Skip to comments.US Arrives in Congested Sao Paulo for World Cup
Posted on 06/09/2014 10:50:52 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
The 4,080-mile overnight flight to Sao Paulo was easy for the U.S. World Cup team.
A 4-mile bus ride from its base hotel through the city's perpetually congested streets to the Americans' training camp was another matter.
"We haven't had any problem, other than the traffic. But other than that, not too bad," goalkeeper Tim Howard said Monday after the Americans arrived in Brazil exactly one week before their World Cup opener against Ghana.
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Soccer sucks. It’s what Liberals play and the San AnPhonio Sperns play too.
"We want USA!" they hollered.
The Ghanians were feeling festive as their team won its last warmup match for next week's World Cup opener against the Americans by beating South Korea 4-0.
It can be done.
Thats right. The United States can get out of the Group of Death at the World Cup. And its easier than you might think.
While it appears to be a daunting task to be one of two teams to advance to the knockout round from a group that includes Germany, Portugal and Ghana, try not to look at the group as a whole.
Your countrymen are going on a field of international competition.
South Korea already lost?
Maybe they need to bring old Cha Bum-kun (Guen) out of retirement. Sure, he’s 61 but I bet he’d put up a good fight.
Very incomplete fields of competition from what I have read
After watching his team turn in the best performance of its World Cup send-off series, now we know why Klinsmann was so giddy. He had managed to cook up a plan that not only helped maximize the strengths of some of his most important players, but he did so in a matter of days.
Why Argentina doesnt like its best player, Lionel Messi
HES one of the best players in the world but his own country doesnt want him.
Thats the burden superstar Lionel Messi has to carry as he bids to take Argentina to World Cup glory in Brazil.
At 26, Messi has already been voted the worlds best player four times.
He has won six league titles with Barcelona, and three Champions Leagues.
But Argentinians dont like him.
Why? Because he isnt Argentinian enough.
Brazil braces for Argentine hooligans during World Cup
Anti-World Cup protests are not the only problem Brazilian security authorities will face during the soccer tournament. They are also bracing for an invasion of Argentine hooligans.
The soccer fan clubs called "barras bravas" in neighboring Argentina are notoriously violent and Brazilian police are taking no chances.
According to TMZ, Casper was given his walking papers, 2 motorcycles, a jeep, and a truck but nothing else. After years of rolling in style, he is left with empty pockets and no clue of what to do next. The public humiliation has weighed heavily on Jen, so much so that she has pulled out of the Opening Ceremonies of The World Cup in Brazil just 4 days before she was scheduled to perform with Pitbull and Brazilian star Claudia Leitte. We Are One was recorded by the trio especially for this event and so pulling out at the last minute is totally frowned upon.
In England's last five World Cup finals appearances they have averaged just 3.2 goals in group matches, mustering just two goals in the group stages at the 2010, 2002 and 1990 finals and five in 1998 and 2006.
But Hodgson is confident they'll be no shortage of scoring chances in the forthcoming matches with Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica, despite a goalless draw with Honduras in their final warm-up game in Miami.
Read more at http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/England-manager-Roy-Hodgson-believes-goals-World/story-21211185-detail/story.html#As57glqFjPJDquDt.99
Jose Mourinho: 'Wayne Rooney can lead England in World Cup'
"I don't agree with Scholes," the Portuguese coach said in his role as a Yahoo World Cup ambassador. "I think Wayne is right when he says this is 'his' World Cup, it is the right moment [for him].
"He is not a kid any more, he is not an old player at the end of his career, he is in what I call 'the best age'. I think it is his World Cup. I think he has also a role as a leader in the team, a little bit similar that he had at United this season. I think he is ready to cope with this."
England midfielder Jack Wilshere not concerned about World Cup heat as temperatures soar in Brazil
We've had time to prepare for the conditions, they don't cause us any fears," said Wilshere.
"We trained with extra layers on in Portugal and stepped it up again in Miami.
"I think we've all got confidence in the things we've got in place. We've got cooling systems in the dressing rooms and we're fully prepared.
"When I played in Malaysia I was struggling for air, the humidity there is over 90 percent, this isn't totally new for me."
Superfan covers WHOLE house with St George's flags to cheer on England at World Cup
Football-mad Tony Baddams spent three weeks covering the four-bedroom terraced house in Southampton with more than 300 flags, shirts and giant fluffy dice.
This time, what is there not to like about young Belgium? The Red Devils have reached their first World Cup since 2002, but has a team full of players that have already made a mark in the Premier League and La Liga.
Belgiums blueprint that gave birth to a golden generation
Belgiums emergence as one of the strongest nations in world football has exceeded all expectations. A country with a population of only 11m, with just 34 professional clubs competing across two leagues, has produced and there are no reservations in Belgium about using this term because it is widely accepted as the only description befitting of their talent pool a golden generation of footballers.
Marc Wilmots 23-man squad for the World Cup is replete with stellar names, players who have changed hands for hundreds of millions of pounds and in the majority of cases belong to Premier League clubs. It is also a group that could stay together for years to come all but six are aged 27 and under.
Van Buyten talks up Belgium chances
"We have been snappy in training and have become increasingly stronger," he explained.
"We will pull out all the stops so that on our return we can look our fans in the eye.
"We will not disappoint (them)."
Germany finished third at the last two World Cup finals in Germany and South Africa and would obviously like to go at least one step further in Brazil. Their path to the final should see them finish top of their group that includes Portugal and from there they could play Russia in the second round followed by a possible encounter with France in the Quarter-Finals. The Semi-finals would likely pitch them with Lionel Messis Argentina. Then maybe, just maybe a final with England, Spain or Brazil.
Germany's time to shine may have come, says Mertesacker
We are really looking forward to the tournament, said Mertesacker. We have been consistent with second and third places over the last few tournaments. The expectation is huge because if you always get second or third place, you want to get to the top.
On paper we have an outstanding squad and nearly every position has two players so that is big competition. The rivalry between the players will be high and tough, so maybe that gets us to the next level to achieve something.
We have to raise the team spirit as well, as that can always make a big difference when you know each other well and trust each other. We can create team spirit but it takes some time.
We have always been well placed over the last ten years but the team spirit can take us one step further to the title.
We have to go game by game and give better performances, and as well to build up the team spirit that is necessary to get something out of the tournament.
It is difficult to know which African side has the best chance. Ghana has perhaps the most complete squad and is in the hardest group by far, while Cote d'Ivoire have an array of attacking talent but are less productive in defence.
What’s with the Negative vibes .....it only happens once every Four years.
Wave a flag and get the Beers in.
June 10 in East Rutherford, N.J.
After practice at Jets' complex, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo tries throwing football
Ronaldo also punted and placekicked a football. At the end of the post-practice fun, Portuguese players stood under the Jets goal posts and tried to determine who could jump the highest toward the crossbar.
Is it any wonder the Dutch have injury concerns for the tournament in Brazil?
Man United Striker Survives Bizarre Kiteboard Scare
There is no reason for concern. Its nothing serious, just a few scratches.
Very good and totally unexpected things have happened for the US team once before, and in Brazil, the "Miracle on Grass":
Here's the video highlites
Here's the story: US shocks England in 1950 World Cup
Some historians of the game consider it the biggest upset ever in the World Cup!!
Football fans are preparing for the kick off the biggest sporting event of the year by purchasing fake sick notes online.
Good morning! :)
Hot in Berlin (91).
I ordered an ice cream.
They said they can’t deliver an ice cream.
I ordered 4 ice creams.
Now I am stocked!
England 0-1 USA in 1950 really was an earth-shaking upset. When the result reached London, the news agencies assumed it must have been a typing mistake. Surely the correct score was 10-1 to England?!!
It just goes to show what is possible. Billy Wright’s England were widely expected to win that tournament.
If you read the story, the US coach told reporters before that game that his team had no chance....they were “sheep being led to the slaughter.” Wonder if the current US coach knew this when he declared they couldn’t win..
Amazing moves...he's the Meadowlark Lemon of soccer..
What do you suggest? Steroid dominated sports like football and baseball? I’ve seen the detracting statements in 2 threads. Now, tell us what is better?
It just goes to show what is possible. Billy Wrights England were widely expected to win that tournament.
On the other hand, let's remember England had never played in any prior World Cups, yes, a fault maybe by the FA.
As for the movie, "The game of their lives" or "Miracle Match", there was no skirmish in the USA before the two teams went to Brazil. There was no arrogant English Banquet speech as the movie has by Stanley Mortensen who played for England. All that seems totally manufactured, I don't know where they got this from.
Who was Stanley Mortensen who is pegged as a troublemaker in that movie?
South Shields-born Mortensen went to war in 1939 as a wireless operator and overcame an injury sustained when his RAF bomber crashed, leaving him as the only survivor to become one of England's best post-war players.
Stanley Mortensen was born in South Shields on 26th May 1921. His grandfather was a Norwegian sailor who settled in England. Mortensen's father died when he was five years old and he experienced a great deal of poverty in his childhood.
So he had a fair amount of Scandinavian in him to begin with.
Oh, and as for the movie again, no way was Stanley Matthews enjoying the beach at Copacabana, taking time off to not play in that game as the movie shows. Matthews was hurt.
Oh, and the USA squad with a few players of Italian heritage and the referees were Italian?? It sounds like some fouls could have been called that weren't according to Sir Thomas Finney's book, perhaps the game itself is on youtube.
Interestingly, there was another wonder team, game of their lives in 1966 with the North Koreans and another film though that is a documentary. And it is actually a BBC documentary probably at Youtube as well
So per football/soccer, I enjoy it but take it all with a grain of salt.
There is another movie on the 1954 World Cup, I believe it is called the "Miracle at Bern". West Germany won.
But other things are written on that World Cup too. Of course, emphasis here is nothing is proven.
When the West Germans won their first World Cup in 1954 defeating the heavily favored Hungarians there were immediate accusations that their players had been receiving special injections. Reports in Italy claimed that several of the German players had come down with jaundice.
In 2004 a German television documentary established that injections were indeed given to the players the team doctor, now 84, had admitted as much, but said the injections were nothing more than vitamin C. He also allowed that the jaundice that affected eight players might have spread because the hypodermic needles were not properly sterilized.
All this proves nothing, but it is worrying because it is suggestive. If both the 1966 and the 1954 teams (and the Germans did win that one) are under a cloud, where does that leave the 1974 team, World Cup winners at a time when the leaked report suggests that doping in West Germany had become systematic?
Even if one dismisses or does not like this story, it is interesting that beyond a doubt, some of the players contracted jaundice.
Let's not forget no one other than the Germans themselves have investigated this.
The 800-page study by the Humboldt University in Berlin was commissioned in 2008 by the German Olympic sports federation (DOSB) and the Federal Institute of Sport Science (BISp); head of the DOSB is Thomas Bach who is favourite to become next president of the International Olympic Committee. Read more at http://www.worldsoccer.com/columnists/keir-radnedge/west-germanys-culture-of-doping-kept-under-wraps#6U7KPmgka2Cu2zlR.99
Diego? Grew up during a time use of methamphetamine use was more common in sports. Maradona booted out of the 1994 World Cup but who really knows. Ephedrine was used in a lot of products back then.
The list goes on.
Two reasons: his team was just shamefully embarrasing this
year, and; he cannot find a decent bath-house in Arizona.
Oh i see....Still got the Hump ,Eh?
Never mind, if the US do well in this tournament it will be something to help drown the sorrows.
I’m liking this tournament already , three teams to cheer for....UK, USA, and anyone playing Australia. (Rugby joke).
Oh, jeeze. Don't say "hump" around this guy.
I wasn't kidding about the bath-houses.
Which channel is showing this World Cup?
Here is the wikipedia article on the Iran National Football/Soccer Team as if any of us care but it was surprising to see an American on the staff. Seeing how Carlos Quieroz the manager is Portuguese (actually born in Portuguese Mozambique) and Gaspar seems to be American of Portuguese descent, maybe it is not as odd as it appears.
I think it was 2006, I read a little bit of an Iran Soccer Forum originating out of Southern California. Most of those participants must have been expats, refugees from Iran but they still supported the National team who for the record, are called "Team Melli", that's their nickname.
The wikipedia article seems to say some of the players for the National Team of Iran got into a bit of trouble supporting of all people, the Green Party a few years ago.
Anyway, their manager is suppose to be real good.
No idea, Berlin_Freeper might know. (Which Channel the World Cup is on)
Yes BeadCounter you are right. The historical inaccuracies in the film ‘Game of Their Lives’ are jarring. To depict Blackpool’s own Stan Mortensen as essentially ‘a sneering toff’ was ludicrous. The fantasy about why the great Sir Stanley Matthews missed the game is also insulting. I guess the film makers would call it ‘artistic license.’ As a lover of football/soccer and a historian, I call it something else.
Is that guy (Cantor?) still around calling GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL!