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U.S. team itches to get its World Cup started, already gets lesson
latimes.com ^ | June 14, 2014 | Kevin Baxter

Posted on 06/15/2014 2:13:58 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

The U.S. soccer team gathered in a meeting room at the team hotel here Thursday afternoon to watch the opening game of a World Cup it won't officially become part of until Monday, when it meets Ghana in the northeastern coastal city of Natal.

And while the Brazil-Croatia opener kept most Brazilians on the edge of their seats, it put American goalkeeper Tim Howard to sleep.

"I dozed off," said Howard,

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I been reminded to keep spoilers out of the header but spoilers do follow in this WC thread. Please keep that in mind over the coming weeks, thank you.

If you like to be pinged once daily for the World Cup, send me email.

1 posted on 06/15/2014 2:13:58 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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The butler did it. Oops.


3 posted on 06/15/2014 2:23:06 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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4 posted on 06/15/2014 2:27:51 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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What’s happening on the roads of Saudi Arabia?


5 posted on 06/15/2014 2:30:36 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

We had to remove your response #2 because the material was from a Gannett site.
Gannett Publications allow none of their material on Free Republic.
Please make note. Thanks.

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6 posted on 06/15/2014 2:30:46 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Camel jam at the 405.


7 posted on 06/15/2014 2:33:55 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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Ok thank you. I got the list bookmarked.


8 posted on 06/15/2014 2:37:07 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

No problem and good idea to bookmark it.
Thanks for understanding!


9 posted on 06/15/2014 2:41:35 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Back to business...

Roy Hodgson: England can progress at World Cup despite Italy defeat
“If you lose the first game you’ve got to win the next two,”

England 1:2 Italy Match Highlights

10 posted on 06/15/2014 2:47:09 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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England loss to Italy need not spell disaster
Now they face Uruguay in Sao Paulo on Thursday knowing the losers are almost certainly on their way out - so what are the issues to ponder for Hodgson and his players?

Hodgson should be hopeful
There is little good news about losing an opening World Cup game and England may yet live to regret the missed chances and sloppy defending that ended in defeat by Italy.

Hodgson, however, was accentuating the positive and was right to do so - while accepting it is tough to put a gloss on a result that instantly puts England on the back foot.

11 posted on 06/15/2014 2:57:31 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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England physio Gary Lewin stretchered off with embarrassing injury in World Cup match against Italy
Lewin is now heading back to England.
12 posted on 06/15/2014 3:05:51 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Pirlo Conjured Italy's First Goal Of The 2014 World Cup With A Mesmerizing Fake
13 posted on 06/15/2014 3:14:33 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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JUNE 11, 2014 Andrea Pirlo Is Italy’s World Cup Maestro
The Italians refer to Pirlo as l’architetto or il professore — or simply Mozart.
14 posted on 06/15/2014 3:21:38 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Mario Balotelli powers Italy past England
Mad Mario didn't get mad on Saturday, he got even.

Mario Balotelli, the controversial Italian forward, reminded England fans that he is as brilliant as he is unpredictable as he scored the winner in his team's 2-1 victory at Arena Amazonas.

The World Cup is the kind of stage made for Balotelli, who divided opinion wildly during his three years with Manchester City in the English Premier League before returning to Italy with AC Milan. And he didn't let this opportunity slip.

Watch Balotelli score Italy's second goal with his head

Balotelli revealed their engagement on his Instagram account on Monday

15 posted on 06/15/2014 3:31:06 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

LOL, a world-class paper: “figure out your own kind of piece of mind”


16 posted on 06/15/2014 3:35:10 AM PDT by UncleHambone ("Laughter is America's most important export." - Walt Disney)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I’ll give Rooney credit for a perfect cross to Sturridge for the England goal but three World Cups now and he has still not found the back of the net, come on!

And that corner towards the end of the game? I saw a colemanball last year about Rooney that sums that up, ‘phenomical’...


17 posted on 06/15/2014 3:35:32 AM PDT by Geronimo
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Mario Balotelli was born in Palermo, Sicily to immigrants from Ghana.[7] The family moved to Bagnolo Mella in the province of Brescia, Lombardy, when he was two.[8]

In 1993, the authorities suggested he be placed into foster care. The Barwuah family gave up the three-year-old boy to an Italian foster family, the Balotellis.[7][9] His foster parents, Silvia (the daughter of Holocaust survivors) and Francesco Balotelli, who are Italian Jews,[10][11][12][13][14] lived in the town of Concesio, Brescia, in northern Italy.[15]

At first, he stayed at the Balotellis during the weekdays, and returned to his biological parents on weekends. But after a while he started to be indifferent towards his biological parents and adopted the surname of the Balotellis, and it was arranged for him to be permanently fostered by the Balotellis.[16]

In June 2012, he dedicated his goals that put Italy in the final of the Euro 2012 football championships to his foster mother Silvia, and rushed over to embrace her as she wept after the win.[7][17]

http://tinyurl.com/pcomzzr

18 posted on 06/15/2014 3:38:14 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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England physio Gary Lewin stretchered off with embarrassing injury in World Cup match against Italy

So what does a "physio" translate into American (grin)? My spellcheck keeps transmuting it into physic and my best semi-educated guess is that it is something like a physical or conditioning trainer for the team.

Anyway I was rooting for England and sorry that they lost, now on to rooting for USA in their match Monday.

19 posted on 06/15/2014 3:49:37 AM PDT by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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Roy Hodgson defends Wayne Rooney after England loss
"We wanted to get Raheem Sterling around (Andrea) Pirlo because of his agility and that meant moving Wayne Rooney, and I thought he did well," Hodgson said after the Group D encounter at a humid Amazonia Arena.

"He set up the goal for us and worked hard, and did well when we moved him into the centre.

"There's always going to be one player with a big debate around him, but I think it's harsh for people to criticise his performance, because for me he played well."

Wayne Rooney Takes Terrible Corner Kick In 2014 World Cup Loss (Video)
Down a goal in the second half of its 2014 FIFA World Cup match with Italy, England needed something to bounce its way. England could not have been given a much better opportunity when forward Wayne Rooney earned a corner kick late in the game. What happened, however, was far from what his team could have hoped for.

20 posted on 06/15/2014 3:53:21 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: SES1066
Correct, Physiotherapist.
21 posted on 06/15/2014 3:56:20 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Colombia use fervent following to inflict comfortable defeat on Greece
The World Cup will miss Radamel Falcao but Colombia have started just fine without him. Confident, composed and in control against ineffective Greece, José Pékerman’s team reaffirmed their dark-horse credentials in emphatic style as they recorded the biggest victory in Colombia’s turbulent World Cup history in the absence of their leading striker.

Colombia 3:0 Greece Match Highlights

22 posted on 06/15/2014 4:01:43 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Y A W N !!! Wake me when it’s over.


23 posted on 06/15/2014 4:05:46 AM PDT by novascotianative
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Costa Rica’s Marco Ureña completes fairytale of shock win over Uruguay
This was the result of Uruguayan nightmares and they could not escape the scene of their torture quick enough. Nor could their supporters. The descent from comfort to disaster was startling and their World Cup hopes have been left to hang by a thread.

Uruguay 1:3 Costa Rica Match Highlights

24 posted on 06/15/2014 4:09:33 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Dozing off during “futbol” is easy...a boring game.


25 posted on 06/15/2014 4:16:38 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ("There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." - Thomas Jefferson)
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Ivory Coast stage World Cup fight back to see off Japan
Headers by Wilfried Bony and Gervinho just 98 seconds apart ensured Ivory Coast got off to a winning start at the World Cup with a 2-1 comeback victory over Japan in Recife.

The Elephants left captain Didier Drogba out of the starting line-up but it was his arrival off the bench after an hour which coincided with Ivory Coast finally converting their chances.

Côte d'Ivoire 2:1 Japan Match Highlights

Photos

26 posted on 06/15/2014 4:20:49 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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World Cup 2014: Today at the tournament - day four
There are three World Cup matches on the fourth day of action in Brazil, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Olivier Giroud and Edin Dzeko set to take centre stage.

Switzerland v Ecuador
France v Honduras
Argentina v Bosnia-Hercegovina

▶ World Cup Team Profile: SWITZERLAND - YouTube
▶ World Cup Team Profile: ECUADOR - YouTube

▶ World Cup Team Profile: FRANCE - YouTube
▶ World Cup Team Profile: HONDURAS - YouTube

▶ World Cup Team Profile: ARGENTINA - YouTube
▶ World Cup Team Profile: BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA - YouTube

27 posted on 06/15/2014 4:34:29 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

Is it as monotonous as your comment is on soccer threads?


28 posted on 06/15/2014 4:56:32 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: dfwgator; kevkrom; 1rudeboy; BeadCounter; C19fan; corkoman; cartan; St_Thomas_Aquinas; ...

ping!


29 posted on 06/15/2014 5:02:20 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Dozing off during “futbol” is easy...a boring game.
Playing it, not so much, but watching it is painful.
I make an exception and watch the World Cup, and to make it a little more invigorating I watch the Spanish speaking (UniVision?) channel.
No, I don't sprecken sie Spanish.
30 posted on 06/15/2014 5:21:59 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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I highly recommend watching the weather on Spanish news.
31 posted on 06/15/2014 5:28:46 AM PDT by EEGator
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United States out for a win against Ghana, not revenge
The Americans have watched no old tapes, have been given no pep talks about payback. It’s as if the discussion topic is forbidden inside the U.S. national team camp, as if the U.S. never lost those last two World Cup matches to Ghana.

There are only four players on the American team now who were on the field when the Americans lost to Ghana in South Africa, 2-1, in overtime — only two who played when they were eliminated by Ghana, 2-1, eight years ago in Germany. Maybe that’s good, because most U.S. players won’t lug bad memories of the green uniforms onto the field for their opener on Monday. Maybe it’s bad, because those who fail to learn from history are doomed to World Cup disappointments.


GHANA!

32 posted on 06/15/2014 5:34:20 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Messi must make this World Cup his own
Poised for true greatness. Lionel Messi has been soccer's outstanding player over the last six years and has often been described as the greatest club performer of all time. Yet there is still one thing missing from his glorious career: the World Cup.

... With a group featuring Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria, Argentina should progress without too much trouble. As the winner of its group, Argentina would likely face Switzerland or Ecuador in the second round, with Belgium, Russia or Portugal possibly standing in the way of a semifinal spot.

It's an accessible draw for Alejandro Sabella's side and the ingredients are all there for Messi to make his mark. "Let's hope this is Messi's World Cup," said former Argentina captain Juan Pablo Sorin this week. "It is his best chance — and he knows that better than anybody."

33 posted on 06/15/2014 5:46:31 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Lionel Messi desperate to escape the shadow of Argentine legend Diego Maradona
Neymar laid down the gauntlet with two goals in Brazil's win on opening night.

Now it's time for Lionel Messi to step forward and become the undisputed No 1 star of the 2014 World Cup, taking his place alongside Pele and Diego Maradona as an all-time great.

Messi, who left his home town of Rosario for Barcelona at 13... says: 'It is hard not to feel honoured when important people compare you with Maradona - he's the best there's ever been. My message, though, is please don't compare me with him yet. He won a World Cup for our nation, and until I've managed to do the same the comparisons are not something I welcome or accept.

'I know I have a responsibility, especially as captain, to the people of Argentina but I try not to let that pressure get to me. I approach every game - it doesn't matter if it is a Champions League final or a World Cup game - as I did as a child … and that is to have fun.

'I know the importance of the World Cup but if you approach games with a smile on your face and with the intention just to have fun on the field, then you often find things look after themselves.'

Brazil fans swarm Diego Maradona at World Cup
But when the hosts opened the match with an own goal, the Brazilians in the box moved away, Folha said.

"Guys, he's a jinx. I'm staying away," said one.

Diego Maradona slams Spain's Iker Casillas
'He had the worst game I've ever seen in my life,'

34 posted on 06/15/2014 6:09:07 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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▶ Diego Maradona's Goal of the Century. - YouTube
35 posted on 06/15/2014 6:14:07 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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The message to Wayne Rooney could have been no clearer. Neymar, Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben had shown England’s senior striker what needs to be done at World Cups. The great players are not visitors to the grandest stage. They write their names across the sky.
36 posted on 06/15/2014 6:24:26 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Honduras target France shock after pushing England in Miami
"I don't think we were too vicious against England. If you go in you have to go in fully, if you stop that is when you might get hurt.

"We tried to go hard for any 50-50 ball because you have to do that in any game. I think the red card was harsh. I think the referee protected them because the England players are at a different level to Honduras because of the Premier League.

"We have got to play even better against France than we did against England to get a result but the World Cup is where you have to deliver, you have to show what you've got.

37 posted on 06/15/2014 6:41:01 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.” - Sun Tzu


38 posted on 06/15/2014 6:42:41 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
"I dozed off," said Howard,

Yeah, I have the same problem watching soccer.

39 posted on 06/15/2014 6:42:43 AM PDT by super7man
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I watched the Brazil game with a group of our students from Brazil who recently lost a friend. Am grateful they won. Seeing them happy and chanting was an experience to remember. I would’ve paid good money myself to corrupt a ref for that same result.


40 posted on 06/15/2014 6:47:25 AM PDT by Textide
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Here we were talking about Costa Rica yesterday.

It’s interesting the news source used was the Tico Times, from Costa Rica.

http://www.ticotimes.net/ ( I assume, that website is okay )


41 posted on 06/15/2014 7:37:16 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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Then don’t watch, sweetie-pie. Now go away, the adults are talking.


42 posted on 06/15/2014 7:58:06 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Soccer bashers in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...


43 posted on 06/15/2014 8:09:25 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I wish the best to Honduras who will be facing France today.


The spoilers part confuses me. Surely, we have been talking about the games live.


44 posted on 06/15/2014 8:17:39 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: EEGator

Uuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, what weather?


45 posted on 06/15/2014 8:41:14 AM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Geronimo
I’ll give Rooney credit for a perfect cross to Sturridge...

Rooney was the lucky recipient of a deft pass from Sterling, one that threaded perfectly between at least 5 defenders, and sprung the play from the neutral zone to deep in the attacking zone. So far, easily the best pass of the tournament.

As for the corner, when you have the ball deep in the attacking zone, with no defender within 10 yards, well... you don't squander chances like that. Bates(?) had been doing a great job of delivering the ball to the front of the net all game. Why change? Maybe someone believed Rooney was worthless in the box and decided to give someone else a chance at the ball.

46 posted on 06/15/2014 8:57:39 AM PDT by kitchen (Even the walls have ears.)
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To: BeadCounter

There’s no problem. I was just being cautious. Post as you like (with proper material). :)


47 posted on 06/15/2014 9:03:13 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Hulk leaves Brazil practice with muscle injury
Brazil striker Hulk left a training session due to a muscle injury in his left leg Sunday but said he expects to be fit to play Mexico on Tuesday in his team’s second World Cup match.

Hulk practiced for less than 15 minutes before leaving the field. He said the injury wasn’t serious and "hopefully" it wouldn’t keep him from playing in the next match.

48 posted on 06/15/2014 11:15:58 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Greek's captain is a little slow
49 posted on 06/15/2014 11:25:05 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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stay there
50 posted on 06/15/2014 11:29:42 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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