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Old June 24, 2010, 19:54   #31
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Looks like it will be another classic European matchup between England and Germany. And also a reprise of last tournament's US failure against Ghana.
The US may have lost against Ghana once. We've lost against Germany too many times to count. It's going to be horrible.
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Old June 24, 2010, 21:55   #32
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The US may have lost against Ghana once. We've lost against Germany too many times to count. It's going to be horrible.
At least you're still in. Standard joke:

Q. What's the difference between the Socceroos and a tea bag?
A. A tea bag stays in the cup longer.
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Old June 24, 2010, 22:56   #33
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Oz and NZ went out with their heads held high, though - they both left South Africa with a lot more credit than Italy or France (or, almost, England - eek)...

Difficult to look beyond Argentina or Brazil for the Cup itself - although there have already been more shocks that you'd normally expect for a whole WC...
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Old June 24, 2010, 23:24   #34
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Oz and NZ went out with their heads held high, though - they both left South Africa with a lot more credit than Italy or France (or, almost, England - eek)...

Difficult to look beyond Argentina or Brazil for the Cup itself - although there have already been more shocks that you'd normally expect for a whole WC...
I was impressed and surprised how well Japan played. If they get the mid-field a bit better we might have a real surprise team there. They have a very agile and fast offence, maybe even too agile.
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Old June 24, 2010, 23:33   #35
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Good job NZ! I honestly didn't think they would hold their own, but they did. Good on ya I'm shocked it wasn't 4-1 with all those chances...
It's aaaaalll over for NZ

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Old June 25, 2010, 03:37   #36
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It's aaaaalll over for NZ

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Old June 25, 2010, 03:39   #37
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At least you're still in. Standard joke:

Q. What's the difference between the Socceroos and a tea bag?
A. A tea bag stays in the cup longer.
Love it!





With how this cup is going so far, anybody can win. There have been some crazy plays (and calls). But yeah my money is on Argentina. Brazil doesn't seem to find their "on" switch until the 2nd half...
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Only team not to lose a game and not make it through to the top 16.
Awesome effort though.

I'm tipping a South American team to win - besides the big two, Uruguay are looking good.
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Old June 26, 2010, 08:17   #39
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I'm tipping a South American team to win - besides the big two, Uruguay are looking good.
A reasonable bet since every time a World Cup is held outside Europe a South American team wins.

Another useless random factoid: aside from South Africa (the first host not to advance out of the group stage), every non-European host nation advanced to the knockout stage this year.
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Just passing by, had to answer this topic

I watch the games, but do not wish my country (Brasil) win, because:

1. Together with Carnival, Soccer here is the other big tool the government has to make population more alienated, ignorant, oblivious, living in a bliss. Brasil is one of the most corrupt-filled countries in the world. In the years Brasil lost the cup, everybody gets sad, but also start seeing the wrong things around, and start working harder and doing something to make things better. Last time, a civil war almost emerged to dethrone a corrupt president and ministers 2 months after we lost the cup.

2. Soccer is a very unbalanced game, to the point of being stupid. Not only the Offside is the stupidest rule ever (before that, games tended to score 5-8 points, actually showing better the best time; that rule was implemented here by the nineties), there are some very nasty "under the table" rules and teachings here (and probably in some european clubs) usually called "mind game" or something, an 1-hour weekly discipline in many big-team soccer players teaching them how to hit to hurt, main and demoralize the opponent players without drawing attention from the judge and arbiters! Last year, a player went out of the game with a broken leg and his chest full of bruises, as appeared on TV... Super two-faced.

Soccer would be a much better game if it became a gladiatorial-style game like Arch Rivals (nes, genesis) or Soccer Brawl (Neo Geo). No more "under the table" gameplay. Even then, I still wouldn't want my country to win.
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