Are you excited about the World Cup? I know many Americans do not get overly excited about this event, but it is huge.
Let the games begin.
I'm actually kind of excited about it. Why?
1. I wanna see what all the hype is about
2. I wanna see what kind of mayhem the *****ries will create this year
EXCITED as HECK
My wife has been a DIE HARD Brazilian football(that is what they call rugby) fan for years and years. And what is REALLY amazing is the US is ranked 5th in the world by FIFA.
I am sure I can somehow get to drink a beer or two to make the pain of watching it go away. lol
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Futbol is like anything; until you start to understand it, it is very hard to appreciate. My wife becomes catatonic watching baseball b/c it means nothing to her. Most Americans don't realize the amount of skill these guys have, so it looks like a bunch of goons chasing a ball. To begin to see the technical expertise, you have to watch the slow motion replays. Their strength, speed and coordination are incomprehensible.
Amazing yes but incorrect as well. FIFA has admitted that they made a mistake by the way they weighted the CONCACAF games incorrectly. Consequently, Mexico and the USA are ranked much higher than they should be.Originally Posted by CROWLER
I am planning on having quite a few beers of the course fo this World Cup.
Brazil should be lots of fun to watch. Their abundance of skilled offensive player is amazing. Netherlands should be another very exciting team to watch.
Looking forward to watching Czech Republic, Brazil, Holland, and I guess France. I can't watch MLS, but when World Cup rolls around I must pay attention.
Poland looked piss poor today.
Si, Ecuador dominated. I'm sorry guys, I have to cheer for the DeutschlandOriginally Posted by size
FIFA announces no doping case by World Cup teams
All the 32 teams for the 2006 World Cup finals are free of doping, an FIFA official said here on Sunday.
"There were no positive results among the 216 urine samples that have been analysed to date", said FIFA Chief Medical Officer Jiri Dvorak at a local press conference.
The 53-year-old professor said FIFA's doping control doctors have conducted unannounced tests at 24 friendly matches and the training camps of all the 32 participating teams ahead of the World Cup.
"Even though in some cases teams had to be tested more than once in a period of just a few days, the cooperation of the players, coaches and officials was excellent," he said.
Dvorak explained that at the friendly matches, two players per team were drawn for testing in accordance with the FIFA Doping Control Regulations, and requested to give a urine sample as soon as the match was over.
The doping tests at the training camps were conducted without prior notice and at a random time.
Four players per squad were drawn by lots, with the laboratory also testing one of these four players for erythropoietin, he added.
FIFA, which became the first sports federation to introduce doping control tests in 1970, has conducted 20 percent more pre-World Cup doping tests when compared to 2002.
"There is no reason to believe that if we were to test more players from each team, or if we were to conduct more tests outside of football competitions, we would uncover more positive tests," stressed Dvorak.
During the World Cup, urine samples from two players per team will be tested after each match by FIFA and Germany's national anti-doping agency (NADA).
You guys shouldn't be so rough on the US team - they're really quite good!
So far, teams impressing me have been Argentina, Trinidad (even with ten men they were superb), angola (they lost, but their passing was/is great) and Holland (although they looked reall good because Serbia played so poorly, whereas they're usually really good).
Players impressing me thus far are Phillip lahm (germany), Saviola (argentina), Beckham (England), Marquez (mexico), Sneijder and Robben (Holland), Pauleta (Portugal), Shaka Hislop and A. John (Trinidad).
Its saping up to be a great tournament.
Down 2-0 @ the half, not looking good so far today.
Anyway, this is the first WC I've really looked forward to since '94. As always, I hope Italy does well.
Czech 3 - USA 0
USA looked quite poor. They moved slowly and could never put together any offensively cohesive passing.
Game was totally dominately by Nedved. Really is an example of complete game control by a player and making everything develop thru him.
I think Holland has excellent potential to progress in this cup.Originally Posted by Robboe
I saw my first 90 minutes of soccer in the USA game and wow, I expected a lot more based on the hype I heard. I'll look forward to watching Brazil, I want to see what they hype is about their guys who are so great that they only go by their first name
I'm interested to see what South-Korea do, I'm hoping they put up an entertaining match at least.
yes, i agree with you. they have young players but are in a very strong group. they are one of the few teams with enough skill to beat the braziliansOriginally Posted by size
Brazil team played poorly for their first match And thats nothing compared to their talents, this match doesnt count if you wanna know whats the hype is about.Originally Posted by Iron Warrior
The USA played a very bad game but the Czechs are a very strong team. When a team has a player like Nedved that constatnly dictates pace and ball control it can really take the other team out of its rhythm. But for the most part, many of the USA players simply failed to play.Originally Posted by Iron Warrior