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China not in World Cup, still crazy for it
cnn ^ | June 17, 2014 | Jaime A. FlorCruz

Posted on 06/17/2014 10:58:24 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

Thirty-two of the world's best football teams are now competing for the iconic golden World Cup trophy -- but the planet's most populous nation is not among them.

Team China failed to qualify for the "beautiful game's" showpiece event in Brazil. In fact China's World Cup dream turned into a nightmare as early as 2011, when it was eliminated in a regional qualifying round.

But for all the interest in football in this country of more than one billion people, it is a huge source of frustration that they can't field a competitive national team.

"China's weakness in football is a pain point and there is certainly an ambition to improve," said Scott Kronick, President of Ogilvy Public Relations Asia Pacific. Indeed, a multitude of Chinese -- from the state president, to a Peking University student, to a Beijing taxi driver -- share one Chinese dream: that Team China will one day win in the World Cup finals.

(Excerpt) Read more at ktuu.com ...


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KEYWORDS: worldcup; worldcup2014
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1 posted on 06/17/2014 10:58:25 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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World Cup Audience in the U.S. Is Growing
Americans are increasingly developing a taste for the "beautiful game," at least when their own team is playing.

Monday night's World Cup match between the U.S. and Ghana drew 15.9 million viewers total between the two channels carrying the game, ESPN and Univision, according to preliminary overnight Nielsen ratings. The figure set World Cup viewership records for both networks.

The ratings trounced the audience for the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup finals on Friday, which attracted 6 million TV viewers. Perhaps more surprising, the viewership numbers for the soccer game had an admirable showing against Sunday's National Basketball Association finals game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat, which attracted 17.9 million viewers.

Tweet volume in the U.S before and after John Brooks' game-winner for #USMNT .

2 posted on 06/17/2014 11:10:43 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Obama says that Boko Haram has “legitimate concerns.”
3 posted on 06/17/2014 11:12:33 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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I'm of a generation that did not grow up with soccer. My son has, and my first soccer match was one of his games. What struck me most was that the players were in constant motion. They moved. They ran. All the time.

While I've never loved the game, it is easy to see why the appeal is growing. There are very few stoppages of play. No huddles like in football. No continual stopping the clock for free throws. No waiting for something to happen like in baseball.

In my small southern town, football is still king, but baseball is dying. It's hard for Little League to put together enough teams. Soccer, on the other hand, is HUGE. Lots of kids play.

Off topic: when I lived in Maryland, lacrosse was a big sport. I've never understood why that hasn't become a more popular sport in the South.

4 posted on 06/17/2014 11:27:51 PM PDT by TontoKowalski
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FIFA World Cup: 'Mexican Jesus' Ochoa Frustrates Brazil
Ochoa's Wikipedia page was hacked to hail him as "the Mexican Jesus after his performance against Brazil."

Guillermo Ochoa From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Poll - FIFA World Cup: Is Guillermo Ochoa’s save the greatest ever?If you watched the Brazil-Mexico match, one moment stands out.

Guillermo Ochoa’s magnificent save on Neymar kept Brazil off the scoresheet.

5 posted on 06/17/2014 11:37:25 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Get to Know Mexico’s Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa
Millions of World Cup viewers -- and Brazilian fans in particular -- learned a new name today: Guillermo Ochoa.

The 28-year-old goalkeeper for Mexico’s national team wowed spectators when he made six saves during the match against Brazil, refusing to let star player Neymar -– or anyone else on Brazil’s team for that matter -– score.

It was an amazing performance by Ochoa, who came up big time and time again for coach Miguel Herrera’s team.

Guillermo Ochoa memes sweep the internet after Mexico goalkeeper thwarts Brazil

6 posted on 06/17/2014 11:43:53 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Ochoa's Wikipedia page was hacked to hail him as "the Mexican Jesus after his performance against Brazil."

More like "the Mexican Tomaszewski".*

*Old school England fans will get it.

7 posted on 06/17/2014 11:46:20 PM PDT by dfwgator
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8 posted on 06/17/2014 11:48:43 PM PDT by dfwgator
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Gordie Banks on Pele is the greatest save ever.


9 posted on 06/17/2014 11:50:45 PM PDT by dfwgator
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Ochoa save, a déjà-vu ?

Brazil 0:0 Mexico Match Highlights

World Cup 2014: Guillermo Ochoa heroics for Mexico deny Brazil
Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa sensationally kept Brazil at bay to earn Mexico a 0-0 draw in World Cup Group A in Fortaleza on Tuesday.

Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar twice came closest to breaking the deadlock in each half but both times was thwarted by point blank saves by man-of-the-match Ochoa.

World goes berserk for incredible ‘six-fingered’ goalkeeper Ochoa
Cue praise from the social media brigade:

10 posted on 06/17/2014 11:54:51 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: dfwgator

LoL!


11 posted on 06/17/2014 11:56:23 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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12 posted on 06/18/2014 12:01:03 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Scolari: I don't like Mexico's goalkeeper
13 posted on 06/18/2014 12:07:08 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Neymar cries during Brazil national anthem
14 posted on 06/18/2014 12:09:35 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Mexico coach Miguel Herrera says Guillermo Ochoa was 'extraordinary'
"Ochoa has played as we thought (he would),” the 46-year-old coach said.

Ochoa said: "No doubts it was the greatest game of my life, it's not easy to have a performance like this against the home team.

“Neymar’s header was the most complicated save.

"We knew it was going to be a difficult match. Brazil is always tough and in their home stadium," he added.

“We knew they would give twice the effort but it is good point for us and good for us in this group."

15 posted on 06/18/2014 12:15:17 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Group A

  Team P W D L +/- Pts
1. Brazil 2 1 1 0 +2 4
2. Mexico 2 1 1 0 +1 4
3. Cameroon 1 0 0 1 -1 0
4. Croatia 1 0 0 1 -2 0

Group B

  Team P W D L +/- Pts
1. Netherlands 1 1 0 0 +4 3
2. Chile 1 1 0 0 +2 3
3. Australia 1 0 0 1 -2 0
4. Spain 1 0 0 1 -4 0

Group C

  Team P W D L +/- Pts
1. Colombia 1 1 0 0 +3 3
2. Côte d'Ivoire 1 1 0 0 +1 3
3. Japan 1 0 0 1 -1 0
4. Greece 1 0 0 1 -3 0

Group D

  Team P W D L +/- Pts
1. Costa Rica 1 1 0 0 +2 3
2. Italy 1 1 0 0 +1 3
3. England 1 0 0 1 -1 0
4. Uruguay 1 0 0 1 -2 0

Group E

  Team P W D L +/- Pts
1. France 1 1 0 0 +3 3
2. Switzerland 1 1 0 0 +1 3
3. Ecuador 1 0 0 1 -1 0
4. Honduras 1 0 0 1 -3 0

Group F

  Team P W D L +/- Pts
1. Argentina 1 1 0 0 +1 3
2. Iran 1 0 1 0 0 1
3. Nigeria 1 0 1 0 0 1
4. Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 0 0 1 -1 0

Group G

  Team P W D L +/- Pts
1. Germany 1 1 0 0 +4 3
2. USA 1 1 0 0 +1 3
3. Ghana 1 0 0 1 -1 0
4. Portugal 1 0 0 1 -4 0

Group H

  Team P W D L +/- Pts
1. Belgium 1 1 0 0 +1 3
2. Russia 1 0 1 0 0 1
3. Korea Republic 1 0 1 0 0 1
4. Algeria 1 0 0 1 -1 0

16 posted on 06/18/2014 12:26:16 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Marc Wilmots Hails Belgium’s Perseverance
"This was a difficult game against a team that always moves backwards," he said, according to Sky Sports. "We made a very small mistake, but that is punished at a World Cup. You then have to show patience and we did. During the second half, we have shown our mental strength with this young group. The squad has made all the difference." Belgium next face a Russian team that drew against South Korea 1-1 in their Group H showdown, a match that could see them through to the knockout stages.

"What is important now is three points. First we have to recover and then put the focus on the next game against Russia. We will be looking to continue to build on this momentum."

Belgium 2:1 Algeria Match Highlights

17 posted on 06/18/2014 12:35:28 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Go Holland! Crush Australia!

(I like Australia, but they have little business being in the World Cup. Holland OTOH, can go far in this tourney)

18 posted on 06/18/2014 12:35:40 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140618001159


19 posted on 06/18/2014 12:38:57 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Russia recover from Igor Akinfeev blunder to draw with South Korea
Alexander Kerzhakov rescued Russia in their first World Cup finals match since 2002, scoring three minutes after coming on as substitute to salvage a 1-1 draw against South Korea on Tuesday.

The Zenit St Petersburg striker was brought on after rival substitute Lee Keun-Ho put South Korea ahead with a shot that Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev disastrously parried over his head into the net.

The result left both countries trailing Belgium who head the Group H table after beating Algeria 2-1 earlier.

Russia, who host the 2018 finals, were looking to make an impact in their landmark return.

Russia 1:1 Korea Republic Match Highlights

20 posted on 06/18/2014 12:48:40 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Igor Akinfeev has a Rob Green moment as another Fabio Capello World Cup campaign begins with a goalkeeping howler
For Fabio Capello it must have seemed like deja vu as Igor Akinfeev spilled the ball into his own net during Russia's World Cup opener against South Korea.

What seemed like a fairly tepid 25-yard effort from Lee Keun-Ho turned into an absolute disaster as Akinfeev let it slip through his hands to see his side go 1-0 behind.

Memories for Capello must have immediately turned to one thing - Robert Green.

'Kid's mistake' - Is it time for Capello to axe Akinfeev?
The Russia No.1 has come under scrutiny in recent months due to patchy club form and his high-profile blunder against Korea in the World Cup means no easing of pressure.

...he walked into the throng of Russian reporters and faced the music - albeit with his eyes to the floor like a condemned man.

"It was a kid's mistake," he said. "I take full responsibility for it. The goalkeeper of the national team should not be making errors like that."

21 posted on 06/18/2014 12:56:27 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Ochoa hero, Akinfeev villain in World Cup draws
While Ochoa kept Brazil at bay, the hapless Akinfeev was left to bury his head in his hands after he allowed Lee Keun-ho's straightforward shot from 25 metres to slip through his grasp.

Photos

22 posted on 06/18/2014 1:06:06 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Pols have their own World Cup goals
23 posted on 06/18/2014 2:12:53 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: dfwgator

‘Ochoa’s Wikipedia page was hacked to hail him as “the Mexican Jesus after his performance against Brazil.”
More like “the Mexican Tomaszewski”.*

*Old school England fans will get it.’

Cloughie’s Clown!

I’m hopelessly biased, of course, but I agree with you on Banks’s save from Pele’s header. I always smile when the Freeper ‘safeasthebanks’ posts on here. There was an old saying when Gordon was in goal: Safe As The Banks of England.


24 posted on 06/18/2014 2:15:28 AM PDT by Tredegar
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Who are "we"?...

Capello: We Can Accept Akinfeev's Mistake

25 posted on 06/18/2014 2:24:02 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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▶ Jan Tomaszewski vs England 1973 - YouTube
26 posted on 06/18/2014 2:27:28 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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World Cup 2014: Today at the tournament - day seven
Spain will be looking to make amends for their shocking start to the World Cup, on day seven in Brazil.

The holders face Chile in the Maracana and must get something from their second Group B outing following their stunning 5-1 defeat by the Netherlands.

Australia v Netherlands
Spain v Chile
Cameroon v Croatia

27 posted on 06/18/2014 2:39:00 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Thanks for all the updates/posts.


28 posted on 06/18/2014 2:41:42 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

Very welcome EEGator!


29 posted on 06/18/2014 2:46:28 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Leckie: We can beat Netherlands
"We really want to get a result so we're going to try and find the areas where we can hurt the Dutch team," said Leckie, ahead of Wednesday's Group B game in Porto Alegre. "I think if we can play as well as we did that 70 minutes we'll definitely have an opportunity to get a win."

Former Australia coach Verbeek dismisses Socceroos
Former Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek said Australia were no hope of beating the Netherlands, wouldn't score a goal and had a defence that was vulnerable and inexperienced.

Dutchman Verbeek, who was axed as Australian coach after the 2010 World Cup in which the Socceroos failed to progress past the first round, saw nothing in the new generation of players wearing the green and gold that suggested an upset was on the cards.

30 posted on 06/18/2014 2:50:28 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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How Australia can beat the Netherlands
strange as it sounds – don't rule it out.
31 posted on 06/18/2014 2:55:02 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Holland have a lovely problem on their hands. How on earth do you follow a 5-1 victory over Spain? Australia are about to find out,
32 posted on 06/18/2014 2:59:39 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Russian President Vladimir Putin will jet to Brazil next month to take part in a handover... to the Kremlin strongman.
33 posted on 06/18/2014 3:10:41 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Dempsey should be able to play with broken nose
34 posted on 06/18/2014 3:13:21 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Frank Lampard's Wayne Rooney worry
"Unfortunately we do have a fixation with one player during every World Cup, ones that I've been involved in.

"It's a bit frustrating when you're in a team group and that happens because we're there trying to play together – people are not selfish in this squad – trying to get results and a fixation with one player can become, rather than a debate, a bit of an agenda.

35 posted on 06/18/2014 3:16:12 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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England's Oxlade-Chamberlain taunted by young fan
36 posted on 06/18/2014 3:26:44 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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'Mean' Messi 'Booed' for not Shaking Child Mascot's Hand
"That's what happens when people get TOO famous, rich, and popular. They end up not giving two s***s about anyone else (including their family) and being snobs.
37 posted on 06/18/2014 3:34:52 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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link only:
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/spain-v-chile-vicente-del-bosque-reveals-spain-are-trying-to-make-sure-the-players-are-not-sad-after-netherlands-humiliation-9541641.html

Spain Playing for World Cup Survival Vs Chile
The magnitude of Spain's opening 5-1 loss to Netherlands comes into sharper focus Wednesday when the defending champions must fend off World Cup elimination against Chile, less than a week into the tournament.

38 posted on 06/18/2014 3:40:31 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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37km per hour sprint was the fastest ever recorded by a footballer
39 posted on 06/18/2014 3:44:11 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Sampaoli expects Spain backlash
Chile can expect an angry backlash when they play wounded champions Spain in their FIFA World Cup™ showdown on Wednesday, coach Jorge Sampaoli warned his players in Tuesday's pre-game media conference.

Spain were crushed 5-1 by the Netherlands in their opening Group B game on Friday and will be eliminated if they lose to Chile on Wednesday and the Dutch avoid defeat against Australia. The same set of results would carry Chile into the Round of 16, but Sampaoli expects to encounter a very different Spain at Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã.

Spain Hopes to Reverse Maracana Luck Vs Chile
"The Maracana is mythical, but the only wish is for the result to be completely different from last year's Confederations Cup final and we can win," Spain midfielder Juan Mata said.

40 posted on 06/18/2014 3:56:06 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Link only:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2014/06/17/photo-scandal-distracts-croatias-cup-campaign/10662293/

Mario Mandzukic’s return gives Croatia naked ambition against Cameroon
When Bayern Munich celebrated their domestic double on 18 May, one player was not present at the party thrown for club members and sponsors. Mario Mandzukic, the scorer of 26 goals for the German champions last season, had already packed his bags and headed some 350 miles south-east to Croatia.

41 posted on 06/18/2014 4:14:01 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2014/06/17/photo-scandal-distracts-croatias-cup-campaign/10662293/


42 posted on 06/18/2014 4:15:28 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Cameroon's Eto'o likely to miss Croatia match
Eto'o has not trained for two days and is unlikely to recover in time for the crucial Group A game in Manaus.
43 posted on 06/18/2014 4:21:51 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/fivelive/5lfd/5lfd_20140618-0029a.mp3


44 posted on 06/18/2014 4:24:11 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Thanks for the ping. You do a great job with these threads.


45 posted on 06/18/2014 4:54:40 AM PDT by Textide
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To: TontoKowalski
Off topic: when I lived in Maryland, lacrosse was a big sport. I've never understood why that hasn't become a more popular sport in the South.

I believe it was George Carlin who once said something to effect of: lacrosse is not a sport, it's a game for collie f**s.

46 posted on 06/18/2014 5:04:18 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

I wish I could have seen the Brazil-Mexico match - from the radio broadcast, it sounded like a wild one, and a goalkeeping clinic from Ochoa.


47 posted on 06/18/2014 5:18:04 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

Are the German-American members, of course John Brooks, of Team USA getting any pub from over there? How about Klinsmann being Team USA manager?


48 posted on 06/18/2014 5:19:48 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: Tredegar

Saw Gordie play with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, when I lived there.


49 posted on 06/18/2014 6:24:08 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Tredegar

The thing is, that Polish team that went on to the World Cup SHOULD have won it. That semi against West Germany should have never been played in those conditions. The Polish team’s speed would have been difficult for the Germans to handle, and the soggy field slowed them down.


50 posted on 06/18/2014 6:26:13 AM PDT by dfwgator
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