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US Arrives in Congested Sao Paulo for World Cup
Assciated Press ^ | June 9, 2014 | RONALD BLUM

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


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KEYWORDS: fifa; soccer; worldcup2014
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1 posted on 06/09/2014 10:50:52 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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FIFAWORLDCUP Official Instagram account of the FIFA World Cup.
2 posted on 06/09/2014 11:08:43 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Soccer sucks. It’s what Liberals play and the San AnPhonio Sperns play too.


3 posted on 06/09/2014 11:09:14 PM PDT by ReaganÜberAlles (Remember, you can't spell "progressive" without "SS".)
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2 days to GO-AL! Pele (Sweden 1958) - YouTube
4 posted on 06/09/2014 11:16:29 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: ReaganÜberAlles
Army Black Knights
5 posted on 06/09/2014 11:25:25 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Team Previews
6 posted on 06/09/2014 11:31:16 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Meet USA's World Cup 2014 team
Meet the 23 players chosen to represent the United States men's national soccer team for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Players are listed in alphabetical order. The tournament begins June 12, with Team USA's first game in group play on June 16 vs. Ghana.
7 posted on 06/09/2014 11:43:06 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: ReaganÜberAlles
Blasphemer!
8 posted on 06/09/2014 11:53:32 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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Ghana wins warmup before World Cup opener
The chant from fans sitting behind the Ghana bench filled the vast, mostly empty stadium early in the second half of Monday's friendly against South Korea.

"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.

Beating Ghana will be crucial for U.S. soccer team

It can be done.

That’s right. The United States can get out of the Group of Death at the World Cup. And it’s 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.

9 posted on 06/09/2014 11:57:42 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Liberty Valance

Your countrymen are going on a field of international competition.


10 posted on 06/10/2014 12:01:18 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

South Korea already lost?

geez.

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.


11 posted on 06/10/2014 12:06:38 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Very incomplete fields of competition from what I have read


12 posted on 06/10/2014 12:07:43 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Has U.S. found a way to survive World Cup Group of Death?
The day before the U.S. national team’s 2-1 victory against Nigeria, Jurgen Klinsmann couldn’t help but let out a giggle and smile wide after telling the assembled media in no uncertain terms that talk of formations had become passé, and that what mattered was players having an understanding of how to work together.

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.

13 posted on 06/10/2014 12:09:00 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Argentina travels to Brazil fighting hubris
Ahead of the team's arrival, an Argentine federation official had a greeting put up on the gate of the team base in Belo Horizonte saying "Welcome future champions."

Why Argentina doesn’t like its best player, Lionel Messi
HE’S one of the best players in the world but his own country doesn’t want him.

That’s 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 world’s best player four times.

He has won six league titles with Barcelona, and three Champions Leagues.

But Argentinians don’t like him.

Why? Because he isn’t 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.

14 posted on 06/10/2014 12:37:45 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart Split Destroys J Lo – Bows Out Of World Cup Performance!
The drama from last week seems to be following Jennifer Lopez into this one as well. First, there were reports that her much younger boy toy, Casper Smart, was caught sexting with not one but two transsexual models. Then, Jen went home to the Bronx to give a concert that was deemed a flop. The venue was only half full and the talk really focused more on her relationship drama than it did on her, um, singing abilities. By week’s end, we learned that Jen and Casper were indeed dunzo.

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.

The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Song We Are One (Split, Canceled, Dumped - Ole Ola)

15 posted on 06/10/2014 1:01:19 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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England manager Roy Hodgson believes there are goals in his World Cup squad
ENGLAND coach Roy Hodgson believes his team have the firepower to buck statistics at the World Cup in Brazil.

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.

▶ 3 Lions 2010 - YouTube

16 posted on 06/10/2014 1:36:45 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Top Ten Intriguing World Cup PlayersAs giddiness builds ahead of the WC kick off on Thursday, Ian Watson outlines the ten players he is most interested to see perform in Brazil. There's obvious and not so obvious...
17 posted on 06/10/2014 1:46:10 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Young and with proven track record in Europe: Belgium looks like good bet as top outsider
Every World Cup has one of them: an outsider that you cannot help but like as it overachieves, often right into the semifinals. Sometimes even beyond.

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.

Belgium’s blueprint that gave birth to a golden generation
Belgium’s 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)."

18 posted on 06/10/2014 2:02:09 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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World Cup 2014 - 2 days to go: Teams - Germany
Germany go into the 2014 World Cup as one of the favourites but then they do every World Cup and you only have to look at their record to see why. Germany have been crowned world champions on three occasions, four times runners-up as well as finishing third three times, this from a team that only beat England for the first time in 1968. Whilst Italy have won more titles as Europe’s most successful team, you could argue that Germany have been consistently the strongest.

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-final’s would likely pitch them with Lionel Messi’s 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.”

19 posted on 06/10/2014 2:18:44 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Africa: A Chance for Africa to Reach World Cup Finals?
Africa's challenge will come from the same five sides who joined hosts South Africa in the first round four years ago: Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Nigeria and Algeria.

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.

Waka Waka

20 posted on 06/10/2014 2:25:45 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: ReaganÜberAlles; GeronL

What’s with the Negative vibes .....it only happens once every Four years.
Wave a flag and get the Beers in.
:)


21 posted on 06/10/2014 2:53:08 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. ..............dot removal in progress.......)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

warmup matches

June 10 in East Rutherford, N.J.
Portugal-Ireland


22 posted on 06/10/2014 3:28:13 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Portugal Boss Agonizes Over Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe
Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe have not been able to play a full part in Portugal's preparations and have missed the last two warm-up games, a barely deserved 1-0 win over Mexico and a dull 0-0 draw with Greece.

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.

23 posted on 06/10/2014 3:37:13 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Is this Netherlands training or Mortal Kombat: Holland? (video)
Apparently Louis van Gaal loves using our old Western New York park game called ‘Kill The Kid With The Ball’ in World Cup training for the Netherlands.

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. It’s nothing serious, just a few scratches.”

24 posted on 06/10/2014 3:42:08 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
How World Cup could sway Ontario election outcome
Call it the football factor: If Thursday's Ontario election is as close as polls are hinting, the outcome could be tilted by a soccer game 8,000 kilometres away — a possibility several campaign teams are already bracing for.
25 posted on 06/10/2014 3:48:43 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper; All
Good morning!!!!

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!!

26 posted on 06/10/2014 3:50:03 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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Football fans in China buy fake sick notes ahead of World Cup
The World Cup is apparently making a lot of people "ill" in China.

Football fans are preparing for the kick off the biggest sporting event of the year by purchasing fake sick notes online.

27 posted on 06/10/2014 3:51:16 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: ken5050

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!


28 posted on 06/10/2014 3:59:14 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: ken5050

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.


29 posted on 06/10/2014 4:13:53 AM PDT by Tredegar
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To: Berlin_Freeper
World Cup birthday paradox

England football fan rides scooter from London to Brazil

London Underground to ruin the World Cup for commuters with spoilers

The expert Norwegian guide on how to pick a team at the World Cup if your country didn't make it

30 posted on 06/10/2014 4:21:47 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Tredegar

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..


31 posted on 06/10/2014 4:22:20 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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Why Honduras can shock the world in Brazil
Four years ago, Switzerland and Honduras drew 0-0 in the group stage and despite the Swiss improving since then, a similar result could be on the cards in Brazil. Honduras could just as easily snatch a victory and the Ecuador result against England would’ve been welcomed by Honduras, as the South American nation now have heightened expectations for the tournament after securing a draw against the Three Lions.
32 posted on 06/10/2014 4:41:12 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper; All
Check this out !!! A little diversion:

Sean Garnier, disguised as an old man, gets into a street game in Brazil

Amazing moves...he's the Meadowlark Lemon of soccer..

33 posted on 06/10/2014 4:42:29 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: ken5050
LoL!
Soccer for untrained 70-year-old men yields amazing results
34 posted on 06/10/2014 4:52:31 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

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?


35 posted on 06/10/2014 7:07:29 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

LeBron sucks.


36 posted on 06/10/2014 7:08:38 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Tredegar
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.

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”?

In Soccer.CA Article

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.

37 posted on 06/10/2014 7:54:31 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: moose07; ReaganÜberAlles
What’s with the Negative vibes

Two reasons: his team was just shamefully embarrasing this
year, and; he cannot find a decent bath-house in Arizona.

38 posted on 06/10/2014 10:00:07 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: dfwgator

39 posted on 06/10/2014 10:03:22 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: laotzu; ReaganÜberAlles

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).


40 posted on 06/10/2014 10:18:50 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. ..............dot removal in progress.......)
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To: moose07; ReaganÜberAlles
Still got the Hump ,Eh?

Oh, jeeze. Don't say "hump" around this guy.
I wasn't kidding about the bath-houses.

Which channel is showing this World Cup?

41 posted on 06/10/2014 10:31:26 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: BeadCounter
Iran Goalkeeping Coach, American Dan Gaspar

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.

42 posted on 06/10/2014 10:44:30 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: laotzu; Berlin_Freeper

No idea, Berlin_Freeper might know. (Which Channel the World Cup is on)


43 posted on 06/10/2014 10:49:48 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. ..............dot removal in progress.......)
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To: BeadCounter

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.


44 posted on 06/10/2014 11:26:53 AM PDT by Tredegar
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To: Berlin_Freeper
The Problem With American Soccer Fans
45 posted on 06/10/2014 12:38:44 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: laotzu
ESPN Schedule for 2014 FIFA World Cup
46 posted on 06/10/2014 12:49:50 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Roy Hodgson urges England caution
"I must advise caution."
47 posted on 06/10/2014 12:53:24 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: moose07

Is that guy (Cantor?) still around calling GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL!


48 posted on 06/10/2014 12:54:17 PM PDT by AU72
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Brazil Strike Threatens World Cup Opening

American World Cup Rights Fees Soar Along With Viewership

49 posted on 06/10/2014 12:58:21 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Twitter Says World Cup Will Be Most Tweeted Event Ever
50 posted on 06/10/2014 12:59:23 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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