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Japan Has Zero Chance of Winning World Cup Goldman Sachs
wsj.com ^ | May 29, 2014 | wsj

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.

Japan’s chance, on the other hand, is 0.0%

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Japan
KEYWORDS: worldcup2014

1 posted on 05/29/2014 1:31:25 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: dfwgator; kevkrom; 1rudeboy; BeadCounter; C19fan; corkoman; cartan; St_Thomas_Aquinas; ...
FIFA’s Global Stadium opens
2 posted on 05/29/2014 1:41:24 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Pulling off a last-minute trip to Brazil, which is hosting the World Cup for the first time since 1950, isn't impossible, but travelers will need an Amazon-size budget and expedited visa service from the Brazilian government to attend the June 12-July 13 event.

Rebuilding Brazil from the ruins of 1950

3 posted on 05/29/2014 2:02:33 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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▶ PARADISE LOST: a film about Brazil vs Uruguay, the 1950 World Cup final, at the Maracana. - YouTube
4 posted on 05/29/2014 2:04:45 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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It is every coach’s worst nightmare as the start of the World Cup inches closer: injuries.
5 posted on 05/29/2014 2:25:59 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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"Come back, Lula."
"Only if there's a catastrophe."... meltdown during the World Cup
6 posted on 05/29/2014 2:51:03 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes says England need to play like Liverpool if they are to have any chance of winning the World Cup.

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 nation’s 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.

England stars in naked picture shock: Troll threatens to post nude images of footie aces

7 posted on 05/29/2014 3:07:11 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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▶ Scarlett's Roses - Roll On Rio - YouTube
8 posted on 05/29/2014 3:18:32 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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http://tvtotal.prosieben.de/tvtotal/wm-songs-2014/


9 posted on 05/29/2014 3:22:57 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Owen: England and Uruguay will advance

1.4%

10 posted on 05/29/2014 3:42:53 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
The Chilean miners who survived trapped underground longer than anyone else before have a message for their country's World Cup team: Don't fear the "group of death."

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.

▶ Comercial Mineros - Apoyo Selección camino al Mundial 2014 - YouTube

11 posted on 05/29/2014 3:46:28 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Brazil’s efforts to tout the benefits of hosting soccer’s World Cup to a skeptical nation have been hit by a lawsuit calling for an advertisement to be withdrawn on the basis it is “absurdly divorced from reality.”

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 soccer’s 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 government’s press office wasn’t able to comment immediately.
12 posted on 05/29/2014 3:57:16 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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This Versace T-shirt might be the worst World Cup souvenir of all time. And it’s $690.
13 posted on 05/29/2014 4:02:36 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Ghana: a World Cup history – video animation
14 posted on 05/29/2014 4:09:30 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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BERLIN, May 29: Germany’s World Cup preparation has been hit by a week of turbulence in which a car crash, injuries, a scandal and a driving ban have all caused disruption.

Head coach Joachim Loew took his squad to a luxury, five-star hotel in south Tirol’s 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 team’s 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.

15 posted on 05/29/2014 4:26:08 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Could matches at Fifa World Cup 2014 be fixed?
"Everyone has a history," he says. "Teams have history, players have history, refs have history.

"We know warm-up matches were thrown in the last World Cup, so that is also useful information to help us counter things."

16 posted on 05/29/2014 4:34:03 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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"We don't know yet what is wrong with Jesus. He is going to be tested and then we can give a status," coach Miguel Herrera said. "I spoke briefly with him and he said that he was fine, but we need to wait."
17 posted on 05/29/2014 4:39:07 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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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?


18 posted on 05/29/2014 4:48:06 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Heh, my friends are complaining that the price of concession food will be outrageous with a hot dogs and such being around $10 dollars. This type of stuff is all over the web.

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!

19 posted on 05/29/2014 5:35:01 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Caipirabob
Uhng, here is the direct link to the article.
20 posted on 05/29/2014 5:37:01 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Japan...Zero had a chance in the early stages of WWII.


21 posted on 05/29/2014 9:07:11 AM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

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.

http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/159969/uk-fans-warned-about-potential-argentine-gangs (Read about it here)

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.


22 posted on 05/29/2014 11:01:08 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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You welcome BeadCounter!

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

23 posted on 05/29/2014 11:24:55 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Hope Fades in Brazil for a World Cup Economic Boost
RIO DE JANEIRO—Not too long ago, Tarcísio Monteiro was so obsessed with World Cup soccer he bought a plastic World Cup trophy for his room in a cramped Rio de Janeiro slum.

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.

24 posted on 05/29/2014 11:29:05 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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The official World Cup song is definitely striking a chord — the wrong one with many in host country Brazil.

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.

The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Song We Are One (Ole Ola)

Shakira-Waka Waka HD

25 posted on 05/29/2014 11:47:25 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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There are always only about eight or so countries, all from Europe or South America, with any chance to win the World Cup.

All the other teams are just there for decoration and to increase global TV revenue.

26 posted on 05/29/2014 11:55:19 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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England prepare for friendly against Peru
The England national football team will play a friendly against Peru on Friday 30 May in Wembley.

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.

27 posted on 05/29/2014 12:57:05 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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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'.

The 2006 England team should have taken that advice. I thought they had a real shot at winning.

28 posted on 05/29/2014 1:00:07 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ([CTRL-GALT-DELETE])
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To: driftless2

I’m hardly an expert, but I think the Indians (not the Cleveland ones) are into cricket and the Chinese into manufacturing.


29 posted on 05/29/2014 1:02:58 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
World Cup tickets are being listed on the secondary market for as little as $15.48
30 posted on 05/29/2014 1:03:21 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Saborío suffered the injury in morning training, immediately leaving the field. Costa Rica is in the process of confirming the bone on the outside of his right foot is in fact broken.

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.

31 posted on 05/29/2014 1:16:38 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Too bad Paul the Octopus is no longer with us to make his picks.


32 posted on 05/29/2014 1:18:48 PM PDT by dfwgator
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Paul the Octopus (hatched in 2008, died October 2010)
33 posted on 05/29/2014 1:23:57 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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'Goodbye My Lover' by James Blunt, 'Ain't No Sunshine' by Bill Withers and Damien Rice's 'The Blower's Daughter'.

▶ james blunt - goodbye my lover (lyrics) - YouTube

the blower's daughter, damien rice ▶ Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine - YouTube

34 posted on 05/29/2014 1:42:29 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Fresh criticism of World Cup stadium preparations
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke on Wednesday voiced fresh criticism of Brazil's World Cup preparations by indicating the northeastern venue of Natal had work to do to be ready for the event starting on June 12.

"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.

35 posted on 05/29/2014 1:58:13 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Brazil's World Cup Attendees Are Banned From Using Caxirola
36 posted on 05/29/2014 2:02:35 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

An oldie, but goodie.

Vuvuzela Hero
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P40TP1ughek


37 posted on 05/29/2014 2:06:36 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Good night!
Twitter / Search - World Cup lang:en
38 posted on 05/29/2014 2:08:19 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: nascarnation

Ha,ha,....actually table tennis is the national sport of China, but they do have millions of kids playing soccer.


39 posted on 05/29/2014 3:27:33 PM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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