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Titanico
06-04-2010, 05:52 PM
The World Cup will start at 7:00 a.m. (CST) next Friday, June 11.

You can check the groups here (http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/standings/index.html) There are 8 groups.

The U.S.A. team is located in group C, along with England, Algeria and Slovenia. The first match of that group will be England vs. U.S.A. making it an attractive game to watch.

Mexico kicks off the World Cup, playing against the host: South Africa. Here the Mexican team would have to take ball control and score as soon as possible, to take out the public support factor out from the equation. Uruguay and France are the other teams in group A.

You can check this map (http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/teams/index.html), to see all the participating teams which qualifyied to the first World Cup organized in the African Continent, ever.

In their last trainning match, Mexico defeated the actual World Champions, Italy 2-1. The match was celebrated in Belgium.

SwissTitansFan
06-07-2010, 10:41 PM
I'm sooooooooooooooo ready for some Soccer World Cup....!!!

http://p3.focus.de/img/gen/6/1/236182_1174635_1_sid_Pxgen_r_467xA.jpg

HOPP SCHWIIZ....!!!

http://c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000OWtjJ.7Owvw/s

NAPRED SRBIJO....!!!

http://cdn.picapp.com/ftp/Images/a/9/7/0/United_States_v_c93f.jpg

GOOOOOOOOOOOO U.S.A......!!!!!

Titanico
06-09-2010, 02:31 AM
I'm sooooooooooooooo ready for some Soccer World Cup....!!!




We will be few following and posting about the World Cup in this forum...but this will not be about quantity but QUALITY about this event! :thumbsup

SwissTitansFan
06-10-2010, 02:01 AM
We will be few following and posting about the World Cup in this forum...but this will not be about quantity but QUALITY about this event! :thumbsup

Ohhh well....still fun....though....!!!

I'm gone watch every game, that's for sure...I just love soccer....I grew up with the sport...

http://www.fifa.com/index.html

btw...big shock for the Swiss team...our main striker and captain Alex Frei injured his ankle at the last practice before the team left for South Africa...
He's questionable for the Spain game...The whole nation is praying for his speedy recovering...We sure need him...!!!

The thoughest group is IMHO, Group A with Mexico, South Africa, Urugay and France....

Titanico
06-10-2010, 12:14 PM
I grew up with this sport as well. I hope that the Swiss captain recovers and plays against Spain.

Spain are the proclaimed champions in the odds to win the World Cup (4-1)
Brazil is 9-1.

Italy always arrives to the competition shy and always finishes strong or as the Champion.

England, Argentina and Germany are the other favorite teams to win it all.

Tommorow is the opening at 7:00 am (CST) and the South Africa vs. Mexico match is at 9 am (CST). I can't tell you how important is for Mexico to win this match and take the 3 points. The games against France and Uruguay are going to be quite tough.

And no matter that no one believes in France, they are a team full of very good players, and the World Cup always brings the best out of them...same with Uruguay.

Sect309Fan
06-10-2010, 02:01 PM
I enjoy the World Cup, though I will be watching the US mainly. I am excited about the opening match over England Saturday, though I will have to DVR the game.

ZachLV27
06-10-2010, 06:44 PM
I'll be watching the World Cup from pretty much start to finish. It doesn't matter who is playing and if I don't know anyone in the game I still get into the games.

SwissTitansFan
06-11-2010, 08:04 AM
I grew up with this sport as well. I hope that the Swiss captain recovers and plays against Spain.

Spain are the proclaimed champions in the odds to win the World Cup (4-1)
Brazil is 9-1.

Yeah..everyone has Spain go all the way...but on the other hand you never know what's gone happen in the WC....Interessting for Group H (Switzerland, Spain, Honduras and Chile) willl be the "Round of 16" when they clash with Group G (Brazil, Portugal, North Korea and Ivory Coast)...I already see some tough matchup's coming up for the qualifiers of the groups...


Italy always arrives to the competition shy and always finishes strong or as the Champion.

Well....according to the eurpean media, Italy's team is "too old" and the concerns are here if they can deliver in this long tournament...


England, Argentina and Germany are the other favorite teams to win it all.

England is one of my favorites too....Argentina has the names, but I don't see 'em go far because of their uneven chemistry in the team (Maradona as coach is the problem)...
I don't think Germany has the team either to advance far....Without their main guy Ballack...it's gone be hard for them...


Tommorow is the opening at 7:00 am (CST) and the South Africa vs. Mexico match is at 9 am (CST). I can't tell you how important is for Mexico to win this match and take the 3 points. The games against France and Uruguay are going to be quite tough.

Tough game for Mexico....here....South Africa is fired up to win the opening game in their own country....I'm predicting a very good game but in the end South Africa will win 2:1 (Sorry Titanico, got to give SA the "homefield advatage")....In the other game I have Uruguay beat France with 2:0...


And no matter that no one believes in France, they are a team full of very good players, and the World Cup always brings the best out of them...same with Uruguay.

France shouldn't be there in the first place (thanks to the ref, they made it to the WC)....I agree though they are a good team, but I don't think they will have nothing to show against any of the others in the group...I predict South Africa and Mexico advancing to the next round....Uruguay is the key game for Mexico to advance to the "Round of 16"...

SwissTitansFan
06-11-2010, 08:13 AM
btw....I don't know if you have it already or not...but here's a copy of the "World Cup 2010 Bracket"....

Somehow it makes it easier to follow the tournament..... ;)

ENJOY

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v632/Brejker/WC2010Bracket.jpg

SwissTitansFan
06-11-2010, 11:04 AM
1:1 in the opener....South Africa almost won....Good game in the 2nd half....Mexico should have scored a couple in the 1st....South Africa had the match winner in the last minutes of the game....!!!

I guess, the score's 'bout right for both....

Titanico
06-11-2010, 05:47 PM
I almost get a heart attack this morning while watching the game! (just kidding)

But I am always there thinking how in this world the Mexican players get to have ball control, good variations and they can't score when the timing is right....next game will be on June 17 against France.

South Africa managed their counter-attack very well in the second half and got the best out of it....that ball that hit the post...I can't tell you the jump it made me did.


309...the game between U.S.A. and England is at 1:30 p.m. this Saturday. Or to whomever might be interested in watching it.

Titanico
06-11-2010, 06:13 PM
By the way...the game between France vs. Uruguay ended 0-0.

Group A ends the first round with all teams getting 1 pt. each one.

The victory gives 3 pts. and none when losing.

ZachLV27
06-12-2010, 08:23 AM
I didn't get a chance to watch much more than 10 to 15 minutes of each game yesterday so don't have much to say about them.

The first game this morning South Korea dominated Greece. Greece never even looked like they wanted to be there.

Oh, someone go gather up every single one of those fricken horns and go toss them in a bonfire. It's not the annoying buzzing sound that gets to me. I can mostly tune that out. It's the fact that they completely take the fans out of the match. For the most part I couldn't even begin to guess who had more fans at that stadium. When South Korea did something good I'd hear the horns. When Greece did something good (which admittedly wasn't often) I'd hear the horns. When the ball was just being kicked around midfield I'd hear the horns. When a hard foul happened I'd hear the horns. My point is that the horns don't let the fans show their passion for their teams. All you hear is the same buzzing noise no matter what happens.

SwissTitansFan
06-12-2010, 08:34 AM
I didn't get a chance to watch much more than 10 to 15 minutes of each game yesterday so don't have much to say about them.

The first game this morning South Korea dominated Greece. Greece never even looked like they wanted to be there.

Oh, someone go gather up every single one of those fricken horns and go toss them in a bonfire. It's not the annoying buzzing sound that gets to me. I can mostly tune that out. It's the fact that they completely take the fans out of the match. For the most part I couldn't even begin to guess who had more fans at that stadium. When South Korea did something good I'd hear the horns. When Greece did something good (which admittedly wasn't often) I'd hear the horns. When the ball was just being kicked around midfield I'd hear the horns. When a hard foul happened I'd hear the horns. My point is that the horns don't let the fans show their passion for their teams. All you hear is the same buzzing noise no matter what happens.

Now what an upset with S. Korea beating Greece 2:0.....Are the S. Koreans the dark horse in this group...???....They played pretty good...I'm impressed...

Let's hope Argentina vs. Nigiria will be a entertaining game too....SomehowI hope, Nigiria wins....

Big showdown 1:30 PM (CT)...would be cool to see the U.S.A. upsets England....If that doesn't get the nations attention...then I don't know what...

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs338.snc3/29506_1494529320280_1145464119_31440013_310428_n.j pg

SwissTitansFan
06-12-2010, 08:45 AM
Oh, someone go gather up every single one of those fricken horns and go toss them in a bonfire. It's not the annoying buzzing sound that gets to me. I can mostly tune that out. It's the fact that they completely take the fans out of the match. For the most part I couldn't even begin to guess who had more fans at that stadium. When South Korea did something good I'd hear the horns. When Greece did something good (which admittedly wasn't often) I'd hear the horns. When the ball was just being kicked around midfield I'd hear the horns. When a hard foul happened I'd hear the horns. My point is that the horns don't let the fans show their passion for their teams. All you hear is the same buzzing noise no matter what happens.

Couldn't agree more with you Zach....Annoying as hell, if you ask me....Takes a lot away from the atmosphere around the game in general...Hell, you can't even hear the ref's whistle...Fans around the world, ahmmm well except the South Africans, are ticked off, that FIFA let them have those damn "Vuvuzelas" in the stadiums..

btw.....I wouldn't throw those hornes in a bonfire....just show the S. Africans what they can do with 'em besides blowin' into it....

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs338.snc3/29506_1493895504435_1145464119_31438248_7394204_n. jpg

Sect309Fan
06-12-2010, 03:25 PM
USA-England finish 1-1. Good start for the Americans, even if it was a weak goal. ;)

SwissTitansFan
06-12-2010, 03:30 PM
YEEEEEESSSSS....GOOD START FOR THE US-BOYS.....!!!!

Score is score....I don't care....USA had their chances......Howard is the "man of the match" in my point of view....

GOOOOOOOO U.S.A.

SwissTitansFan
06-12-2010, 04:08 PM
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Sect309Fan
06-14-2010, 10:57 AM
Should the vuvuzela be banned?

http://abcnews.go.com/International/Media/vuvuzela-banned-world-cup/story?id=10908539

Personally, I hate the sound. It really dampened watching the games so far. And to be fair, I wouldn't want a crowd full of cowbells either. I hope they get banned, even if they are an African fan favorite.

zonian
06-14-2010, 11:10 AM
Should the vuvuzela be banned?

Personally, I hate the sound. It really dampened watching the games so far. And to be fair, I wouldn't a crowd full of cowbells either. I hope they get banned, even if they are an African fan favorite.

I think ALL artificial noise makers should be banned from the games regardless of which country hosts...

Titanico
06-14-2010, 11:25 AM
Netherlands showed a solid way to play football. They defeated Denmark 2-0, in the first game this morning. (those games start at 6:30 am CST)

Japan defeated Cameroon, in a very boring game 1-0. Cameroon had two chances but the ball hit the posts in both. Next game today will be Italy vs. Paraguay at 1:30 p.m.

ZachLV27
06-15-2010, 10:19 AM
I want to watch Rinaldo play because I know he has a lot of talent but at the same time I can't stand watching him right now. Every single time he has had the ball taken from him in this game he has flopped to the ground and whined for a call.

Stuff like that is why a number of fringe fans just can't get into the sport.

Show us your talent and shut up.

Titanico
06-15-2010, 01:19 PM
Cristiano Ronaldo as gifted in his playing style as he is...he doesn't have the same players that make him shine at Real Madrid (Spain). I think that he has a lot of weight under his shoulders, and soccer is a team game.

0-0 between Portugal and Ivory Coast. It was a yawner.

Sect309Fan
06-16-2010, 09:04 AM
Do you think this year's World Cup can be saved? Right now, it's been very disappointing. Between the annoying vuvuzelas, the crazy ball, and the utter lack of scoring, it just isn't a compelling tournament.

Hopefully things will pick up when teams face must-win games, but when there has only been one game all tournament when more than 3 goals were scored. There have been two scoreless ties, and five 1-0 games.

ZachLV27
06-16-2010, 09:17 AM
Do you think this year's World Cup can be saved? Right now, it's been very disappointing. Between the annoying vuvuzelas, the crazy ball, and the utter lack of scoring, it just isn't a compelling tournament.

Hopefully things will pick up when teams face must-win games, but when there has only been one game all tournament when more than 3 goals were scored. There have been two scoreless ties, and five 1-0 games.

Saved for who? Everything I have read says the fans around the world are enjoying this tournament just as much as ever before. The lack of scoring is really only an issue for American fans and that's an issue American fans were going to have no matter what. As for the vuvuzelas. They annoyed the hell out of me at first but I don't even notice them anymore. They have become white noise to me. For those that are still annoyed by them the tv networks are focusing on tuning out the sound of them so they will be less noticeable going forward.

Remember, this tournament is still in the real early stages. No team has played more than one game yet so no countries fans are all that nervous or enthused about what is going on. Wait until the second and third games of group play when something is actually on the line (and of course every game after that).

As for the crazy ball. Is that really a story? I haven't seen any of the star players (unless they lost to a fluke goal) say anything about it. Ronaldo seemed to have no problem doing his thing and curving the ball the way he likes to (he didn't score but was damn close a couple times). I honestly only see the ball as an excuse for teams that lose and a story for the media to harp on.

SwissTitansFan
06-16-2010, 11:12 AM
YESSSSSSS.....YESSSSSSS.....!!!!??

SWITZERLAND BEATS SPAIN 1:0......!!!!!

For the first time ever the Swiss beat Spain....!!!

It's 11 AM, time to get the beer out and celebrate....!!!!

HOPP SCHWIIZ....HOPP SCHWIIZ.....!!!!!

No holes in Swiss D: Switzerland tops Spain (http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=264073&cc=5901&ver=us)


http://is.blick.ch/img/gen/r/M/HBrMpoH5_Pxgen_r_900x618.JPG

http://is.blick.ch/img/gen/B/a/HBBaa5iy_Pxgen_r_900x602.JPG

Titanico
06-16-2010, 07:48 PM
How 'bout them, Switzerland? Big win. Congrats on that win SwissTitanFan...the win is huge since it's sending your team to the qualification zone. As any other sport it's good to have this type of news where the non-favored team defeats the favored one.

Uruguay showed how to defeat South Africa, that has no good playing skills. Uruguay learned from the game that Mexico had against the host. They had a well organized defense, they never quit attacking, and eventually the South Africans fell to their flaws or fails.

Tomorrow Mexico plays against France. It's a game where the winner will be right there in the qualification zone, along with Uruguay. If Mexico uses their chances to score, and they don't get to pressured by the weight of the game or feel confident in case they go ahead in the marker they have a good chance to win it. But if they go by the lack of French lockeroom unity, and they think that their stars like Rivery aren't harmful, they are up to get an akward result.

Mexico needs to play a well organized defense, and not get anxious at any time. BE more vertical (frontal) in their attacking game.

Titanico
06-16-2010, 07:52 PM
Do you think this year's World Cup can be saved? Right now, it's been very disappointing. Between the annoying vuvuzelas, the crazy ball, and the utter lack of scoring, it just isn't a compelling tournament.

Hopefully things will pick up when teams face must-win games, but when there has only been one game all tournament when more than 3 goals were scored. There have been two scoreless ties, and five 1-0 games.

I am starting to think that teams around the world are getting even in their game's style. Most of the defenses are trying their best to be disciplined ones, and that's the reason that we haven't seen huge markers, such as Germany and Uruguay had. Teams had become more cautious, they defend with 2 lines of 4 players each...most of them.

TitansFan23
06-17-2010, 11:15 AM
Police say a South African man who wanted to watch a World Cup match instead of a religious program was beaten to death by his family in the northeastern part of the country.

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/story/_/id/5297052/ce/us/south-african-man-killed-wife-kids-changing-tv-germany-australia-game&cc=5901?ver=us

Damn! :huh

SwissTitansFan
06-18-2010, 10:00 AM
WHAT AN UPSET......YEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSS.....SERBIA BEATS GERMANY 1:0......!!!!

(btw...I was born in Serbia...so of course they have my support too)

UN-FREAKIN'-BELIEVABLE....!!!!

SRBIJA....SRBIJA...SRBIJA....

Ok....now to make the day perfect....let the U.S.A beat Slovenia (although after 45 min. it doesn't look good...they are 2:0 behind)....DON'T GIVE UP...YOU CAN DO IT U.S.A...!!!

Titan723
06-18-2010, 10:45 AM
US has rallied to tie it at 2. We should be leading, but thanks to a BS call we are still tied.

ZachLV27
06-18-2010, 10:48 AM
A hell of a game and a hell of a comeback was just ruined by horrible officiating.

TTP77
06-18-2010, 10:52 AM
unfreaking believable.

SwissTitansFan
06-18-2010, 11:01 AM
unfreaking believable.

I KNOW.....THE USA GOT ROBBED....WHAT A BLIND IDIOT...THAT WAS A 100 % GOAL.....!!!

Still 2:2....great comeback by the U.S.A.......!!!....WE ARE STILL ALIVE....!!!

TTP77
06-18-2010, 11:06 AM
here's vid of us getting royally screwed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5rGDAZnvcI

SwissTitansFan
06-18-2010, 11:10 AM
here's vid of us getting royally screwed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5rGDAZnvcI

This "BUD" is for you...ref....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v632/Brejker/MiddleFingerThisBud.jpg

SwissTitansFan
06-18-2010, 04:07 PM
England can't get over a 0:0 against Algeria.......GOOD FOR THE U.S.A.....!!!

Bradley's Boys controling their own destiny....!!!.....YEEEEEEEESSSS....!!!!


ohhh....btw...remember how arrogant the english were, when they heard who was in their group...???

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs033.snc4/34019_1501732900365_1145464119_31459521_4316581_n. jpg

zonian
06-18-2010, 04:43 PM
The fact of the matter is the Ref has way too much influence on the outcome of a game.

Soccer has a lot of potential, and no one can argue that the players are not some of the best athletes out there (far too much running).

However, as can be seen in today's fiasco, the game could be improved immensely by the changing of or the tweaking of several of the rules.

First, Time Keeping. Totally Bogus! Count up to 45 minutes per half and then let one man arbitrarily add as much or as little as he sees fit? I call BULL****!

For anything which occurs on the field that warrants "stoppage time", STOP THE CLOCK! Start the half with 45 showing and count down to zero. Let the fans, the players and the coaches all see just how much time is left till zero and then end it! It creates a level playing field for both teams, allows the fans to be involved and could very well affect teams' strategies towards the end of the half/game. Take a page from Football or Basketball.

As it is now, a paid-off Ref has the ability to add as much or as little time as he deems necessary to arrive at the outcome he is wanting to achieve. No one is the wiser, since he is the only determining factor as to what counts for "stoppage" and then he is allowed to "add" it to the end of the half/game.

Second, Scoring. Totally Bogus! Score three "Penalty Shots" and beat a team scoring two field goals in "Regulation Play"? I call BULL****!

A "Penalty Shot" is the equivalent of a "Free Throw" in basketball and should be worth 1 point. A "Regulation" field goal (11 on 11) should count two points being that it is more difficult to accomplish. (As in basketball; or as in football, the difference between a field goal and a touchdown).

As it is, a Ref has the ability to call for "free throws" to benefit one team over another and the goals count the same.

Next, if a player is fowled and time is stopped for "injury" the player should have to leave the field for p predetermined amount of time (say two minutes) as they would have to in football. The result of this would be to eliminate a lot of the "flopping".

And lastly, tweak the "offsides" rule to allow for more scoring (just as NHL Hockey did). A 7-6 score is going to be much more exciting than a 1-0 for the fans.

ZachLV27
06-19-2010, 09:35 AM
The fact of the matter is the Ref has way too much influence on the outcome of a game.

Soccer has a lot of potential, and no one can argue that the players are not some of the best athletes out there (far too much running).

However, as can be seen in today's fiasco, the game could be improved immensely by the changing of or the tweaking of several of the rules.

First, Time Keeping. Totally Bogus! Count up to 45 minutes per half and then let one man arbitrarily add as much or as little as he sees fit? I call BULL****!

For anything which occurs on the field that warrants "stoppage time", STOP THE CLOCK! Start the half with 45 showing and count down to zero. Let the fans, the players and the coaches all see just how much time is left till zero and then end it! It creates a level playing field for both teams, allows the fans to be involved and could very well affect teams' strategies towards the end of the half/game. Take a page from Football or Basketball.

As it is now, a paid-off Ref has the ability to add as much or as little time as he deems necessary to arrive at the outcome he is wanting to achieve. No one is the wiser, since he is the only determining factor as to what counts for "stoppage" and then he is allowed to "add" it to the end of the half/game.

Second, Scoring. Totally Bogus! Score three "Penalty Shots" and beat a team scoring two field goals in "Regulation Play"? I call BULL****!

A "Penalty Shot" is the equivalent of a "Free Throw" in basketball and should be worth 1 point. A "Regulation" field goal (11 on 11) should count two points being that it is more difficult to accomplish. (As in basketball; or as in football, the difference between a field goal and a touchdown).

As it is, a Ref has the ability to call for "free throws" to benefit one team over another and the goals count the same.

Next, if a player is fowled and time is stopped for "injury" the player should have to leave the field for p predetermined amount of time (say two minutes) as they would have to in football. The result of this would be to eliminate a lot of the "flopping".

And lastly, tweak the "offsides" rule to allow for more scoring (just as NHL Hockey did). A 7-6 score is going to be much more exciting than a 1-0 for the fans.

I agree with the time keeping and that something needs to be done with the rule when a player gets hurt.

I disagree with you on the penalty shot though. The penalty shot is often awarded when a defender uses his "hand" to stop the ball from going into the goal. That's basically like goal tending in basketball and in that case free throws aren't taken. They just give them the points. Another thing that often leads to a penalty shot is when a guy gets grabbed or tackled when he is breaking away from the defender. A scenario like that in the NBA gets you 2 free throws and the ball so the NBA's rule is even harsher.

I say that while admittedly being a fan of the way soccer is as it is. It is by far the most popular sport in the world while being played the way it is. You'd anger a lot more people than you'd make happy by changing the rules so it's just not worth it. Americans (and this is not directed at you or your comments) just need to get used to the fact that this sport will never be what we would like it to be and the rest of the world is perfectly fine with that.

SwissTitansFan
06-19-2010, 12:03 PM
Bless your heart Zonian....but I have to agree with Zach....

I somehow have to agree with your critic at the time keeping....It's all up to the ref, how much time he will ad to the game in every half...In the game Switzerland vs. Spain (the Swiss were leading 1:0) the ref added 5 minutes to the regular time, although nothing major happend to justify the length of the additional time...

If you think, all sports are somehow in the mercy of the refs....Bad refs can destroy any kind of game....!!
I don't think, changing the rules, like you wanted, would help much...In the end the refs will still be the one to make the calls....

btw....Here are the FIFA rules about stoppage time:



Allowance for time lost

Many stoppages in play are entirely natural (e.g. throw-ins, goal kicks). An allowance is to be made only when these delays are excessive.
The fourth official indicates the minimum additional time decided by the referee at the end of the final minute of each period of play.
The announcement of the additional time does not indicate the exact amount of time left in the match. The time may be increased if the referee
considers it appropriate but never reduced. The referee must not compensate for a timekeeping error during the first half
by increasing or reducing the length of the second half.

http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/affederation/generic/81/42/36/lawsofthegame_2010_11_e.pdf

TTP77
06-19-2010, 12:07 PM
Have you peeps caught onto this?

http://thebiglead.com/index.php/2010/06/19/peter-king-labeled-ugly-american-for-tweet-and-column-blasting-referee-koman-coulibaly/

Yea, I don't care for what King said. I think the referee made a mistake and might not have been qualified based on experience but I don't care where he is from it has nothing to do with it.

SwissTitansFan
06-19-2010, 12:39 PM
Have you peeps caught onto this?

http://thebiglead.com/index.php/2010/06/19/peter-king-labeled-ugly-american-for-tweet-and-column-blasting-referee-koman-coulibaly/

Yea, I don't care for what King said. I think the referee made a mistake and might not have been qualified based on experience but I don't care where he is from it has nothing to do with it.

Thanks TTP7 for the read and I agree with you......To throw politics into sports is just plain wrong.....!!!

Peter King, IMHO, is only a bag of hot, stinky air.....Just an other "wanna-be-journalist" in the sports world who tries to stir up the pot (hey, I could do that...!!!)...

You only have to read his "NFL Power Rankings 2010" to know, this man has nooooooooo freakin' clue.....!!!

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/peter_king/05/16/ranking/index.html

TTP77
06-19-2010, 12:47 PM
Yea, I'm not giving him any gratuitous clicks lol.

He does a mediocre job of covering the NFL because he plays favorites with players and teams IMO

SwissTitansFan
06-21-2010, 10:57 AM
with ref's like this....IT'S NO FUN.....!!!!

FIFA MAFIA.....!!!!!

Switzerland loses thanks to the damn Saudi Arabi ref.....who had "the need" to kick off a Swiss player for freakin' nothing.......!!!!

I'M PISSED OFF......!!!!

Switzerland loses to Chile 1:0

SwissTitansFan
06-21-2010, 11:33 PM
FIFA unfazed by criticism of refs (FIFA 'satisfied' with refs) (http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/story/_/id/5312460/ce/us/fifa-satisfied-world-cup-officiating?cc=5901&ver=us)

What a freakin' joke.....I can't believe those idots at FIFA are that blind.....!!!

SwissTitansFan
06-21-2010, 11:49 PM
Here are the scenarios for each team advancing for groups that have completed two games. Click here for group standings (http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/tables). Here are tiebreakers if teams finish even on points:

1. Goal differential.
2. Goals scored.
3. Head to head (if there are three teams tied, then results between three teams are calculated with the first two criteria).
4. Draw of lots

GROUP A

Uruguay advances with:

(a) Wins group with win or tie versus Mexico
(b) Loss and France-South Africa tie
(c) Loss and winner of France-South Africa does not make up tiebreakers

Mexico advances with:

(a) Win group with win versus Uruguay
(b) Tie versus Uruguay
(c) Loss and France-South Africa tie
(d) Loss and winner of France-South Africa doesn't make up tiebreaker

South Africa advance with:

(a) Win and and make up tiebreaker on loser of Mexico-Uruguay
(b) Both are out with a tie or a Mexico-Uruguay tie

GROUP B

Argentina advances with:

(a) Win or tie versus Greece
(b) South Korea tie/loss versus Nigeria
(c) Loss as long as both South Korea and Greece do not make up tiebreakers

South Korea advances with:

(a) Win versus Nigeria and Greece does not either (1) win by greater margin, or (2) win by same margin and score 2+ more goals
(b) Tie and Greece tie/loss

Greece advances with:

(a) Win versus Argentina and South Korea tie/loss
(b) Win by greater margin than South Korea
(c) Win by same margin as South Korea and score 2+ more goals
(d) Tie and South Korea loss
(e) Win by 3+ goals

Nigeria advances with:

(a) Win versus South Korea and Argentina win

GROUP C

USA advances with:

(a) Win versus Algeria on Wednesday
(b) Tie and Slovenia-England tie IF England does not outscore USA by 2+ goals
(c) Tie and England loss

Slovenia advances with:

(a) Win or tie versus England
(b) Loss AND USA tie vs Algeria
(c) Loss and Algeria win as long as Algeria doesn't make up tiebreakers*

England advances with:

(a) Win versus Slovenia
(b) Tie AND USA-Algeria tie AND outscore USA by 3 goals

Algeria advances with:

(a) Win versus USA AND Slovenia win/tie versus England
(b) Win versus USA AND Slovenia loss versus England AND makes up tiebreakers on Slovenia

Note: If the U.S. draws with Algeria and England draws with Slovenia, and England scores exactly two more goals than the U.S., the U.S. and England would be even on all tiebreakers for second place. The tie would be broken by drawing lots ... aka, a coin flip.

GROUP D

The simplest scenarios are that Ghana, Germany and Serbia all advance with a win. Australia must win and get help.

Ghana advances with:

(a) Win or tie versus Germany
(b) Loss and Australia-Serbia tie IF Serbia does not make up tiebreakers
(c) Loss and Australia win IF Australia does not make up tiebreakers (Australia is way behind on goal differential)

Germany advances with:

(a) Win versus Ghana
(b) Tie and Serbia-Australia tie IF Serbia does not make up tiebreakers
(c) Tie and Australia win IF Australia does not make up tiebreakers

Serbia advances with:

(a) Win versus Australia
(b) Tie and Ghana win
(c) Tie and Ghana-Germany tie AND make up tiebreakers on Germany

Australia advances with:

(a) Win versus Serbia and Ghana win
(b) Win and Germany win and make up tiebreakers on Ghana
(c) Win and Ghana-Germany tie and make up tiebreakers on Germany (not likely)

GROUP E

Netherlands has advanced. Netherlands wins the group with:

(a) Win or a tie versus Cameroon
(b) Loss AND a Denmark-Japan tie
(c) Loss IF the Denmark-Japan winner does not make up tiebreakers

Japan advances with:

(a) Win or tie versus Denmark

Japan wins group with:

(a) Win AND a Netherlands loss AND by making up tiebreakers on Netherlands

Denmark advances with:

(a) Win versus Japan

Denmark wins group with:

(a) Win AND a Netherlands loss AND by making up tiebreakers on Netherlands

Cameroon has been eliminated.

GROUP F

Paraguay advances with:

(a) Win/tie versus New Zealand
(b) Loss AND Italy tie verus Slovakia
(c) Loss and Slovakia win as long as Slovakia doesn't make up tiebreakers

Italy advances with:

(a) Win versus Slovakia
(b) Tie and New Zealand loss
(c) Tie AND Paraguay-New Zealand tie IF Italy outscores New Zealand

New Zealand advances with:

(a) Win versus Paraguay
(b) Tie AND Italy-Slovakia tie IF New Zealand outscores Italy

Slovakia advances with:

(a) Win versus Italy AND Paraguay win/tie versus New Zealand
(b) Win versus Italy AND Paraguay loss versus New Zealand AND make up tiebreakers versus Paraguay

GROUP G

Brazil has advanced. Wins group with:

(a) Win or tie versus Portugal

Portugal advances with:

(a) Win or tie versus Brazil
(b) Loss IF Ivory Coast does not win AND make up goal difference

Ivory Coast advances with:

(a) Win versus North Korea AND Portugal loss AND make up goal difference

North Korea has been eliminated.

GROUP H

Chile advances with:

(a) Win or tie versus Spain (also wins group)
(b) Loss and Switzerland tie or loss
(c) Loss and Switzerland win and maintain tiebreakers over Switzerland

Spain advances with:

(a) Win versus Chile
(b) Tie and Switzerland tie or loss
(c) Loss and Honduras win and maintain tiebreakers over Switzerland and Honduras

Switzerland advances with:

(a) Win and Spain tie or loss
(b) Win and Spain win and make up tiebreakers on Chile
(c) Tie and Spain loss
(d) Loss and Spain loss and hold tiebreakers over Spain and Honduras

Honduras advances with:

(a) Win and Chile win and make up tiebreakers on Spain and Switzerland

Sect309Fan
06-22-2010, 11:02 AM
Titanico should be happy. Mexico has advanced no matter what happens in their match.

Titan723
06-22-2010, 11:19 AM
Well the French bale out without even putting up much of a fight. Go figure. :lol

SwissTitansFan
06-22-2010, 11:28 AM
http://www.motifake.com/image/demotivational-poster/0909/the-french-september-21-french-challenge-surrender-demotivational-poster-1253540861.jpg

Titan723
06-23-2010, 10:51 AM
Even with the Fifa refs screwing us of 2 goals in 2 games. We still advance to the round of 16!!!

SwissTitansFan
06-23-2010, 11:02 AM
YEEEEEEEEESSSSSS....THE U.S.A. DID IT......!!!!

I ALMOST LOST IT, THOUGH......MY VOICE...GONE....MY NEIGHBORS PROBABLY PISSED OFF.....I DON'T CARE......!!!!

U.S.A.....U.S.A.....U.S.A......U.S.A.....!!!!

PS: Now, I got to get ready for the Serbia game.......!!!!....Where's the Tylenol.....???

Titan723
06-23-2010, 11:04 AM
YEEEEEEEEESSSSSS....THE U.S.A. DID IT......!!!!

I ALMOST LOST IT, THOUGH......MY VOICE...GONE....MY NEIGHBORS PROBABLY PISSED OFF.....I DON'T CARE......!!!!

U.S.A.....U.S.A.....U.S.A......U.S.A.....!!!!

PS: Now, I got to get ready for the Serbia game.......!!!!....Where's the Tylenol.....???


I am by no means a soccer fan, but when Donovan scored that goal I jumped out of my chair.

gnarl
06-23-2010, 11:05 AM
USA USA USA! glad to see we are advancing.

Sect309Fan
06-23-2010, 11:06 AM
I saw a stat that this was the latest goal ever scored by the USA in a World Cup match. (89th minute was the previous record).

What an amazing win! To go from elimination to first place with one shot in extra time. USA! USA! USA!

SwissTitansFan
06-23-2010, 11:22 AM
I am by no means a soccer fan, but when Donovan scored that goal I jumped out of my chair.

Ohhhh....welcome aboard....!!!....what an exciting game....what a finish....!!!

I bet ya, a bunch of non-soccer-fans felt the same like you did.....!!!!

I wonder, if "Orca" left an urin spill in his "ocean"...????

RallyRedBmore
06-23-2010, 11:49 AM
my quick thoughts.... as i told my buddy mike when the game ended "F the miracle on ice, this game just became one of the most classic games in us sports history."

since my other team is the azzurri, so happy to see france in turmoil! down with the french! :D

dont like the matchup between either ghana/usa, or germany/usa... but soccer can be funny in a random way.......

SwissTitansFan
06-23-2010, 12:10 PM
my quick thoughts.... as i told my buddy mike when the game ended "F the miracle on ice, this game just became one of the most classic games in us sports history."

since my other team is the azzurri, so happy to see france in turmoil! down with the french! :D

dont like the matchup between either ghana/usa, or germany/usa... but soccer can be funny in a random way.......

You're forgetting Serbia....they are in the mix too.....(They are playin' Australia)

Sect309Fan
06-23-2010, 01:50 PM
my quick thoughts.... as i told my buddy mike when the game ended "F the miracle on ice, this game just became one of the most classic games in us sports history."


It's not quite the same. The US beat a team today that they were the favorite against, and winning sent them only into the 2nd round, not the finals. The US in the Miracle on Ice beat a heavily favored team and put them in the gold-medal game.

However, this may be one of the most dramatic finishes to a USA event in any sport. There really isn't a "buzzer-beater" in soccer (because you never quite know when the game will end), but that is a close to one as you can get.

Sect309Fan
06-23-2010, 03:21 PM
The next round has been set. USA vs. Ghana and England vs. Germany.

SwissTitansFan
06-23-2010, 03:24 PM
NOOOOOOOOOOOO.....SERBIA had to f&*# it up....!!!!!.....What a bunch of idiots....!!!

Happy for the U.S.A.......pissed off at Serbia....What a freakin' rollercoaster....!!!

SwissTitansFan
06-24-2010, 01:56 PM
THE WORLD CHAMPIONS ARE OUT...!!!!

Italy lost in a dramatic game 3:2 vs. Slovakia...!!!

Titanico
06-24-2010, 02:27 PM
Quick thoughts...

Mexico's game against France, was a high quality played one...exactly what is needed to become a most important team, but we keep letting things slip from there. I didn't watch the game against Uruguay, for the reasons I explain in the thread I did in the "Water Hole" Forum. Now we get to play against Argentina, who happens to win their 3 games, and they are always candidates to fight to win the Tournament.

If Mexico has the approach and plays the game as good and serious as they did against France..there's a good chance. But since all our trainers we have had are fans of commiting flukes and not having a serious approach when doing the starting line-ups...no one is sure what to expect. Our goalkeeper, Perez...does things poorly. Our best choice is that we don't let the rival get close to our goalkeeper..and we know that's not possible, but Perez fails a lot in the goalkeeper's FUNDAMENTALS, and he is a chicken, he never risks his body when he needs to...just watch what he did in the goal he received against South Africa (sounds like my favorite team in the NFL...don't they?)

Congrats to the U.S. team for their victory. Last minute goal on almost the last second. I think that soccer has won more sympathies over there since that goal. Good luck against Ghana, it's going to be a good match to watch.

TitansJonne
06-24-2010, 02:47 PM
South Africa is eliminated!!! :(:banghead:cry

Titanico
06-24-2010, 02:49 PM
South Africa is eliminated!!! :(:banghead:cry

Are you from there?

Sect309Fan
06-24-2010, 03:32 PM
I saw the bracket for the first time, and it is going to be very difficult for the US to make it to the finals. I do think they have a decent chance to make it all the way to the semi's. If they beat Ghana, they play the Uruguay-South Korea winner in the quarterfinals (doable).

But to make it the finals, they likely have to beat Brazil, the Netherlands, or Spain (though Brazil and Spain aren't guarenteed to be in this bracket).

Let's beat Ghana and go from there...

TitansJonne
06-24-2010, 04:49 PM
Are you from there?

No but i started watching them while i was following benny mcarthy.

SwissTitansFan
06-24-2010, 10:47 PM
I have to share this....a frind of mine (He's english) wrote on Facebook:

"This world cup has turned out like World War II. The French surrendered early, the Yanks arrived at the last minute and we are left to fight the f***ing Germans!"

SwissTitansFan
06-24-2010, 11:01 PM
I saw the bracket for the first time, and it is going to be very difficult for the US to make it to the finals. I do think they have a decent chance to make it all the way to the semi's. If they beat Ghana, they play the Uruguay-South Korea winner in the quarterfinals (doable).

But to make it the finals, they likely have to beat Brazil, the Netherlands, or Spain (though Brazil and Spain aren't guarenteed to be in this bracket).

Let's beat Ghana and go from there...

Let me quote our beloved coach (Fisher): "One game at the time...!!!"

I personally think.. the U.S.A are in the "easier" half of the bracket (it depends, how Brazil and Portugal play today...and let's hope my Swiss can win too)....but like you said, there is a decent chance to make it all the way to the semi's....and with a little bit of luck...maybe finals....you never know...it's gettin' crazy for now on...

Titanico
06-25-2010, 12:28 AM
I have to share this....a frind of mine (He's english) wrote on Facebook:

"This world cup has turned out like World War II. The French surrendered early, the Yanks arrived at the last minute and we are left to fight the f***ing Germans!"

LMAO!!!

Titanico
06-25-2010, 12:34 AM
I saw the bracket for the first time, and it is going to be very difficult for the US to make it to the finals. I do think they have a decent chance to make it all the way to the semi's. If they beat Ghana, they play the Uruguay-South Korea winner in the quarterfinals (doable).

But to make it the finals, they likely have to beat Brazil, the Netherlands, or Spain (though Brazil and Spain aren't guarenteed to be in this bracket).

Let's beat Ghana and go from there...

I don't know how much you or any other friend in the U.S. had followed their team through the qualification eliminatories in the area, and the World Cup. But the U.S. team has grown a lot in 4 years. Their disciplined strategy and the key players leaded by Donovan, are a serious thread for any team.

I would like to think that the American team only needs to be more agressive in their approach to any game, and learn how to win outside its territory. But they are on the right track, and they have the startegy and players to be a serious rival to any other team. You name it.

ZachLV27
06-25-2010, 12:35 AM
We barely beat a bad team, tied a mediocre team, and tied another team that isn't playing good. I have absolutely no confidence in us beating any of them.

Sect309Fan
06-25-2010, 03:08 PM
I am getting worried about the Swiss. Spain is winning, and the Swiss still haven't scored yet. :(

It's over. Spain wins group H and Chile is in 2nd. Sorry, Swiss...

SwissTitansFan
06-25-2010, 03:28 PM
I am getting worried about the Swiss. Spain is winning, and the Swiss still haven't scored yet. :(

It's over. Spain wins group H and Chile is in 2nd. Sorry, Swiss...

My Swiss didn't deserve to go through....!!!....What a ****ty game....!!!...No urgency...No flame...No fire....ZERO....!!!....I'm disappointed like hell....!!!
It was in their hands....and they f$%@ed up......!!!

Well....I still have one more horse in the race......

GOOOOOOOOOOOO U.S.A..........!!!!

Titan723
06-26-2010, 08:53 AM
Going to get a nap in so I can catch the US game this afternoon.

Go US!!

Sect309Fan
06-26-2010, 11:40 AM
Uruguay had a very pretty (major curve) goal very late to beat South Korea 2-1. They will play the win of the today's US-Ghana game.

SwissTitansFan
06-26-2010, 12:33 PM
U.S.A....U.S.A....U.S.A....U.S.A....U.S.A....U.S.A ....!!!!

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs039.snc4/34305_1510205712180_1145464119_31482673_7773424_n. jpg

Sect309Fan
06-26-2010, 02:48 PM
Penalty kick for USA!!!

GOALLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!

All tied 1-1

Sect309Fan
06-26-2010, 03:23 PM
We're going to overtime!

Two 15-minute periods, NOT sudden death. If tied after that, then penalty kicks.

Sect309Fan
06-26-2010, 03:34 PM
Ghana up 2-1 early in OT. :(

ZachLV27
06-26-2010, 03:54 PM
The U.S. played horrible soccer in the first half. They came out in the second half with great intensity and tied the game. Once they tied the game they went back to playing stupid. It's like they were fine with the match being tied as if they could advance with a tie or something. They don't deserve to win this game.

The officials letting the Ghana players (or the players of any team as they all do it) get away with all the stalling that went on once they got the lead is just pathetic. I'm glad I only pay attention to the sport during the Olympics and the World Cup.

Sect309Fan
06-26-2010, 04:01 PM
So many close chances...but a loss nonetheless. :(

Titansfan777
06-26-2010, 04:10 PM
My number 1 complaint against soccer (minus the fact I dont find it very fun to watch) is that why dont they stop the clock until play resumes like any other sport...football, basketball, etc...all stop when there is a penalty or injury.

SwissTitansFan
06-26-2010, 04:13 PM
Well...all my teams are officially out....

DAMN...!!!

The U.S.A had a nice run though...We simply ran out of gas...!!!

Next time U.S.A.....!!!!

titansikou
06-26-2010, 05:17 PM
My number 1 complaint against soccer (minus the fact I dont find it very fun to watch) is that why dont they stop the clock until play resumes like any other sport...football, basketball, etc...all stop when there is a penalty or injury.

There is stoppage time at the end. Personally, I prefer it. If you stop the clock, you stop the action. I wish, in fact, that they'd do the same with other sports. If there's one thing I can't stand about US football it's all the stopping and starting: commercial breaks (the worst by far), color commentators yammering to fill in dead time, time outs, freezing the kickers (time out, but a different kind), yada yada yada. ... I was wondering about this the other day. The NFL and other American sports earn a lot of revenue from advertising so, I thought, NFL players must earn more etc. effectively preventing the NFL from running commercial-free games. But, there really isn't much of a difference in pay, at least, though the highest paid soccer players get more than NFL players.... so there must be a business model whereby an NFL game could run continuously!

I wish I could persuade you that it is fun to watch!

Rolltide14TOMB
06-26-2010, 05:17 PM
i dont even really follow soccer but i watched every minute today against ghana and feel completely empty inside. i dont know why. guess i thought it was cool to see the country uniting around this team. i knew we probably couldnt win the cup but i thought final 4 was a realistic goal. oh well team USA represented us well and even ppl like me who dont follow soccer are very proud of them

ZachLV27
06-26-2010, 06:34 PM
There is stoppage time at the end. Personally, I prefer it. If you stop the clock, you stop the action. I wish, in fact, that they'd do the same with other sports. If there's one thing I can't stand about US football it's all the stopping and starting: commercial breaks (the worst by far), color commentators yammering to fill in dead time, time outs, freezing the kickers (time out, but a different kind), yada yada yada. ... I was wondering about this the other day. The NFL and other American sports earn a lot of revenue from advertising so, I thought, NFL players must earn more etc. effectively preventing the NFL from running commercial-free games. But, there really isn't much of a difference in pay, at least, though the highest paid soccer players get more than NFL players.... so there must be a business model whereby an NFL game could run continuously!

I wish I could persuade you that it is fun to watch!

If extra time is added on then how is that different from stopping the clock for injuries and just not adding on the extra time? It isn't. The one thing it stops is the referee's arbitrarily deciding on when they want the game to stop or how long they want to award for injury time.

When the Ghana players were rolling on the ground faking injuries and the clock kept running there wasn't anything going on. How is the action not stopped when everyone is just standing around waiting on the guy to stop faking the injury?

Nobody is asking for commercial breaks. Nobody is asking for a bunch of timeouts where the players go off to the side and get a breather. People are just asking for the clock to stop when everyone is sitting around doing nothing while they wait for the guy to stop rolling around on the ground like he just had his leg chopped off. Why leave it up to one official to decide if the clock should stop or not? There shouldn't be a question about it. The clock should be stopped until play resumes again.

Rolltide14TOMB
06-26-2010, 07:23 PM
if anything having the cloclk continue to run makes the action stop because then all of a sudden you have a soccer team full of Albert Haynesworths, Vlade Divac's, and Joe Nedney's

titansikou
06-26-2010, 09:19 PM
If extra time is added on then how is that different from stopping the clock for injuries and just not adding on the extra time? It isn't.

Of course it is. When you stop the clock, you stop the flow of the game and not all time lost is necessarily added at the end.


When the Ghana players were rolling on the ground faking injuries and the clock kept running there wasn't anything going on. How is the action not stopped when everyone is just standing around waiting on the guy to stop faking the injury?

That was quite a despicable show from Ghana. I would have liked to have seen the ref award a few yellows for that. Generally, the game doesn't stop for injuries, they get the player off the pitch, the play resumes (and that team is down a man).


Nobody is asking for commercial breaks. Nobody is asking for a bunch of timeouts where the players go off to the side and get a breather. People are just asking for the clock to stop when everyone is sitting around doing nothing while they wait for the guy to stop rolling around on the ground like he just had his leg chopped off. Why leave it up to one official to decide if the clock should stop or not? There shouldn't be a question about it. The clock should be stopped until play resumes again.

Yeah, the commercial breaks thing was just my riff.:D. Otherwise, I disagree with clock stoppage. Like I'm saying, not stopping the clock works in most games. What you saw today isn't the norm. It's something that tends to happen in situations like today (extra time, moving on to the next round).

TitansGiantsBears
06-27-2010, 03:51 AM
As someone who LOATHES soccer, I'm happy the US lost. That shold drop the coverage in half. I just hope the US doesn't get the World Cup and if they do PLEASE not Nashville!:D

BTW - I notice this thread is stuck in the "If It Ain't Football" Forum. It definitely AIN'T football!

Rolltide14TOMB
06-27-2010, 08:32 AM
it would be awesome for LP Field to get the World Cup

Titan723
06-27-2010, 11:05 AM
I think the Brits are going to need help pulling the shoe from their ass.

titansikou
06-27-2010, 01:46 PM
BTW - I notice this thread is stuck in the "If It Ain't Football" Forum. It definitely AIN'T football!

Funny conversations with the kids on this. It's easy to see why football (in the global sense) is football, so why is American football called football?

Sect309Fan
06-27-2010, 04:26 PM
Funny conversations with the kids on this. It's easy to see why football (in the global sense) is football, so why is American football called football?

It's because American football is a derivative of Rugby football (named after Rugby college in England), which is a derivative of the original football (which Americans call soccer).

When original football was renamed to Association football (to differentiate it from Rugby), the name was shortened to Assoc Football, which eventually became soccer.

pookha
06-27-2010, 08:22 PM
i also want nashville to host the world cup/
:)

Predarat
06-27-2010, 08:47 PM
Ill probalby try to go to a game or two if Nashville gets the Cup depending on how much the seats are. And if we let it in here in the USA we will need to change some rules, like no ties, some of the stupid timing rules and replays. If they don't like that keep the damn games out of here.

Titanico
06-28-2010, 08:54 PM
Mexico lost its match against Argentina. 3-1- The referee screwed the Mexican team in the first goal where at least the Argentinian player was 3 feet away from the offside mark. Then Osorio, the Mexican defender lost all concentration and left the ball outside of Mexico's big area, and the Argentinian forward took the chance and scored the second. The third Argentinian goal was a great one. Mexico scored its only goal by Javier Hernandez (He was just hired by the Manchester United, before the World Cup started).

My favorite teams to win it all are:

Germany, Brazil and Netherlands.

Titanico
06-28-2010, 08:55 PM
As someone who LOATHES soccer, I'm happy the US lost. That shold drop the coverage in half. I just hope the US doesn't get the World Cup and if they do PLEASE not Nashville!:D

BTW - I notice this thread is stuck in the "If It Ain't Football" Forum. It definitely AIN'T football!

WOW...I thought that I could never read so much hate in one of your posts. There's always the first....

Rolltide14TOMB
06-29-2010, 04:48 PM
im kinda like the world cup. i get into soccer once every 4 years. 120+ minutes against ghana did me for 8

zonian
06-29-2010, 07:55 PM
What I simply cannot understand is this:

The World Cup is to soccer what the Super Bowl is to football (times 4 since its only played every four years).

Why then, instead of finding the absolute best refs to officiate, are we subjected to obviously incompetent excuses for professionals to determine the outcome to these matches?

Secondly, why does FIFA obviously care so little about arriving at the correct outcome to the competition by refusing to use modern technology to determine the difference between good goals and bad?

Titanico
06-30-2010, 11:25 AM
I had been wondering the same at every World Cup for a while, Zonian.

Since I also don't understand why technology isn't accepted, I remember that FIFA once said that this was the nature of the game, in which I do not agree. The spirit of the game also rests in good officiating and having the help of technology will only help in keeping things as fair as they could be.

There's the 4th referee (he's the one taking care of things close to the teams' benches) he could very well recieve the responsability to check the repetitions out and hollar the main referee to make a correction. Nothing wrong in that.

TitansGiantsBears
06-30-2010, 09:46 PM
WOW...I thought that I could never read so much hate in one of your posts. There's always the first....

Maybe I was just in a sourpuss mood. :)

Titanico
07-02-2010, 01:20 PM
Brazil is out. The five time World Champions were defeated by Netherlands, 2-1. Brazil's strategy was too over-confident. Netherland's was an organized one, and they took their chances to score both goals. Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar, commited a big mistake in Netherland's second goal, while he was looking to punch away the ball, and he simply punched air, and the ball went through.

Next game of today: Uruguay vs. Ghana. (2:00 pm)

Tomorrow... Germany vs. Argentina (9:00 am CST).

Sect309Fan
07-02-2010, 10:17 PM
Ghana choked big time today.

Titanico
07-03-2010, 02:25 PM
As Argentina was...

They were defeated by Germany "only" by 0-4 :dancegrin

SwissTitansFan
07-03-2010, 05:20 PM
Spain did it....!!!

What a crazy game in the last 4 min...!!!!

Spain had a hard time vs. Paraguay...
If they plan to play like this against Germany, prepare to say "Adios"...

Toronto
07-05-2010, 04:23 PM
Been an interesting world cup - the down side for me has been the insanely stupid acting/diving performed by almost every nation's finest players.

Here's a classic Italian one, and there have been a lot worse too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3msMewgMlww

These people disgrace "the beautiful game.'

Titanico
07-06-2010, 12:45 PM
The semi-finals start today. Today's game is Uruguay vs. Netherlands. That's 2:00 p.m. CST.

I think that Netherlands has a stronger team and are my favorites to win this game and go to the final. Uruguay found an easy key to get to this stage in the World Cup, and while they have 2 fine forwards (Forlan and Suarez) Suarez is out due to the hand commited against Ghana and he received the red card.

Tomorrow will be Germany vs. Spain. This game could be the final as well, but the destiny clashed this both teams on this stage. Germany has performed solidly, while Spain has been able to get wins only scoring once.

Germany vs. Netherlands could be a great Final to watch. (That could take place this upcoming Sunday).

Titanico
07-06-2010, 04:58 PM
Netherlands won 3-2. They went up on the score 3-1.

The game started with two teams trying to find ways to score, Netherlands did it first. Uruguay tied the score to one.

Then Netherlands had enough ways to find the 2nd and 3rd goal. Uruguay was able to find their second goal 2 minutes before the game finished. Now Netherlands are waiting for their tomorrow's opponent in the Final.

Titanico
07-07-2010, 09:55 PM
Weird semi-final between Germany vs. Spain.

Spain had the ball control most of the time, while Germany looked like.... far away from what they offered throughout the competition.
The score was 1-0 in Spain's favor.

I'm sure that my ancesters are partying in Heaven.

Spain vs. Netherlands go to the Final on Sunday. While Germany vs. Uruguay will battle for the 3rd place on Saturday.

pookha
07-09-2010, 12:50 AM
i am going to the viewing of the final at lp field this sunday..

Titanico
07-10-2010, 04:07 PM
Germany won the 3rd place. The score finished 3-2.

It was a game played with no hestitations by both teams. Uruguay has the best of both worlds, playing-wise. Their players have that hispanic touch that usually confuses the european teams, and also the "european" strength in their players.

Uruguay was playing to go to extra-time, while Germany suprised them by going to the fron in the last minutes and found the winning goal 8 minutes before the time expired.

I am still wondering...why the Germans never showed this type of game against Spain.

Rolltide14TOMB
07-11-2010, 08:00 AM
http://img2.moonbuggy.org/imgstore/im-a-bee-mother****er.jpg

Titanico
07-12-2010, 07:45 PM
Spain won the Cup. (Again, my close ancesters and my Father shall be partying in Heaven for this).

Octopus Paul...who predicted all Germany games, was right. Even on the final. (that has to be the most extreme case of something pronosticating on a such important event)..the octopus was even right on his Spain vs. Netherlands, result.

Next World Cup...Brazil 2014.

TTP77
07-13-2010, 09:23 AM
Some fantastic pix from the World Cup

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/07/2010_world_cup_comes_to_a_clos.html

Predarat
12-02-2010, 01:32 PM
I would like to ask one of the Mods to please move this to the NON SPORTS forum, thanks!

Sect309Fan
12-02-2010, 01:49 PM
I would like to ask one of the Mods to please move this to the NON SPORTS forum, thanks!

Hater. :)

Titanico
12-02-2010, 05:11 PM
I would like to ask one of the Mods to please move this to the NON SPORTS forum, thanks!

I'm going to ask to one of the mods to move you to the anatrctica!! :lol

Predarat
12-02-2010, 05:39 PM
Hater. :)


I'm going to ask to one of the mods to move you to the anatrctica!! :lol

I am a h8r! And I bet several mods on several forums would help you out with that Titanico hahahah.

Titanico
12-02-2010, 05:52 PM
I am a h8r! And I bet several mods on several forums would help you out with that Titanico hahahah.

lmfao!!!