Soccer World Cup - Brazil 2014

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  1. Walter

    Walter All-Star Forum Donor

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    Assuming this is the correct place for this thread as it didn't really fit anywhere else.

    Any soccer fans out there? World Cup begins in 9 days and I get the feeling it's gonna be a good one. USA has their work cut out for them trying to get out of a group with Germany, Portugal and Ghana. The first game against Ghana will be key and then pray for a tie between Germany and Portugal.

    Other tough games in the opening stage:

    Spain vs Netherlands (6/13)
    England vs Italy (6/14)
    Brazil vs Mexico (6/17)
    Uruguay vs England (6/19)

    Depending on how these go, there might be some really tough and exciting games going on the week of 6/23.

    So, who do you like? Which team do you have your money on? Do you think USA will get out of the group stage?

    I like Brazil's chances. Home court advantage and all that. Hoping for a Latin America showdown in the Final with Brazil vs Argentina.

    It'll require complete focus and a lot of luck for USA to come out of the group stage, and I just don't see it happening.

    My Cinderella team is Bosnia-Herzegovina. I have a lot of Bosnian friends. This is the very first World Cup ever for them and boy can they use some good news nowadays. I hope they edge out Iran and Nigeria and get the 2nd seed behind Argentina.

    Planning to watch the England-Italy game with a bunch of Italian and British friends. I'm looking forward to egging them on against each other. It oughta be fun.
  2. Nemo

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    Can you provide us with a bracket please?

    I just don't see us getting out of The Group of Death.

    I see consecutive losses to Ghana, Portugal, and Germany...

    Ghana always plays tough early...

    Portugal will need to beat us to advance.

    Germany will simply throttle us....
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  3. BillLaimbeer

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    There are 8 groups of 4 teams each. The top 2 in each group advance to a single-elimination sweet 16 tournament:

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  4. Ernie the Slow Adult

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    This will be a good tourney. It isn't possible to overstate how popular soccer is in S America.
  5. Walter

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    I'm thinking Belgium-Russia will be the most boring game to watch.
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    Group B is totally 'el grupo de la muerte'! The past two finalists (Spain, Netherlands), plus 3rd in South American qualifying (Chile) and soccer juggernauts Australia. If you guys aren't bullish on your country's chances of getting out of the group stage, spare a thought for us!

    The time zone difference is abysmal for us with most games happening between 2am and 8am which will be another dampener on a possible party atmosphere.

    I was travelling through South America during qualifying last year and the atmosphere was amazing in each country that was playing. I can only imagine what it will be like during the actual world cup. Jealous if anyone is planning on going.
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    My grandfather played for the Netherlands a million years ago ( I don't think he ever played in a World Cup).
    I'll admit, I was raised in the states and know nothing about soccer (futbol).

    I totally plan on watching as much of this as I can.
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    I pull for every African Team.
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    lograr que el vino, me voy a cortar el queso
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    East Germany and the USSR are my teams.
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    I'm going to be watching. Obviously pulling for the Socceroos but I really doubt that they will get out of the group stage. We have Chile and Spain in our group so, yeah.
  12. Ernie the Slow Adult

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    What's the deal with the extra time being added on to the end of the games? It seems kind of random.

    Isn't knowing when the game is going to end kind of important?
  13. Walter

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    That's up to the referee. The clock doesn't stop when the ball goes out or if there's a foul. So, if there's extended stoppage (like an injury or something), the ref can add extra time to the end. Usually it changes between 2-4 minutes. They announce how long the stoppage time is around the 85th minute.
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    Stoppage time is added if there are any delays of game (injuries, players deliberately running out the clock etc) because the clock doesn't stop running in football.
  15. TaS

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    Why not stop the clock for those things only? The technology now exists.
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    Nah, this is an European game which no way to play in American way.
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    It's just a different approach to the game.

    Football is a very stylistic and historical game. People in Europe do not want to see it change.
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    FIFA should add time-outs to advance the ball, 5 minute penalties and the two-point shot. It would also be pretty cool if the goalie could have a stick of some sort, maybe something like a large version of the banana-like rackets they use to throw balls against a wall in the intro sequence of Miami Vice.
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    They've had no problem updating the ball fifty times.

    I remember reading some study a few years ago describing the reason that soccer is so exciting for fans. It turns out that historically, it has had a higher upset percentage than any of the American major sports. 45% of the time or something crazy like that.
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    Many would pick Argentina/Brazil as the top two teams.
    I expect to see Germany vs Spain in the finals.

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