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Luis Suarez: What next for troubled Liverpool striker?
bbc.com ^ | 26 June 2014 | McNulty

Posted on 06/27/2014 12:22:06 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

The shockwaves will have been felt from the Maracana in Rio, to Melwood back in Liverpool, as Luis Suarez received a four-month ban from all football-related activity and was suspended for Uruguay's next nine matches.

Uruguay's talisman has been removed from their World Cup reckoning for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini and Liverpool will be without arguably the Premier League's finest player until November.

Fifa needed to act swiftly and decisively and has done so on an unprecedented scale at a World Cup.

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1 posted on 06/27/2014 12:22:06 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Since he got a slap on the wrist, I bet there is more biting in his future. He was punished less for this bite, than his last one. (9 vs. 10 games)


2 posted on 06/27/2014 12:26:28 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: dfwgator; kevkrom; 1rudeboy; BeadCounter; C19fan; corkoman; cartan; St_Thomas_Aquinas; ...
“Luis, we are with you:”

"It was the best I saw in my career."

‘Finger of God’.

3 posted on 06/27/2014 12:31:55 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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U.S. soccer advances to World Cup knockout stage despite loss to Germany
They lost the game, 1-0, but won the right to remain at soccer’s quadrennial jamboree by virtue of a superior goal differential over Portugal in Group G, the so-called Group of Death.
4 posted on 06/27/2014 12:39:50 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

A lot of people say “professional help” is what the guy needs.


5 posted on 06/27/2014 12:40:12 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: BeadCounter

“World Cup 2014: Fabio Capello unhappy as laser shone at keeper

Russia coach Fabio Capello was unhappy a laser was shone in goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev’s face during his side’s World Cup game against Algeria.”

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/28051540


6 posted on 06/27/2014 12:43:02 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Berlin_Freeper
The star goalkeeper for the U.S. national team is a tough-as-nails 35-year-old Jersey native who is the very definition of American badass.

Podolski praises US fighting spirit
"They (the US) should be happy to finish second and get through to the next round," Podolski said.

"This is a great victory for the US. Most people predicted Germany and Portugal to finish first and second. But the US showed a lot of fight and with this kind of football they have managed to (progress).

Thomas Müller hailed as ‘remarkable’ after Germany winner
• Klinsmann praises forward who is on target for Golden boot
• USA coach jubilant after escaping Group of Death despite loss

“There isn’t a team in the world that wouldn’t like to have Thomas Müller on its side,” Klinsmann said. “He is a remarkable player.” Löw praised the striker’s fitness and work rate as well as his finishing ability. “He is mentally strong, a very smart player who always seems able to find space, but physically he is in great shape as well. He is the one who runs the most kilometres but he makes it look easy, even the heat doesn’t seem to affect him.”

7 posted on 06/27/2014 12:50:53 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: BeadCounter

Someone needs to knock his teeth out.


8 posted on 06/27/2014 12:52:15 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Mon 5:22 PM - Howard, Ochoa or Romero? Choose your save of the World Cup so far
9 posted on 06/27/2014 12:55:19 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
nephew broke a broom over Solo's head
10 posted on 06/27/2014 12:56:46 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: nickcarraway

Being banned from the World Cup when your team is in the knockout stages, from Copa America and the first four months of the Premier League is not a slap on the wrist.


11 posted on 06/27/2014 12:57:35 AM PDT by Reaganez
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Goals and controversy all adding up to possibly the greatest World Cup of my lifetime
Which bright spark invented the World Cup rest day? Who wants 24 hours off from the Greatest Show On Earth?

That’s like taking a smoke break during a lap dance. Not that I’d know – I Googled it.

At least it gives us an opportune moment to take stock on a World Cup that has harped back to a bygone era.

12 posted on 06/27/2014 1:00:20 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Ronaldo Upstaged by Messi Once Again at World Cup
Coming off his most successful season at club level, this was supposed to be the World Cup where Cristiano Ronaldo underlined his new-found superiority over great rival Lionel Messi and his status as the game's best player.

It hasn't quite worked out that way.

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Europe's giants only have themselves to blame for World Cup exit
The Americas have dominated the World Cup in Brazil but the likes of Spain, Italy & England executed their pre-tournament plans badly and paid the price

13 posted on 06/27/2014 1:10:40 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Our match-prediction algorithm gives the U.S. about a 42 percent chance of winning a knockout-stage game against Belgium based on each team’s SPI rating as of Thursday morning. (The U.S. would be 59 percent favorites against Algeria.) Here’s how those probabilities look for a knockout match between the U.S. and all remaining teams in the World Cup:
14 posted on 06/27/2014 1:20:34 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Reaganez

That’s crazy. Do you think for a second they could let him play another game in this World Cup after he bit another player. (For the third time!) Slap on the wrist!


15 posted on 06/27/2014 1:22:53 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Belgium defeats South Korea, will face U.S. in round of 16
Belgium lived on the edge in each match but advanced to face the U.S. in the World Cup knockout round on the backs of its substitutes.

Late goals by reserves powered Belgium past Algeria and Russia. Then a Jan Vertonghen goal against South Korea on Thursday gave the Belgians a 1-0 victory and the No. 1 seed coming out of Group H play.

16 posted on 06/27/2014 1:25:33 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Reaganez

I can’t believe you would sympathize with him. If he’s not playing in this World Cup he has only one person to blame for that. It’s bad enough he puts his fellow players in danger, but he also affected the outcome of the game. If this was his first offense it wouldn’t be a slap on the wrist, but on his third offense it is.


17 posted on 06/27/2014 1:25:35 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Islam heads Algeria to their first ever Round of 16
For the Algeria squad, this has been a tournament of breaking new ground.

First, Algeria won its first World Cup match since 1982 - a 4-2 victory over South Korea, and then on Thursday it qualified for the knockout stages for the first time.

Islam Slimani’s 60th -minute headed equaliser was enough to gain his team a 1-1 draw against Russia and the one competition point it needed to place second in Group H behind Belgium.

18 posted on 06/27/2014 1:28:39 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Match Highlights
USA 0:1 Germany
Portugal 2:1 Ghana

Korea Rep. 0:1 Belgium
Algeria 1:1 Russia

Photos

Who’s In, Who’s Out

19 posted on 06/27/2014 1:35:28 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Obama: World Cup Impacting Some Foreign Policy Moves

“We had elements — which I won’t detail — of our foreign policy that have been shaped around the World Cup,”
20 posted on 06/27/2014 1:42:15 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
After 48 games and 136 goals, the group stages of the 2014 World Cup finals drew to a close last night.

It is already abundantly clear this tournament will become known as one of the most exciting ever World Cups.

One of the main reasons the last two weeks have been so enthralling is most of the world’s leading players have turned up and delivered but which of these players has shone the most?

21 posted on 06/27/2014 1:48:17 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: nickcarraway
(1) You are right. This is a slap on the wrist. He should have a lifetime ban, or a year at the very least.

(2) It looks like, given the schedule, he will miss nine internationals and eight or nine EPL matches. So it's more than last time in total, but not as bad as last time in EPL terms. He probably cost both Uruguay and Liverpool any chance at a championship.

22 posted on 06/27/2014 3:56:27 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: nickcarraway
He was punished more that twice as many games for this bite.

His last punishment was ten games of English FA club football and didn't affect the Uruguay international team.

This punishment is eight FIFA international matches for Uruguay, plus four months of ban of any soccer-related activities. Assuming the four months began yesterday, that's nine Premier League games, three Champions League games, and one Champions Cup game. All of those are in addition to the eight Uruguay international games, so it's a total of 21 games.

The games other than the eight international games:

16 August - Liverpool v Southampton
23 August - Man City v Liverpool
30 August - Tottenham v Liverpool
13 September - Liverpool v Aston Villa
16/17 September - Champions League group match
20 September - West Ham v Liverpool
23/24 September - Capital One Cup third round match
27 September - Liverpool v Everton
30 September/1 October - Champions League group match
4 October - Liverpool v West Brom
18 October - QPR v Liverpool
21/22 October - Champions League group match
25 October - Liverpool v Hull

23 posted on 06/27/2014 4:01:55 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
FIFA should have thrown the book at Luis Suarez and banned him from all professional soccer games until the start of the 2015-2016 European soccer season in August 2015--in short, the ban ends on August 1, 2015.

Losing one season's pay from Liverpool F.C. and possibly a lot of sponsorship money will make him think twice about doing more antics on the pitch.

24 posted on 06/27/2014 4:31:02 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Thomas Muller the diver deserves no better, should have been kicked out of the World Cup as well. Dirty Cheater, but what do you expect from that team?


25 posted on 06/27/2014 4:54:25 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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-— Goals and controversy all adding up to possibly the greatest World Cup of my lifetime -—

Best one I can remember, and I’ve watched since they’ve been televised. Fortunately, it’s the best I’ve seen the US. They can now play with anyone.

Also noteworthy is the fact that a third of the teams in the final 16 are from CONCAF and Africa.


26 posted on 06/27/2014 5:03:48 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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Yesterday, there was the story of Ghana's payment coming in on a jet, already Nigeria has missed a practice because of unpaid wages.

World Cup 2014: Nigeria boycott training in money row

27 posted on 06/27/2014 5:09:29 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: BeadCounter
For all the brew-ha-ha about getting goal line technology, I will continue to say that instituting a strict, after-match disciplinary system (with real, impactful punishments) that also uses video replays is just as critical given the current nature of the game.

The diving and excessive dramatics for any little contact is a major blight on the game (and you know I'm a big fan).

28 posted on 06/27/2014 5:10:54 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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-— I will continue to say that instituting a strict, after-match disciplinary system (with real, impactful punishments) that also uses video replays is just as critical given the current nature of the game. -—

Makes sense. What about giving coaches two replay appeals, as in football? It would slow down the game, but penalty-area fouls are critical.


29 posted on 06/27/2014 5:14:05 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
I'm open to anything that works, of course. But in my suggestion, I was strictly talking about an after-game review, with the key point being that I don't want action taken for just dives or violent play off the ball, I want it for the excessive hysterics from players even where there may have been actual contact and/or foul committed.

I also think another ref (or two) would help with this, but that's a dual edge sword as you may end up with another guy on the field who thinks he's getting paid by the tweet.

30 posted on 06/27/2014 5:20:39 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: BeadCounter
Barcelona still want Suarez

Suarez may have trimmed off a lot of his transfer cost with those acts. Liverpool should let him go.

31 posted on 06/27/2014 5:22:38 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: BeadCounter
It's hard to access the penalties that should be dealt out in soccer/footy. I'm a fan of Mario Balotelli but this challenge? Incidental contact in the NFL?

Which would you rather have, a bite on the shoulder that doesn't break the skin or being challenged in this manner? That's not a defense of Suarez, obviously he deserves a ban, I'm pointing out that sometimes it's difficult to actually determine what is worse. You have dangerous or wreckless tackles all of the time. Suarez brought the game into disrepute though with such actions.

Joey Barton plays devil's advocate on Luis Suarez's bite in Uruguay vs. Italy

I wish Italy had gone through and were playing Colombia but without their players who received their 2nd yellow card and thus, would have been suspended from the math, Balotelli and Marchisio.

32 posted on 06/27/2014 5:47:13 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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33 posted on 06/27/2014 6:09:24 AM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: BeadCounter

I saw that laser showing off of Akinfeev’s jersey.

I wouldn’t want to be that guy if Putin finds out who did it.


34 posted on 06/27/2014 6:34:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BeadCounter

Back in the 70s stuff like this went on all the time without so much as a yellow card being given, it was a rough game back then.


35 posted on 06/27/2014 6:36:37 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Go USA...Beat the Phlegms.


36 posted on 06/27/2014 6:39:39 AM PDT by dfwgator
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The Germans Are Young, in Their Prime, And Really, Really Good
In the fall of 2000, 11-year-old soccer wunderkind Thomas Muller left TSV Pahl, the local team near his hometown of Weilheim in Oberbayern,1 and joined Bayern Munich’s youth academy. That same year, 22-year-old Miroslav Klose was co-leading the Bundesliga club FCK in goals, becoming a star in his own right. Fourteen years later, they’re both on the same Germany squad, with Muller chasing the World Cup goals record that Klose just tied. In Germany, one generation is being eclipsed by the next.

... Germany has been nearly this good for four World Cups running. It finished in the top three in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups, a feat that’s usually only accomplished when a country is experiencing a “golden generation” of talent. That’s when a rare confluence of gifted footballers simultaneously spring forth to lead their national team to glory. Germany had one of those over the past decade, with forwards such as Klose and Lukas Podolski, defenders Philipp Lahm, Arne Friedrich and Per Mertesacker, and midfielders Michael Ballack and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

By the time such a group is in its third World Cup cycle, though, its heyday is almost always over. Indeed, Ballack and Friedrich are retired, and the rest are either on the wrong side of 30 — Klose, while still on the national team, is ancient at 36 — or rapidly approaching it. But this year’s German side isn’t being carried by the dimming stars of days past. Rather, it has produced an entirely new golden generation, right on the heels of the previous one, and led by the likes of Muller.

37 posted on 06/27/2014 6:54:55 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: dfwgator
How to Get Rid of Phlegm
38 posted on 06/27/2014 6:56:25 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Müllered
Once again, it was Müller who made the difference. The Bayern man led the Germany attack yet again, convincing Joachim Löw even to leave the World Cup's all-time top goalscorer Miroslav Klose on the bench. Even when the SS Lazio forward was introduced, Müller remained on the field, so vital he has become to the Germany game.

"We're aiming high and we have to carry on the way we're going, with hard work and team spirit, " said the 24-year-old who is playing in his second World Cup finals. After ending the last one as the tournament top-scorer, he is on course to repeat that feat in South America and become the first man in history to win consecutive World Cup Golden Boot Awards.

39 posted on 06/27/2014 7:06:10 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Muller: It's about more than goals
Germany forward Thomas Muller says there is only one trophy he wants to take back home with him this summer - and it is not the Golden Boot.

...However, the Bayern Munich player has said that the number of goals he scores personally does not matter in the grand scheme of things.

"I won the Golden Boot four years ago and, to be honest, I wouldn't know where to put another one," he joked at a press conference.

"It is never my goal to be the top scorer, but rather to be world champion. Of course, it's nice to see your name at the top, but that's no big deal. There is another title which is far more valuable."

40 posted on 06/27/2014 7:11:26 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Watch Germany star Thomas Muller hit World Cup fan in the face
41 posted on 06/27/2014 7:13:49 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: dfwgator

I just watched some of the replay, the announcers talk about the laser right before the goal in the 59th minute. Whomever that fan was needs to be thrown out. More cheating. No telling who did that. More World Cup shame, what effect it had on the goal is not clear.


42 posted on 06/27/2014 7:14:53 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Berlin_Freeper
No doubting Jurgen Klinsmann now
At this point, Klinsmann and the U.S. team find themselves with an opportunity to do something special. With the imposing group-stage slate in the past, the Americans have a winnable second-round clash against Belgium on Tuesday.

While the Belgians are loaded with talent, with stars including Manchester City center back Vincent Kompany, Chelsea winger Eden Hazard and Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, it’s an untested team.

Belgium hasn’t even played in a major tournament since 2002, failing to qualify for every World Cup and European Championship since. Given a forgiving group, alongside Algeria, Russia and South Korea, it won all three games but none by multiple goals.

43 posted on 06/27/2014 7:19:35 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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44 posted on 06/27/2014 7:20:41 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

France’s group was a bit soft but then, except for group G, maybe the second half of the bracket was a bit soft.

In the upper bracket, it appears at some time, you are going to have one team coming out of Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Netherlands.

But per FIFA rankings, the two halves of the tournament, group A-D and E-H may be relatively equal.


45 posted on 06/27/2014 7:45:03 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Berlin_Freeper

No one gave the US a chance to get out, after Klinsman dropped Donovan, and then lost Altidore against Ghana.

But he’s proved the detractors wrong. He is precisely what US Soccer has needed for a long time,

Here is a great article on Klinsman that came out a few weeks before the WC began.

How Jurgen Klinsmann Plans to Make U.S. Soccer Better (and Less American)
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/08/magazine/how-jurgen-klinsmann-plans-to-make-us-soccer-better-and-less-american.html?_r=0


46 posted on 06/27/2014 8:21:33 AM PDT by dfwgator
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In the Round of 16; except for Belgium/USA, I’d go with the favorites. I’d expect Costa Rica to win as well, they are a slight underdog, not sure why. Perhaps by the ranking systems. USA slight underdog to Belgium.

Otherwise, even if I don’t care for the result, I’d think the favorites hold up.


47 posted on 06/27/2014 9:39:56 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: nickcarraway

I am not sympathizing with him.

Stating a fact. This suspension is not a slap on the wrist.

It is his fault. And he is paying a reasonable price for it.

There are plays in the world cup, with cleats exposed that threaten the players career. And players receive a one game suspension. This bite does not threaten a players career.

He is missing extremely important games. It is not just the game count.


48 posted on 06/27/2014 11:45:11 AM PDT by Reaganez
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To: BeadCounter

Switzerland got it handed to them by France and Switzerland then rebounded vs. Honduras, okay, not a big-player as a country but from Argentina’s 3 matches, Switzerland should be able to make that a good game.


49 posted on 06/27/2014 5:39:14 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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Greece star Georgios Samaras invites young Irish fan to the World Cup

A YOUNG IRISH fan is set to travel to the World Cup to watch his hero Georgios Samaras in action, after being invited to the tournament by the star himself.

11-year-old Celtic supporter Jay Beatty, who has Down’s syndrome, also encountered the Greek star when he was taken from the stands by him to join in the Scottish side’s league title celebrations earlier this year.

The pair also met during a Celtic game in Ireland, and their relationship was renewed after videos of Beatty cheering on Greece at this year’s World Cup gained traction online.

Greece is a breath of fresh air compared to a lot of the competitors.


50 posted on 06/27/2014 5:55:38 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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