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World Cup 2014: Brazil's Neymar set to face Colombia
bbc.com ^ | 1 July 2014 | bbc

Posted on 07/02/2014 1:34:17 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

Neymar, 22, picked up left thigh and right knee injuries in the second-round win on penalties against Chile.

"The worst is the knee - it's what's hurting the most," said Brazil spokesman Rodrigo Paiva.

"He will be evaluated again, but team doctor Jose Luiz Runco said fans don't have to worry because he's not a concern for the match."

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...


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1 posted on 07/02/2014 1:34:17 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: dfwgator; kevkrom; 1rudeboy; BeadCounter; C19fan; corkoman; cartan; St_Thomas_Aquinas; ...
Man of the Match
2 posted on 07/02/2014 1:37:14 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (" Finally, I have to mention a man who made life at the WH very sweet...Crustmaster...crack pies.")
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Signs of progress small but clear for the United States

What we've learned about the U.S. World Cup team

Tim Howard reflects

3 posted on 07/02/2014 1:41:51 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (" Finally, I have to mention a man who made life at the WH very sweet...Crustmaster...crack pies.")
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Belgium complete a World Cup record as all eight group winners make it to the quarter finals for the first time
4 posted on 07/02/2014 1:44:31 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (" Finally, I have to mention a man who made life at the WH very sweet...Crustmaster...crack pies.")
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Angel di Maria
5 posted on 07/02/2014 1:45:57 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (" Finally, I have to mention a man who made life at the WH very sweet...Crustmaster...crack pies.")
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Hitzfeld was "very sad" but was determined to stay with the team
6 posted on 07/02/2014 1:47:15 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (" Finally, I have to mention a man who made life at the WH very sweet...Crustmaster...crack pies.")
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U.S.'s youngest ever World Cup player scores in extra time against Belgium
7 posted on 07/02/2014 1:49:23 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (" Finally, I have to mention a man who made life at the WH very sweet...Crustmaster...crack pies.")
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Match Highlights
Argentina 1:0 Switzerland
Belgium 2:1 USA (a.e.t.)

Photos

8 posted on 07/02/2014 1:53:33 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper ("Finally, I have to mention a man who made life at the WH very sweet... Crustmaster... crack pies.")
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To: Berlin_Freeper
FIFA: U.S. World Cup fans most active online

$6,000 on gas

It's a bird, it's a plane ... it's Superman!

9 posted on 07/02/2014 1:58:28 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper ("Finally, I have to mention a man who made life at the WH very sweet... Crustmaster... crack pies.")
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To: Berlin_Freeper
the moment of peace
10 posted on 07/02/2014 1:59:55 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper ("Finally, I have to mention a man who made life at the WH very sweet... Crustmaster... crack pies.")
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I was 7-1 in round of 16 picks (damn Belgians!). For the quarterfinals, I have Columbia, Germany, Netherlands, and Argentina advancing.


11 posted on 07/02/2014 5:11:37 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

Well deserved.


12 posted on 07/02/2014 5:28:29 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: kevkrom

Germany is in crisis after the Algeria fiasco.

Something about Lamb out of position in defensive midfield...

Using 4 trained inner defenders instead of 2 inner and 2 outer (which is normal)...

Manager does the opposite of criticism, in spite...


13 posted on 07/02/2014 5:29:22 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper ("Finally, I have to mention a man who made life at the WH very sweet... Crustmaster... crack pies.")
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To: Berlin_Freeper

As long as they keep winning, the manager is right, isn’t he? Of course, all the criticism will be justified as soon as they lose. That’s just the way it goes.


14 posted on 07/02/2014 5:31:50 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

Lahm... lol


15 posted on 07/02/2014 5:41:54 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper ("Finally, I have to mention a man who made life at the WH very sweet... Crustmaster... crack pies.")
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To: kevkrom

With Algeria, Germany won after the injury Mustafi forced Khedira in and pushed Lahm to right hand defender, which is how it should be but Lahm doesn’t want to play that position anymore because he can play more years in the center which involves less running...


16 posted on 07/02/2014 5:48:36 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper ("Finally, I have to mention a man who made life at the WH very sweet... Crustmaster... crack pies.")
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To: Berlin_Freeper

That’s what Ballack said about Lahm.


17 posted on 07/02/2014 5:49:39 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper ("Finally, I have to mention a man who made life at the WH very sweet... Crustmaster... crack pies.")
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To: Berlin_Freeper

In German Lahm means lame, as a Bayern Munich fan I renamed him Lamb years ago...


18 posted on 07/02/2014 5:55:07 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper ("Finally, I have to mention a man who made life at the WH very sweet... Crustmaster... crack pies.")
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Just continuing from yesterday's thread, I don't think the Wondo opportunity was ruled offside. I feel for the guy, still, one can picture other players in this position. One stands to get a rebound if they kick it on frame and one would think a lot of talent would have made this.

A moment that will go down in US soccer-lore, should he have made it? A bit like the Field Goal missed by the Buffalo Bills in the Superbowl.

The U.S. Has a Wide-Open Shot for the Quarterfinals ... and Chris Wondolowski Misses

Chris Wondolowski 'gutted' by stoppage-time miss, regardless of offside controversy

WATCH: Landon Donovan reacts to Chris Wondolowski’s late miss against Belgium

Best to leave it at that.

19 posted on 07/02/2014 6:08:25 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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There was a very small window for Wondo to shoot at if he wanted to go top. Courtois was in good position to snuff if, had the shot been lower.

What Wondo should have done was to go low past Coutrois’ feet.


20 posted on 07/02/2014 6:10:13 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Mesut Ozil's World Cup quarter-final place under threat as Germans criticise unconvincing win

Jury is still out on Germany

What France can learn from Algeria to beat Germany

21 posted on 07/02/2014 6:17:42 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper ("Finally, I have to mention a man who made life at the WH very sweet- Crustmaster & his crack pies")
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To: BeadCounter
"I'll be completely honest, watching them play Azerbaijan, inside, part of me was thinking, I hope the game doesn't go very well today," Plaschke quotes Donovan as saying.
22 posted on 07/02/2014 6:21:26 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper ("Finally, I have to mention a man who made life at the WH very sweet- Crustmaster & his crack pies")
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To: dfwgator
I am brazuca
23 posted on 07/02/2014 6:30:31 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper ("Finally, I have to mention a man who made life at the WH very sweet- Crustmaster & his crack pies")
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To: dfwgator

Especially with Dempsey right there, it makes sense.


24 posted on 07/02/2014 6:36:46 AM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: Berlin_Freeper
You don't have to wait 4 years to feed your U.S. Soccer addiction

In particular, the 2016 Copa America Centenario, will be a fun tournament. The best South American teams along with the US and Mexico, with all games played here in the US.

I think this could become a permanent fixture that could rival the UEFA Euro Tournament.

25 posted on 07/02/2014 6:56:30 AM PDT by dfwgator
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One of the things about the US performance in the WC, it’s definitely going to make me pay much more attention to the U-17 and the U-21 teams and track how they are doing. I am really curious what moves Klinsi is going to make. I suspect he is going to bring in a lot of young players for next year’s Gold Cup. Bradley and Dempsey may have played their final games for the USMNT. It’s all about getting ready for 2018 and that begins today.


26 posted on 07/02/2014 7:16:14 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Berlin_Freeper

What a game by Howard, without his effort, it could have been 4-0 at 90 minutes.

Algeria and Nigeria also had sharp goalkeeping but in the end, all of their teams lost.


27 posted on 07/02/2014 7:44:46 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: BeadCounter

As always, cream rises to the top.


28 posted on 07/02/2014 7:45:32 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kevkrom

I hope Belgium destroys Argentina.


29 posted on 07/02/2014 7:46:18 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Belgium might stand a chance but they’ve got to get rid of this “not scoring in the first 70 minutes” stuff they have done in every single game along maybe with the subs scoring mostly. They could just as easily be going home instead of us. That almost came back to bite them bad last night in the 92nd minute. I don’t know how you solve it, they just suffer from it. A bit like I think you said, how we don’t really get our act in gear until we are behind.

So Belgium might be able to do something but they obviously have that weakness if one wants to call it a weakness. I’m no expert.


30 posted on 07/02/2014 7:53:51 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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Not as if the Argies have been lighting it up, neither.


31 posted on 07/02/2014 7:54:15 AM PDT by dfwgator
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Not as if the Argies have been lighting it up, neither.

Should be a comfortable thought to Belgium in that Argentina has Messi.

32 posted on 07/02/2014 8:05:53 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I’ve been to the Everton boards this morning.

Never thought I’d see the day where to normally jaded English soccer fans would be using the term “Legend” to describe an American soccer player, like Tim Howard.


33 posted on 07/02/2014 8:33:31 AM PDT by dfwgator
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Algeria and Nigeria also had sharp goalkeeping but in the end, all of their teams lost.

Add Mexico to that list.

34 posted on 07/02/2014 8:37:32 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: dfwgator
Not as if the Argies have been lighting it up, neither.

Is there any point watching the first 70 minutes of Argentina-Belgium?

35 posted on 07/02/2014 8:38:38 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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"One of the things about the US performance in the WC, it’s definitely going to make me pay much more attention to the U-17 and the U-21 teams and track how they are doing"

This 2014 team could have really used the 2010 version of Landon Donovan - would have made a huge difference in terms of keeping possession.

Just wishful thinking, I know, but my point is that I really don't see a "next Donovan" in any of the young players out there right now. Hopefully one emerges in the next couple years.

36 posted on 07/02/2014 8:47:44 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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I think Green has potential. And don’t write off Altidore just yet.


37 posted on 07/02/2014 8:49:48 AM PDT by dfwgator
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Considering how much of the game plan was centered on Altidore, the fact they managed as well as they did without him is that much more impressive. Hopefully Klinsmann will remember that every player needs a backup on a 23-man roster.
38 posted on 07/02/2014 8:51:20 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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You certainly are correct, how quick we forget, there has been so much action, now I can go back to a degree of normalcy.

Long ago, American Goalkeepers have created a stir overseas, evident by this article.

Spurs keeper and all-round Premier League legend Brad Friedel answers FourFourTwo's inane ramblings back in July 2008. - The Top English Language Soccer Magazine 2008

Article is a bit stupid for my views per the one question so ignore that.

Kasey Keller and Marcus Hahnemann, the latter to a smaller degree has been popular over there too.

Friedel definitely is looked at as one of the best goalkeepers from America to ever play in the premier league. And still playing from what I know.

39 posted on 07/02/2014 8:51:27 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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Brits don’t throw the term “Legend” around loosely, but this morning they are universally using that term for Howard.


40 posted on 07/02/2014 8:53:18 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kevkrom

Howard did a lot for Klinsmann in this World Cup, if that had been ugly yesterday without Howard’s stellar performance, it certainly makes one think.


41 posted on 07/02/2014 8:54:32 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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As long as they keep winning, the manager is right, isn’t he?

Winning is a great deodorant.

42 posted on 07/02/2014 8:55:08 AM PDT by dfwgator
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And Brits long ago called Brad Friedel a “Legend”.

http://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/brad-friedel-ask-silly-question


43 posted on 07/02/2014 8:55:16 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: BeadCounter

An Everton message board. Well, that settles it.


44 posted on 07/02/2014 8:55:51 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: kevkrom

Donovan was the past. I think Klinsmann took the right approach, bring along enough young players so they can be the veterans come 2018, and now bring up the next wave of players to go along with them. I don’t think Donovan would have made one iota of difference.

Ask Spain about basing rosters on past performance.


45 posted on 07/02/2014 8:57:25 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: safeasthebanks

Agreed, this Cup needs to be looked at objectively. Though I don’t agree with the perspective totally, I heard one fan say if USA wins, it’s thanks to Klinsmann’s genius, if USA loses, it’s because USA lacks talent.


46 posted on 07/02/2014 9:04:53 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: dfwgator

I don’t know if Donovan would have been the guy. But the US needed a backup who could fill Altidore’s role when needed, playing a similar style.


47 posted on 07/02/2014 9:05:56 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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Berlin Freeper posted the Donovan reaction above. Part of the problem with Donovan is I have heard he’s said things in interviews that perhaps would not endear him to the manager. Now in that, I can see the manager wants to run a tight ship and not have descent.

“Donovan admits to rooting against team USA in the World Cup”
http://msn.foxsports.com/soccer/story/landon-donovan-admits-to-rooting-against-united-states-after-world-cup-snub-062914

He also took some time off, I think the cumulative effect of Donovan maybe made Klinsmann mark him off but it is a complex situation that I don’t know real well:

“After missing the first three World Cup Qualifiers of 2013 due to his self-imposed sabbatical, Donovan was left off of the squad by Jürgen Klinsmann for the June qualifying games despite having returned to playing full-time in March.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landon_Donovan


48 posted on 07/02/2014 9:17:30 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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I’d give the USA team and management passing grades and agree we should keep Klinsmann. But I don’t think we should go overboard in being critical of USA players totally.


49 posted on 07/02/2014 9:21:04 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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Fulham Fc - McBride Tribute This Video Is Dedicated To The Living Legend Himself, Brian McBride.

It's hard to keep track but I think at one time, Fulham may have even had 2 or 3 Americans playing for them at the same time, McBride, Dempsey.

50 posted on 07/02/2014 9:27:29 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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