Skip to comments.WORLD CUP 2014 – LIVE! [OPENING DAY]
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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The game where you pretend you have no hands.
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.
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!
in that order
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.
Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him. - Sun Tzu
"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."
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."
I picked the Germans to win it all...you?
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.
Going to be a lot of fireworks over the next four weeks. Enjoy it my FRiend, it will go fast. :)
USA! USA! USA!
so excited! and....we’ve been singing this around my house for weeks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7B2LPxggvqY
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?
Oh, and Happy Call-In-Sick-to-Work Day!
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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.
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!
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.
Ironically this song, with its easily chant-able 'Football's Coming Home' refrain proved to be very popular with the Germany team.
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')
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.
Especially now, FIFA is being shown to be very corrupt. This has been going on for a number of years now.
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.
They're small-timers compared to the IOC.
Good footballers, the Croatians...
Uruguay beat Brazil in the last final played in Brasil, way back in 1950.
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.
And the Brazilians still haven't gotten over it, even with the subsequent 5 championships (all won on foreign soil).
Not once they gave the bid to Qatar, the Russian bid isn't the strongest either.
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.
England still hasn’t gotten over the US beating them in 1950 1-0 either.
I can’t cheer for a “USA” team made up of mercenaries.
This is by far the most God-awful USA team since 2010.
I’d say they probably got over it around, say, 1966 or so...
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.
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.
There mainly sons of American servicemen. Now, care to re-think your comment a little?
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.