Skip to comments.China not in World Cup, still crazy for it
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.
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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.
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.
Poll - FIFA World Cup: Is Guillermo Ochoas save the greatest ever?If you watched the Brazil-Mexico match, one moment stands out.
Guillermo Ochoas magnificent save on Neymar kept Brazil off the scoresheet.
The 28-year-old goalkeeper for Mexicos national team wowed spectators when he made six saves during the match against Brazil, refusing to let star player Neymar - or anyone else on Brazils team for that matter - score.
It was an amazing performance by Ochoa, who came up big time and time again for coach Miguel Herreras team.
More like "the Mexican Tomaszewski".*
*Old school England fans will get it.
Gordie Banks on Pele is the greatest save ever.
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:
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.
Neymars 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."
"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
(I like Australia, but they have little business being in the World Cup. Holland OTOH, can go far in this tourney)
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
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."
‘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.’
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.
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
Thanks for all the updates/posts.
Very welcome EEGator!
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Mario Mandzukics 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.
Thanks for the ping. You do a great job with these threads.
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.
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.
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?
Saw Gordie play with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, when I lived there.
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.
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