. Enough for Rooney to slip one through and score a single goal, the winning goal.

That same evening France meets Brazil - and beats it. Zidane, intent on showing the world one last time his class leads France to an unlikely victory. Brazil, to smug and arrogant never recovers from France's first goal, going down 2-1 to France.

Tuesday, first semifinal: Italy are lucky to meet Argentina, not Germany. Had Germany won the PKs, their superior fitness would have beaten Italy in the end. But after the match against the hosts, Argentina only has another 60 minutes in them. Italy plays defensively, and in the 73rd minute they mount a successful counterattack after the Argentinian players lose their breath during an attack on the Italian goal. 1-0

Wednesday, second semifinal: England against Frace. Both teams know each other well and it shows. Also, the age of the French begins to show. After the exhausting match against Brazil, France simply has nothing left against England.

The final: A truly atrocious match. Both sides play terrible defensive football without imagination and rhythm. Instead of rooting for England and Italy the ranks begin to shout "Germany" and "Argentina", as they long for the quarterfinalists' performance. Another set piece, another glimpse of Beckham's abilities. England wins the same way Germany made the final in 2002: By a combination of sheer luck and disruptive soccer without flow or rhythm.

Henceforth England carries the stigma of being the Darth Vader of soccer and Baddiel and Skinner change their lyrics from "Three lions on the shirt" to "Eagle on the shirt".

What a nightmare! For the sake of soccer, let's hope things go otherwise!
274 posted on 06/27/2006 2:39:25 PM PDT by wolf78
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To: FostersExport

"Plus the US is in more of a mood to help us out than it was the last time round."

Don't know about that. Lurk on the lefty sites and listen to MSM and Dems you'll soon be thinking we should be all locking ourselves in our houses, disconnecting our lawn mowers, putting up our chain saws, replacing knives with plastic utensils, picking up guns, and becoming just generally wussified.


275 posted on 06/27/2006 2:41:51 PM PDT by bwteim (bwteim = Begin With The End In Mind. Save your finger - Oct 5, 2001)
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To: wolf78

I hope it goes exactly the way you describe. Still, it could be worse for all these bad teams - at least we aren't USA!


276 posted on 06/27/2006 2:42:29 PM PDT by jjbrouwer (Two World Wars and one World Cup (soon to be two World Cups))
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To: wolf78

Heh heh. Great scenario! The beautiful football can wait till Euro 2008, when a fully fit Rooney actually plays alongside another striker (oooh, how about a rapidly improving Theo Walcott) and England blitz the competition!


277 posted on 06/27/2006 2:43:30 PM PDT by FostersExport
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To: FostersExport

The fact that we are playing so badly and are already going to finish no worse than joint fifth, suggests that when we do finally play well, we will win the cup. France may give us a good game but the other teams will just fall apart.


278 posted on 06/27/2006 2:46:22 PM PDT by jjbrouwer (Two World Wars and one World Cup (soon to be two World Cups))
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To: jjbrouwer
Still, it could be worse for all these bad teams - at least we aren't USA!

Yeah, yeah make fun of us now, but when we get Klinsmann for our coach, watch out.

279 posted on 06/27/2006 2:48:00 PM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: dfwgator

The unfortunate thing about that is that Klinsmann can't actually PLAY for you...


280 posted on 06/27/2006 2:49:20 PM PDT by jjbrouwer (Two World Wars and one World Cup (soon to be two World Cups))
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To: jjbrouwer

Well, as I said: There is absolutely NO other way England can win the cup. However so far England has been incredibly lucky and everything has gone exactly their way (I mean: Could there have been a better result of the Holland-Portugal battle for England? Can one be more lucky?).


281 posted on 06/27/2006 2:52:31 PM PDT by wolf78
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To: jjbrouwer

Well, Klinsmann played for Orange County Blue Star as late as 2003, ;-)


282 posted on 06/27/2006 2:55:14 PM PDT by wolf78
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To: wolf78

Yes, there could have been a better outcome. We could have played Holland - who have no midfield and no cohesion whatsover. To say there is no way England can win the World Cup, demonstrates a lack of understanding of football. I imagine you are American.


283 posted on 06/27/2006 2:56:42 PM PDT by jjbrouwer (Two World Wars and one World Cup (soon to be two World Cups))
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To: bwteim

>>Missed your post earlier, sorry, betis.
Do you have any favorites left?

No. :(

I am tempted to root for England, but I'm afraid I'll jinx them. Guess I'll root for the tango commies, that way if they lose I won't feel very bad.


284 posted on 06/27/2006 3:02:27 PM PDT by Betis70 (World Cup fever)
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To: Betis70
Obviously, I will be rooting for England, who have their best chance to win the World Cup since 1970.

(We also had a good chance in 1990 but that was with an even crappier team than the current one.)

My second choice would be France as I have money on them so won't feel quite as bad if they knock us out in the semis.

285 posted on 06/27/2006 3:07:57 PM PDT by jjbrouwer (Two World Wars and one World Cup (soon to be two World Cups))
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To: jjbrouwer
Allez les bleus!
286 posted on 06/27/2006 3:11:43 PM PDT by austinTparty
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To: Betis70

LOL. Jinx is how I feel about my picks!


287 posted on 06/27/2006 3:36:49 PM PDT by bwteim (bwteim = Begin With The End In Mind. Save your finger - Oct 5, 2001)
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288 posted on 06/27/2006 5:21:41 PM PDT by soccer_maniac (Fine employers $100,000 for every illegal employee they hire-> millions of illegals will self-deport)
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To: romanesq
Great match. And the ref isn't the game for a change.

Agreed.

289 posted on 06/27/2006 5:27:32 PM PDT by Petronski (I just love that woman.)
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To: dfwgator

American superstar Freddy Adu has confirmed he will be leaving DC United after the current MLS season ends. The 17-year-old continues to be linked with a move to Old Trafford, although Premiership Champions Chelsea reportedly remain interested.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/scorecard/06/27/truth.rumors.soccer/index.html


290 posted on 06/27/2006 7:39:49 PM PDT by soccer_maniac (Fine employers $100,000 for every illegal employee they hire-> millions of illegals will self-deport)
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To: soccer_maniac

291 posted on 06/27/2006 7:57:06 PM PDT by soccer_maniac (Fine employers $100,000 for every illegal employee they hire-> millions of illegals will self-deport)
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To: soccer_maniac
World Cup Headlines
Ref made crucial mistake, says Spain's Puyol
Spain paid price for inexperience - Aragones
France coach hails his 'patient old men'
Spain 1-3 France: One more game for Zidane
Goal record no big target for me, says Ronaldo
ESPNsoccernet's Top Headlines
Red Bulls fire coach; Williams is interim coach
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USL Wrap: Weaver keeps pace with Romario
Portland's Sinclair named top collegiate female athlete
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1. Card-sharp refs spoiling the spectacle
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More...

292 posted on 06/27/2006 8:00:50 PM PDT by soccer_maniac (Fine employers $100,000 for every illegal employee they hire-> millions of illegals will self-deport)
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So far I've rooted for the Czechs, U.S., T and T, Korea, Australia, and Germany. Those are the only ones I really wanted to do well (the other matches I usually just hated one team or didn't care). I've had mixed results. 8 wins, 4 ties, 9 losses. I really enjoyed Argentina's games and really didn't like England's games. Go Germany!


293 posted on 06/27/2006 9:10:39 PM PDT by onja ("The government of England is a limited mockery.") (France is a complete mockery.)
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To: onja; All

Be sure to watch this Ronaldinho video clip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsO6D1rwrKc


294 posted on 06/27/2006 9:37:14 PM PDT by soccer_maniac (Fine employers $100,000 for every illegal employee they hire-> millions of illegals will self-deport)
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To: soccer_maniac

Dig it baby! A decisive 3-1 win. Let the crybabies begin.
Who cares? :)


295 posted on 06/27/2006 9:54:27 PM PDT by romanesq (.)
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To: dfwgator

Hell ya, yes way. Argentina! Argentina!


296 posted on 06/27/2006 10:05:25 PM PDT by romanesq (.)
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To: FostersExport

Yes, I had three folks from out of town tonight and we were going to see the Yankee game.

I had on a soccer jersey and all night people were coming up to me to ask about it and talk about the World Cup.

Best line all night in the men's room from one guy: "I went to the Olympics and it's nothing. I should have gone to the World Cup."

Well yeah bro, what can I tell you. Then another guy. "1998 France" Yeah I was there for the final. "Really."

Yeah, it was the biggest party since the end of WWII. Here's the scar on my leg from climbing the Bastille. The last time you could climb the Bastille and not get arrested.

Oh, the memories. !!!!!!!!


297 posted on 06/27/2006 10:11:07 PM PDT by romanesq (.)
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To: romanesq

I'm picking Germany-Portugal in the finals, with Germany winning 2-0.


298 posted on 06/27/2006 10:11:34 PM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: austinTparty

Oh Boy I can't stop laughing about the spanish guy with the drumms - how bitter for the spanish.


299 posted on 06/28/2006 12:46:37 AM PDT by Rummenigge (Divide et Impera)
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To: FostersExport

Only this time the german team is different. They are scorers not lawn chess seniors.


300 posted on 06/28/2006 12:51:49 AM PDT by Rummenigge (Opinions are like....)
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