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World Cup 2014 Preview: Iran looking to surprise
foxnews.com ^ | June 02, 2014 | SportsNetwork

Posted on 06/03/2014 1:05:26 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

Iran may not be on the same level as traditional Asian powers like Japan, South Korea or Australia, but the side looks poised to make some waves in Brazil.

Iran will head to the World Cup for just the fourth time looking to put in some better performances as the nation has never gotten past the group stage of the competition in three previous attempts.

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: soccer; worldcup2014

1 posted on 06/03/2014 1:05:26 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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2 posted on 06/03/2014 1:08:18 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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They’re the BOMB!!


3 posted on 06/03/2014 1:11:06 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: dfwgator; kevkrom; 1rudeboy; BeadCounter; C19fan; corkoman; cartan; St_Thomas_Aquinas; ...
Computer Picks Spain
It’s time for the World Cup, and AccuScore’s super computer has run 10,000 simulations for each match to calculate the most likely teams to advance out of the group stages and the team most likely to win the 2014 World Cup (see full bracket below).

According to the computer’s simulations, the four semifinalists in 2014 will be Germany, Netherlands, Argentina and Spain. The computer favors Netherlands to narrowly edge Germany and Spain to knock out the final South American team in the tournament.

In a repeat of the 2010 World Cup Final, the computer is picking Spain to again beat the Netherlands in a close game. So, where is Brazil in this whole deal? Well, the computer seems to think that the Netherlands has a slight edge over the host nation in the Round of 16.

4 posted on 06/03/2014 1:15:01 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Muhammad going for a header...

5 posted on 06/03/2014 1:18:05 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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The end of Spain’s reign in the plain
USA: Best for last, right? Amidst the last few decades of hate on American soccer, the country has quietly (except to those paying attention) built a quality team. Tim Howard has always been a respected goalie, but other positions have developed stars as well. Michael Bradley has had several successful European stints and is now an established midfield general. Chris Wondolowski is likely the most underrated forward in the tournament, and that’s to say nothing of his fellow strikeforce led by Clint Dempsey. In perhaps the most surprising omission of the World Cup, Landon Donovan was left off the squad, but the Americans still have more than enough talent to see them through. All that stands in their way are the referees; the ’06 Group of Death and several bogus calls come to mind.
6 posted on 06/03/2014 1:25:10 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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One of the weirdest moments in World Cup history. Zaire. https://t.co/6PNXeaYKOp— Coral (@Coral) June 2, 2014


7 posted on 06/03/2014 1:34:06 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Swallowing the Bitter Pill: England, the Premier League and the World Cup
Discussions abound about England’s chances...

Luis Suarez and Uruguay will 'cheat' to beat England if they have to
Luis Suárez and Uruguay will resort to “cheating” their way to World Cup victory against England, Gus Poyet has admitted.

But Sunderland’s Uruguayan manager insisted that is because the Liverpool striker and his team-mates hail from a country which sees nothing wrong with football’s dark arts being used in pursuit of a win.

8 posted on 06/03/2014 1:47:25 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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10 Soccer Movies You Need To Watch Before The World Cup
9 posted on 06/03/2014 2:21:45 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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World Cup player profile: Hulk
One of Luiz Felipe Scolari's favoured personnel in the past two years, Hulk offers a goal threat (although sometimes inconsistently), as well as a determined attitude to track back and help Brazil defend as a unit. He can also play on either side of an attacking trio.
10 posted on 06/03/2014 2:45:00 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Ramires set to start for Brazil in World Cup warm-up against Panama as thousands of fans watch hosts train

Scolari tells Brazil 'sharpen up' Scolari blasted his side after a Sunday training session which he said he "didn't like at all" owing to poor marking and perceived sloppiness.

11 posted on 06/03/2014 2:51:35 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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England's rivals Costa Rica lose warm-up match
Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa scored as Japan beat England's World Cup opponents Costa Rica 3-1 in a warm-up game in Tampa Bay.
12 posted on 06/03/2014 2:54:37 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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We spoke to a dozen employees who took a leave of absence — or quit outright — in order to watch the World Cup.
13 posted on 06/03/2014 3:00:41 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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No Falcao for Colombia, others as well. We will see.

http://int.soccerway.com/news/2014/June/03/pekerman-cuts-falcao-muriel-and-perea/n311099/


14 posted on 06/03/2014 3:01:24 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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World Cup 2014 warmup matches
15 posted on 06/03/2014 3:03:59 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Thanks BeadCounter!


16 posted on 06/03/2014 3:04:52 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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TV schedule for pre-World Cup friendlies
17 posted on 06/03/2014 3:08:46 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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USA looked about awful against Turkey this weekend. I have no idea why Klinsmann insists on picking bench warmers just because they are on “Euro-based clubs”.

I bet they lose all three again just like in 1998.


18 posted on 06/03/2014 3:59:15 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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Iran may not be on the same level as traditional Asian powers like Japan, South Korea or Australia, but the side looks poised to make some waves in Brazil.

It's truly sad when an article contains a factual error in the very first sentence. Australia is NOT a traditional Asian power. They only joined the Asian confederation in 2006, competing beforehand in the Oceanic confederation.

In early 2005, it was reported that FFA had entered into discussions to join the AFC and end an almost 40-year association with the OFC.[11] Many commentators and fans, most notably football broadcaster and former Australian captain Johnny Warren, felt that the only way for Australia to progress was to abandon Oceania.[12] On 13 March, AFC executive committee made a unanimous decision to invite Australia to join the AFC.[13] After OFC executive committee unanimously endorsed Australia's proposed move, FIFA approved the move on 30 June 2005.[13] Australia would join Asia, with the move taking effect on 1 January 2006, though until then, Australia would have to compete for a 2006 FIFA World Cup position as an OFC member country.[13]
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_national_association_football_team
19 posted on 06/03/2014 6:07:58 AM PDT by matt1234 (Hitler blamed the Jews. Obama blames the Tea Party.)
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1950: USA 1 – England 0
That’s right, one of the most important matches in U.S. history took place over fifty years ago, in Brazil, when the United States bested England in a 1-0 victory that shocked everyone. Seriously. This match, which was supposed to be such a one-sided affair that the U.S. coach proclaimed his team sheep ready for slaughter before the match, was later turned into a 2005 film titled The Game of Their Lives.
20 posted on 06/03/2014 6:22:29 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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That movie was highly dramatized while the central theme of the story itself, USA defeating England in Bello Horizonte by itself is heroic, I believe the directors of the film embellished it quite a bit. I read the book as well.

We also were defeating Spain until the 81st minute and then, gave up 3 goals in those last 9 minutes.

http://www.thesoccerworldcups.com/games/1950_spain_usa.php


Germany and Spain have both thoroughly whipped opponents in the World Cup group stages. Of course, we played Germany very close in 2002 and many USA fans will point to the NationalMannschaft player Frings blocking the ball in what would have probably been a goal on a freekick with his hand. But I do perceive a slight chance that Germany could give us a good whipping if we are not careful. But seeing how it is our last game of the group stage: http://us.soccerway.com/international/world/world-cup/2014-brazil/group-stage/group-g/g4841/ , I think a draw is more likely. USA winning is possible but now, in not taking Donovan, it kind of throws a lot of people’s predictions off.


21 posted on 06/03/2014 10:46:00 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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For upset teams on the theme of the first post, our CONCACAF neighbor Honduras is in a group with Ecuador, France and Switzerland.

http://us.soccerway.com/international/world/world-cup/2014-brazil/group-stage/group-e/g4839/

There recent friendlies are not too good, lost to Israel 4-2 stateside. http://eloratings.net/Honduras.htm

Point being, Honduras probably has never advanced in the World Cup either but they played reasonably well in 2010, they played reasonably well in 1982.

I probably wouldn’t pick them to advance out of their group but I’m sure, they will put up a decent display. They will be no pushovers. France has shown it has problems with small teams like having to beat Togo rather late in 2006 to advance out of their group.

Last World Cup, Honduras lost to Chile 1-0, Spain 2-0, drew Switzerland 0-0.

‘82, Honduras drew Spain, drew Northern Ireland, lost 1-0 to Yugoslavia.

So with a bit of fortune, you never know. The Catrachos (Honduras’ nickname).


22 posted on 06/03/2014 10:58:33 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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Actually Klinsman picked a record amount of MLS players, which was a surprise. However, we did not look good as you said, especially on defense. Left back is a gaping hole.


23 posted on 06/03/2014 11:01:07 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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For the record, I believe people even say Spain received some friendly officiating at the 1982 World Cup which was held in Spain in the match against Honduras. Northern Ireland actually defeated Spain: http://www.thesoccerworldcups.com/games/1982_northern_ireland_spain.php So the “Catrachos” again I think have a chance, I’m just saying all this because often people will usually call teams like Honduras one of the “minnows” in regards to countries playing.


24 posted on 06/03/2014 11:16:08 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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If Spain wins again, it’ll be a bit of a minor upset considering that Brazil has finally figured out how to get their national team to play well and Argentina has figured out how to incorporate Lionel Messi’s skills.


25 posted on 06/03/2014 12:48:17 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Yeah, but in 1950 WE HAD THE SASH!


26 posted on 06/03/2014 2:24:26 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (Bring back the sash!)
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Bosnia downs Mexico in Chicago tonight. 1-0

http://us.soccerway.com/matches/2014/06/04/world/friendlies/mexico/bosnia-herzegovina/1649177/?ICID=HP_MS_01_02

Good result for BiH

Greece Nigeria draw. 0-0

Tomorrow, Ecuador England, Italy Luxembourg, Netherlands Wales, Algeria Romania too.


27 posted on 06/03/2014 8:49:09 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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LoL!


28 posted on 06/04/2014 3:12:44 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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I hadn’t considered the impact of schedule... but if Germany is 2-0-0 after two matches, I can them being quite happy with a 3rd match draw, especially if they can rest (or at least minimize injury risk to) key personnel. If the US beats Ghana (a must-win, though by no means a sure thing), a draw against Germany might well be enough to advance, and a sure thing to advance if they have drawn or beaten Portugal.


29 posted on 06/04/2014 6:03:03 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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Did I say we can get a draw with the Germans? Oh dear....

I do see last time in 2010, Germany actually lost their 2nd game to Serbia and they did have to win their 3rd game. (See the 2010 results: http://eloratings.net/Germany.htm )


30 posted on 06/04/2014 7:10:11 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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