What a joke! As a huge soccer fan, I am really disappointed in FIFA’s decision. Come on! Are you serious!? How is FIFA going to choose a sandy desert that is not even the size of Connecticut with no soccer history to host the cup? I don’t even think Qatar has ever qualified for a World Cup to begin with. I cannot see why Qatar was picked ahead of, not only the United States but over Australia, South Korea and Japan. The United States already has the facilities to host the World Cup this year if they wanted while Qatar is going to have to take the next 12 years just to prepare. This is dumbfounding. I understand that the Middle East has never hosted a World Cup which makes this historic, but do people really want to travel to the Middle East is my main concern. I can tell you that I have no plans on going to Qatar. I also think weather can have a serious impact on this cup since it will be played in 100 plus degree weather. As you can tell, I am really upset with FIFA’s decision (no disrespect to the Middle Eastern nations). This is a huge blow to US Soccer. What are your thoughts? Are you going to Qatar to watch the 2022 World Cup?
It was a wild finish for both quarter final match ups today as the Netherlands vs Uruguay semi has been set as both teams won their respective match ups dramatically. Those games will be one for the ages.
Could this be it? Those words must be running through every Holland fan’s mind right now. As loaded as their team is, the Netherlands have never raised the cup. This may be one of their best chances as they sent the 5 time champions, Brazil home packing. This is the first time in Brazil’s World Cup history that they have lost a game after leading at half time.
My man of the match goes to , Felipe Melo. That dude played so good. Not only did he set up Brazil’s only goal, but he scored a goal for the other team!
Gaffs like this happen in high school soccer not at the World Cup Quarter Finals. There is no reason why you should get in the way of Julio Cesar when he calls for it.
He wasn’t finished yet…….
Straight red card…get the f*ck outta here. That is such a dumb @ss thing to do. Robben showed his maturity and didn’t retaliate. I really wonder what Melo was trying to accomplish there. His red card left his teammates out to dry, as the Netherlands were able to control the game. This will be in his memory as the worst game he has ever played.
Well Brazilian fans don’t sweat……
2014 World Cup Brazil and I will be there to party.
As for Uruguay, they have reached the semi finals for the first time since 1970. The Uruguay vs. Ghana game was one of the most exciting finished I have ever seen. Only if you could have seen me while I was watching it at work on my phone.
I’m just curious to who taught Ghana how to take a penalty shot. Some of those shots were just awful and effortless. Pass it to the goal keeper next time will ya? Because that’s pretty much what you did. That’s exactly what happens when you don’t close teams out, Gyan. Your missed pk in stoppage time of the second extra time will haunt you forever and you know it.
Anyways like I said, Diego Forlan did his thing as he scored the equalizer in the second half. Forlan has played outstanding this entire tournament and now makes his goal tally three.
That was a huge win for Uruguay as they practically stole it in hostile territory. With pretty much the entire stadium rooting for Ghana, being able to sneak that out is huge for your confidence. Great win.
Now here is my play of the day and quite possibly could be one of the plays of the whole tournament.
As a result a PK.
Some may question whether Luis Suarez could have headed that out or not, but either way it’s not worth the risk at this point. Great play by the young lad. He just saved his team from getting sent home as Ghana shanked the ensuing penalty kick leading Uruguay to win the match in a penalty shoot out. This is one of biggest plays in the whole tournament. If he had not and Ghana ended up scoring, it would have been disastrous.
Intense games like these makes soccer beautiful to watch. Lets home we see more drama in tomorrow matches.
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Well, I feel like a dumb*ss right now. I picked Japan to lose all their games and what do you know, they upset Cameroon. Japan has never won a World Cup match outside of their own soil. History was made today as Japan’s stifling defense disrupted the Cameroon attack all game. I don’t think anyone picked Japan to win this match as they entered the tournament on a four game losing streak. This was the first big upset in the World Cup thus far. Hats off to the Blue Samurais, as they are sitting pretty in Group E.
Sidenote: The African countries have only scored two goals in five matches, and have only salvaged one victory thus far. Maybe Ivory Coast will have better luck against Portugal. No African team has ever reached the semi-finals of the World Cup and unless they pick it up it may continue.
Nothing spectacular for Australia today. Hell, I don’t even think they left Sydney International Airport yet. I hope they know they are playing in the World Cup.
If you guys are looking for more one-sided games like this, then watch the Japan v. Cameroon game tomorrow. I don’t expect Japan to win a single game nor score a goal the whole tournament. Time for that boy Et’o to do his thing.
Admittedly, I’ve only watched soccer for about 4 years now, and to be honest if it wasn’t for J-Gome that would be significantly less. He was one of my roommates senior year and I would wake up late on Saturdays and he would be hanging on the couch just watching premier league regardless if he was still in pain from the night before (which was often). Knowing the channel wasn’t going to get changed, I’d often watch the games and eventually grew to enjoy them. While watching matches, I realized sever minor details and little intricacies that I’ve found amusing or grown to appreciate. For avid fans, I’m sure they’ll agree or get a good laugh out of the list. For newer soccer watchers, use this as a checklist if you will while watching the World Cup. Think of it as a treasure hunt if you will.
The Magic Spray
When I first saw it in use, I couldn’t help but think “I can see this being sold on an infomercial”. I honestly have absolutely no clue what this is (for all I know it could be drugs in a can), but somehow it works. You see it all the time in soccer; a player gets injured and is screaming on the ground, they get sprayed and all of the sudden they’re at full strength sprinting down the sideline. Ok, so maybe they’re acting a little bit, but they are legitimately hurt and the spray actually does help. From what I hear, the spray is actually a chilling spray that numbs the injured area. It’s not a serious as liquid nitrogen obviously, but something to the same effect. Either way it works.
The Soccer Clap
This is quite possibly one of my favorites of the choices just because of how random and subtle it is. For those who don’t know what the soccer clap is, wait until you see a player being subbed out. They’ll take a light jog towards the bench going to tag in the new player and about half way there, they start clapping directly above their head (as shown above) and the crowd joins in. It’s been around for several years and is used by players from all different countries. This isn’t to be confused with the Mack Brown face clap where you clap 3 inches from your face. No, the soccer clap is unique to the sport and isn’t going anywhere soon.
The Creative Commentators
It’s easy to say something like “that was a bad decision” and point out the obvious. Listen to a soccer commentator like Martin Tyler and Andy Gray and you’ll hear some crazy and creative stuff. I never really noticed this until I was watching a match where a player had just blown a breakaway and Andy Gray quickly quipped “that effort could have used more imagination”. It caught me off guard, but it was hilarious. Yesterday after Clint Dempsey scored the weakest goal in the world, Tyler chimed in “well, you buy a ticket and eventually you win a raffle”. Listen long enough and you’ll agree that these commentators are incredibly creative and clever.
The NFL has done a lot to restrict celebrations. Soccer doesn’t care and allows a lot. Massive group hug? Ok. Taking off your shirt? Go for it. Stanky leg with your buddy? Have at it. There have been a lot of crazy celebrations and I don’t see them going away any time soon. The main reason for this is because the odds of there being several goals in a match are low. Why take away from the excitement by making them control their emotions? Just watch and see the madness that happens when someone scores. You’ll see it all from dancing to sliding to even grabbing the ball and putting it at midfield if they’re down and need to get going.
Well…….I was a little disappointed in Messi’s play. Creativity-wise, Messi was up to his usual self, but as hard as he played, he was unable to score his first World Cup goal. He had many looks but he was unable to convert them. I thought he was the best player ever? Pele would have finished those shots. Hats off to Nigeria’s goalkeeper. He was their man of the match in my opinion.
Anyways, I wish I could be a rockstar like Diego Maradona.
Now, I have to show some love to my half-asian brother Park-Ji Sung. Even though it was against Greece, the Koreans looked great as they dominated the match. Many people have been overlooking them, but with their victory, it puts them right in the hunt for Group B.
As for the USA vs England game, lets just say, that was the worst goal-keeping I have ever seen. Serious…like what the f*ck,Green. I could have stopped that sh*t. If I were Wayne Rooney, I’d beat you’re ass right after the game. What a great day for USA soccer. They showed mental toughness and composure. That right there could help us win Group C.
Five Players to Watch:
Lionel Messi (ARG)
He is arguably the best player on the planet right now. Enough said.
Xavier Hernandez (ESP)
In my opinion, he is the best center mid in soccer right now. His pin point accurate passing and creativity jet-starts the Spanish offense. He also adds great awareness and understands the game just as good as anyone. He reminds me of the way Zidane controlled the midfield. Look for him to create many goals for Spain.
Wayne Rooney (ENG)
The pressure is on for Wayne Rooney to produce at the World Cup. After coming off a career best season for Manchester United, don’t look for Rooney to take his foot off the gas pedal. Rooney had a disappointing 2006 World Cup, getting sent off and eliminated against Portugal. Now, a wiser and more mature Rooney, look for him to lead his team. Will he be good enough for England to get the monkey off their backs and finally win another World Cup?
Cristiano Ronaldo (POR)
The 2008 World Player of the Year is still just as dangerous as ever. Like Messi, he has a creative mind set mixed with fast footwork and a dangerous shot, Cristiano can score from anywhere on the field. I think he is the fastest player in soccer with the ball at his feet. Don’t give him any open space to work with or you’re in for a very long game.
The 2007 World Player of the Year will be the key man for Brazil. The team revolves around Kaka as he will have to get the offense going. Kaka possesses excellent passing and vision, but his counter attacking skills makes him stand out from the rest. After a three-year absence from the Brazilian International team, he won Player of the Tournament at the 2009 Confederations Cup. Don’t be surprised to see him win the World Cup Player of the Tournament.
Denmark has been playing great football, surprising many people by winning their qualification group. Denmark brings a well balanced team to the World Cup. The Danes are very aggressive and like to play with a high-tempo. Physical play is the nature of their game. The midfield is strong as it consists of stand-out players such as Christian Poulsen and Dannis Rommehdahl. With veteran forward Jon Dahl Thomasson, Denmark isn’t a team you should sleep on. They try and frustrate opponents and if you play into their game you may be going home early.
Serbia is another physical team and plays defense at a whole other level. Serbia played great during their qualifying rounds and has been destroying other teams in their friendly matches. They seemed to have peaked at the right time. Their defense is anchored by Nemanja Vidic. Some may argue that Vidic could be the best center back defender right now. None the less, Vidic leads a gritty and physical defense. Serbia will make things difficult for any team, but will be able to score enough goals?
Thanks to the American media, the bar is set high for the United States. They are expected to win their group and be in the middle of the pack to contend for the World Cup, after performing well in the 2009 Confederations Cup. I would be happy if Team USA just made it to the knockout stages. This may be the best team the United States has ever had on paper, but they are yet to prove themselves at the big stage, other than Donovan. Please, don’t even say Clint Dempsey. I have never seen a player give away possession as much as he does. Also the defense has been a problem for the United States. I can’t remember the last time we had a shut-out. With many of our defenders coming off injuries (Carlos Bocanegra, Jay DeMerit, Oguchi Onyewu and Jonathon Spector) miscommunication can be a problem. Team USA’s biggest problem is having a consistent goal scorer. We need a forward who is consistent and can cause major threats for the back-line. We haven’t had one since McBride. Hopefully, Jozy can be that threat. This World Cup can either be one of the best performances for Team USA or it can be a major flop. Who knows, especially when your coach is Bob Bradley.
On paper, France should be making the semi’s, but with their lackluster play as of late, some are even questioning if they will make it out of the group stages. I think not. France has been playing awful as of late. They even lost to China in their pre-World Cup friendly. Their leadership has been in question since the departure of French soccer icon, Zinedine Zidane. He was their captain and their leader. Ever since his retirement, it seems the French has had trouble replacing his shoes. If the French don’t get it together soon, they will be going home early. The opening game against Uruguay will tell us all. Maybe with another handball, they could win a match.
Goal Keeper of the Tournament:
Golden Boot Winner:
Player of the Tournament:
World Cup Winners: