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Belgium bitten by injury bug before World Cup showdown with U.S.
sports.yahoo ^ | June 29, 2014 | Joe Lago

Posted on 06/29/2014 4:37:45 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

... Belgium coach Marc Wilmots is sweating injuries to two of his four starting defenders – captain Vince Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen – and holds out hope that a weekend of rest will allow the two to recover in time to face the U.S. at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.

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KEYWORDS: soccer; worldcup2014
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USA!
1 posted on 06/29/2014 4:37:46 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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▶ Episode 11: Game Face - YouTube
2 posted on 06/29/2014 4:39:44 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Brazil beat Chile on penalties to reach World Cup quarter-finals
It was an epic contest and, when it was all done, the final explosion of joy and bedlam told us Brazil had made it to the quarter-finals and the World Cup would not have to go on without its hosts. Chile had given everything but, ultimately, it all came back to that moment, at 2-2 in the penalty shootout, with one player left on each team. Neymar, superstar, kissed the ball, shuffled his feet and put his shot in the corner. Gonzalo Jara hit the post and Brazil, finally, could breathe.

Colombia’s James Rodríguez sizzles to end Uruguay World Cup saga
He glides with such menace, his touch sublime and awareness almost unnatural for one gracing these finals for the first time. This team purred when Rodríguez found space and time on the ball at the Maracanã, his movement clever as he interchanged with a fluid and potent front line.

▶ James Rodriguez goal Columbia vs Uruguay - YouTube

▶ Gary Medel llora desconsolado tras eliminación de Chile | Brasil vs Chile - YouTube

3 posted on 06/29/2014 4:50:30 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Match Highlights
Brazil 1:1 (3:2 PSO) Chile
Colombia 2:0 Uruguay

Photos

4 posted on 06/29/2014 4:55:14 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
World Cup 2014: Today at the tournament - day 18
Costa Rica v Greece? In the last 16 of the World Cup? You better believe it.

Few predicted Costa Rica beating England, Italy and Uruguay to top spot in Group D, while many thought Group C hopefuls Greece would struggle. Now two of the most unfancied teams in the tournament meet in Recife for a prized place in the quarter-finals.

Before that we are focused on Fortaleza where two World Cup stalwarts go head-to-head. Louis van Gaal's Netherlands side were very impressive as they finished the group stage with maximum points and see Mexico standing between them and the last eight.

5 posted on 06/29/2014 4:57:51 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Looking forward to today’s matches...well one of them.


6 posted on 06/29/2014 4:59:02 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Netherlands Face Mexico in 2nd Round of World Cup
The Dutch have scored 10 goals in their opening three matches, more than any other team at the tournament. But Mexico has conceded only one, and that was a late consolation goal in the 3-1 win over Croatia.

Greece determined to defy the odds against Costa Rica
Greece have prevailed in their now customary fashion, never looking likely contenders but somehow forgetting to get knocked out.

7 posted on 06/29/2014 5:02:43 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Meet Bradley, United States’ marathon man at World Cup
“I am very, very satisfied with Michael in this tournament so far,’’ Klinsmann said. “I know that he has another gear in him.’’

Bradley has covered a World Cup-leading 23.6 miles, or 38 kilometers. Chilean midfielder Marcelo Diaz is the only other player to go more than 36 kilometers, with three others having covered slightly more than 35.

8 posted on 06/29/2014 5:08:03 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: EEGator
Despite our history (remember the Snow game?) I would love to see Costa Rica advance. The US is 13-13-5 when facing them.

http://www.11v11.com/teams/usa/tab/opposingTeams/opposition/Costa%20Rica

9 posted on 06/29/2014 5:08:21 AM PDT by Textide
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Colombia's James Rodriguez scores the most beautiful goal of the World Cup
When we look back on the 2014 World Cup a decade from now, it may be remembered as the tournament where 22-year-old Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez announced his arrival on the world stage.
10 posted on 06/29/2014 5:10:00 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
▶ Memorable and funny moments at the World Cup 2014 (so far) - YouTube
11 posted on 06/29/2014 5:11:37 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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World Cup Group Stage - Goals by Club

Bayern Munich! :D

12 posted on 06/29/2014 5:16:04 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Luis Suarez: 'I lost my balance'
The Uruguay striker wrote in Spanish that "in no way [did it happen] how you have described, as a bite or intent to bite."
13 posted on 06/29/2014 5:20:33 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Neymar penalty vs chile world cup 2014 - YouTube
14 posted on 06/29/2014 5:25:08 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Muslim players in World Cup teams who have qualified for the last-16 round in Brazil face a thorny question on Sunday when much of the Islamic world will start observing the holy month of Ramadan with a dawn to dusk fast.

The question is trickiest for Algeria , who faces a formidable Germany on Monday. Muslims can also be found in the Nigeria and France teams and they will have to weigh their religious convictions against the effects of fasting on their performance.

15 posted on 06/29/2014 5:28:07 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Textide

We’ve got two serious challenges before that can happen.

Belgium and then Argentina/Switzerland. That
sure would be great for us to make it that far.


16 posted on 06/29/2014 5:30:28 AM PDT by EEGator
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▶ James Rodriguez Goal vs Uruguay - Crazy Colombian Commentary - World Cup 2014 - YouTube
17 posted on 06/29/2014 5:31:46 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Lukas Podolski to miss Germany's match vs. Algeria with leg injury
Loew said it would be a ''big risk'' to let Podolski play and possibly worsen the injury but that he will be available for later games ''if we manage to advance.''

Klinsmann tells players to change travel plans
"Jurgen has been nothing but positive," said defender Omar Gonzalez. "He's telling us, he's telling our families to change our flights to July 14th, 15th, because we're going to be here until the very end.

18 posted on 06/29/2014 5:39:33 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Klose admires Algeria
“We mustn’t underestimate the Algerians in any way, as the World Cup really gets going now,” the Lazio striker told Bild.

“We need to be wary, because against the smaller teams even the slightest distraction can mean you’re knocked out.

“If we play with our hearts, then we can go all the way. We’ve got to give everything to the last second.

“The reward that awaits us at the end of that road is fantastic.”

19 posted on 06/29/2014 5:42:24 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Chilean journalist flashes bra to celebrate her country scoring in World Cup game against Brazil
20 posted on 06/29/2014 5:44:40 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
World Cup rowdiness could turn into workplace productivity, study shows
Buote also suggested that airing soccer games can allow employers to harness the energy and passion workers show for their favourite teams.
21 posted on 06/29/2014 5:46:55 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper; Textide

Colombia is an very interesting story this year.

They scored a lot of goals in the first round (yeah OK not that great a division, but still) and haven’t let too many in. They could be a surprise spoiler.


22 posted on 06/29/2014 5:55:24 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Whee, there’s Hertha BSC on that image :p
23 posted on 06/29/2014 6:37:41 AM PDT by cartan
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To: Berlin_Freeper
The Uruguay striker wrote in Spanish that "in no way [did it happen] how you have described, as a bite or intent to bite."
“And then he fell on my fist, right before he went on to headbutt my foot!”
24 posted on 06/29/2014 6:44:04 AM PDT by cartan
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Ok, she convinced me: Viva Chile!
25 posted on 06/29/2014 6:55:26 AM PDT by cartan
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Chile’s loss is one of those bitter pills that is in every World Cup.

Honestly, losing like Uruguay did, 2-0 where they were clearly outclassed might be a better way to go out.

That was a good game vs. the cynical play you sometimes find in games.


There was a special on ESPN over the past 2 weeks,

The two Escobars: http://espn.go.com/30for30/film?page=the-two-escobars

I’ll have to see where I can watch this.

Colombia has been the butt of some jokes and so on but every time I have seen them, they have been very much the gentleman’s team.


26 posted on 06/29/2014 7:10:37 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: canuck_conservative

Absolutely on Colombia. They played very well yesterday against a Uruguayan team that....appeared to have lost their appetite. That Rodriguez goal was a cracker.


27 posted on 06/29/2014 7:14:33 AM PDT by Textide
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To: EEGator

I was just hoping for a win today for Costa Rica. People looked at them as a pushover team.

Yeah, getting to a CRC-USA semifinal would be a real kick in the head, wouldn’t it.


28 posted on 06/29/2014 7:17:46 AM PDT by Textide
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To: BeadCounter
Here's a link to the whole thing on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EilV9vgaEY

29 posted on 06/29/2014 7:19:50 AM PDT by Textide
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To: cartan
85-year-old Brazilian fan swaps unused 1950 final ticket for 2014 one
30 posted on 06/29/2014 7:47:47 AM PDT by cartan
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To: Textide

Gotcha. Today I’m picking the Dutch and Costa Rica.

Tomorrow, France and Germany. Then...Switzerland and the US!


31 posted on 06/29/2014 8:04:03 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: cartan

http://youtu.be/XhFiN-eLby4


32 posted on 06/29/2014 8:22:00 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: EEGator

http://youtu.be/hrvd_eYNB_M


33 posted on 06/29/2014 8:26:43 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Makes you worry about his health…
34 posted on 06/29/2014 8:27:14 AM PDT by cartan
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To: BeadCounter

I’m not good with my picks, they are often guesses but the Dutch will win, they will win it in 90 minutes. The only thing Mexico has going for them really is a lot of support in the stadium. In that one game I watched, they just had tons of travelling fans in the stadium.

Switzerland, that’s a real pick out of left-field for me, well,

The Swiss were routed by France, so they took out some of their less effective defenders. They faced Argentina in 2012 and lost, Messi scoring a hat-trick. Switzerland has a good coach. So if the Swiss can cover up the holes in their defense, they should be able to keep up with Argentina. Switzerland certainly have scored a number of goals.

So, I think it would be a fine stage for an upset. It’s probably a bit perturbing that it’s largely the Messi fanboys building up Argentina. Real country support I don’t mind at all.


35 posted on 06/29/2014 8:29:16 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Berlin_Freeper

http://www.hollandsentinel.com/article/20140629/SPORTS/140629087/2000/NEWS


36 posted on 06/29/2014 8:30:17 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Two NASA astronauts shave off their hair after losing bet with their German crew-mate over World Cup game
37 posted on 06/29/2014 8:32:29 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: BeadCounter
Swiss need to plug up the holes on defense to win.

Greeks need to play like the 300 to win this or any more games in this tournament. They are good guys and finished ahead of Ivory Coast and Japan. Good teams.

38 posted on 06/29/2014 8:37:30 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Berlin_Freeper
"Portugal have been carrying the 'world's best' like a diamond ring that we never had,"
39 posted on 06/29/2014 8:38:02 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper; Slings and Arrows; Daffynition; GeronL

Belgians, this is NO TIME to waffle!


40 posted on 06/29/2014 8:41:02 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: a fool in paradise

LOL. Good one.


41 posted on 06/29/2014 8:44:04 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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‘We do not want extra bonus, or money. We only play for Greece and its people,’ Greek media reported the players as writing.
42 posted on 06/29/2014 8:45:11 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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“I am very, very satisfied with Michael in this tournament so far,’’ Klinsmann said. “I know that he has another gear in him.’’

I've only seen reverse. Glad Klinsmann sees something else.

43 posted on 06/29/2014 8:47:18 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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Fifa investigate alleged assault on Pinilla
It happens a lot and it has happened in other games too.”
44 posted on 06/29/2014 8:50:20 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: BeadCounter

Mexicans cheer for their team, but I’ve got wind that per the politics and economies of Mexico, per candid conversations, Mexicans hate it, you have organized crime, corruption. If you get a job, it’s hard to be upwardly mobile. So we hear the Middle Class has been growing.


45 posted on 06/29/2014 8:57:32 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: EEGator
Looking forward to today’s matches...

I know that whenever we find that the Mexico match is wrapping up today, we'll be off the road and at home; we live in an area with a heavy Mexican demographic and all the beer bars and partiers will be sucking 'em up the entire day, then firing up their cars.

Also glad we're not in Los Angeles...win or lose, there will be riots again.

46 posted on 06/29/2014 8:58:35 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It ain't a "hashtag"....it's a damn pound sign. ###)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Any news on Altidore?

My prediction: US wins 2-1.

Watching Holland Mexico. Big game, but its hard to see Mexico winning.


47 posted on 06/29/2014 9:03:15 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

There was the first big chance of the game and it was Mexico’s. We’ll see here.


48 posted on 06/29/2014 9:13:02 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: BeadCounter

El Tri-Color, Mexico, Another good chance on goal. Netherlands none.


49 posted on 06/29/2014 9:16:44 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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Mercy, Mexico is going to score at this rate, Dutch goalkeeper way out of net.


50 posted on 06/29/2014 9:19:29 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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