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U.S. becoming fan favorite of other World Cup team nations
sports.yahoo ^ | June 30, 2014 | Martin Rogers

Posted on 06/30/2014 12:03:51 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

SAO PAULO – Lost amid all the talk about the World Cup making soccer grow in popularity within the United States is one very real and unexpected development taking place right here in Brazil.

The United States is growing in popularity within soccer.

Don't look now, U.S. men's national team, but you are increasingly becoming the second favorite team for a lot of folks from other countries, including the host nation.

"Brazil is falling in love with the U.S.," said Brazilian businessman Mario Ribiero, who partied with American supporters in Recife last week. "It is seen as something new and exciting and surprising. We love the team because it is an underdog. And we love the fans."

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1 posted on 06/30/2014 12:03:52 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Poll: White, Rich Fill Brazil World Cup Stadiums
A poll published Sunday on the wealth and race of fans who attended a World Cup match in Brazil illustrated what any TV viewer in the nation has seen: Those attending games are overwhelmingly white and rich.
2 posted on 06/30/2014 12:07:03 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Russia players go into hiding after returning home from dismal World Cup campaign
Four of the side have been spotted out and about, but none have been too happy to have their photos taken, hiding their faces.
3 posted on 06/30/2014 12:09:45 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Yep - USA USA USA! It’s the chant it’s easy for us simple Aussies to remember!


4 posted on 06/30/2014 12:20:23 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Holland come from behind to snatch last-gasp victory against Mexico
This World Cup gets more dramatic by the day. Two goals in the last six minutes, one of them a penalty in the dying moments, sent Holland through to the quarter-finals.

“I hope they have a look at what happened and that this gentleman goes home just like we are.”

5 posted on 06/30/2014 12:26:54 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Costa Ricans celebrate historic World Cup win in Brazil
Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout after the match, which ended 1-1, went into extra time in Recife.

With the result, Costa Rica have qualified for the quarter-finals, where they will play the Netherlands.

"We are making history. It's beautiful what we have done," said coach Jorge Luis Pinto.

6 posted on 06/30/2014 12:29:35 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: melsec
▶ Episode 11: Game Face - YouTube
7 posted on 06/30/2014 12:30:11 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Match Highlights
Netherlands 2:1 Mexico
Costa Rica 1:1 (5:3 PSO) Greece

Photos

8 posted on 06/30/2014 12:34:37 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

YEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH LOL


9 posted on 06/30/2014 12:36:48 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Costa Rica have played some lovely football in this Cup - wouldn’t it be great to see them beat the Dutch!


10 posted on 06/30/2014 12:38:00 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
World Cup 2014: Today at the tournament - day 19
Revenge is on the mind of many Algerians. The north Africans are intent on making Germany pay for one of the shadier moments in World Cup history.

The 2014 World Cup is the first at which more than one African nation has made it past the group phase, with Nigeria facing a fearsome-looking France side in Brasilia in the day's other last-16 match.

France v Nigeria
Germany v Algeria

11 posted on 06/30/2014 12:39:25 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Nation Back Behind Harmonious France at World Cup
A country shamed by mutinous footballers four years ago has fallen back in love with its national team, with a revamped France striking the right note with fans in its free-scoring run to the World Cup's knockout stage.

"In recent matches, we have noticed a love rekindled with the team," France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said Sunday. "We have done what we needed to do on the pitch to make them happy."

Nigeria’s revolting World Cup squad
African champions Nigeria will be eyeing a maiden spot in the World Cup quarter-finals on Monday.

Unfortunately, the Super Eagles' build-up to the crunch game has been overshadowed by a pay dispute. On Thursday, the players boycotted training, demanding part payment of their agreed appearance fee for the tournament. This was because they feared they will not be paid their $30,000 per player bonus for reaching the second round, a situation that was witnessed after last year's Confederations Cup.

12 posted on 06/30/2014 12:46:43 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Most Americans hardly pay attention to FIFA and don’t even know that just qualifying for the World Cup is a fairly tremendous achievement. Even many Americans paying attention only until just recently aren’t even aware that the US team has managed to get past the group stage three times since 1990 and once even to the quarterfinal.

Comparing this record to NFL Football, that’s like describing a team that regularly gets to the post-season playoffs by capturing its division, usually advances to the AFC/NFC championship game and even got (comparably, again) within one game of going to the Super Bowl. Our team may not be regarded as a top contender, but at least the rest of the world doesn’t regard us as punks. Far from it.

Team USA is basically the New York Giants of FIFA and our coach Klinsmann is basically Jon Gruden. They’re going to win the World Cup someday and maybe even with this coach. And hey, this World Cup is still going on...


13 posted on 06/30/2014 12:48:25 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: Berlin_Freeper
France, Germany the spoilers on Africas big day
European powerhouses Germany and France block the way for Nigeria and Algeria to make some World Cup history on Monday.

Africa has never had two teams in the last 16 and if both can pull off upset wins, they will meet in the quarter finals and an African nation will be guaranteed a first ever place in the semi-finals.

French coach Didier Deschamps and Germany's Joachim Loew know however that if they win, their sides will clash in the quarter finals.

Angry Algeria coach says Ramadan is matter for players
"It's not the first time I have had Muslim players in my team. I myself am a Muslim. I've always let them be free, this is a private question and when you asked this you lack respect," the Bosnian-born coach said.

"The players will do as they wish. This is private. You should talk about football and nothing else. Stop asking me about Ramadan otherwise I'll get up and leave."

14 posted on 06/30/2014 12:54:11 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: The KG9 Kid
The misery of an England fan in the US
15 posted on 06/30/2014 12:57:11 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: melsec

The Dutch will send the Costa Ricans home. Still I would rather have seen the wretched Greeks advance. Easier for the Dutch to defeat.


16 posted on 06/30/2014 1:01:16 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Tomorrow Africa leaves the tournament.


17 posted on 06/30/2014 1:03:14 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
World Cup Preview: United States Vs Belgium
Highly physical, probably defensive and anxiety-ridden for sure.
18 posted on 06/30/2014 1:07:08 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Dagnabitt
Huntelaar kicks the flag after his penalty goal
19 posted on 06/30/2014 1:10:50 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Brazil soccer fan suffers fatal heart attack during World Cup match
A total of 98 people required medical attention during the contest — about 60 of them treated in their seats by stadium staff, the newspaper reported.
21 posted on 06/30/2014 1:16:21 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Please do not use url shorteners. Just provide the direct link. Thanks.


22 posted on 06/30/2014 1:17:19 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: The KG9 Kid

I think that analogy makes Steve Sampson Gary Kubiak.


23 posted on 06/30/2014 1:18:55 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (Hoaxey Dopey Changey)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Algeria have a chance to settle a 32-year-old World Cup score with Germany
Coach Joachim Loew has played down any talk of Algerian revenge being a factor as the Germans chase a first win against the north Africans at the third attempt.

"Most of the players weren't even born then and something which took place over 30 years ago is not really a relevant subject," said Loew on Sunday.

World Cup German goal against U.S. triggers ‘Nazi’ tweets
When Germany's Thomas Muller scored the only goal of the match against the U.S. in the World Cup, it threatened to knock the American team out of the competition.

And it also prompted a mass of "Nazi" tweets on Twitter.

Analysis showed that 3.4 "Nazis" per second were tweeted during Germany's win over the U.S.

24 posted on 06/30/2014 1:21:17 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

finally a muslim that DOESN’T want to yammer on about islam.


25 posted on 06/30/2014 1:37:25 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Shocking that the black poor and brown poor and yellow poor could not afford the transoceanic travel, lodging, and tickets to the games. Shocking.


26 posted on 06/30/2014 2:00:36 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: melsec

Costa Rica is going down against the Dutch if they play like they did last night against Greece. Scoring seems to be a problem for them...


27 posted on 06/30/2014 2:01:45 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Netherlands vs Mexico 2 1 ~ Miguel Herrera vs Robin Van Persie Fight
28 posted on 06/30/2014 2:13:06 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
▶ la pelea de miguel herrera en leon 1994 - YouTube
29 posted on 06/30/2014 2:19:13 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Rummyfan

I didn’t see last night - the Greeks had a full team defense though so I wouldn’t take that as a definitive performance by Costa Rica!


30 posted on 06/30/2014 2:24:15 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Luiz Felipe Scolari hits out at Howard Webb despite English referee getting big call right
Scolari said: 'If you don't want us to be champions, OK. But it must be the same for everyone.

'If it's a penalty, it's a penalty. It's a foul, it's a foul. If it's a goal, it's a goal. And thing are starting to get weird here.

'My players are a little tense with everything that is going on. Everyone has been saying - coaches, players - that it's always Brazil that's wrong.

31 posted on 06/30/2014 2:26:35 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: The KG9 Kid

A lot of wishful thinking in that reply. The real reason they are liking the UNITED STATES in Brazil is because of the money the US fans are spending.


32 posted on 06/30/2014 3:12:16 AM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I think the Men of Orange will win it all..


33 posted on 06/30/2014 3:16:54 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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To: Berlin_Freeper

This is BS. The USA is hated all around the world.


34 posted on 06/30/2014 3:21:46 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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“Those attending games are overwhelmingly white and rich.”

The game I as at in Manaus, Italy vs. England, had lots of English and Italian fans, but there were plenty of Brazilians there from Manaus as well. I'm not saying that this published poll is wrong, but that it may vary a bit from venue to venue. That said, the Brazilian government would have done well to have put aside tickets for lower prices. IMHO.

Regarding those fans from other countries, I saw fans from all over at the Sao Paulo airport, including a ton of really excited Costa Rican fans. However, clearly with airfare being what it is, it is by definition going to be those who can afford it making the trip. This is the same with the Olympics, and every world sporting venue I would guess.

Rich is a relative term. Most of the people I saw didn't strike me as being from the ‘Thurston Howell’ crowd.

35 posted on 06/30/2014 3:30:52 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I actually enjoy soccer, always have. And, I have not agreed with Ann Coulter much lately but she had some good points about soccer.


36 posted on 06/30/2014 4:06:34 AM PDT by ryan71 (The Partisans)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“That’s the difference between us and them. We’re always dwelling on our last defeat. They’re always looking for their next win (and they usually find it, too).”

Great quote.


37 posted on 06/30/2014 4:31:32 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: raybbr
The real reason they are liking the UNITED STATES in Brazil is because of the money the US fans are spending.

You are absolutely correct. The large contingent of American soccer fans is helping the economies of any site where the American team is playing. This is especially true now that fans of England, Italy and Spain have pretty much left Brazil after their disappointing showings in the Group stage.

38 posted on 06/30/2014 4:32:15 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Berlin Freeper

Despite some of the comments here about this article being “BS” or “wishful thinking,” it rings true with my experience. Whenever I travel abroad, I gravitate to soccer events at bars or where ever. Other fans know our Men’s team is rapidly improving. This is about the third straight World Cup we have been in the so-called “Group of Death.”

The reason is because we are the best of the unseeded teams. That means that two seeded teams have to get past us and the fourth team, too. This time, Ghana had played well to get to the Cup and was a troubling team for anyone.
Thus, the “Group of Death” moniker and bye bye Portugal.

The Ticos have great fans and their guys are classy. US fans pull for them. You can be sure that in any game between the US and Mexico, the Ticos are overwhelmingly all in for the US. Ditto most other teams in CONCACAF (maybe the Panamanians are not too happy right now since we helped Mexico slide into “their” spot.)

Oldplayer


39 posted on 06/30/2014 4:44:52 AM PDT by oldplayer
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Oh please. Jealous people the world over have no problem hating Americans no matter how much money we spend.

We are getting along well in Brazil because our team has won respect, because US soccer fans are not as obnoxious and combative as European and South American soccer fans, and because Brazilians have a generally positive opinion of the US.

40 posted on 06/30/2014 4:45:30 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: raybbr

A less cynical way of putting it is that the large US contingent - and while soccer may be a niche sport in the US, that still leaves a lot of supporters and they tend to be passionate - helps sway the “neutrals” in the crowd.

So far, I’m 4-0 in picking the knockout round games. I have Germany and France today (duh), and Argentina and USA tomorrow. Personally, I think today has the potential for being the dullest of the round of 16, but nothing in this tournament has been predictable.


41 posted on 06/30/2014 4:55:06 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: ryan71

Please enlighten us on some of the “good points” made by AC in that otherwise (unintentionally) hilarious article.


42 posted on 06/30/2014 5:09:49 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Costa Rica may well send the Divers back to their redlight districts and Mosques, at least the Greeks have a cross on their flag.


43 posted on 06/30/2014 5:56:30 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Berlin_Freeper
A poll published Sunday on the wealth and race of fans who attended a World Cup match in Brazil illustrated what any TV viewer in the nation has seen: Those attending games are overwhelmingly white and rich.

Duh. Do these people think plane tickets to Brazil are cheap?

44 posted on 06/30/2014 5:56:52 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ken5050

I am starting to believe in Colombia. They have played the best of any team thus far.


45 posted on 06/30/2014 5:58:29 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Berlin_Freeper
When Germany's Thomas Muller scored the only goal of the match against the U.S. in the World Cup, it threatened to knock the American team out of the competition. And it also prompted a mass of "Nazi" tweets on Twitter. Analysis showed that 3.4 "Nazis" per second were tweeted during Germany's win over the U.S.

Don't mention the war.

46 posted on 06/30/2014 6:00:39 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Berlin_Freeper
A poll published Sunday on the wealth and race of fans who attended a World Cup match in Brazil illustrated what any TV viewer in the nation has seen: Those attending games are overwhelmingly white and rich.

If the game had Ivory Coast in it, I see their fans, if it was Japan, their fans, if it's the USA, their fans and so on. Chile, Mexico, Netherlands, etc.

47 posted on 06/30/2014 6:06:52 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: melsec
Costa Rica have played some lovely football in this Cup - wouldn’t it be great to see them beat the Dutch!

Uh, no!

48 posted on 06/30/2014 6:07:50 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Berlin_Freeper
On Thursday, the players boycotted training, demanding part payment of their agreed appearance fee for the tournament. This was because they feared they will not be paid their $30,000 per player bonus for reaching the second round, a situation that was witnessed after last year's Confederations Cup.

That explains this email I just received....

I am Alhaji Waziri Dongoyaro, and I play for Nigerian Soccer team. I came to know of you in my search for a reliable and reputable person to handle a very confidential transaction........

49 posted on 06/30/2014 6:11:13 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: caver

Watch Zer0 fly down and make a grand entrance, sealing the hatred deal.


50 posted on 06/30/2014 6:11:45 AM PDT by Vinnie
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