Skip to comments.Japan Has Zero Chance of Winning World Cup — Goldman Sachs
Posted on 05/29/2014 1:31:24 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
Brazil has nearly an even shot at winning the upcoming World Cup, while Japan has none whatsoever. Those are the odds calculated by the investment banking house Goldman SachsGS -0.02% in its World Cup and Economics 2014 report, which gives host country Brazil a 48.5% shot of winning the much-watched international soccer tournament.
Japans chance, on the other hand, is 0.0%
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Scholes, who won 66 England caps between 1997 and 2004, urged Roy Hodgson to have five Liverpool players in his starting XI and go for it, avoiding 'dull 0-0 draws'.
England World Cup squad profile: Joe Hart
Hart had a horrific start to the season, with his all-too-frequent gaffes dominating the backpages and causing grimaces amongst England fans as the nations No.1 began to unravel. Tame shots were palmed into his own net and routine catches were fumbled, before a comical mix-up with Matija Nastasic saw City lose late on to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge at the height of Hart's ineptitude.
Manuel Pellegrini was forced into action, and decided to drop Hart for deputy keeper Costel Pantilimon. Joe needs a rest and it will be useful for him, said the Chilean at the time. The 27-year-old spent the next seven league matches on the bench, but a run that saw Pantilimon concede six times in three matches presented Hart with a chance to return to the first team.
Slowly and surely, he has restored his reputation.
Chile has a strong squad, but in the first round it faces defending champion Spain and 2010 finalist Netherlands, as well as Australia. Just advancing out of Group B will be seen as a major success.
But for the miners who were trapped deep underground for 69 days in 2010: "Nothing is impossible for a Chilean." That's the title of their stirring television ad released Wednesday.
The suit calls for the suspension of television and Internet spots that compare spending on the 12 World Cup stadiums to the amount Brazil invests in health, education and transportation. The government has also issued leaflets with the same information and other examples of how the country will benefit from staging soccers showpiece.
Besides not matching reality, the contents of the advertisement reaches the collective unconscious with the subliminal message that the federal government has fulfilled all its promises, prosecutor Ailton Benedito said in comments published on the federal attorneys office website. The governments press office wasnt able to comment immediately.
Head coach Joachim Loew took his squad to a luxury, five-star hotel in south Tirols St. Leonhard for 10 days to prepare his stars for their World Cup Group G campaign, which starts on June 16 against Portugal in Salvador.
Yet a series of unfortunate incidents have left some squad members seeking the services of the teams sports psychologist Hans-Dieter Hermann.
Defender Kevin Grosskreutz caused a scandal just before the camp started by urinating in the foyer of a Berlin hotel after the German Cup final, the same match where captain Philipp Lahm and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer picked up worrying injuries.
"We know warm-up matches were thrown in the last World Cup, so that is also useful information to help us counter things."
Why doesn’t China or India ever do anything in the World Cup? Both have gigantic populations and I assume many millions of soccer players. And unlike American football or basketball, you don’t have to be huge to excel in soccer. So why are there no Chinese or Indian superstars or great teams?
Given the price of a cheeseburger in Tokyo, I could see why the Brasilians want to the Japanese to show up all the same. BRING YEN - LOL!
Japan...Zero had a chance in the early stages of WWII.
Thank you for the ping.
Heads up to those going to the World Cup, The Guardian published a warning for the British to watch out for Argentine gangs.
So, Americans speak English, at least most of us. We could possibly be confused for Brits, soccer hooligans or Bravados, whatever they are called may not be the sharpest.
I’m not really excited about it being held in Brazil, there are many great things about that country I’m sure but it’s got a really high crime rate.
A 30-troop infantry platoon was sent on Wednesday to Brazil's base camp in Teresopolis, outside Rio de Janeiro, to reinforce security for the team
Now that Brazil is hosting the event, he has become so angry about the money being spent that he joined mass protests against it. He bought goggles for the tear gas and hung them near his trophy.
Brazil finds 'food not fit for consumption' at hotels hosting World Cup teams
In a surprise inspection Monday, Procon said, inspectors found 25 kilograms (about 55 pounds) of expired pasta, shrimp, salmon and margarine. At Portobello, inspectors also seized 24 kilograms (about 53 pounds) of steak, sauces, beef heart, cheese, sugar and fish without expiration labels.
Socceroos first team to arrive in Brazil for World Cup
The Socceroos, the worst-ranked side in the tournament, play a warm-up match against Croatia in Salvador on June 6 before opening their campaign versus Chile on June 14.
Since the recent release of FIFA's "We Are One (Ole Ola)," hordes of fans in Brazil have been slamming the official 2014 Cup theme. Many expressed their frustration on Twitter under the tag #VoltaWakaWaka a plea for the return of the widely loved song that Colombian artist Shakira performed for the 2010 tournament in South Africa.
All the other teams are just there for decoration and to increase global TV revenue.
Manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed England have no injury concerns but Southampton left-back Shaw is ill. He is separated from the rest of the team, didn't train on Thursday, but still has a chance of being fit for the match.
This is England's final match before departing for Miami on 4 June to begin final preparations for the World Cup where England will face Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica. In the meanwhile, manager Roy Hodgson will have to decide on his 23-man World Cup squad, this match being the last chance for the players to prove themselves and to book a seat on the flight to Miami next Wednesday.
The 2006 England team should have taken that advice. I thought they had a real shot at winning.
I’m hardly an expert, but I think the Indians (not the Cleveland ones) are into cricket and the Chinese into manufacturing.
Depending on its severity, the injury could require surgery, leaving Saborío with a recovery time toward the end of the 6-12 week window. Even without having to undergo a procedure, the rest required to heal the break would cost Saborío his World Cup.
The 32-year-old striker has 93 career appearances for his national team, recording 32 international goals. During World Cup qualifying, Saborío scored eight times, helping Costa Rica qualify for its third World Cup in four cycles.
The Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica players that England should fear
Álvaro Saborío has been in fine goalscoring form for Real Salt Lake this season, with six goals in 10 games so far, taking his tally over the past two years to 19 in just 28 starts. Only two Costa Ricans have scored more international goals than Saborío, and if there is a goalscoring threat for the minnows in such a tough group, he will carry it.
Too bad Paul the Octopus is no longer with us to make his picks.
"Race against the clock. Still lots to be done for World Cup fans and media," Valcke wrote on Twitter after visiting the host stadium in the city, posting a picture showing long rows of skeletal stands waiting to have seats installed.
An oldie, but goodie.
Ha,ha,....actually table tennis is the national sport of China, but they do have millions of kids playing soccer.
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