Skip to comments.USA: Bring on the heat!
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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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.
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.
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.
“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.
We need offside technology.
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.
Huh, I've always known it as just Ireland.......
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 Dempseys 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 Im looking on TV and seeing people from all over, from all these different countries that have the same passion that I do, and theyre willing their team on.
Thats 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.
Dempseys 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.
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.
An essential part of our philosophy is flexibility and thats the trend Im 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 isnt enough nowadays, Loew told FIFAs 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.
Republic of Ireland : The South
Ireland or Eire: The whole Island
Ulster: The North
It keeps the peace and keeps everybody happy. Well.....
somehow I get the idea you’re a big fan of this european game called soccer.
Thanks, I never knew that
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:
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.)
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…
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.
Or, alternatively...soccer need a “red line”
From FIFA Laws of the Game (2010/2011):
LAW 11 OFFSIDE
It is not an offence in itself to be in an offside position. A player is in an offside position if:
- he is nearer to his opponents goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent
A player is not in an offside position if:
- he is in his own half of the field of play or
- he is level with the second-last opponent or
- he is level with the last two opponents
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:
- interfering with play or
- interfering with an opponent or
- gaining an advantage by being in that position
There is no offside offence if a player receives the ball directly from:
- a goal kick
- a throw-in
- a corner kick
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).
Officiating can be sloppy in the World Cup, I think this video shows it.
8:30 minutes in, on or offsides? I’d have to say evidently onsides.
-— This is going to be difficult to get out of Group G everyone -—
Definitely a group of death.
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.)
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.
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.
Gadzooks, the first game, Brazil/Croatia, is now about 18 hours away.
Just found this, one of Iran's players was born, yes, in America.
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.
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