Skip to comments.Sendoff boosts confidence of US
Posted on 06/09/2014 2:20:08 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
The U.S. headed to Brazil with boosted faith Sunday after going undefeated in its sendoff series for the first time.
Playing only its third match in nine months against a World Cup team, the U.S. defense appeared firmer in a 2-1 win over Nigeria after the decision to start both Jermaine Jones and Kyle Beckerman in midfield. And Jozy Altidore broke a six-month scoreless streak for club and country with a pair of goals, including a flashy effort when he cut inside Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo and slotted in a right-footed shot from 12 yards.
This game gives us confidence, but the whole send-off series should give us confidence, defender Matt Besler said Saturday night.
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"It seems they are expected not only to win all their games but also play entertaining football too and that is our chance. The longer we hold our own the more anxious they will get and we want to make it as difficult as possible for them.
"We certainly won't park the bus in our penalty box, we want to have a real go at them and are confident that we can get a result. They've won 15 of their last 16 games but I know what tactics to deploy."
Croatian media first reported there had been an anonymous tip-off about possible explosives on site.
But it was later claimed to be a routine check by security forces and that nothing had been found.
But the Real Madrid ace returned to training on Saturday with Paulo Bento's side, who have failed to sparkle in their captain's absence.
Portuguese officials were tight-lipped Sunday about Ronaldo's availability for the Ireland encounter, but forward Vieirinha told reporters: "If he is fit to train, he is fit to play the match."
Ribery was ruled out of the finals with a back injury but Les Bleus were eager to move on with Benzema netting twice and setting up three more goals while Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi (2), Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann (2) also scored.
Nice atmosphere, its good for the confidence but it does not give us any guarantee for the first game against Honduras, coach Didier Deschamps told TV channel TF1
The organisation said Cuban-American rapper Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte will sing the official tune We Are One before Brazil takes on Croatia in Sao Paulo.
The song has let down many Brazilians who complain that it sounds too generic for the country's Bossa Nova fans and that it features foreign musicians singing mostly in English and Spanish.
many Brazilians who complain that it sounds too generic for the country's Bossa Nova fans and that it features foreign musicians singing mostly in English and Spanish .The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Song We Are One (One Big Lie - Ole Ola)
"If he doesn't score, he is assisting or creating or working hard for the team," said ex-England skipper Beckham.
"I think for opposing teams to see Wayne Rooney on a team sheet - that scares them."
There is something very American about a rah-rah speech to rally the troops. The German-born Klinsmann, though, turned that concept on its proverbial head with his reality based preview that raised just as many eyebrows as did his decision to cut Landon Donovan, the countrys most accomplished player, from the 23-man roster.
Maybe there is a method to Klinsmanns madness, or perhaps he is just mad.
Maybe there is a method to Klinsmann’s madness, or perhaps he is just mad.Well, it really isn’t possible. On the other hand, Greece won the European Championship in 2004. That wasn’t possible, either.
It’s possible but not probable, is a better way to sum it up, imo.
"We all believe in a final against Germany. They will definitely reach the final."
In a sign that the authors of the report might have stopped watching the English Premier League a few weeks from its conclusion (the Reds were swept aside by Manchester City) they have opted for England where other institutions give the Three Lions no chance.
We adopt a quantitative model for predicting the 2014 football World Cup winner, and then apply some well reasoned arguments to find the likely winner.
I saw most of the US match against Nigeria. The Eagles pressed our guys pretty hard early, but the center of the defense held pretty solid with the central midfielders really forcing Nigeria to the wings. A much better defensive performance than against Turkey, despite the identical scoreline. Things broke down a bit after about 70 minutes, with the wholesale substitutions, so I wouldn’t read too much into it, but holding on for those last 20-25 minutes in each game is going to be critical.
And thank goodness Jozy Altidore finally put one (and then two!) into the net. If there was ever a time for someone to break out of a slum, it would deb right about now.
I was stationed in West Berlin in 1974 when West Germany hosted the World Cup. It was exciting when West Germany beat Netherlands in the final. I’ve followed every tournament since, and always root for Germany.
Chile might be another dark horse to win the whole thing.
In context: P. ¿El estilo sigue siendo el mismo? R. Una cosa primero: al fútbol se juega bien de muchas maneras, no hay una forma única. Nosotros no tenemos una fórmula mágica, tenemos una idea a partir de los jugadores con los que contamos. Eso no quiere decir que no haya otras que sean igual de buenas y que puedan dar grandes resultados. No somos talibanes de una forma de jugar. La posesión sin profundidad no tiene sentido. Por eso trabajamos para ser un equipo agresivo en la recuperación, compacto, que presione...
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Does little to clarify, translation or not. If "Taliban" were some sort of unique Spanish word it might make sense but apparently it is not a unique word, same as in English. What if our manager said "We are not the Taliban of a certain style." Does not make much sense to me. Perhaps someone else gets it, I don't.
If Portugal fall flat then that leaves the door open and, having spent a bit of time with US manager Jurgen Klinsmann, I am backing them to make it out of the group.
The US will be so well prepared and their team spirit is second to none. I think they will see off Ghana and reach the last 16.
The US is going to have to get at least 4 points from Ghana and Portugal.
I think the US has a better shot at getting 3 points against Portugal, then perhaps a tie with Ghana would be good enough to get them through.
The US beat Portugal the last time they met in the WC, when Portugal was heavily favored, and Ghana has sent the US out the last two WCs.
If not for a soggy field in the semis, Poland should have won it.
Portugal is a one trick pony.
"Therefore, I have a small concern, but there is no envy, since he's playing and I'm not. We both have our own stories, mine has already been written but he is writing his now. It is what it is."
One might be able to say that about Eusebio but here we are from 1966, he's one of the legends of the game, that's one more reason to be wary of Portugal, they may well dedicate their World Cup to him.
Speaking of Portugal, a few of these countries, I'm sure actually all have their own fan websites. So one can look for them,
Ghana whips S. Korea, 4-0, bad news for the Taeguk Tigers (they are called something like that at least).
I've sure heard about that.
I've read about 3 World Cup books including one of the best which would be Brian Glanville's.
Brian Glanville column on Wayne Rooney, really, this is probably closer to the truth than the laudatory articles above:
“MIAMI (AP) Jordan Ayew scored three times after entering the game as an injury replacement Monday, and Ghana won its last warmup match for next week’s World Cup opener by beating South Korea 4-0.
Ghana plays the United States next Monday in Natal, Brazil. The Black Stars eliminated the Americans from the World Cup in 2006 and 2010.
“We want USA!” Ghanian fans chanted in the second half.”
Statement by the Black Stars with such an impressive win, this isn’t that good of news for the other teams in the group and yet, Ghana is something like #44 FIFA rankings.
Coverage in Ghana (MyJoy) http://www.myjoyonline.com/sports/2014/June-10th/update-ghana-2-0-south-korea.php
I expect African teams to do very well in Brazil. We’ll be lucky to get a tie against Ghana.
Iran, coached by former Portugal, South Africa and Real Madrid boss Carlos Queiroz, opened its World Cup preparations with three warm-ups in Austria, 0-0 draws against Belarus and Montenegro, then a 1-1 draw with Angola.
A few Iranian players have made the Bundesliga. There is that movie, Iranian movie, where the plot is that some females disguise themselves as men and go try to watch the Iran National Soccer Team play. That director has had a few of his films banned in Iran or at least not looked favorably there. It's a comedy, not bad.
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