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    World Cup


    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.

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    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
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CROWLER
    EXCITED as HECK

    And what is REALLY amazing is the US is ranked 5th in the world by FIFA.
    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.

    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.
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    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.
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    Poland looked piss poor today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by size
    Poland looked piss poor today.
    Si, Ecuador dominated. I'm sorry guys, I have to cheer for the Deutschland
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    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).

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by size
    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.
    Yep. And the lad is like 33!

    The next Nedved is Holland's Wesley Sneijder. I've had my peepers on the lad for a while. He will be quality soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robboe
    The next Nedved is Holland's Wesley Sneijder. I've had my peepers on the lad for a while. He will be quality soon.
    I think Holland has excellent potential to progress in this cup.
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    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
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    I'm interested to see what South-Korea do, I'm hoping they put up an entertaining match at least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by size
    I think Holland has excellent potential to progress in this cup.
    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 brazilians
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Warrior
    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
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Warrior
    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.
    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.
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    I was impressed by Italy, that Totti guy looks like a good player. Sounds like Italian soccer had the MLB equivalent of the steroid scandal with gambling
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    Go Italy

    (and USA, but we looked like a highschool team in the first game, so i'm not putting much faith in them)
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    Ecuador looked good again today. This team did beat Brazil and Argentina in Quito.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Warrior
    I was impressed by Italy, that Totti guy looks like a good player. Sounds like Italian soccer had the MLB equivalent of the steroid scandal with gambling
    Yeah, the match-fixing allegations could lead to some major teams being in deep ****.
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    Anyone happen to watch Argentina play with Serbia-Mont? Argentina looked very impressive, they did anything they wanted in this game. Defeinitely looking like a powerful side. Keeps getting me more excited about the Argentina v. Netherlands.
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    I watched it, Argentina kicked ass with style.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robboe
    Yeah, the match-fixing allegations could lead to some major teams being in deep ****.
    I can't wait to see if some teams are gonna be relegated to Serie B. Who knows exactly?

    Ecuador is looking good , but they still haven't played a ''big'' country.
    Argentina - Holland will be a great match!

    Italy - USA tomorrow. Forza Italia!
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    USA -1 Italy - 1

    Good effort by both teams but Horrible referee
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    Quote Originally Posted by size
    USA -1 Italy - 1

    Good effort by both teams but Horrible referee
    Horrible indeed. That was a great game to watch though, and USA played great.
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    I missed the damned game due to a birthday party. Watched CR lose, though. Tell me about this "horrible" ref. The bracket is screwed up right now, and the US is still the only team without a win. I assume if Italy beats CR and the US beats Ghana then they both advance? This is the outcome I hoped for since I'm cheering for both teams.
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    Wow, I thought Italy would crush them, especially after the early lead. Go USA !
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    Quote Originally Posted by BingeAndPurge
    Tell me about this "horrible" ref...I assume if Italy beats CR and the US beats Ghana then they both advance?
    Referee was horrible. He called far to many fouls completely ruining the flow of the game. Whenever the game speed began to pick up he would bring it to a halt with his whistle. On top of this, he was way to aggressive with giving out cards. He never warned, he simply pulled the cards for any hard foul. Very poorly done.

    If Italy wins and the USA win, then both advance out of bracket.
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    Pleasantly surprised at the 1-1 France-South Korea score tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziricote
    Pleasantly surprised at the 1-1 France-South Korea score tonight.
    Vieira's goal was blatantly over the line though. I did laugh though, cause i fancied korea to nick a goal back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BingeAndPurge
    I missed the damned game due to a birthday party. Watched CR lose, though. Tell me about this "horrible" ref. The bracket is screwed up right now, and the US is still the only team without a win. I assume if Italy beats CR and the US beats Ghana then they both advance? This is the outcome I hoped for since I'm cheering for both teams.
    Don't write-off Ghana. They have a great team and really showed against Czech Rep.

    I did not anticipate that scoreline. They have some crazy pace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robboe
    Vieira's goal was blatantly over the line though. I did laugh though, cause i fancied korea to nick a goal back.
    Korea's goal was pretty entertaining that's for sure, and now their top of their group aswell I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robboe
    Vieira's goal was blatantly over the line though. I did laugh though
    I laughed as well. I laughed even more when Zidane got his yellow card forcing him to miss the next game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by size
    I laughed as well. I laughed even more when Zidane got his yellow card forcing him to miss the next game.
    Yeah, that could have been his last international match for France.

    I bet he wishes he'd retired after Euro 2000 now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robboe
    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).
    For anyone curious why i didn't include Spain in this shortlist, despite their mauling of the Ukraine, is because i considered it a "good day" for them. I was waiting to see if they could reproduce the form against opposition on a different day, and clearly, after last night's match, they can't. Or at least now for now.

    This may change when they play Saudi, but on the whole, i feel like when they come up against better opposition they are going to have to really step it up a gear to look good. Last night did not impress me, despite their dominance (and eventual win).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robboe
    For anyone curious why i didn't include Spain in this shortlist,
    I would assuem you did not pick Spain for the same reason I did not, they consistently fail to meet expectations in the World Cup.
  

  
 

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