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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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http://pocketworldcupschedule.info/


9 posted on 06/12/2014 1:21:45 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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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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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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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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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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▶ Brasil The Samba Kings! - YouTube
19 posted on 06/12/2014 2:42:33 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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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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