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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-10-2006, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Cool World Cup Football Mania!

It's been an excellent start to the World Cup. Germany, host nation won their opening game against Costa Rica 4-2 (most goals scored in a world cup opening game), England won their match against Portugal, and big upset for Sweden as Trinidad & Tobago (smallest country to qualify for the World Cup) tied their game. Sweden was expected to score around 3-4 goals in the game.



So, for those that dont understand how the World Cup goes, let me explain what I know of it...

32 teams/countries qualify in the past year to take part in the World Cup Finals as such, like the NBA playoffs. It's a big deal just to qualify.

There are 8 groups with 4 teams in each group. In "Group Play" each team will play the other 3 teams in their group. A win gives 3 points, tie gives 1 point each, loss gives 0. The top 2 teams in each group move ahead to the knock-out part of the championship.

So now, there are 16 teams and the winner from each of those games moves ahead into the quarter-finals, then the semis and then the finals. I think that's correct.

The US team played really well in the last World Cup in 2002 and they are out to prove this time around that it wasn't a fluke. You see, the US team didn't quality for the World Cup for 40 years from the 50's to the 90's and as everyone knows, "Football" isn't very big in the US.

The US team this year is very strong, but they have a tough group. I think groups are assigned randomly, but countries are chosen from different continents and it's also based on your country's ranking with FIFA (organizing body). So Brazil wouldn't be in the same group as Germany or England or Argentina (all strong teams).

The US has the Czech Republic, Italy and Ghana in their group. Ghana is a strong African team, but shouldn't be a problem beating them. If the US can beat the Czech Republic, they are gauranteed to move ahead. This will be a tough first game.

US vs Czech Republic is on at 11 am this Monday 6/12 on ESPN2. Turn it on at work and support your country!

Brazil's first game is on Tuesday. They play a very exciting game, which should thrill even the non-soccer fans.

Why don't you guys tune into ESPN2 at 8am, 11am and 1pm these coming days to understand why this is called "The World's Game"

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Claudia Schiffer at the opening match for Germany


Trinidad vs Sweden, 10 June 2006, Dortmund, Germany


TRI : SWE, 10 June 2006, Dortmund, Germany
IBRAHIMOVIC Zlatan (SWE), SANCHO Brent (TRI), LAWRENCE Dennis (TRI)


Paraguay player Carlos Paredes (L) is pictured in mid-air after unleashing a shot on goal, under pressure from England keeper Paul Robinson. England beat Paraguay 1-0 in their first Group B game of the 2006 FIFA World Cupô. PHOTO / VALERY HACHE


Ecuador forward Agustin Delgado (top) fires the ball past Polandís Artur Boruc to give the South Americans a 2-0 lead during their FIFA World Cupô Group A match at the Gelsenkirchen stadium, on 09 July 2006. PHOTO JUNG YEON-JE


Colourful samba dancers cheers on Brazil during their 4-0 defeat of New Zealand in Geneva, Switzerland on 04 June 2006. PHOTO/ANTONIO SCORZA


A fan runs onto the pitch to embrace Brazilian striker Ronaldinho (L) during a training session at Thermoplan Arena in Weggis, Switzerland, May 26, 2006. WORLD CUP 2006 PREVIEW REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

The US Team:


United States midfielder Landon Donovan, left, and defender Jimmy Conrad jump during training in Norderstedt, Germany Friday, June 9, 2006. The United States will play against Italy, Ghana, and the Czech Republic in Group E during the 2006 World Cup soccer in Germany. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)


Oguchi Onyewu (R) of the United States National Men's Soccer Team wins the ball against Jorge Rojas (L) of Venezuela during the first half of their friendly match in preparation for the 2006 World Cup at Cleveland Browns Stadium 26 May 2006 in Cleveland, Ohio. AFP PHOTO/David MAXWELL


USA's Landon Donovan takes the ball past Jamaica's Demar Stewart during the friendly match on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 in Cary, N.C. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (AP Photo/ Karl DeBlaker)

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I am rooting for the Czech Republic, but if USA wins that is fine by me.

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Horrible start for the Polish.... This is the only time during the year where i hate not having cable...
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If God wanted us to play soccer, why did he give us arms?
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And if God told 3 Billion Fans to rise up against the US???

it would make it a very scary place...LOL

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Ivory Coast vs. Argentina was a great game yesterday.
Yeah, I like seeing an offensive game, pace was moving all the time. That Drogba... nice punt into the goal there. And awesome to see Diego going wild with Argentina's win.

And Hoslip on the Trinny team, excellent goal keeping

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Iran vs Mexico, pretty awesome second half. Sure glad Iran didn't win.
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The English look like they are playing well beneath their level..what else is new.

My Argentina is STILL having to tendency to slow down towards the end but they have a strong team so should do well.

Refeering so far from the games I have watched has been less than stellar. Bound to happen but Ive seen more blown calls so far than the last few in the beginning days. Ill cut them slack since its just starting. Once round-robin ends they better get their sh#t together.

Unbelievable that Trinidad tied Sweden..so far def the shocker of the tourny. Good for Ecuador as well, the land of my in-laws

Players REALLY need to stop dropping to the ground like the house has fallen on top of them, every single time they get the slightest touch.

Nice to see Maradona minus 100 pounds and cheering for the team.

And on we go...US tomm...lets see how they do against a decent team with the Czechs.
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Players REALLY need to stop dropping to the ground like the house has fallen on top of them, every single time they get the slightest touch.
Yeah, isn't it funny how players get tapped and then proceed with a dive roll and hold the leg in agony... But I saw a few tackles in slo-mo and the guys just get pushed down with the slightest bump, cause I think momemtum has to do with it, two players charging each other or one just slightly tripping the other who's running...

Serbia got a quite a few yellows today.

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Damn, can't believe how excited I am for today's USA game vs Czech

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It's a good reason to go to your local pub!
unfortunatelly, most aren't open that early, and if they are, don't have soccer on the tv sets...

btw, USA sucked a lot today.... lost 3:0....
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unfortunatelly, most aren't open that early, and if they are, don't have soccer on the tv sets...

btw, USA sucked a lot today.... lost 3:0....
Must be the area where you live. A few bars in my area play the games, even open early for them. We even have every game on in the cafeteria at my work.

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Brazil on today...I cant wait to see how they do with their full lineup going all guns.

BTW did anyone see the last 10 mins of the Japan-Aussie game..WTF happened to the Japanese??!!

Referring still blowz.

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its over for few teams already and some great match-ups are right around the corner. So far best game that I've seen was Poland-Gemrany , Italy - USA, Japan- Croatia ............. well there was a lot of great games .......

I hope England goes to final and win.
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Love that Japanese keeper.

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Love that Japanese keeper.
I dunno...gotta love any keepers skills..cat like reflexes i think...especially wish i could punt a ball almost 100 yards lol

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Dude they play almost the entire game with their feet....hence the name, not like in America, where the entire game is played most the time with their hands......should be called handball

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Wow, what a surprise from the Italians...
Italy scores 2 goals within 3 minutes in the second OT.
Final score: ITA 2: GER 0
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Great finish! Glad to see the Germans fall. My dad is German and was actually rooting against them. He saw about twenty German flags in the crowd, and then a Nazi flag. He immediately switched teams.

Way to go Italy!

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All the Italian "Social Clubs" {Bookie Joints} are going nuts here.

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Club soccer is so much better than international soccer. The Champions League is far superior to the World Cup- and it's played every year. The World Cup just throws national pride into the mix. Most of the time in international soccer, the players act like they've never played with each other before.

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Great end to the Italy game. Esp after how the Germans beat Argentina..couldnt have destroyed them better than in the last 2 mins over OT.

Club football is better, but its not the same thing as the World Cup in terms of overall feeling, exactly because it IS every year.
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Italy and France

Italy and France playing in Germany.

There has to be a joke in there somewhere.

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Well, judging from the commotion on Harlem Ave. this afternoon, I guess Italy won....

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