Skip to comments.FIFA official says World Cup soccer fans will have hard time in Brazil
Posted on 05/10/2014 1:19:55 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
How do you say [in advance] it is not going to work?
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Before it’s over, at least one fan from abroad will be eaten by piranhas in the Amazon..
or will wake up missing a kidney.
Our group, Germany, Ghana and Portugal. It will be difficult for the USA to advance but not impossible.
England’s group, Uruguay, Costa Rica and Italy. Not easy either.
I’ll say Spain wins it again.
-——Before its over, at least one fan from abroad will be eaten by piranhas in the Amazon..-——
This is South America Soccer...expect to see a few heads on pikes, disembodied refs, fans shooting each other, toilet bowls thrown from the top seats.....
Really...who cares about soccer?
And overtly public displays of exhibitionism cheered on by the crowds.
So you've been to carnaval! :D
The stadiums look nice, even if some of them won’t be completely finished, and you’ve got to expect a few abandoned hotels and such given the tradition of corruption in Latin America.
I expect it will be quite successful, in spite of all the problems and crime. South America loves it’s soccer.
“O Pais do Futuro” - The Nation of the Future (that never seems to quite arrive)
For the record, I browsed the ESPN FC magazine ($10) at the grocery store.
They put down each teams chances percent wise of advancing out of their group. Roughly, they gave the USA 33% of a chance to advance out of their group with Portugal about 45% behind Germany. Ghana was roughly, 23-25%.
Usually, in group play in the World Cup, isn’t 4 points enough to usually advance?? What the USA will have to do is beat Ghana, that’s 3 points and then, with Germany or Portugal, the latter more likely, USA will need a draw.
But that ESPN mag could be full of beans,
For England’s group, they have Italy 3rd in the percentages of advancing behind Uruguay and England, Italy’s chances too were something like 34%. I personally disliked the 2006 Azzurri team but most of the other teams are okay and Pirlo seems to be a good guy and very talented.
Hope Ross Barkley makes the England squad.
If he doesn’t, they say there is a bias towards the big clubs, Ashley Cole is retiring from International play.
Preliminary USMNT Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3) :Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (11) : DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (10) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (6) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Ben Foster (West Brom), Joe Hart (Manchester City)
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United)
Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Forwards: Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
On standby: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Andy Carroll (West Ham), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC), Jon Flanagan (Liverpool), John Ruddy (Norwich City), John Stones (Everton)
Rowdy European soccer fans in a country where a lot of people carry machetes. What could possibly go wrong?
I’ll watch some matches, but turn the sound off, if they have hose godawful horns.
I don’t think they will. That’s an African thing.
Oh, and foe Europeans afraid to come to the US because of all the guns and killings: Brazil’s homicide rate is 21.8, versus 4.8 for the US, and 1.1 for France.
I’ve also watched the “Real Football Factories” videos on YouTube, it’s pretty eye-opening.
The experiences in that book are from the late ‘80s, that hooliganism is fairly rare now, it’s been rare since the Barclay’s Premier League started up cerca 1993.
And I’ve read that book, I don’t think he likes Britons and its written by an American.
How about a book that is written by an American in the 2000s and he decides to follow a club in England?
FIFA has no one but itself to blame. There were better options than Rio for the World Cup, there were better options than Russia for the 2018 World Cup, and there were, and are, much better options than Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.
FIFA cannot therefore complain if its showcase event is screwed up.
I hope Manager of the Year is Tony Pulis, great upset by Crystal Palace in front of 39,000 plus fans at Goodison Park.
Glad to see Julian Green make that list. The lack of European-based players on USMNT is always a problem, but right now it seems that big clubs don’t want our players.
He won. And rightly so.
In 2006, ESPN was hyping Kasey Keller as the best goalkeeper in the world when he was in fact the third-best goalkeeper in his qualifying group, which also included Gianluigi Buffon and Petr Cech. I don't believe a word they say.
Points are going to be hard to come by. Ghana has knocked the USMNT out of the last two World Cups, they won't beat Germany, and Portugal of course has Cristiano Ronaldo. Four points in the "Group of Death" would be quite good indeed.
Yep, Derby and QPR to play in the “Richest Game in Football.”
And we all know what the best option for the World Cup is.
The country that still holds the record for the most attended World Cup, ever.
ARRRRGH! That most likely cost us a chance at the Champions League. Actually I think Poyet did a fantastic job saving Sunderland.
Yes, Ghana is our boogieman but at least in 2010, our team was drained because of the bad officiating in group play, we could not advance until our 3rd game, a win over Algeria and perhaps that was an emotional win not gotten until the closing of the game. I think that's how it happened. 2010 World Cup and then, we met Ghana in the 1st round.
Germany should not have lost to Croatia in the group stage of the 2008 Euro Cup but they did. So I hold out hope of getting a draw with one of either Portugal or Germany. Of course, the objective is to win all of the games, unlikely.
And we do owe Ghana, to beat them this time around. We get out of our group, we could possibly really do something.
Agreed. And as for Pulis, without him Crystal Palace finishes in League Two.
Poyet did a great job for Sunderland but basically, it was the last six weeks of the season or less. http://us.soccerway.com/teams/england/sunderland-association-football-club/683/
Probably the only bad hooliganism these days is when Millwall plays West Ham.
I agree, and Klinsmann is a huge upgrade in the brain trust department over Bob Bradley. Letting Ricardo Clark and Robbie Findley anywhere near a World Cup match in 2010 should have been a capital offense.
The USA will have to catch Germany on a very bad day to take points off them. Given Klinsmann’s history with them, I don’t see that as likely. But you never know.
We beat Spain with Bob Bradley, even if it was the Confederations Cup, that’s still something and it brought their unbeaten or winning streak to an end. For awhile, it didn’t look that good with Klinsmann. So I’m just cheering for the National Team.
Do you think England will advance out of their group with Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica? I know England’s first game is against Italy. Should be a good one, I’d say that likely ends up as a draw. Then, England has to travel some long distance for their 2nd game.
I like England’s chances to advance. Can’t say they’ll be a first seed, but I honestly don’t see them losing to either Uruguay or Costa Rica. Problem is,the English tend to overrate themselves at World Cup time and only rarely is the hype deserved.
And you bring up a good point about travel, which works against the Americans in their group, unfortunately. Some huge distances involved.
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