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USA: Bring on the heat!
sport24.co.za ^ | June 11, 2014 | sport24

Posted on 06/11/2014 12:22:26 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

"When you talk about playing in the heat, the travel, it doesn't bother us," midfielder Michael Bradley said Tuesday. "And not only does it not bother us, it excites us to see that now the other teams are so worried about it."

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Bring

It!

1 posted on 06/11/2014 12:22:26 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Floods hit World Cup host city
2 posted on 06/11/2014 12:24:03 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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ESPN won't be dumbing down the World Cup for prime time
“20 years ago people were asking me to explain the offside rule while on-air,” Darke said. “I wouldn’t even dream of doing that now – the audience now is pretty educated about the game and it would be an insult to their intelligence.”

offside rule
http://lexingtonunited.org/exercises/Understanding%20FIFA%20Law%2011.pdf

3 posted on 06/11/2014 12:32:08 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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How to Understand Offside in Soccer
4 posted on 06/11/2014 12:35:49 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Ronaldo Impresses On Return
Cristiano Ronaldo starred on his return from a knee injury as Portugal crushed the Republic of Ireland 5-1 in New Jersey.

Ronaldo played 65 minutes of his country's final World Cup friendly after missing a couple of games amid fears he might not be fully fit for the start of the tournament in Brazil.

Raul Meireles also returned to the side after injury, giving coach Paulo Bento a full squad to choose from for the first time in the build-up to their tough Group G campaign against Germany, Ghana and the United States.

5 posted on 06/11/2014 12:43:44 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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▶ Portugal vs Ireland 5-1 - All goals ~ Friendly Match 2014 - YouTube
6 posted on 06/11/2014 12:49:14 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Is this the first World Cup that MLS will have a major impact on?
For just the second time in the league’s 18-year history, MLS will take a two-week break for the World Cup. That in itself is an indication of growth. There are simply too many MLS players in Brazil this summer for play to continue as normal.

Out of over 700 players selected for the 2010 World Cup, only six came from MLS. Just four years later, MLS will have no less than 21 players at the biggest sporting event on earth.

7 posted on 06/11/2014 12:59:25 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Top ten World Cup goals of all time
8 posted on 06/11/2014 1:16:12 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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At 2014 World Cup, injuries to stars are getting painful
From France’s Franck Ribery to Colombia’s Radamel Falcao, from Germany’s Marco Reus to Kevin Strootman of the Netherlands, several prominent figures have been lost to injuries.

Welbeck A Concern For England
If Welbeck misses that match it would mean a reshuffle of England's likely front four, with Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley among those who could be considered by manager Roy Hodgson as a replacement.

Sterling was not involved in the 0-0 draw with Honduras in Miami on Saturday as he was serving a one-match ban for his sending-off against Ecuador.

Hodgson will almost certainly be without Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is more likely to be available for England's second match against Uruguay on June 19.

9 posted on 06/11/2014 1:23:19 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Superstar statistician Nate Silver
10 posted on 06/11/2014 1:31:26 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup Predictions
11 posted on 06/11/2014 1:39:36 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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World Cup to help fast-food orders go up by a quarter in Romania
“According to foodpanda’s information, the top three most ordered products in evenings with important matches, such as the Champions League or Europa League finals, were, in this order, pizza, Chinese food and fast-food, especially shaorma,” reads a statement of foodpanda.

shaorma (Doner kebab)

12 posted on 06/11/2014 2:23:56 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Brazilian truffles, perfect treat for World Cup parties
The Brigadeiro is a country favorite, and sold in many shops. It is a sweet treat that is easy to make, consists of three ingredients, four if you coat the balls, and requires a little hands-on effort.
13 posted on 06/11/2014 2:32:22 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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▶ Scarlett's Roses - Roll On Rio (World Cup 2014) - YouTube
14 posted on 06/11/2014 2:35:55 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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“20 years ago people were asking me to explain the offside rule while on-air,” Darke said. “I wouldn’t even dream of doing that now—the audience now is pretty educated about the game and it would be an insult to their intelligence.”
Try them. Whenever I have tried to make some casual watcher explain the offside rule to me, they got it wrong.
15 posted on 06/11/2014 2:39:08 AM PDT by cartan
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Thanks Ken:
Predict how you think the Cup will shake out before each major round and invite friends to play along.
16 posted on 06/11/2014 2:43:46 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: cartan

We need offside technology.


17 posted on 06/11/2014 2:48:56 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Rik Mayall: Fans campaign for World Cup song to reach No.1
18 posted on 06/11/2014 2:51:59 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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I am brazuca.
19 posted on 06/11/2014 3:00:57 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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The Best Sports Team in the World That’s No Longer a Country
Bosnia and Herzegovina makes its maiden voyage to the World Cup this summer, and Croatia will be playing in its fourth tournament, but the memories of Yugoslavia—and the what-if questions—have yet to fade away.
20 posted on 06/11/2014 3:14:17 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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World Cup booze ban as England fans told just THREE beers is their limit
Brazil lifted total ban on beer but now men can only buy three and women can only buy two from stadium vendors

World Cup kit: huge TV and a pint of beer
In the final countdown to the World Cup tournament, the excitement is not limited to football fans – bar owners and sellers of televisions are equally buoyant.

Retailers are reporting a strong demand for flat-screens.

21 posted on 06/11/2014 3:21:07 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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the Republic of Ireland

Huh, I've always known it as just Ireland.......

22 posted on 06/11/2014 3:28:29 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

http://tvtotal.prosieben.de/tvtotal/wm-songs-2014/


23 posted on 06/11/2014 3:55:24 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Captain America: Dempsey is key to U.S. soccer hopes
Asked about his earliest World Cup memory, Clint Dempsey can recall the colorful images clearly. They came from a movie he watched as a kid in small-town East Texas.

“Hero: The Official Film of the 1986 FIFA World Cup.”

He remembers the key details. The tournament was held in Mexico and won by Argentina, led by the legendary Diego Maradona, someone who would have an integral influence on Dempsey’s vibrant, flashy style of play.

Most important, he remembers feeling a connection and comfort from watching thousands of soccer-crazed fans from every corner of the globe. “Here I am in Nacogdoches, Texas, where not many people are as passionate about the sport as I am,” said Dempsey, 31, who plays for the Seattle Sounders FC of MLS, “and then I’m looking on TV and seeing people from all over, from all these different countries that have the same passion that I do, and they’re willing their team on.

“That’s when I fell in love with it and wanted to one day be on that stage and represent my country. I mean, what could be more special than that?”

That special dream has been lived by a special player.

Dempsey’s third World Cup begins Thursday, and as captain of the U.S. national team he will be called upon to guide an underdog squad through a group that seems almost unfairly difficult. He will try to become the first player in U.S. soccer history to score in three World Cups.

24 posted on 06/11/2014 4:07:16 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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25 posted on 06/11/2014 4:10:40 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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It's almost time: Brazil ready to finally get World Cup under way
The day Brazilians have been anxiously waiting for is finally arriving.

Brazil plays Croatia on Thursday to get the home World Cup underway, beginning its quest for a sixth world title almost seven years after the nation was picked as host.

After so much talk about delays, protests and problems, fans at last are getting a chance to cheer for the national team on home soil in football's showcase tournament.

The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Song We Are One (Ole Ola)

26 posted on 06/11/2014 4:15:27 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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These World Cup teams will field the most foreign-born players
If Germany is knocked out, there are six other teams with German-born players that supporters can back with some justification.
27 posted on 06/11/2014 4:22:59 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Loew and his constants
Change, they say, is the only constant. In the constantly changing football environment, where technology, in all spheres, is beginning to have its say, there has been one constant at the football’s most celebrated event. They adapt, they deliver and they make a statement. With their uncanny ability to peak at the right, and in high-profile, moment, the German football team, against popular ‘bookies’ prediction, pose as strong title favourites for the football carnival in the land of Brazil.

“An essential part of our philosophy is flexibility and that’s the trend I’m expecting to see in Brazil. Teams have to be able to vary their tactics now more than at any time in the past. Playing with just a single system isn’t enough nowadays,” Loew told FIFA’s official website in an interaction.

In words of Winston Churchill, “to improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” Can Germany change enough to lift the title after a long gap of 14 years? We shall know in the coming weeks.

28 posted on 06/11/2014 4:36:30 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
29 posted on 06/11/2014 4:38:59 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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“Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
30 posted on 06/11/2014 4:42:43 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Hot Tabasco

It’s political.
Republic of Ireland : The South
Ireland or Eire: The whole Island
Ulster: The North

It keeps the peace and keeps everybody happy. Well.....


31 posted on 06/11/2014 4:44:04 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. ........dot removal in progress.......)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

somehow I get the idea you’re a big fan of this european game called soccer.


32 posted on 06/11/2014 4:45:38 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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“Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment — that which they cannot anticipate.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
33 posted on 06/11/2014 4:45:43 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: John O
all in or nothing
34 posted on 06/11/2014 4:48:45 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: moose07

Thanks, I never knew that


35 posted on 06/11/2014 5:11:53 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: cartan
Try them. Whenever I have tried to make some casual watcher explain the offside rule to me, they got it wrong.

There's wrong, and then there's really wrong. I'd give partial credit to anyone who refers to the last defender. Let's see, without referring to the rulebook directly, if I have the impact of the rule memorized correctly:

You must be level with, or behind, the second-to-last defender (that is, two defenders, usually including the keeper, between you and the goal) at the point when the ball is played forward, with three exceptions:

  1. You are on your defensive side of midfield at the point the ball is played forward
  2. You are behind the ball at the point it is played forward
  3. When the ball is played forward on a throw-in
To make the offside call, the referee's assistant on the offense's right/defense's left is supposed to position himself level with the second-to-last defender so that he can look straight across the field at the moment the ball is played forward to gauge the player's positions.
36 posted on 06/11/2014 5:27:14 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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I suppose I should add, if a player is in an offside position, but he is not involved in the play, that player is not supposed to be ruled offside, which is a relatively modern change to the rule, IIRC. It’s also a judgement call as to what “involved in the play” means - I’ve seen a goal disallowed when a player was in an offside position, didn’t touch the ball, didn’t screen the defender or keeper, but was judged to be “distracting” to the keeper by being in his peripheral vision. (I disagreed with the call, but it does show the subjective nature of it.)


37 posted on 06/11/2014 5:32:06 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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We need offside technology.
That would be cool. It would be interesting to develop such a system. I guess you would need some sort of chip on every player, and in the ball, to be able to analyze the passes. Deciding accurately which players are passively offside could be hard…
38 posted on 06/11/2014 5:49:46 AM PDT by cartan
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To: kevkrom
Your explanation is very good. Most people erroneously believe that one of the two defenders has to be the goalie, for example. Also, many people do not know that it is never offside when you pass the ball to someone behind you.

Another thing that few people know is that it is ok (not offside) if one or both of the defenders are even outside the field, behind the goal line, holding their ankles or something. That actually happens every few years, usually making the crowd very angry because they don’t understand why the refs do not call offside then.

39 posted on 06/11/2014 5:55:58 AM PDT by cartan
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Or, alternatively...soccer need a “red line”


40 posted on 06/11/2014 7:52:23 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: kevkrom; cartan
Good job.

From FIFA Laws of the Game (2010/2011):

LAW 11 – OFFSIDE

Offside position

It is not an offence in itself to be in an offside position. A player is in an offside position if:

A player is not in an offside position if:

Offence

A player in an offside position is only penalised if, at the moment the ball touches or is played by one of his team, he is, in the opinion of the referee, involved in active play by:

No offence

There is no offside offence if a player receives the ball directly from:

Infringements and sanctions

In the event of an offside offence, the referee awards an indirect free kick to the opposing team to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred (see Law 13 – Position of free kick).


41 posted on 06/11/2014 8:01:39 AM PDT by matt1234
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To: Hot Tabasco
Republic of Ireland (ROI) with Martin O'Neill of Northern Ireland as Manager, player under Brian Clough. It would be good to see O'Neill get Ireland in shape. Roy Keane I thought was an assistant there as well.
42 posted on 06/11/2014 1:03:16 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Berlin_Freeper; All

Officiating can be sloppy in the World Cup, I think this video shows it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPd8YmFcvtQ

8:30 minutes in, on or offsides? I’d have to say evidently onsides.


43 posted on 06/11/2014 1:05:39 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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Looks like all cylinders are firing for Portugal and Ghana too. This is going to be difficult to get out of Group G everyone, "my fellow Americans".
44 posted on 06/11/2014 1:06:49 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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-— This is going to be difficult to get out of Group G everyone -—

Definitely a group of death.


45 posted on 06/11/2014 1:08:20 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
兵者,詭道也。故能而示之不能,用而示之不用,近而示之遠,遠而示之近, - Sun Tzu
46 posted on 06/11/2014 3:15:36 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: BeadCounter

Mark Lawrenson, Lawro’s formulaic predictions are in at the BBC, Lawro 98% of the time picks a scoreline along the following, 1-1, 1-0, 2-0, 2-1. Really. (Does every week for the BBC during the regular season.)

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/27712282

Former player for Ireland and Liverpool.

For some reason, I thought Croatia might be able to get a shock draw...but the pressure is on Brazil. I suppose all the people picking them to win are correct.


47 posted on 06/11/2014 7:26:20 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: BeadCounter

No way Ghana will defeat us a 3rd straight time in the World Cup, in fact, respectfully, I don’t think they get the draw, USA, 2-1.


48 posted on 06/11/2014 7:29:23 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: BeadCounter
Our game, USA's game, is MONDAY, the late game, Germany/Portugal the early game.

Gadzooks, the first game, Brazil/Croatia, is now about 18 hours away.

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Just found this, one of Iran's players was born, yes, in America.

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America-born Iran defender Steven Beitashour is ignoring political tensions between the two nations as he prepares to fulfil his dream.

The 27-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps defender is in Iran's 23-man squad for the FIFA World Cup, but often fields questions regarding his background and upbringing.

Tensions between the United States and Iran - the native country of Beitashour's parents - have been high for some time, but the player says he does his best to avoid talking about such issues as football draws his full focus.

USA-born Beitashour ignoring politics

49 posted on 06/11/2014 8:39:30 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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What??? Another thing, the backstabbing press of England but I don't know if this is really a big deal?? Looks to me like much ado about nothing. Daily Mail coverage
50 posted on 06/11/2014 9:13:51 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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