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Joseph Glantz
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 6:05:56 AM
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So the World Cup is starting. Do you have a favorite? Do you care?
kisholoy mukherjee
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 6:39:36 AM
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I don't really care. I wonder when India will make it to the world cup football. Pray Then, I will care!
pedro
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 6:55:40 AM
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I've had too much football this year. Much as I'd like England to win we have all the usual problems; a dodgy goalkeeper, strikers who don't work well together- one of whom is liable to be sent off in every other match and the usual unpreparedness for penalty shoot-outs. For what it's worth, I've put my money on Holland (I got 12/1 which isn't bad for a side rated no.3 in the world currently, with an Afrikaans speaking following and also in good form) I see England losing on penalties in the semi's and a Spain v Holland final.
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Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 7:19:17 AM
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A recent newcomer to the beautiful game [10 years] it used to be like watching paint dry before international players came to premier league. I now watch the highlights on match of the day and am captivated by some of the skills shown. That said we are inundated at every possible advertising opportunity on TV and heartily nauseated by this already.

Reckon Pedro got great odds and think he may be in with a chance and favour his choice myself somewhat, but I'd really like to see Cameroon go all the way.
boneyfriend
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 9:12:55 AM

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I love to watch the World Cup in the beginning. I have done it for the past two World Cups. Both times some little poor country will upset some stronger country and that is so much fun to see. That is the only reason I watch. Later in the series that doesn't happen so I don't watch.
Susie
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 9:26:00 AM
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I don't really know much about sports. I do like to see a team win and the opposing team be good sports about it. I live in Chicago and our hockey team just won the Stanley Cup (a really big to do). While watching the game, an announcer noted that the fans of the other team (we won on an away game) stayed to watch Chicago accept the trophey.

I get very upset and disappointed when the fans become rowdy and disruptive (even violent) with each other and/or the players.

It's a game of skill and endurance, yet all in all it's supposed to be fun.
Good luck to all who are involved, to even be a part of it must be great.Applause
sunshine
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 9:43:05 AM
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I don't really care either but I will watch the finals no matter who will take part...
buxton
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 9:49:27 AM
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It's got to be Brazil for me. They're just too strong - unless one of their two flair players (Robinho or Kaka) pick up an injury.

Their combination of a disciplined, tactically sound system with wonderful flair is potent.
HWNN1961
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 11:35:45 AM
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I am definately a "homer". Even though they will be a decided long-shot, gotta stay with the good ole' USA. We face England first. The American team is a perennial qualifier, but, rarely "go deep" in the tournament. There is some question about the consistency of the backliners too. Still, they keep improving.
Avonlea
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 12:32:58 PM
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What World Cup? hahaha
Yorker
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 2:24:09 PM
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I drew England in the local pub quiz. Do I have a chance of winning the draw? I don't think so.

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Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 2:39:37 PM
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Avonlea wrote:
What World Cup? hahaha

Well, you see, the World Cup is a lake which contains the water which keeps the World Tree, Yggdrasil, alive. There is a competition held every year that determines who is most suitable to drink from the magical waters that will give the drinker unmatched strength and when he/she passes on, he/she will be recruited into Odin's or Freyja's army to fight on the day of Ragnarök.

Strangely enough, the competition focuses on a rather cowardly approach of kicking one another's balls.
kaleem
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 5:55:39 PM
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Brazil.


schrodinger's cat
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 7:33:32 PM
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It's funny but when it comes to soccer, I only watch the big competitions (World Cup, European Championship, Olympics) and I've watched them for ages. Zidane was my number one player since I was about 10, so I was somewhat fond of the French team. Oh, his last game... I actually cried for hours when he got the red card and was depressed even days after. People kept asking me what's the matter... (that's my embarrassing story for the month)

But ever since then and even before, the Dutch were my favourite team, you've just got to love their orange uniforms. :)

I'll be rooting for the Slovenian team, that is, until they don't get stuck in the first round and then it's Netherlands all the way. They're so gonna make it this year!Applause
Avonlea
Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 3:29:35 AM
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Right on Nooblet!
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What a fantastic first goal for the world cup and South Africa were the ones to do it against Mexico. An out of this world pass and a beautiful finish, top right hand corner of goal, superb.
TL Hobs
Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 10:16:28 PM
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I like that it is accepted world wide as an universal sport, but still don't get the fervor given to it. But then, I am not a spectator of any sport.

It makes more sense than cricket. Humpin' Himiny! Now there is a sport to avoid!
HWNN1961
Posted: Saturday, June 12, 2010 8:59:34 PM
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USA got a draw with England. Not bad. I didn't see the match "live", but, did the goal scored by the USA look particularly soft? Hate to have to live with that if I'm England's netminder!
Lady Penelope
Posted: Saturday, June 12, 2010 9:38:58 PM
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HWNN1961 wrote:
USA got a draw with England. Not bad. I didn't see the match "live", but, did the goal scored by the USA look particularly soft? Hate to have to live with that if I'm England's netminder!


Well, we don't have a team that seems to play together, I've seem more teamwork at the local park when the little ones are having a kick about. I hope I am proved wrong.

At least a draw will stop us fighting on the forum. Shhh
HWNN1961
Posted: Saturday, June 12, 2010 10:33:16 PM
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Lady Penelope wrote:
HWNN1961 wrote:
USA got a draw with England. Not bad. I didn't see the match "live", but, did the goal scored by the USA look particularly soft? Hate to have to live with that if I'm England's netminder!


Well, we don't have a team that seems to play together, I've seem more teamwork at the local park when the little ones are having a kick about. I hope I am proved wrong.

At least a draw will stop us fighting on the forum. Shhh


No fights in any outcome Lady P. I just feel bad for the netminder. I thought he had control of the ball and somehow he lost it. Football/soccer is not big-time in the US, but, I'd root for my team if we held world-wide cockroach races. Still, I wish England well.
shaoley
Posted: Saturday, June 12, 2010 10:37:36 PM
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Not now. Maybe when my country will be represented.
dingdong
Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010 5:34:06 AM
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shaoley wrote:
Not now. Maybe when my country will be represented.


Which is?
RARA
Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010 5:37:27 AM
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I would love to support my country but have you seen England play? are they really the BEST players we have to offer?

We couldn't even win against the States.
dingdong
Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010 5:49:51 AM
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RARA wrote:
I would love to support my country but have you seen England play? are they really the BEST players we have to offer?

We couldn't even win against the States.


RARA, the result last night (2.30am here!!) was better than the last time we played the US in the World Cup. Our problem is that we only have 4 established world class players (Lampard, Gerrard, Rooney and Terry). The rest are make-weights - good, but not quite good enough.
I thought before the competition started our lack of a class goalkeeper would tell, and lo and behold ...
Still, we are better than many of the teams there, and I'm still looking for a quarter-final place, at least.
RARA
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dingdong wrote:
RARA wrote:
I would love to support my country but have you seen England play? are they really the BEST players we have to offer?

We couldn't even win against the States.


RARA, the result last night (2.30am here!!) was better than the last time we played the US in the World Cup. Our problem is that we only have 4 established world class players (Lampard, Gerrard, Rooney and Terry). The rest are make-weights - good, but not quite good enough.
I thought before the competition started our lack of a class goalkeeper would tell, and lo and behold ...
Still, we are better than many of the teams there, and I'm still looking for a quarter-final place, at least.


Ah you wonderful optimist you!
dingdong
Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010 6:40:24 AM
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Optimist! No - an optimist would think we'd win the World Cup. I'm a realist - we'll lose to North Korea - on penalties.
RARA
Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010 11:23:18 AM
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dingdong wrote:
Optimist! No - an optimist would think we'd win the World Cup. I'm a realist - we'll lose to North Korea - on penalties.


I was going to say fantasist :)
kisholoy mukherjee
Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010 11:24:12 AM
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They are going to win.
RARA
Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010 11:27:09 AM
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kisholoy mukherjee wrote:
They are going to win.

Who are going to win? North Korea?
roswald
Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010 2:10:16 PM
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Brick wall I have tried & tried to get excited about soccer. It's no wonder Americans long ago took that game of "football" and changed it up to be more engrossing and exciting. All that time for how many scores???? Close to 9 hours of my life I can't get back. And then....ending in a draw? Absolute B.S.

American football is so much more complex in it's plays and strategies. Much more action going on rather that just a lot of running. It perplexes me as to the world interest in this game. Maybe it's because the whole world is involved..........ya that's probably it.Think

I could care less who wins. What??? I can't have an opinion????Anxious
dingdong
Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010 8:54:36 PM
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kisholoy mukherjee wrote:
They are going to win.


KM, I didn't know there was a competition for the forum's most pointless post.
iciek
Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 3:31:54 AM
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Seems that you can win against teams that aren't even playing. Whistle

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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 11:57:41 AM

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USA just advanced to next round beating Algeria 1-0. England did the same against Slovenia.
schrodinger's cat
Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 12:02:55 PM
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Thanks for rubbing it in. Not talking
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 12:15:10 PM

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schrodinger's cat wrote:
Thanks for rubbing it in. Not talking


Sorry! I sure was on Slovenia's side ;-)
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