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Old June 10th, 2010, 12:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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With the World Cup starting in less than a day, I thought we were in need of an official thread.

So who does everyone think is going to win? Who do you want to win?

Personally, I want USA and Ghana. If they get knocked out, it's all about the underdog.

I am thrilled for tomorrow, can't wait to watch South Africa vs. Mexico.

Day 1 results:

South Africa vs. Mexico 1-1
Uruguay vs. France 0-0

Day 2 results:

South Korea vs. Greece 2-0
Argentina vs. Nigeria 1-0
USA vs. England

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Looking forward to it myself, hopefully it'll be a great event. Going to be supporting England as I think they do have a real chance this time but realistically I think it could be Spain or Argentina.

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I'll be rooting for the USA (first) and the Netherlands (second).
 
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Soccer's boring lol.
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Old June 11th, 2010, 08:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Soccer's boring lol.
Completely false. The World Cup is a completely different atmosphere.
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The World Cup is the only soccer I watch. It's truly a unique spectacle.
 
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The World Cup is the only soccer I watch. It's truly a unique spectacle.
Same here, I'm a motor-racing fan except during the football world cup.

Getting all excited 5 mins till kick off
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I'm stuck in work so will have to settle for watching Uruguay v France tonight.

Looking forward to tomorrow though, England v USA should be a good. I think the USA have come a long way in football (soccer) so really looking forward to this one.

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Old June 11th, 2010, 09:36 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Completely false. The World Cup is a completely different atmosphere.
I suppose you are right. I could say the same about the NBA Finals.
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I suppose you are right. I could say the same about the NBA Finals.
The what now?
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Old June 11th, 2010, 10:12 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Well, they're not very similar. The World Cup is one of, if not the biggest sporting event in the world. The only thing close is the olympics.
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Top sporting events in the world:

1) FIFA World Cup
2) IOC Summer Olympics
3) ICC Cricket World Cup
4) European Championships( Football)
5) UEFA Champions league
6) Rugby World Cup
7) FIA Formula 1 World Chamionships
8) Tour de France
9) IOC Winter Olympics
10) Superbowl( only takes place in the United States of America)

um, sorry America!

Go south Africa!!!!!! 1-0
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Old June 11th, 2010, 10:31 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Hell yea, that goal was phenomenal. Far post upper 90, nothing better than that. Great through ball too. Mexico did get robbed of a goal in the first half, though.
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thats the thing with like the superbowl and world series arnt really world related.
the world cup and olympics do bring the world together and i love how its been in the office getting together
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Old June 11th, 2010, 10:37 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Upper 90? Is that what you guys over the pond call the top corner

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Old June 11th, 2010, 10:40 AM   #16 (permalink)
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That's what I've always known it as, been playing soccer my whole life. I guess it's an American thing?

Damnit, 1-1.
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That's what I've always known it as, been playing soccer my whole life. I guess it's an American thing?

Damnit, 1-1.
Must be, nothing wrong with that just found it funny, never heard anyone refer to it as that before. Aways known it as the 'top corner' or 'top bin'

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Old June 11th, 2010, 10:54 AM   #18 (permalink)
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The what now?
It's basketball.. pretty terrible if you ask me (American league)
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Old June 11th, 2010, 10:56 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I'll consider that a good tie for South Africa. That last attempt was a really tough shot. They should feel lucky that the ref botched that offsides call in the first half.
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Outstanding first World Cup Game!!!! Its only going to get better.


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Ugh, whats with that awful buzzing sound from those trumpets. First I thought it was something wrong with the broadcasting but then found out its these stupid trumpets. Enough with it, totally idiotic to be playing them all game long.
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I forget that they're even there. I'm sure the players are more focused on the game and don't really notice them.
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Not a bad game so far, neither team seems to be outplaying the other but France shouldn't underestimate Forlan. All he needs is a view on goal and he's dangerous. Also I can't believe Henry is on the bench, he's to good to be sitting this one out.

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Definitely. Henry is way to good for that. What is the French coach thinking?
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I know! There's no excused really, him an Anelka with their pace would be unstoppable on the break. Only a mater of time, I think he'll be on by the hour mark?

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I'm really surprised by Uruguay. They're a lot better than I thought they were going to be.

I'm going to laugh when Henry goes in and hits one... upper 90 for a game-winning goal.
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Just to let all the soccer fans know, we launched a World Cup 2010 Themepack for our PhoneFraze game a few days ago. A fantastic way to have fun with your FIFA loving friends before or after the games at the party. You can find it either through the two paid versions of the game or directly from the market and it will prompt you to buy the game. We are curious to hear what other soccer fans think! :-)
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I'm really surprised by Uruguay. They're a lot better than I thought they were going to be.

I'm going to laugh when Henry goes in and hits one... upper 90 for a game-winning goal.
Ha ha, think he'll bang it in the top bin myself

Uruguay are a good side, got a few players in the big clubs in Europe, learn't about Forlan the hard way when his extra time goal knocked Liverpool out the Europa semi finals.

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What app are you using?

I couldn't seem to find a great world cup app. Anyone have suggestions?
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how many times was suarez offside, and how many times did he try to get players booked, ugh.

France should have won, malouda should have been on from the start too.
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So I thought I would give soccer ANOTHER try since I wasnt going much today and turned on the France/Uruguay game. I seriously think I would have rather watched the bugs outside, what an awful game. So they basically ran around for 90 minutes to finish in a scoreless draw, thats some MAJOR entertainment! Why not have a free kick to determine a winner like hockey does with shootouts? Soccer is almost unwatchable on TV as well because of how its shot. The field is enormous and most of the shots are wide angle shots, looks like a flea circus. You cant really tell who is who, just a bunch of little skinny guys running around. I am astounded people can actually watch this, but I am sure the rest of the world is astounded we can watch a bunch of cars drive around a big oval track too haha Someone wake me up when there is an exciting soccer game, however oxy moronic that seems.
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I can't believe someone who watched Nascar just complained about how boring soccer is...

I'll admit the France vs. Uruguay game was pretty boring, until that last 10 minutes that is. After Uruguay got the red card it got pretty exciting. Especially with that free kick in stoppage time. Keep in mind this is only pool play. It'll get a lot more exciting once they leave pool play. You won't see anymore ties at that point.
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Well, Messi's play was disappointing.
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Don't know if you folks have run across these, but there are a few threads in the theme section with members making Soccer/Football wallpapers.

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I am Nigerian, i was sad that we did not win, but our goal keeper was phenomenal....
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Yea he did play quite well. Fortunately for Nigeria, Messi was off.

How about USA starting off strong...
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Why not have a free kick to determine a winner like hockey does with shootouts?
Bahahaha, *breathes* hahahahhahahaaa..

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You cant really tell who is who, just a bunch of little skinny guys running around.
lol, americans.. Don't you ever wonder why no one else plays your sports, but everyone plays Football (the sport we invented)?
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Bahahaha, *breathes* hahahahhahahaaa..



lol, americans.. Don't you ever wonder why no one else plays your sports, but everyone plays Football (the sport we invented)?
I just noticed why you were laughing.

Don't group us all together, I'm american.
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lol, americans.. Don't you ever wonder why no one else plays your sports, but everyone plays Football (the sport we invented)?
Quite simple really, economics and skill level. You can be dirt poor in a 3rd world country and play soccer. All you need is a couple people, a ball and a couple rocks to mark goals. How do you play American football in a poor country? You cant. How can you play baseball with all the equipment needed in a poor country? You cant. Basketball? No chance.

You also need to take in skill levels. Anyone, and I do mean anyone (with at least one leg) can kick a ball. How many people can throw a spiral with a football and be accurate? How many people can throw a baseball with efficiency and then on the other side, you have to have great hand/eye coordination to hit it. Basketball you need to have great touch to shoot....anyone can kick a soccer ball between two rocks 10 feet apart.
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I think it's a little unfair that you just summed up soccer in its most simple form. Here, I'll do the rest for you to make it even. How many people can hit an object with a bat? How many people can throw a ball? How many people and throw an object into a basket? Just about anyone.
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I think it's a little unfair that you just summed up soccer in its most simple form. Here, I'll do the rest for you to make it even. How many people can hit an object with a bat? How many people can throw a ball? How many people and throw an object into a basket? Just about anyone.
You missed my point...

Baseball-You need at least a pitcher, batter and people on the bases plus bats balls and gloves. Sorry, but people in less fortunate countries could never afford that. Even if they could, throwing a baseball from a good distance away into a rather small strike zone accurately is NOT something just any kid can do. Same with the hand/eye coordination need to hit that people with effectiveness.

Football-You need a passer, receiver, someone to play the receiver and at least one person to rush the passer and someone to defend. In other words, lots of people. I grew ip playing football and I will tell you that most people can not throw a ball with any accuracy past 10-15 yards, let alone throw a spiral or effective pass to someone running full speed. Then the receiver needs to have the hand/eye coordination to catch the ball on the fly.

Basketball-You need a basketball obviously and then something to put it in. Many people in other countries cant afford the setup. Then if they can, how many people can shoot a basketball into a hoop while running or have an effective jump shot outside of 5 feet? Not many

I am sorry but soccer in comparison is very simple, I see little kids at the park that can kick a ball around to each other and into a goal. How many kids can shoot jump shots, throw a football accurately to a moving target or throw a strike/hit a ball? Not nearly as many. You dont need a ton of people or costly equipment or a high skill level to kick a ball thru a big goal or kick it to someone else and thats the main reason why its played everywhere.
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I'll agree with it being very cost efficient, which is why it is played so many places. But the argument of it requiring little skill is completely false.
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I'll agree with it being very cost efficient, which is why it is played so many places. But the argument of it requiring little skill is completely false.
Soccer requires skill for sure, just not as much as throwing a football accurately 25-30 yards, throwing or hitting a fastball and nailing a 15-20 foot jump shot.

On another note, whats with all the humming and buzzing noises thru the whole game? Is that people doing something?
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It's a cheap horn called a vuvuzela. Just about everyone is blowing them in the stadium.
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Soccer is a great sport for many reasons, and I'm not going to argue its merit. There is a reason this will be the most watched sporting event in history. However, how about that USA game. I feel bad saying it, but the English gifted us our goal. I do believe however that the US came out strong in the second half. I think 1-1 is a fair result and I'm interested in seeing how the rest of the group will turn out. As for who will win I believe that Germany will take it as that is my heritage. I hope the USA go all the way, but I feel a more realistic bet is Germany. Others thoughts?
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Old June 12th, 2010, 05:20 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Quite simple really, economics and skill level. You can be dirt poor in a 3rd world country and play soccer. All you need is a couple people, a ball and a couple rocks to mark goals. How do you play American football in a poor country? You cant. How can you play baseball with all the equipment needed in a poor country? You cant. Basketball? No chance.

You also need to take in skill levels. Anyone, and I do mean anyone (with at least one leg) can kick a ball. How many people can throw a spiral with a football and be accurate? How many people can throw a baseball with efficiency and then on the other side, you have to have great hand/eye coordination to hit it. Basketball you need to have great touch to shoot....anyone can kick a soccer ball between two rocks 10 feet apart.
lol...

Yes you are right, football consists simply of kicking a ball between 2 rocks.

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I grew ip playing football and I will tell you that most people can not throw a ball with any accuracy past 10-15 yards, let alone throw a spiral or effective pass to someone running full speed. Then the receiver needs to have the hand/eye coordination to catch the ball on the fly.
Obviously you haven't grown up playing football, but I have, to a decent level, and let me tell you, I'm surprised at how many people can't pass a ball accurately to a person 10 yards away. Let alone passing a through ball 40 yards between 2 defenders, perfectly weighted onto a strikers perfectly timed run.

You obviously know nothing about football (maybe sport in general?), and your assumed comments quite make you sound quite simple.

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You dont need a ton of people or costly equipment or a high skill level to kick a ball thru a big goal or kick it to someone else and thats the main reason why its played everywhere.
lmao, such a simple mind. You go along and play your awesome and highly skilled sports, leave the simple act of kicking a ball through a big goal to the rest of the world.

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Soccer requires skill for sure, just not as much as throwing a football accurately 25-30 yards, throwing or hitting a fastball and nailing a 15-20 foot jump shot.
Not sure if i mentioned this before, but lmao.

Please keep the comments coming btw, after Englands performance today I could do with a good laugh.
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Basketball-You need a basketball obviously and then something to put it in. Many people in other countries cant afford the setup. Then if they can, how many people can shoot a basketball into a hoop while running or have an effective jump shot outside of 5 feet? Not many
ROFL, saying basketball needs more skill than soccer is just plain stupid. Equipment wise, yea sure its harder to get a basketball game going. But skill wise? C'mon, you would to have never played soccer and basketball to make that statement.

And while I agree soccer can be boring to watch half the time, baseball is boring to watch ALL the time.
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lol...

Yes you are right, football consists simply of kicking a ball between 2 rocks.



Obviously you haven't grown up playing football, but I have, to a decent level, and let me tell you, I'm surprised at how many people can't pass a ball accurately to a person 10 yards away. Let alone passing a through ball 40 yards between 2 defenders, perfectly weighted onto a strikers perfectly timed run.

You obviously know nothing about football (maybe sport in general?), and your assumed comments quite make you sound quite simple.



lmao, such a simple mind. You go along and play your awesome and highly skilled sports, leave the simple act of kicking a ball through a big goal to the rest of the world.



Not sure if i mentioned this before, but lmao.

Please keep the comments coming btw, after Englands performance today I could do with a good laugh.
I think he was talking about growing up playing American football.

I grew up playing soccer, baseball, and basketball for the first 16 years of my life. I've put in minimal effort into training for baseball and still have been able to compete reasonably well. I've also been able to put in very little effort into basketball and still do quite well. Size makes a pretty big difference in basketball and I was able to rely on it. I've had to train and train for soccer to be able to compete at the level of others. Kicking a ball between two rocks hardly does the sport justice. How about redirecting a cross into the goal off your head? Or what about chesting a ball down right into a volley? Doing all this while playing full speed, running the whole time is one of the most difficult things I've encountered.
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I know, I meant that he's talking about football (football) like he's played/watched it before, I doubt he's played any sports tbh from the way he's talking about what he thinks skill is.
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Hey guys just a suggestion here. Can we keep the soccer/futball/football hate out of here so the ones of us that do enjoy the sport can discuss the tournament. Though a do agree that most of the haters have no idea how difficult and physically demanding of a sport soccer truly is.
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