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U.S. soccer set to open its 2014 World Cup against Ghana, an old nemesis
washingtonpost.com ^ | June 15, 2014 | Steven Goff

Posted on 06/15/2014 10:25:33 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

NATAL, Brazil — The U.S. national soccer team is assured of playing three matches in the World Cup. There is Monday’s Group G opener against Ghana in this surf-and-sun destination on the northeast coast, then Portugal in the heart of Amazonia and Germany in the port city of Recife.

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USA! USA! USA!
1 posted on 06/15/2014 10:25:33 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: dfwgator; kevkrom; 1rudeboy; BeadCounter; C19fan; corkoman; cartan; St_Thomas_Aquinas; ...

http://youtu.be/d6wRkzCW5qI


2 posted on 06/15/2014 10:28:48 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/soccer/2014/06/14/us-feels-pressure-to-beat-ghana-to-advance-from-group-in-world-cup/10542805/


3 posted on 06/15/2014 10:35:19 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I know a White Girl, who only seems to own Bikinis, no other outfits, who says she is from Ghana and wants money for a plane ticket back “home” to the United States. I get emails from her all the time. :)


4 posted on 06/15/2014 10:43:42 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Kansas58

So what’s holding you back? :)


5 posted on 06/15/2014 10:44:54 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Where Dishonesty Is Best Policy, U.S. Soccer Falls Short
Are the Americans bad at playacting? And if so, should they try to get better?
6 posted on 06/15/2014 10:47:35 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/yellow-618350-world-cup.html


7 posted on 06/15/2014 10:50:06 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

So what time will the game be televised?


8 posted on 06/15/2014 10:57:40 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Messi's World Cup moment arrives; goal-line technology boosts France
It was the moment the world had been waiting for, and as he has so often in his glittering career, Lionel Messi delivered.

After a frantic opening to the World Cup in Brazil with entertainment and goals aplenty, one of its gold-plated stars announced his arrival in style.

A trademark slaloming run from the Barcelona striker ended in the fashion soccer fans have become well accustomed to -- with the net rippling.

It works!

9 posted on 06/15/2014 11:04:33 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: 21twelve

June 16th, USA/Ghana is 6 PM Eastern Time.
June 22nd, USA/Protugal is 6 PM Eastern Time.
June 26th, USA/Germany will be a 12 noon, Eastern Time.


10 posted on 06/15/2014 11:05:01 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: 21twelve
June 16 | 6 pm ET | Estadio das Dunas, Natal, Brazil 
TV: ESPN, Univision, CBC
11 posted on 06/15/2014 11:07:15 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: BeadCounter
Times and Schedule of World Cup Matches

Full Schedule

12 posted on 06/15/2014 11:14:26 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: BeadCounter; Berlin_Freeper

Thanks a bunch! My son is home from college so he’ll be watching a lot of it. I would like to see the USA play.


13 posted on 06/15/2014 11:17:18 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
A stunning, scarcely believable conclusion in Brasilia saw Switzerland steal victory against Ecuador in their Group E opener on Sunday, as substitute Haris Seferovic completed an end-to-end counter-attack to secure a 2-1 win for the Europeans.

Seconds earlier a last-ditch tackle from Valon Behrami had prevented Ecuador from themselves wresting away all three points, as an otherwise mediocre contest suddenly sprung into life in the closing minutes.

Switzerland 2:1 Ecuador Match Highlights

France 3:0 Honduras

Argentina 2:1 Bosnia and Herzegovina

14 posted on 06/15/2014 11:17:26 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: 21twelve

Most welcome, Go USA!


15 posted on 06/15/2014 11:19:52 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld hails 'dream end' to game against Ecuador
Victory was Switzerland's first over South American opposition in the World Cup finals after four attempts, and the win had even Hitzfeld jumping up and down for joy in what is his farewell tournament.

der General

16 posted on 06/15/2014 11:32:09 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.” - Sun Tzu


17 posted on 06/15/2014 11:38:38 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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A stunning, scarcely believable conclusion in Brasilia saw Switzerland steal victory against Ecuador ...

Steal? Was die Schweiz supposed to roll over after the first goal? Play whistle to whistle, not just until you're behind. Bleacher Report? Bletch!

18 posted on 06/16/2014 12:05:26 AM PDT by kitchen (Even the walls have ears.)
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National anthems fail to play before France vs Honduras game due to faulty PA system

▶ French National Anthem with lyrics - YouTube

▶ National Anthem of Honduras - Himno Nacional de Honduras (vocal) - YouTube
To guard this divine emblem
We shall march, oh fatherland, to the death;
Our luck will be generous
If we die thinking of your love.
Defending your holy flag,
And shrouded in its glorious folds,
There will be many, Honduras, your dead,
But all shall fall with honor.

The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Song We Are One (Form your batallions! Let us march! Let us march! May impure blood Water our fields! - Ole Ola)

19 posted on 06/16/2014 12:10:17 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Kansas58

Sounds like a variation on the old Nigerian scam.


20 posted on 06/16/2014 12:20:31 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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USMNT brush off deluge in Natal ahead of opener vs. Ghana – "This is about football"

Streets flooded. A landslide destroyed two homes and threatened a number of others. People were evacuated.

21 posted on 06/16/2014 12:26:46 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.” - Sun Tzu


22 posted on 06/16/2014 12:28:57 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Brazil police officer shoots what appears to be live round during World Cup protests
RIO DE JANEIRO – A police officer can be seen on an Associated Press video firing what appeared to be a live pistol round at anti-World Cup protesters Sunday near Rio de Janeiro's Maracana soccer stadium.
23 posted on 06/16/2014 12:34:17 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Fifa investigates England 2018 World Cup bid over £35,000 payment
A payment of £35,000 by England’s 2018 World Cup bid to cover a gala dinner for Caribbean officials is being investigated by the Fifa ethics investigator Michael Garcia, it can be disclosed.

Garcia questioned England 2018 officials about picking up the bill for the Trinidad dinner during interviews in London last year as part of his investigation into bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. The dinner was part of efforts to woo the then influential Fifa vice-president Jack Warner, who has since quit football in disgrace.

24 posted on 06/16/2014 12:39:25 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
GOAL!
25 posted on 06/16/2014 12:42:19 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
World Cup 2014: Today at the tournament - day five
Cristiano Ronaldo is hoping to overcome injury to kick off his World Cup on what promises to be a fascinating day five in Brazil.

Germany versus Portugal
Iran versus Nigeria
Ghana versus United States

26 posted on 06/16/2014 12:53:48 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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You're missing an entertaining World Cup, American soccer hater
27 posted on 06/16/2014 1:41:37 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
World Cup Mystery: Why Is China So Horrible at Soccer?
28 posted on 06/16/2014 1:44:41 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Cristiano Ronaldo insists he has nothing to prove as Portugal's talisman prepares to face Germany

Confident Real Madrid star admits he is not fully fit - 100 per cent rather than 110

29 posted on 06/16/2014 1:48:12 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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June 14, 2014 Germans' well wishes to Schumacher
The German team has sent well wishes to Michael Schumacher, the seven-time Formula One champion who has been in a coma since a skiing accident in December.

... Schumacher was a keen football player, often taking part in charity matches. Schumacher also is a fan of Cologne, Podolski's old club.

June 15, 2014 Michael Schumacher Coma Update: Schumi ‘Clinically’ Awake
Formula One driver Michael Schumacher is reportedly clinically awake and already moved from intensive care unit to a rehabilatation facility after spending the last six-month in medical-induced coma.

30 posted on 06/16/2014 2:53:42 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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How born-again midfielder Philipp Lahm is vital to Germany
Lahm’s role is going to be vital, because he’ll need to provide enough defence stability to prevent Portugal from counter attacking, whilst at other times his movement and passing around the pitch might be as vital during periods of possession as the heartbeat is to a human being.
31 posted on 06/16/2014 3:02:02 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Podolski: We have confidence, conviction and [the] force
“We’ve developed as a team and that’s exactly what we want to show at this World Cup,” he told FIFA.com. “We’ll go into the match with confidence, conviction and power and we will win it.”
32 posted on 06/16/2014 3:07:54 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
MUCKI
33 posted on 06/16/2014 3:15:45 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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BBC Backs 'Monotonous' Commentator After Twitter Backlash
“Phil is an important, well respected member of our team and will continue to play a key role throughout the tournament,
34 posted on 06/16/2014 3:18:48 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Sweden’s Eriksson to referee U.S. opener
The Germany vs. Portugal match — also in Group G — will be refereed by Milorad Mazic of Serbia.

Jonas Eriksson (referee) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Milorad Mažić From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

35 posted on 06/16/2014 3:26:38 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Stomping Shoes
36 posted on 06/16/2014 3:38:48 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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A stunning, scarcely believable conclusion in Brasilia saw Switzerland steal victory against Ecuador in their Group E opener on Sunday, as substitute Haris Seferovic completed an end-to-end counter-attack to secure a 2-1 win for the Europeans.

And thanks to that stoppage time goal, still no draws through 11 games played. Scoring is also up over 2010 dramatically: 37 goals through 11 games vs. 16 goals four years ago.

37 posted on 06/16/2014 4:42:59 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
Good morning...a somewhat related question, if I may..

The popularity of the NFL in the states is dues in great part to betting. I assume that the same exists in soccer during the WC, but on what basis. Do you get odds, say Ghana over US 3-2..or is it by goals ( like a point spread) and would you consider posting the odds on future threads..

38 posted on 06/16/2014 4:52:22 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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I don't know how to post the odds, but yes, betting is very similar to NFL, though with soccer (except in elimination games that have to have a winner), you can also bet that the game will end in a tie - that would have resulted in a lot of losing bets for this World Cup so far.

As with the NFL, there are also point spread bets - with favorite teams usually giving away anywhere from a half point (or gaol) to a point and a half - and bets on whether combined goals scored by both teams will be over/under a certain total.

39 posted on 06/16/2014 6:28:04 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I think the best possible scenario for the US is for Germany to pile it on against Portugal and Ghana.

Realistically the best the US is looking at is going 1-1-1 in the three games, but if Germany takes care of Portugal and Ghana, odds are good that will be enough to get the US through.


40 posted on 06/16/2014 6:35:08 AM PDT by dfwgator
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If the USA does not win today, they have no chance of advancing out of the group stage.


41 posted on 06/16/2014 6:45:45 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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Watch Portugal get a draw or better with Germany. Then, let's see all those who have been derisive towards Portugal. The USA has close to a mission impossible group and the selection may not help it that much.

USA wins vs. Ghana today though. I feel confident about that. Get the win and then worry about the next step.

Bring on the Germans, if they are better than Portugal, it is only barely.

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We Will See!

42 posted on 06/16/2014 6:51:40 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: BeadCounter

Let’s see how Zee Germans back up all the talk here!


43 posted on 06/16/2014 6:53:07 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: BeadCounter

The US beat Figo and Portugal in 2002. They are a one-trick pony.


44 posted on 06/16/2014 6:53:19 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ken5050

http://ia600302.us.archive.org/8/items/nonfiction001_librivox/whyareallmengamblers_brisbane_bn_64kb.mp3


45 posted on 06/16/2014 8:08:57 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: dfwgator

Sounds good to me. :)


46 posted on 06/16/2014 8:13:33 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Speaking of shoes, it looks to me as if Nike is winning the boot battle with its Magista and Mercurial lines, the yellow shoes that are basically fly-knit socks with cleats attached.

Cristiano Ronaldo is supposed to be wearing the high-top Nike Mercurial Superfly today, and I don't think I've seen those yet.

47 posted on 06/16/2014 8:26:46 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (Bring back the sash!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

http://ia600306.us.archive.org/28/items/nonfiction002_librivox/calltoarms_henry_rs_64kb.mp3


48 posted on 06/16/2014 8:34:27 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Scoutmaster

I am for Portugal today, but did anyone else notice half the players not singing during the German anthem?


49 posted on 06/16/2014 8:59:12 AM PDT by darkangel82
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Khedira should have had that one.


50 posted on 06/16/2014 9:09:51 AM PDT by dfwgator
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