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Old Jun 7th, 2010, 10:41 PM        World Cup Football
Or Soccer as those of us unwashed heathens refer to it over here, across the pond. Since the teams are presently congregating in lovely South Africa, it's probably time for us to start handicapping the chances for our favorite country to advance to the round of 16.

I like the USA's chances to make it out of group play, but I can't see them advancing past the round of 8. They just don't have enough depth. A quarterfinal finish would be an excellent result, though still unsatisfying.

Personally, I'd almost be happy with any result except Brazil winning it all. My apologies to any Brazilians I've offended.
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Old Jun 8th, 2010, 06:42 PM       
I was gonna say Brazil is going to win. I haven't followed much Soccer lately but I can always count on the Brazils.
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Old Jun 10th, 2010, 01:59 PM       
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This is the first World Cup that does not include any teams that are qualifying for the first time, although two of the qualifiers (Slovakia and Serbia) have previously appeared only as parts of former competing nations. Slovakia was previously part of Czechoslovakia, and Serbia has competed as part of Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro. In both cases FIFA considers these teams to have retained the earlier nations' records.
That part is kind of interesting.
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Old Jun 10th, 2010, 06:02 PM       
I'm interested to see how the team from DPRK does - they're considered a wild card in their group for the simple reason that no one seems to know what to expect. My guess is that they don't have a whole lot of international competitive experience, which can be both a benefit and a detriment.

Maybe their uniforms will have great big pictures of "dear leader" on them.
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Old Jun 11th, 2010, 05:28 PM       
Rooting for Italy, like always.

Wouldn't mind Germany winning, although it is unlikely.

If i'd have to pick a clear favorite it's either Brazil(team Canada of football), or Spain, who had a magnificent run in 2008 UEFA Euro.
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Old Jun 12th, 2010, 04:18 PM       
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Old Jun 12th, 2010, 09:15 PM       
^^^ Wow. Just Wow.

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Old Jun 13th, 2010, 03:00 PM       
Germany VS. Australia starting now!


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Old Jun 13th, 2010, 04:17 PM       
Best football in the tournament so far, god damn
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Old Jun 13th, 2010, 05:25 PM       
Great game by Germany. Australia's defence sucked, but if Germany keeps up with this kind of play they should also do well against tougher opponents
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Old Jun 13th, 2010, 10:29 PM       
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Best football in the tournament so far, god damn
Actually I thought that was embarassing. Australia should be ashamed.
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Old Jun 14th, 2010, 12:41 AM       
I was mostly referring to Germany, although Australia did play well momentarily during the 1st half.
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Old Jun 14th, 2010, 10:18 AM       
^^^ Don't blink, you'll miss it.

I'm looking forward to the DPRK-Brazil match on Tuesday. I wonder how Yonhap is going to spin the pasting they're likely to receive.

Maybe "Dear Leader" will have the entire team shot.
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Old Jun 14th, 2010, 10:53 AM       
Easy 2-0 victory for Holland over Denmark
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Old Jun 14th, 2010, 02:58 PM       
Italy vs. Paraguay starting soon! Shit could get interesting.

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Old Jun 14th, 2010, 05:30 PM       
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Old Jun 14th, 2010, 09:08 PM       
I think we may be the only two interested.
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Old Jun 14th, 2010, 09:10 PM       
Japan upsets Cameroon. Who saw that coming?
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Old Jun 15th, 2010, 05:32 AM       
New Zealand vs Slovakia this AM (EDT that is) - Where's that rascal Pub?
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Old Jun 15th, 2010, 12:50 PM       
NZ ties it in the 3rd minute of extra time to earn a point against Slovakia.

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Old Jun 15th, 2010, 10:31 PM       
2-1 DPRK goes down to defeat against Brazil. The coach was undoubtedly pleased that they scored in the final minute of regulation so they could make it look closer than it really was. Probably bought him his life.

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Old Jun 16th, 2010, 12:53 PM       
Spain 0 - 1 Switzerland


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Old Jun 16th, 2010, 01:00 PM       
I didn't expect that.
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Old Jun 16th, 2010, 01:26 PM       
Jeez. Spain is one of the best teams in the world. To get beaten by the Swiss is soccer's equivalent of the Miracle on Ice.

Well, not so much - the Swiss have a good team. Just not in Spain's league.

With group play, Spain can advance with a stinker of a match on their record. The only thing is they have no more margin for error. They'd better come out firing in their next match against Honduras.
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Well, Spain is notorious for being a long time World Cup underachiever
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