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My Travels with the Curse of Maracană [Soccer Caucus]
nytimes.com ^ | June 07, 2014 | Christoph Niemann

Posted on 06/07/2014 12:44:20 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

In anticipation of the World Cup, we sent the magazine’s contributing illustrator, Christoph Niemann, to Brazil in search of the soul of soccer. What he found instead is a curse that still hangs over the country, decades after the highly favored home team lost in the final game of the 1950 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro. In this animated storybook, Niemann meets this curse — and befriends him — and does his part to unmake that goal that has haunted Brazil for 64 years.

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1 posted on 06/07/2014 12:44:20 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Rebuilding Brazil from the ruins of 1950
"The only way to overcome the stigma is to beat Uruguay in the final. Otherwise it will be eternal."

▶ PARADISE LOST: a film about Brazil vs Uruguay, the 1950 World Cup final, at the Maracana. - YouTube

2 posted on 06/07/2014 12:48:44 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Results from yesterday’s warm-up games:

June 6 in Foxboro, Mass.
Portugal vs. Mexico 1-0

June 6 in Harrison, Calif.
Greece vs. Bolivia 2-1

June 6 in Salvador
Croatia vs. Australia 1-0

June 6 in Sao Paulo
Brazil vs. Serbia 1-0

June 6 in Moscow
Russia vs. Morocco 2-0

June 6 in Tampa, Fla.
Japan vs. Zambia 4-3

June 6 in Mainz
Germany vs. Armenia 6-1


3 posted on 06/07/2014 1:08:50 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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▶ Germany vs Armenia 6-1 AllGoals And Highlights HD 2014 - YouTube
4 posted on 06/07/2014 1:10:08 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Germany vs. Armenia: Final score 6-1, Klose breaks goalscoring record in big win
If you need a demonstration that football is indeed a game of two halves, look no further than Germany's 6-1 demolition of Armenia in their final World Cup preparation match. The first half was a dull, goalless affair notable only for German star Marco Reus being worryingly carried off with an ankle injury, then after the restart, the hosts sprung to life to smash their visitors.
5 posted on 06/07/2014 1:16:57 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Injuries to marquee players likely to be ‘party pooper’ at FIFA World Cup
Football fans around the world got a major scare when Borussia Dortmund’s talented German midfielder Marco Reus, who was Germany's Footballer of the Year in 2012 and a member of UEFA's 2013 team of the year, exited his national team’s friendly match against Armenia on Friday night after turning his ankle.

“We do not have good news,” is the start of the message that the German federation posted on their Facebook page after the match, sparking rumours that he might not be able to recover on time before the World Cup, and this shocker has given another major heart in the mouth moment for the football fans around the world.

Marco Reus | Borussia Dortmund | The Ultimate Skills, Goals | 1080p HD - YouTube

Why Germany can win the World Cup
Germany have been hit by an injury crisis at the worst possible time, the latest being the ankle injury suffered on Friday night by Marco Reus. However, just as Rene Adler and Michael Ballack's injuries on the eve of World Cup 2010 opened the door to Manuel Neuer and Sami Khedira, there is a new, eager bunch ready to seize their chances. In the place of Reus could come Julian Draxler, who is ready to come of age.

6 posted on 06/07/2014 1:27:26 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Groups and fixture dates
For the passing curious person.
7 posted on 06/07/2014 1:36:31 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. .............................................)
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Brazil vs. Serbia: Final score 1-0, Selecao unimpressive
Brazil were able to field their first team side for the first time on Friday, and they didn't exactly look like a team firing on all cylinders ahead of their World Cup opener. They pulled out a 1-0 win over Serbia in Sao Paulo, but they were seriously made to work for it and were not particularly sharp.

While Brazil had more possession, they gave the ball away cheaply on numerous occasions and struggled to contain the Serbia counter-attack.

Brazil was struggling and fans were jeering the team

8 posted on 06/07/2014 1:42:23 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Mexico 0-1 Portugal: El Tri head to Brazil with second straight defeat
Just as Mexico thought it was going to the World Cup on a positive note, Portugal defender Bruno Alves scored on a header in stoppage time to hand El Tri a 1-0 loss at Gillette Stadium on Friday.

Coming off the first loss of the Miguel Herrera era, a 1-0 defeat to Bosnia on Tuesday, Mexico appeared to be headed to an exciting draw against FIFA's fourth-ranked team.

But there was just one minute too many in the game for Mexico, as the North Americans were stunned when Alves scored on a header off a free kick in the 93rd.

“It was an extraordinary game,” said Mexico coach Miguel Herrera, who seemed upbeat despite the loss to a Portugal team playing without its biggest star, Cristiano Ronaldo (leg injury).

“The game demonstrated and the team demonstrated that they can do big things but we have to finish our attacks,” he said. “But, we can’t lose a game in the last minute. When you are dominating in a game you can’t lose a game in the last 30 seconds.”

Bento worried by 'struggling' Portugal
"We struggled, mainly at the beginning, with Mexico's attacks," said Bento, whose side face Germany in their World Cup opener on June 16, followed by USA and Ghana in a very competitive Group G.

"It's going to be a balanced group with four strong teams so it's going to be very difficult for us, but we will fight to the end to achieve our first goal, which is to reach the knockout phase. We still have a few mistakes that we need to correct before the World Cup."

9 posted on 06/07/2014 1:53:19 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Japan rally to punish Zambia( Updated with all the the Goals video)
Zambia squandered a 2-1 lead to collapse 4-3 in a seven goal thriller against World Cup-bound Japan in Florida this morning at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Patrice Beaumelle’s sides were looking comfortable and cruising to a potential 2-1 win until period of madness in the last 16 minutes of the second half in which fans were treated to a four-goal exchange of fire.

10 posted on 06/07/2014 1:59:18 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Russia 2-0 Morocco: Yuri Zhirkov scores stunning volley as Fabio Capello's men win final friendly before World Cup
Goals from Vasili Berezutskiy and Yuri Zhirkov gave Russia the perfect World Cup send-off as they beat Morocco 2-0 in front of their home fans on Friday in their final warm-up game before departing for Brazil.

The evening did not start well for Fabio Capello's side, as Denis Glushakov was injured in the warm-up after pulling a muscle and was replaced in the starting lineup by Igor Denisov.

Fellow midfielder Roman Shirokov was still unable to start and faces a race against time to recover from injury before the World Cup gets underway.

11 posted on 06/07/2014 2:06:09 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Greece edges Bolivia 2-1 in World Cup prep
Panagiotis Kone ended Greece's nearly four-game goalless streak in the first half to help the European side beat Bolivia 2-1 in their last friendly before heading to Brazil for the World Cup.

Kone's goal in the 21st minute was Greece's first in 358 minutes since Konstantinos Mitroglou's score in a 1-1 draw against Romania in November.

Greece lost 2-0 to South Korea in March and drew 0-0 against Portugal and Nigeria in the past week.

Konstantinos Katsouranis added a 54th-minute second as the Greeks ended a four-game winless streak before a crowd of 11,024 at Red Bull Arena.

12 posted on 06/07/2014 2:11:44 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Socceroos fall to Croatia
A Nikica Jelavic goal in the second half proved the difference in a match that never scaled great heights but showed that the Socceroos could compete with a top-class opponent.

Australia was compact throughout but a concern is the team's inability to threaten in front of goal, ahead of its World Cup meeting with Chile next weekend.

13 posted on 06/07/2014 2:15:18 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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today’s games:

June 7 in Jacksonville, Fla.
USA vs. Nigeria (USA! USA! USA!)

June 7 in Buenos Aires
Argentina vs. Slovenia

June 7 in Brussels
Belgium vs. Tunisia

June 7 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
England-Honduras

June 7 in Landover, Md.
Spain vs. El Salvador

June 7 in Foxboro, Mass.
Costa Rica vs. Ireland

More on these matches later.
Apparently I still have a small Life...


14 posted on 06/07/2014 2:18:04 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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I hate The Macarena too, but I don’t know if I’d call it a curse.


15 posted on 06/07/2014 4:28:24 AM PDT by McGarrett (Book'em Danno)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

My family and I will be at the USA vs Nigeria match today. This is our first live soccer match ever.

GO USA!


16 posted on 06/07/2014 4:40:15 AM PDT by Carlucci
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Soccer Caucus... That’s hilarious!


17 posted on 06/07/2014 5:02:28 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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Congratulations, sounds like a good match, USA vs. the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

I’m surprised maybe one has not even gone to a kids match to watch.


18 posted on 06/07/2014 5:34:10 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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I think Brazil is in trouble.

Suffice it to say, the power has shifted largely to Europe. Brazil use to look like the team to beat always, now not so much. But their team is always nonetheless very good. It still takes a Herculean effort to knock them out of a World Cup. For the record, since 1986, France defeated them 3 times, Netherlands were able to survive them in 2010.


19 posted on 06/07/2014 5:41:08 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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Some time ago, Nigeria became my adopted African team of course, there is no way I'm for them against the USA but in the African Cup of Nations, I can usually cheer them on. They use to be called early in their nationhood, the "Green Eagles" but that really doesn't make sense, so now for some time, they have been called the "Super Eagles". Their group has Argentina, Iran and Bosnia-Herzogovina. So really a good match up. At the 1998 World Cup, Nigeria defeated Spain in the group stage. Nigeria will have their coach Keshi this time who is pretty good. The Super Eagles have now been to a few World Cups, They lost to Argentina in 1994 and 2002. Be great to see them avenge one of those earlier defeats. Obviously, Nigeria has a lot of problems with internal warfare, warlords, terrorists and this may well hold the country back though I think the team itself has had Christians and Muslims on it.

Yet, I will always cheer on the Yanks. Sounds like a great game to go to starting a little bit late this afternoon, 6 EST, ESPN it looks like in Jacksonville but check yourlocal listings. Sam's army will be there, our USA fan supporters.

All week, I've seen ESPN has been ramping up the USA men's team. We will see. I would not be as pessimistic as some though I do see advancing out of our group seems to be a longshot. It would appear if the USA can advance out of group G, 1st or 2nd, we would play a team in Group H, that is the group of Belgium, Russia, Algeria and Korea. So that would be what awaits IF, the big IF. I just remembered, we, the USA, did defeat Portugal in 2002, 2002 is probably the best world cup we have had.

20 posted on 06/07/2014 6:40:44 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Berlin_Freeper

BTW, if you are currently in Germany, you can watch Argentina-Slovenia (from 20.35) and England-Honduras (from 22.35) live on sportdigital. I could not find a station that would cover USA-Nigeria, though, unfortunately. And Sky seems to ignore the world cup completely.


21 posted on 06/07/2014 7:15:25 AM PDT by cartan
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Introduction to Neymar [Brazilian soccer phenom], The Sports Economist, May 31, 2014.
22 posted on 06/07/2014 7:34:13 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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They have a good chance of finishing 2nd. The USA...not so lucky.


23 posted on 06/07/2014 7:38:12 AM PDT by darkangel82
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Poor Nigeria, I think there was another slaughter there this past week though in perspective, let's not forget it's a huge country, 175,000,000 people. That's not to make excuses. Just the way it is.

And to everyone, sure enough those devils of the Boko Haram will surely go out and cause troubles while the World Cup is going on. Prayer for the people of Nigeria. For all I know, the government could be another corrupt ruling regime, I don't know.

24 posted on 06/07/2014 7:54:42 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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I’ve been saying for years that for the most part, Brazil now really plays no differently from the very good European teams. The 82 World Cup was the last time we saw the unique “beautiful game” style of play that Brazil was so famous for. A pity. They’ll still be very tough to beat at home though.


25 posted on 06/07/2014 9:37:00 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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Super! :D
USA! USA! USA!

A record-breaking crowd is expected to attend Nigeria‘s friendly match against the USA on Saturday in Jacksonville, USA.

US Soccer announced yesterday that ticket sales have already exceeded the record of 44 438 set in Jacksonville in 2012.

“Meaning a record-breaking crowd will be on hand to send off the USA off to Brazil for the 2014 Fifa World Cup,” said the statement.

26 posted on 06/07/2014 11:10:11 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Wiziwig.tv
27 posted on 06/07/2014 11:11:36 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Thanks for the link moose07!


28 posted on 06/07/2014 11:12:40 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Julian Green should start against Nigeria in pre-World Cup friendly
Jurgen Klinsmann has told anybody who will listen that Julian Green is ready for the World Cup.

Even after Green's 27-minute cameo in Sunday's 2-1 win vs. Turkey, a match which saw the youngster struggle to make an impact, Klinsmann continued to offer praise for the 19-year old winger and continued to insist that he is coming along nicely.

Klinsmann's positive comments about his team's youngest player have done little to slow down growing sentiment that Green is a wasted roster selection and a player who should have been left home in favor of the ever-popular Landon Donovan. As unfair as it may be to already be writing off Green after such a small sample size, the reality is U.S. fans simply don't have much to go on and have been shown little to make many of them dismiss their own worst fears.

29 posted on 06/07/2014 11:21:11 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Sabella: Friendly vs. Slovenia will give us a taste of what's to come
Argentina head coach Alejandro Sabella believes Saturday's friendly against Slovenia will give his players a taste of what to expect in their World Cup opener with Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Following on from a 3-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago, Argentina will play their final warm-up game in front of their home fans before traveling to Brazil for the start of the tournament.

30 posted on 06/07/2014 11:25:02 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Spain, El Salvador a study in contrasts before friendly soccer match at FedEx Field
Even before side issues are taken into account, the contrast between the Spanish and Salvadoran national soccer teams is as striking as any in soccer today.

Spain has reached unparalleled global heights over six years with an innovative style and a cast employed by the sport’s leading clubs. It will arrive in Brazil on Monday seeking to become the first repeat World Cup champion in 52 years and extend its streak of major international trophies to four.

A small, poor country that has fallen behind Central American rivals, El Salvador has not qualified for the World Cup since 1982 and sends few players to leagues beyond its borders.

Salvadoran problems deepened last year when a match-fixing scandal resulted in lifetime bans to 14 players and sanctions against six others.

Coach Vicente del Bosque said defending World Cup champion Spain will include Diego Costa on the roster to face El Salvador on Saturday, in its last tuneup game before heading to Brazil.

"If we thought that having him in the game would be a risk for his physical shape we would not include him", del Bosque said Friday about the striker who was forced to leave the field during the Champions final he played with Atletico Madrid due to an injury in his leg.

31 posted on 06/07/2014 11:29:58 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Preview: Belgium v Tunisia
Speaking to the Belgian media, Zenit midfielder Axel Witsel said: "The team is ready.

"In the main, everyone is serene.

"There is no nervousness. We know what we can set ourselves without putting any extra pressure on."

Tunisia should provide stern opposition for Belgium, they were unlucky not to qualify for the World Cup and they have only lost twice in their last twelve matches.

32 posted on 06/07/2014 11:35:47 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Costa Rica's draw with Ireland less than friendly
Giancarlo Gonzalez's World Cup dream could be over after he was sent off in Costa Rica's 1-1 friendly draw with the Republic of Ireland.

The 26-year-old defender was dismissed after an ugly altercation with striker Kevin Doyle, who was left with blood pouring down his face four minutes before the break at PPL Park in Philadelphia, and now faces an anxious wait to discover his fate with Costa Rica, due to launch their campaign against Uruguay on June 14.

33 posted on 06/07/2014 11:38:37 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Roy Hodgson releases his depth charge! England can count on a host of attacking options
"It gives you that headache all coaches say they want," said Hodgson. "The dilemma I have is that more than 11 players are capable of taking the field against Italy.

"You have players who are forcing their way into the team and will divide opinion. My favoured XI for Italy might divide opinion. That's good for a start.

"It'll give us enormous opportunities on the bench to change things around. It's going to be hot. Most teams won't be able to get through three 90-minute games with the same team.

"It's definitely going to be a 14-man game. You won't see too many teams starting with 11 and finishing with 11. And you'll see teams changing game to game as long as they have the depth to do that.

"I have the opportunity to make changes.

34 posted on 06/07/2014 11:53:35 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Will try, thanks :-)


35 posted on 06/07/2014 12:06:19 PM PDT by cartan
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Dale a tu cuerpo alegria Maracanã
que tu cuerpo es pa' darle alegria y cosa buena
dale a tu cuerpo alegria Maracanã
eeeh Maracanã .... aaahe!

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What he found instead is a curse that still hangs over the country, decades after the highly favored home team lost in the final game of the 1950 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

By "curse" maybe they mean Heleno's syphilis which killed him a few years back.

There is a very long and sad and boring film about the Brazilian soccer great who did not undergo treatment which could have saved his life.

36 posted on 06/07/2014 12:14:55 PM PDT by x
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Paolo Di Canio believes England's players will be burnt out in Brazil this summer
Paolo Di Canio last night delivered a damning verdict on England’s World Cup chances – insisting Roy Hodgson’s side will fail to make it out of their opening group.

The former Celtic idol accused the Three Lions of conceding “ridiculous goals” and making “incredible mistakes”.

Di Canio claimed England’s squad lacks depth. And the Italian said the players will wilt in the Brazilian heat after arriving burnt out from their domestic seasons – tipping his countrymen and Uruguay to progress from Group D.

37 posted on 06/07/2014 12:33:38 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Confirmed: England line-up for Honduras friendly – United & Liverpool stars start
England will be looking to head into the 2014 World Cup finals on the back of a victory tonight.

The Three Lions will take on underdogs Honduras in Miami in their final warm-up match before they fly to tournament hosts Brazil.

Roy Hodgson’s side played out a rather disappointing 2-2 draw against Ecuador in Miami on Wednesday, and the players will be determined to put up a good show to inspire their fans back home.

England skipper Steven Gerrard: We won’t hold back on tackles against Honduras
England captain Steven Gerrard has claimed that he and his teammates will not hold back from any tackles against Honduras for fear of injury despite the World Cup starting in under a week.

Honduras are England’s final warm-up opponents before facing Italy in exactly a week for their Group D opener. Despite that, Gerrard believes that whoever plays this evening will not pull out of tackles as there is still a game to be won.

38 posted on 06/07/2014 12:46:07 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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20 World Cup goals that changed history
39 posted on 06/07/2014 12:49:25 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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how will the England team cope with the heat in Brazil?
With biting beetles as big as your fist, yellow-fever-carrying mosquitoes and a skinny catfish that will – apparently – swim up the orifice of an unsuspecting victim before sucking on their blood, it is no wonder Roy Hodgson called Manaus "the one to avoid". But it wasn't the terrifying-sounding creatures that the England manager was worried about: it was the heat. When England kick off against Italy for their first game of the World Cup the temperature could be as high as 30C (85F), with humidity hovering around 75%.
40 posted on 06/07/2014 12:51:32 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

My favorite goal of all time.....

“DENNIS BERGKAMP....DENNIS BERGKAMP....DENNIS BERGKAMP....DENNIS BERGKAMP....DENNIS BERGKAMP....DENNIS BERGKAMP....OOOOOO-OOOOO-OOOOOOOO......”


41 posted on 06/07/2014 12:56:44 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: All
For the record and I don't want to make a big deal out of it, I think the team has overwhelmingly Christian names but occasionally, you may have others with non-Christian types of names on the team.

Victor Moses, top player for Wigan a few years ago with Martinez. Ahmed Musa, born in the hotspot of Jos, Jos was really where a lot of the violence3 that plagues the north started, you don't really hear about Jos that much now. The entire Nigerian Squad. Just to clarify.

42 posted on 06/07/2014 1:59:30 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Dark Cloud hangs over England!

Lightning delay...

43 posted on 06/07/2014 2:27:27 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Tue, June 3 - Rain ruins Roy Hodgson's work in Miami as England training is hit by storm
Coach Roy Hodgson and his squad were forced to take refuge under cover as torrential downpours submerged the pitch at Miami's Barry University campus and brought an unexpected change to their plans.

The heavy rain confined England indoors where they did some work, but without a ball in sight, to deny Hodgson valuable time out on the pitch with his players

44 posted on 06/07/2014 2:46:11 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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England 0 0 Honduras, 81st minute, in the 66th minute, Honduras had a man sent off, 2nd yellow card. I saw England fans complain about Glen Johnson, England defender. Looks like this is going to a draw. Honduras has been yellow carded 5 times vs. 3 for England. Possession overwhelming for England: http://int.soccerway.com/matches/2014/06/07/world/friendlies/england/honduras/1630387/?ICID=HP_MS_01_01


45 posted on 06/07/2014 4:09:33 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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Looks like Altidore is out of his slump, and just in time.


46 posted on 06/07/2014 4:29:25 PM PDT by dfwgator
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Yes, the second was a cracking score.

It’s interesting, the announcers said USA would play a game behind closed doors vs. Belgium, sounds like they said that before the USA’s first World Cup game.


47 posted on 06/07/2014 4:31:40 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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Yes, Nigeria has been as the announcers say “pretty awful”; they were fairly good for the first 20-25 minutes. Nigeria has had nothing this half.


48 posted on 06/07/2014 4:42:53 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: BeadCounter

USA gives up a late penalty and holds on 2-1.


49 posted on 06/07/2014 4:56:10 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BeadCounter

Good to see that Meh-Hee-Co is struggling.


50 posted on 06/07/2014 5:01:15 PM PDT by dfwgator
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