Skip to comments.World Cup 2014: Brazil's Neymar set to face Colombia
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."
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I was 7-1 in round of 16 picks (damn Belgians!). For the quarterfinals, I have Columbia, Germany, Netherlands, and Argentina advancing.
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...
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.
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...
That’s what Ballack said about Lahm.
In German Lahm means lame, as a Bayern Munich fan I renamed him Lamb years ago...
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.
Best to leave it at that.
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.
Especially with Dempsey right there, it makes sense.
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.
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.
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.
As always, cream rises to the top.
I hope Belgium destroys Argentina.
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.
Not as if the Argies have been lighting it up, neither.
Should be a comfortable thought to Belgium in that Argentina has Messi.
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.
Add Mexico to that list.
Is there any point watching the first 70 minutes of Argentina-Belgium?
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.
I think Green has potential. And don’t write off Altidore just yet.
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.
Brits don’t throw the term “Legend” around loosely, but this morning they are universally using that term for Howard.
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.
Winning is a great deodorant.
And Brits long ago called Brad Friedel a “Legend”.
An Everton message board. Well, that settles it.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.”
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.
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.