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WORLD CUP 2014 LIVE! [OPENING DAY]
theguardian.com ^ | June 12, 2014 | Tom Lutz and Tom Bryant

Posted on 06/12/2014 12:45:42 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

Live coverage as Brazil prepares for 2014 World Cup kick-off

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: soccer; vuvuzela; worldcup2014
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1 posted on 06/12/2014 12:45:42 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

The game where you pretend you have no hands.


2 posted on 06/12/2014 12:47:50 AM PDT by 867V309 (Don't tread on me, bro)
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To: dfwgator; kevkrom; 1rudeboy; BeadCounter; C19fan; corkoman; cartan; St_Thomas_Aquinas; ...

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

3 posted on 06/12/2014 12:50:53 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: 867V309
How to Do a Throw in Soccer
Throw-ins are somewhat crucial moments in a soccer game: they present an opportunity to maintain possession of the ball, capitalize on a turnover or - unfortunately - lose possession of the ball yourself. As such, the throw-in is one of the most fundamental skills in soccer.
4 posted on 06/12/2014 12:53:12 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper


'nuff said.


5 posted on 06/12/2014 12:53:57 AM PDT by 867V309 (Don't tread on me, bro)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Great game but I think there’s something to think about when people live as they do but billions are being sunk into this spectacle.


6 posted on 06/12/2014 12:57:44 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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▶ How To Do A Soccer Throw In - Learn Soccer Throw In Techniques And Tips - YouTube
7 posted on 06/12/2014 1:16:38 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Brazil opens World Cup with heavy expectations of a nation
The five-time champions, playing a World Cup at home for the first time in 64 years, kick off the tournament Thursday afternoon against Croatia at the 65,000-seat Arena Corinthians, a stadium so new finishing touches were still being applied Wednesday night.
8 posted on 06/12/2014 1:19:40 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

http://pocketworldcupschedule.info/


9 posted on 06/12/2014 1:21:45 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Good morning all! So the big day has arrived.

Am intrigued as to who everyone on this thread is pulling for in the World Cup. I assume that, quite rightly, the vast majority here will be for the USA, but there might be a few rogues, like me, who are for other nations.

In the immortal words of John Barnes attempting to rap, ‘Catch me if you can, ‘cos I’m an England man!’

Good luck everyone! The game’s afoot!


10 posted on 06/12/2014 1:23:51 AM PDT by Tredegar
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To: Tredegar
USA (my home country)
Germany (my adopted country)
Brazil (host nation)
Spain (for a record 2 in-a-row)
Honduras

in that order

11 posted on 06/12/2014 1:30:22 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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One night in Honduras: My journey with Team Canada
"One of the toughest losses I’ve ever had to swallow," Canadian defender Andre Hainault told me. "Not too many days go by that I don’t think about it. It still stings and you lose sleep over it if you think about it too much."
12 posted on 06/12/2014 1:37:06 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Gerrard furious over 'horrific' Honduras tackling
England's battered and bruised players headed for Brazil after the match having somehow escaped their World Cup send-off without serious injury.

The two teams had to come off the pitch for 43 minutes in the first half due to a thunderstorm and the game became spicy when play resumed.

Referee Ricardo Salazar handed Honduras five yellow cards, including two for Brayan Beckeles, who was sent off in the 66th minute after a flying elbow on Leighton Baines.

Gerrard, Adam Lallana, Danny Welbeck, Baines and Glen Johnson were all victims of reckless fouls, although England dished out a few tasty tackles of their own after becoming annoyed by their opponents' physicality.

France wary of physical threat posed by Honduras
France are bracing themselves for combat against a rugged Honduras side in their World Cup Group E opener in Porto Alegre on Sunday, coach Didier Deschamps said on Wednesday.

Deschamps heard English complaints about Honduras's tackling during their 0-0 friendly draw in Miami on Saturday which he watched on television.

"They have aptitudes for going into combat, we're expecting that," Deschamps told a news conference at France's base in Ribeirao Preto the day after their arrival in Brazil.

13 posted on 06/12/2014 1:41:32 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him. - Sun Tzu


14 posted on 06/12/2014 1:45:23 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Keep track of every World Cup game with this interactive schedule
15 posted on 06/12/2014 1:50:36 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Brazil v Croatia, World Cup 2014: live
Head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has claimed this is Brazil's World Cup ahead of the opening match against Croatia. After years of preparation, the 20th edition of the tournament kicks off in Sao Paulo on Thursday at the new Arena Corinthians.

"To all Brazilians I want to tell you the time has arrived," the last man to lead the country to World Cup glory said. "This is our World Cup. There are seven steps. We have to go up those seven steps but to start we have to think of the first step. We can't jump the seven steps.

"The first step is tomorrow against Croatia. After that we have six steps that we want to go up if we want to win the World Cup."

16 posted on 06/12/2014 2:15:24 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Neymar and Luiz Felipe Scolari ready to make the dreams of all Brazilians come true and win the World Cup

Croatia know how to stop Neymar, Brazil: Kovac
"We know how to stop Neymar and Brazil," Kovac said at his press conference. "Brazil is not only Neymar - they have a great team, but Croatia also have excellent players.

"All those in the team know how nice it is to play for Croatia and how much we love our people. We will leave our heart on the field."

The teams last met in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, with Brazil winning 1-0, but Kovac says his side will fight for a good result against the five-time world champions and vowed to attack throughout the game.

The coach continued: "In Berlin, we were not able to surprise them, but we will give our best. No surrender - we will attack Brazil! Just as we did in the Serbia friendly. Possession is very important because Brazilians do not like to run for the ball."

17 posted on 06/12/2014 2:31:39 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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▶ World Cup Team Profile: BRAZIL - YouTube

▶ World Cup Team Profile: CROATIA - YouTube

18 posted on 06/12/2014 2:34:30 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
▶ Brasil The Samba Kings! - YouTube
19 posted on 06/12/2014 2:42:33 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I picked the Germans to win it all...you?


20 posted on 06/12/2014 2:55:01 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Can’t wait!


21 posted on 06/12/2014 3:10:59 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: EEGator

Germany have a solid chance. My problem with Germany is that Bayern Munich, which has the most players on the national team, were recently humiliated by Real Madrid 0-4 in the Champions League semi-final.

Hopefully those players have rebounded, will be better prepared and have no nagging injuries. I am excited to see Klose and Müller working together. Klose going for goal record and Müller was last WC Golden Boot winner.

Germany can win it but won’t be easy.


22 posted on 06/12/2014 3:24:15 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Going to be a lot of fireworks over the next four weeks. Enjoy it my FRiend, it will go fast. :)

USA! USA! USA!


23 posted on 06/12/2014 3:28:51 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

so excited! and....we’ve been singing this around my house for weeks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7B2LPxggvqY


24 posted on 06/12/2014 3:30:23 AM PDT by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
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FIFA World Cup 2010 - Wavin' Flag
25 posted on 06/12/2014 3:46:04 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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England are unlikely to win the World Cup but they have a made a dubious contribution to World Cup culture by churning out, with alarming regularity, a succession of rather bad songs, which were usually optimistic ditties, which were followed by predictable disappointment once the tournament actually started.

Take this effort from 1970, which saw Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton & Co, singing merrily, just before England headed off to defend their title. Sadly, it all went wrong in the quarter-finals against West Germany. It would be 12 years before England would reach the World Cup Finals again.

Still, can't beat a bit of optimism can you?

Back Home - 1970

26 posted on 06/12/2014 3:47:05 AM PDT by Tredegar
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To: Berlin_Freeper
thank you! That was wonderful...I hadn't seen it. before. (why did it make me tear up? :) ) Here's to an exciting few weeks!

Oh, and Happy Call-In-Sick-to-Work Day!

27 posted on 06/12/2014 3:56:23 AM PDT by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

ck out google’s homepage. :) https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl


28 posted on 06/12/2014 3:58:43 AM PDT by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
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When England finally returned to the World Cup big time in Spain 1982, they vowed that 'This Time' they would get it right. Things didn't quite go according to plan.

Kevin Keegan really seems to have taken his singing very seriously! Sadly injury kept him out of most of the tournament. He tried a pop career at one stage, with predictably disastrous results.

Incidentally, anyone who manages to sit through these England songs deserves at least the Victoria Cross. At least.

This Time - 1982

29 posted on 06/12/2014 4:01:00 AM PDT by Tredegar
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To: ZinGirl

Most welcome. :)

It’s 1pm and I just realized I didn’t even have coffee, too excited, I forgot to eat!

Going to make up for that now, Big Time - LoL!

Have a good one!


30 posted on 06/12/2014 4:06:52 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
This one isn't actually THAT bad (all things considered). Italia 90 proved to be an excellent World Cup for England until they lost to the Germans in the semi-finals on penalties.

This was the team of an ageing Shilton, Gary Lineker in his pomp, and of John Barnes, a man who would insist on rapping at the drop of an England cap. His 'rap' at the end of this song has haunted him to this day. He is often serenaded with it at football grounds across the country. He will never escape it.

For a generation in England, along with Pavarotti's 'Nessun Dorma' this song brings back memories of a campaign in which England came so near to the World Cup Final.

1990 - World In Motion

31 posted on 06/12/2014 4:12:00 AM PDT by Tredegar
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And, finally, to inflict no more agony upon the good World Cup loving people of this forum, we finish the England crooning with a song that caught the imagination in the build up to Euro 96. Yet again, England got so close, and yet again, they fell to the Germans....on penalties.

Ironically this song, with its easily chant-able 'Football's Coming Home' refrain proved to be very popular with the Germany team.

1996 - Three Lions

Two years later, the Lightning Seeds, Skinner and Baddiel, re-released 'Three Lions' with a World Cup version for France 98. Note the rather cheeky names on the shirts of the German fans at the end of the video (apart from 'Klinsmann')

1998 - Three Lions (World Cup version)

32 posted on 06/12/2014 4:23:54 AM PDT by Tredegar
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Am intrigued as to who everyone on this thread is pulling for in the World Cup. I assume that, quite rightly, the vast majority here will be for the USA, but there might be a few rogues, like me, who are for other nations.

Brasil, being Brasil, and being at home, is the overwhelming favorite. For some reason I've always liked the Dutch, so go Holland! We, the USA, are going to have a very hard time making it out of the first round.

33 posted on 06/12/2014 5:14:37 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Irenic
Great game but I think there’s something to think about when people live as they do but billions are being sunk into this spectacle.

Especially now, FIFA is being shown to be very corrupt. This has been going on for a number of years now.

34 posted on 06/12/2014 5:15:30 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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One bit of trivia, if I’m not mistaken, the final match of the World Cup has always been won by the country located closer to the site of the tournament than their opponent. For that reason, I’m going to make my pick from South America and go with Uruguay. No one’s paying them much attention yet, but they’re solid, and if Suarez is healthy, he’s having one of those dream years and he will be hard to stop.


35 posted on 06/12/2014 5:17:57 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: BeadCounter
Especially now, FIFA is being shown to be very corrupt

They're small-timers compared to the IOC.

36 posted on 06/12/2014 5:18:37 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Croatia is no push-over.

Good footballers, the Croatians...

37 posted on 06/12/2014 5:19:01 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: kevkrom
... I’m going to make my pick from South America and go with Uruguay.

Uruguay beat Brazil in the last final played in Brasil, way back in 1950.

38 posted on 06/12/2014 5:21:53 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Tredegar

USA

England, have cheered them on basically since my first World Cup, ‘86.

In general, there are about 6 other teams I can cheer on but don’t have a real allegiance.


39 posted on 06/12/2014 5:22:30 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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"Uruguay beat Brazil in the last final played in Brasil, way back in 1950."

And the Brazilians still haven't gotten over it, even with the subsequent 5 championships (all won on foreign soil).

40 posted on 06/12/2014 5:24:18 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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They're small-timers compared to the IOC.

Not once they gave the bid to Qatar, the Russian bid isn't the strongest either.

41 posted on 06/12/2014 5:29:48 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Rummyfan

Croatia has destroyed big-game favorites in the past. I still think Spain will take it all again. Vicente Del Bosque has his team ironed out almost flawlessly. They only gave up 3 goals in qualifying and went unbeaten.


42 posted on 06/12/2014 5:30:31 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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To: safeasthebanks

England still hasn’t gotten over the US beating them in 1950 1-0 either.


43 posted on 06/12/2014 5:31:36 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I can’t cheer for a “USA” team made up of mercenaries.

This is by far the most God-awful USA team since 2010.


44 posted on 06/12/2014 5:33:53 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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I’d say they probably got over it around, say, 1966 or so...


45 posted on 06/12/2014 5:34:59 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: Roman_War_Criminal

I saw someone alluding to that in one of the articles posted here yesterday I think. 4 American players with English as their 2nd language I think is what the article said. Maybe. I guess most of us don’t know the team that well.


46 posted on 06/12/2014 5:37:31 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: BeadCounter

At least the Olympics makes an effort I think to have fair judging and largely toss out drug cheats. The World Cup officiating can be questioned sometimes. The World Cup is also made up of Professionals from the start. Some Olympic athletes are not very acceptable to me but some of them are probably okay and just ordinary folks.


47 posted on 06/12/2014 5:39:26 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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"I can’t cheer for a “USA” team made up of mercenaries."

There mainly sons of American servicemen. Now, care to re-think your comment a little?

48 posted on 06/12/2014 5:42:41 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: Roman_War_Criminal

The movie “Game of their lives”; “Miracle Match” is largely fabricated. If one goes by that movie’s depiction of the 1950 match, one might read up on the conversation about it in the last 2 days or what really went on in that game.


49 posted on 06/12/2014 5:42:52 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Tredegar

USA.


50 posted on 06/12/2014 6:22:37 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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