Skip to comments.My Travels with the Curse of Maracană [Soccer Caucus]
Posted on 06/07/2014 12:44:20 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
In anticipation of the World Cup, we sent the magazines 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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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
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.
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.
While Brazil had more possession, they gave the ball away cheaply on numerous occasions and struggled to contain the Serbia counter-attack.
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 cant lose a game in the last minute. When you are dominating in a game you cant 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."
Patrice Beaumelles 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
I hate The Macarena too, but I don’t know if I’d call it a curse.
My family and I will be at the USA vs Nigeria match today. This is our first live soccer match ever.
Soccer Caucus... That’s hilarious!
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.
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.
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.
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.
They have a good chance of finishing 2nd. The USA...not so lucky.
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.
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.
A record-breaking crowd is expected to attend Nigerias 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.
Thanks for the link moose07!
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.
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.
Spain has reached unparalleled global heights over six years with an innovative style and a cast employed by the sports 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.
"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.
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.
"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.
Will try, thanks :-)
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.
The former Celtic idol accused the Three Lions of conceding ridiculous goals and making incredible mistakes.
Di Canio claimed Englands 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.
The Three Lions will take on underdogs Honduras in Miami in their final warm-up match before they fly to tournament hosts Brazil.
Roy Hodgsons 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 wont 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 Englands 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.
My favorite goal of all time.....
“DENNIS BERGKAMP....DENNIS BERGKAMP....DENNIS BERGKAMP....DENNIS BERGKAMP....DENNIS BERGKAMP....DENNIS BERGKAMP....OOOOOO-OOOOO-OOOOOOOO......”
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.
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
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
Looks like Altidore is out of his slump, and just in time.
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.
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.
USA gives up a late penalty and holds on 2-1.
Good to see that Meh-Hee-Co is struggling.
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