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Salvador sets up Belgium-USA for high-scoring World Cup matchup
yahoo sports ^ | June 30, 2014 | Martin Rogers

Posted on 07/01/2014 2:40:34 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

SALVADOR, Brazil – The eyes of two nations will be glued to it no matter what happens, but statistical history from this World Cup suggests that the United States' round-of-16 showdown with Belgium on Tuesday could turn into a high-scoring classic.

Because if you want to see goals galore, you'll see them in Salvador.

The previous line was more than a terrible attempt at rhyming. A genuine trend has seen 21 goals rattled in over the course of just four games at Arena Fonte Nova. Forwards such as U.S. captain Clint Dempsey, who has already struck twice in the tournament, and Belgium's Eden Hazard, who has yet to score, will be licking their lips.

Not since 1958 has a World Cup venue averaged so many goals per game, leaving soccer experts baffled. Scoring has been up in general at this tournament, but Salvador has been the epicenter of the goal glut.

"It is quite unprecedented in modern times," said John Ley, a soccer statistics expert for the Daily Telegraph in London. "Football was very different going back half a century or more and there was a higher number of goals in general. For there to be so many in Salvador is remarkable."

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USA!
1 posted on 07/01/2014 2:40:34 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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▶ Episode 11: Game Face - YouTube
2 posted on 07/01/2014 2:41:37 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

https://vimeo.com/69844748


3 posted on 07/01/2014 2:45:21 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
▶ Flip the Script - 2014 USMNT Knockout Round - YouTube
4 posted on 07/01/2014 2:51:11 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Belgium; sidelined.

Injured, Vermaelen, Kompany, Vanden Borre

Disciplinary, DeFour

http://us.soccerway.com/teams/belgium/belgium/281/

At least 2 of these are very important to the team though I’m not sure Vermaelen has played this world cup, a lot of players.

They still should have some talent on the bench.


I really thought we were the early game. Now I see we are the late game.


5 posted on 07/01/2014 2:54:44 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Berlin_Freeper
▶ USA: "I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!" - YouTube
6 posted on 07/01/2014 2:55:00 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: BeadCounter

Thanks BeadCounter!


7 posted on 07/01/2014 3:00:49 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
World Cup kisses goodbye to Africa, as France and Germany see off Nigeria and Algeria
Nigeria and Algeria made World Cup history for Africa and now leave with their heads held high.

Waka Waka

8 posted on 07/01/2014 3:04:08 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Cameroon investigates match-fixing claims
Cameroon officials are to investigate claims that seven of their players were involved in match-fixing at the World Cup in Brazil.
9 posted on 07/01/2014 3:10:09 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Germany World Cup win over Algeria leads Per Mertesacker to blast critics
Would you rather we played beautifully but got knocked out?
10 posted on 07/01/2014 3:11:42 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Luis Suárez apologises to Giorgio Chiellini for World Cup bite
“... I deeply regret what occurred. I apologise to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family. I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like this.”

The Juventus defender, who had previously expressed surprise at the length of the ban imposed on the striker, tweeted back to his opponent: “It’s forgotten. I hope Fifa will reduce your suspension.”

11 posted on 07/01/2014 3:16:08 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
"go eat a toffee" or "get lost". Or something even stronger than we can't print on a family friendly website.
12 posted on 07/01/2014 3:19:50 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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a terrible, long, frustrating summer...

"Bags, shoes, bikinis, clothes, toiletries, underwear, pj's, make up, toiletries taken. Disgusting & the customer service getting is terrible."

13 posted on 07/01/2014 3:22:56 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Boycott Belgian Waffles.....Says Waffle House

http://www.tmz.com/2014/06/28/team-usa-soccer-belgium-boycott-belgian-waffles-waffle-house/

14 posted on 07/01/2014 3:23:28 AM PDT by Textide
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To: Berlin_Freeper
"One centimetre from glory"
15 posted on 07/01/2014 3:24:49 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Textide

Thank you Textide!


16 posted on 07/01/2014 3:26:09 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
An unearthly performance deserves an unearthly reward
17 posted on 07/01/2014 3:28:55 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
How America won the 2014 World Cup
18 posted on 07/01/2014 3:33:08 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Match Highlights
France 2:0 Nigeria
Germany 2:1 Algeria

Photos

19 posted on 07/01/2014 3:36:49 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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World Cup 2014: Today at the tournament - day 20
Will this be the World Cup when Lionel Messi joins the likes of Pele and Maradona in leading his team to football's biggest prize?

On Tuesday, the 27-year-old has the chance to move a step closer to what could prove a career-defining tournament success.

Argentina v Switzerland
Belgium v USA [USA! USA! USA! USA!]

20 posted on 07/01/2014 3:40:18 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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US national team legend Brian McBride says USA have a great chance to beat Belgium
“Belgium’s an extremely good team, they’re deep, I don’t think they’ve hit their best yet which is scary for us, but hopefully that continues through this game and if we’re at it and they’re not at it, I think we’ve got a great chance,”
21 posted on 07/01/2014 3:46:50 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer's movements during Germany vs. Algeria
22 posted on 07/01/2014 3:48:52 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Neuer's Heroics Save Germany's World Cup
Often abandoned by his blundering defense, the Germany goalkeeper had to turn to unorthodox methods to save Germany from a stunning defeat against underdog Algeria at the World Cup.
23 posted on 07/01/2014 3:51:40 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
small man making a big impression
24 posted on 07/01/2014 3:55:05 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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"Messi is playing an amazing World Cup, as everyone expected. He expected it, his colleagues expected it and all Argentines expected it,"
25 posted on 07/01/2014 3:58:36 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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“Alpine Messi” meets the real Messi
26 posted on 07/01/2014 4:03:35 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: BeadCounter

What’s a high scoring soccer game? 5 to 3?


27 posted on 07/01/2014 4:11:45 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

28 posted on 07/01/2014 4:15:31 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Goodbye, Tiki-Taka; Hello, Fast-Break Soccer
the most extraordinary spectacle of the tournament so far is how international soccer has been transformed before our eyes.

In the space of just seven days in Brazil, the patient, possession-oriented style of play that has dominated this sport for the last six years has given way to a breakneck brand of soccer that looks like it has been outfitted with a jet engine.

29 posted on 07/01/2014 4:22:41 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Manuel Neuer touched the ball 59 times for Germany vs. Algeria, 21 of which came outside the penalty area
30 posted on 07/01/2014 4:24:27 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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On the offhand chance we make it to the final and rematch against Germany, hopefully the field will be dry enough that we can push up the tempo and take advantage of the fact that their back four just simply can’t run fast enough.

France could probably manage it first, though, and the irony of them using a “blitzkrieg’ tactic against a German “Maignot line” would be hilarious.


31 posted on 07/01/2014 4:45:10 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

The world has figured out that the best way to beat the Spanish style of endless passing is to force the action rather than sitting back in defense. The lack of overall team speed on the Spanish team was exposed.

The pressuring defenses has made for very entertaining soccer with end to end action.


32 posted on 07/01/2014 7:45:51 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Vigilanteman

Yes, all of these scores in the knockout rounds have been very low.

I understand that the World Cup at least in the group stage had the most goals scored in it since 1970. One TV pundit said maybe that is why it has been so good.


33 posted on 07/01/2014 8:29:12 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Neur was amazing yesterday.

How many times did he play sweeper? Then, there was the time he raced out of goal to head the ball away.

The graphic of Neur's movements you linked tells how Germany won.


34 posted on 07/01/2014 9:33:01 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Switzerland has squandered some great opportunities.


35 posted on 07/01/2014 9:46:33 AM PDT by dfwgator
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France-Germany will be a war.

They did a poll in the 90s in France, about which German historical figure was the most hated in France.

It wasn’t who you thought it would be.....It was Harald Schumacher.


36 posted on 07/01/2014 9:48:30 AM PDT by dfwgator
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France may have had a significant number of collaborators with the occupying German army, but I bet they’ve never had any with respect to the German national team.


37 posted on 07/01/2014 10:00:50 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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Americans Rightly Love Soccer:

“The American Outlaws’ “I believe” chant is contagious and chilling. Yelling it feels like bald eagles are flying out of your vocal chords.”

38 posted on 07/01/2014 10:17:33 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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Knockout round has gotten a lot tighter than round-robin, understandably. Argentina and Switzerland 0-0 through normal time in what sounds like a fairly dull game from the vantage of my Twitter feed.


39 posted on 07/01/2014 10:50:27 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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So far all the Group winners have won in the Round of 16.

Switzerland trying mightily to break that pattern. Second place group finisher USA needs to also.

40 posted on 07/01/2014 11:08:25 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: BeadCounter

Some World Cup betting is only on the result after 90 minutes, not even the A.E.T., added extra time.

The announcers said the Swiss did very badly in their shootout vs. Ukraine in one of the recent World Cups. Be good to see someone win this straight up.


41 posted on 07/01/2014 11:20:37 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: kevkrom

Is that the Swiss National team or the Albanian National Team?


42 posted on 07/01/2014 11:22:51 AM PDT by dfwgator
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Looks like you’re going to get your wish.


43 posted on 07/01/2014 11:27:14 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: kevkrom

Vintage Messi.


44 posted on 07/01/2014 11:28:49 AM PDT by dfwgator
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How did he miss that!


45 posted on 07/01/2014 11:31:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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What a heartbreak that the Swiss hit the left goalpost with the header.

Okay, good game Argentina and Switzerland.


46 posted on 07/01/2014 11:36:01 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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You have to figure one Second-Place finisher is going to win, might as well be us.


47 posted on 07/01/2014 11:37:28 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Might as well play the “underdog” card to the max.


48 posted on 07/01/2014 11:38:35 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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Tell you what, if we do win today, Argentina doesn’t scare me.


49 posted on 07/01/2014 11:39:43 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BeadCounter

I sympathize that Argentina was against the crowd there in Brazil, most cheering against them.

We should be able to take on Argentina. Whomever wins should be able to barring missing significant personnell. Great effort by the Swiss.

Now we will see how good Belgium is.

It took Argentina 118 minutes to do that.


50 posted on 07/01/2014 11:40:47 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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