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Confed Cup South Africa : Your Thoughts?  
User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 54
Posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2975 times:

Hi everyone.

As a resident here in Joburg and experiencing the Confed Cup here first hand, I would like to hear everyone elses opinions on the curtain raiser for the world cup, mainly from an international perspective.

Personally it seems surreal watching the tournament on tv. It feels as if Im watching something along the lines of the Euro, the way the stadiums look, the conditions of the pitches, the way it is broadcast on tv etc.

Would just be interesting to hear from soccer fans around the world how you feel about the way in which South Africa has presented this tournament.

World Cup Fever has definately hit South Africa big time! Off to Ellis Park tommorow for Italy Egypt.  Smile

-SA006


Proudly South African
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User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2953 times:

I, and I suspect most Europeans, would regard the Confederations Cup as a bunch of friendly matches. Not least because England isn't there  Smile
Realistically, I'm looking out for the results (Go Bafana!) but no more than that - I doubt I'll watch any games on TV.
Of course, the main reason for the tournament is to test out the stadia, security, facilities etc.

signol



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2940 times:

I'm sorry, but the Confed Cup is a waste of time, and a waste of money for the teams involved. The only thing it serves, is as a trial run for the World Cup next year. It's just more of a strain than a prestigious tournament. Remember the New Zealand vs Spain match in Rustenburg, when only have of the stadium was full.

If it was a World Cup, the stadium would be full, but who cares for the Confed-Cup? FIFA should just drop this tournament, because it only serves one thing: Fill up the pockets of Joseph "Septic" Blatter.


User currently offlineTIA From Albania, joined Mar 2006, 524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2910 times:



Quoting SA006 (Thread starter):

As a resident here in Joburg and experiencing the Confed Cup here first hand,

This is going on a tangent, but other than the stadiums, what other piece of infrastructure is being updated in Jo'burg? I've already bought my tickets for next year and will be catching six games in Jo'burg, and I am wondering what kind of infrastructure projects are being undertaken to make the city more fan-friendly (for lack of a better word).


User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2894 times:



Quoting TIA (Reply 3):
what other piece of infrastructure is being updated in Jo'burg?

They're updating JNB and CPT airport terminals, and in Joburg they are building a new rail network linking the city centre, Sandton business district, the airport and Pretoria:

www.gautrain.co.za

signol



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User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5986 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2891 times:



Quoting LTU932 (Reply 2):
If it was a World Cup, the stadium would be full, but who cares for the Confed-Cup? FIFA should just drop this tournament, because it only serves one thing: Fill up the pockets of Joseph "Septic" Blatter.

And as predicted, Blatter have already blasted the organisers for not having full stadiums  Yeah sure


User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2883 times:



Quoting CPH-R (Reply 5):
And as predicted, Blatter have already blasted the organisers for not having full stadiums

That is a bit of a disappointment, the fact that the hosts South Africa couldn't fill up a game for Bafana Bafana was a bit shocking. However, Brzil Italy is completely sold out as well as the final and i think the two semis. Its difficult for alot of the poorer South Africans who are passionate about football to afford the tickets. But then in that case, shouldn't FIFA and the South African organisers lower prices or give away the left over tickets to those who cant afford it in order to fill up the stadiums? It is only the Confed Cup....

The fact is no matter if it is the Confed Cup or not, having lived in this country and city all my life, I'm really impressed at how South Africa has handled this. Confed Cup or not this is one of the biggest tournaments that has hit South Africa and the way this third world country has set it up, the magnificent playing fields and the stadiums plus security etc just astonishes me really. Didn't think we would be fully capable. And the vibe at the games whether they full or not is insane.

Like I said, World Cup fever is definately here, that is for sure.

-SA006



Proudly South African
User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2860 times:



Quoting SA006 (Reply 6):
But then in that case, shouldn't FIFA and the South African organisers lower prices or give away the left over tickets to those who cant afford it in order to fill up the stadiums?

They would have never done that, because of FIFA's (or rather Blatter's personal) greed. FIFA doesn't care about the game anymore ever since Blatter came to power, why else do you think they'd charge outrageous prices for stadium tickets to World Cup/FIFA matches (except World Cup qualifiers), why they'd change the statutes to allow people over 21 to change their national teams (as long as they haven't played an official international match) as if they were changing teams or their own underware (e.g. the case of Jermaine Jones, who's changing from the German to the US national team because he feels neglected by Joachim Löw), and why else do you think Blatter proposed to return to the times before the 70's by eliminating the penalty shootouts and re-introduce re-matches for the World Cup finals?

Blatter wants the quick buck. He doesn't care about the game, and especially not the fans. Therefore, don't expect any rebates for tickets to the World Cup, because the South Africa organisation commitee is guaranteed to be more dependent and more obedient towards FIFA than the organisation commitee lead by Franz Beckenbauer for the 2006 World Cup. And if this trend continues under Blatter, or anyone else who's loyal to Blatter, then I fear the worst for the World Cup in the years to come. Hell, even Michel Platini from UEFA, whom we love to criticise in Europe, would probably be a bit more suited for the job than Blatter, and only because, unlike the bureaucrat Blatter, Platini has played the game and knows its dynamics and how it works from personal experience.


User currently offlineYellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2855 times:

My thoughts? One more opportunity for the US to embarass itself on the world soccer stage. We're going to wind up last place in our group again (unless we can beat Egypt by 5 goals, which is highly unlikely).


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User currently onlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3452 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2817 times:
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Quoting Yellowstone (Reply 8):
(unless we can beat Egypt by 5 goals, which is highly unlikely).

The way the Egyptians are playing very unlikely. I am enjoying the games on TV. My knee will be operated on Friday so i will be in bed Saturday and Sunday enjoying the games.



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8449 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2812 times:
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Quoting LTU932 (Reply 7):
Quoting SA006 (Reply 6):
But then in that case, shouldn't FIFA and the South African organisers lower prices or give away the left over tickets to those who cant afford it in order to fill up the stadiums?

They would have never done that, because of FIFA's (or rather Blatter's personal) greed.

I heard on the radio yesterday that unsold tickets would be given away.



After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2801 times:



Quoting Andz (Reply 10):
heard on the radio yesterday that unsold tickets would be given away.

Yep. Was offered 4 free tickets upon entering Ellis Park last night for the Egypt Italy game. Nearly 53 000 attendance, close to the stadiums capacity which was good to see.

-SA006



Proudly South African
User currently onlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3452 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2801 times:
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Quoting SA006 (Reply 11):
entering Ellis Park last night for the Egypt Italy game.

Oh how i wish i was there with you.



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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3284 posts, RR: 44
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2795 times:



Quoting SA006 (Thread starter):
Your Thoughts?

The U.S. soccer team is not good.

That is all.

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineFxramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7247 posts, RR: 85
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2791 times:
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When did Egypt get a soccer team that could play?  rotfl 

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 13):
The U.S. soccer team is not good.

Agreed.  rotfl 


User currently onlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3452 posts, RR: 17
Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2781 times:
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Quoting Fxramper (Reply 14):
When did Egypt get a soccer team that could play?

Egyptian team won Africa championship twice in a row and 3 out of the last 4.

They are good team.



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8449 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2779 times:
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Quoting Fxramper (Reply 14):
When did Egypt get a soccer team that could play?

Egypt 1, Italy 0.

yes that Italy, the world champions.



After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 54
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 months 17 hours ago) and read 2712 times:



Quoting Fxramper (Reply 14):
When did Egypt get a soccer team that could play?  

Arguably one of the better teams in the competition. They deserved to beat Brazil in their 4-3 loss or at least a draw.

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 12):
Oh how i wish i was there with you.

Off to Italy Brazil tonight, sold out for quite a while Big grin

-SA006



Proudly South African
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 months 16 hours ago) and read 2708 times:

I wanted to watch the Spain vs. South Africa game together with two friends yesterday night. We switched to another program after 15 minutes because we fed up with the sound of these damned plastic trumpets:



The sound - during the whole 90 minutes - is so friggin' annoying, it is impossible to enjoy the game.  banghead  I really, really hope that they ban this shit for the upcoming World Cup!

No wonder that several players already complained, it is impossible to communicate with your team mates on the field because it is way loud, furthermore is it really hard to stay concentrated because the sound is annoying!

I rather watch some movie tonight instead of the games. I already know that I will switch to another program after 10 minutes!

Patrick


User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 months 12 hours ago) and read 2687 times:



Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 18):
The sound - during the whole 90 minutes - is so friggin' annoying, it is impossible to enjoy the game.

You haven't seen either the Gold Cup or international matches in the US (and involving non-US teams). They use those things all the time down here, and it really gets annoying after kickoff.

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 18):
I really, really hope that they ban this shit for the upcoming World Cup!

 checkmark 

BTW: Italy is getting its ass kicked by Brazil! It's 3:0 after halftime. That's what Italy gets for its arrogance, it's insisting on playing catenaccio, and Marcello Lippi for playing with people, who for football standards, are already great grandfathers.  mischievous 


User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 3979 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (5 years 2 months 11 hours ago) and read 2680 times:

I've beeen enjoying the games as well. The only thing I was wondering about was how the teams were chosen.

User currently offlineAcheron From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1621 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (5 years 2 months 11 hours ago) and read 2677 times:



Quoting AirKas1 (Reply 20):
The only thing I was wondering about was how the teams were chosen.



Quote:
The competition is organised by FIFA. It is contested by the winners of each of the six FIFA confederation championships (CAF, CONMEBOL, UEFA, AFC, OFC, CONCACAF), along with the FIFA World Cup winner and the host country, to bring the number of teams up to eight.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIFA_Confederations_Cup


User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (5 years 2 months 11 hours ago) and read 2675 times:

I'm waiting to see what the US will do against Spain.  Big grin


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User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2753 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (5 years 2 months 10 hours ago) and read 2664 times:

They say that sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. Today, the US was both. Thank you Brazil.

I just hope we don't get our asses kicked too bad by Spain.



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User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 54
Reply 24, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2614 times:



Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 18):
The sound - during the whole 90 minutes - is so friggin' annoying, it is impossible to enjoy the game.    I really, really hope that they ban this shit for the upcoming World Cup!

On TV it can get annoying. Was at the Italy Brazil game last night and those 'vuvuzelas' create such an atmosphere. I hope they dont ban them, its a unique sound that you get here. In the stadium it creates a mad atmosphere. Even Brazilians and Italians from overseas were blowing these horns non-stop.

-SA006



Proudly South African
25 AM744 : They use those things here in Mexico and I hate them too!
26 Yellowstone : Nothing wrong with the vuvuzelas, just the way they are used. If you're going to make noise, at least have the noise be connected in some fashion to t
27 AirKas1 : Yay, the US is 2-0 up against Spain! What a great match to watch.
28 AM744 : Great. I'm happy for the U.S. This can only help further the level of the North and Central American Football Confederation. Mexico did pretty well on
29 Alias1024 : Yes!!! The US got some big performances from their players today. Onyewu and DeMerit were huge in the middle, blocking shots and controlling the aeria
30 SA006 : South Africas turn now to cause an upset? -SA006
31 RayChuang : I keep on forgetting that Spain has a bad habit of folding at inopportune times in major international competitions--Spain winning Euro 2008 is almost
32 LTU932 : The problem with Mexico is that the FMF is itching to switch to CONMEBOL permanently, that ESPN's panelists (e.g. Carlos Albert, the guy who whines a
33 LOT767-300ER : After watching the conquest of Spain by the USA Ive realized that if the Americans actually bothered with soccer at even 1/10th the level of NFL, MLB
34 Longhornmaniac : 2nd biggest upset in U.S. soccer history! Way to go, USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cheers, Cameron
35 Falcon84 : I think you're right, but the fact remains that the U.S., as a nation, just isn't into Soccer. Never has been, and I doubt it ever will be. We have o
36 Whappeh : I think soccer is getting bigger in the US, can't deny that. It will never reach NFL, MLB and NBA... but who knows, I think at least 30% of our popula
37 FXramper : I'd say first dude. We beat the best team in the world, ranked #1.
38 Aerobalance : I still can't believe the U.S. Team beat Spain! I'm stunned.
39 L-188 : You want to take that back? Yes, Us yankee's are starting to figure out this soccer thing. I hope you enjoyed it while it lasted.
40 Alias1024 : The defending on the second goal looked like MLS about ten years ago. Just slightly above the level of a high school junior varsity team. Somehow I d
41 Post contains links Yellowstone : Yes, but we're ranked #14. Well behind Spain (with ~900 points to their ~1700 in the FIFA rankings), but up there nonetheless. The biggest upset rema
42 AirKas1 : True, but I think Howard was in great form aswell. IMO a yellow card would be sufficient.
43 Revelation : I consider myself a casual football/soccer fan and watched the game today. The US was scrappy but it seems to me both goals would not have happened if
44 JJJ : Congrats to US real football fans The 2nd Ramos goal serves him well for being an utter prick and hopefully the Spanish press will stop being such arr
45 Planespotting : Tim Howard certainly outperformed in the goal, but his defensemen saved the day time and time again. It seemed like whenever Spain had the opportunit
46 Fxramper : Appreciate the kind words. The best team didn't win yesterday, but it was a great match! Hilarious! Only this 3rd cap for Confederation Cup and he's
47 SA006 : Thats because the USA were shocking in the first two :P 6 goals in two games means alot of saves in between. AGain tonight off to Ellis Park to see B
48 Revelation : It must have been an immensly frustrating game for Spain. They had uncountable opportunities, but just weren't able to make the breakthrough due to s
49 AM744 : {off topic} Couldn't agree more with you. And you are right, Costa Rica is a fine contender having demonstrated it in qualifiers and World Cups ever s
50 Post contains images LTU932 : The problem is that Mexico and the US have the vast majority of FIFA-compliant stadiums in the region. Canada is basically irrelevant in football (th
51 AirKas1 : Hmm Brazil won 1-0, but not really deserved imo.
52 LTU932 : Indeed. There were those first 5 minutes, in which they were playing as expected, not giving South Africa any chances, but in the end, they got too c
53 Post contains links FatmirJusufi : Brazil is into the finals! So, I'm going to support the US. Anyway, Alves scored a great goal. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw06692SDJY Fatmir
54 Dahawaiian : Parabens Brasil! Not the best of showings for the Brasilian squad, but a win is a win. I was impressed with the tenacity of the South Africans. They p
55 Revelation : I don't think I'll bother watching, due to those damn trumpets. It soulds like a fleet of launghaul trucks blowing their horns non-stop. Too annoying
56 Alias1024 : If the Americans play like they did in the Egypt and Spain matches, they have a reasonable chance. If they play like they did in the first match again
57 FatmirJusufi : Currently I'm watching Spain - South Africa match. It was a dramatic match until now. Actually, they're playing on extra time.
58 Windy95 : They really need to ban them. Makes me mute the TV
59 SA006 : That goal from Mphela is probably the goal of the tournament if not the best goal a South African has ever scored. Absolutely amazing. Great showing
60 AAce24 : Lets go USA! Regardless of what happens today, I think we've made a great showing. This helps bring some momentum heading into the World Cup next summ
61 AAce24 : Goooooooaaaaaaaaal! 1-0 US.
62 Whappeh : 2-0 USA! Landycakes in the 28th!
63 AAce24 : 2-0! Wow, could this really happen? I realize there is a lot of time remaining, but this is huge.
64 FXramper : Me thinks we are witnessing another upset. US 2, Brasil 0.
65 Whappeh : I said in another fourm that if we score twice I'd give us 50/50 at the half... I still stand by that. This is FAR better then I could of ever expect
66 Whappeh : And my point was just proven, lol. 2-1
67 AAce24 : Damnit! A 2 goal lead down the drain...
68 Dahawaiian : Looks like Brasil is going to take it. Glad the US decided to show up today, at least in the first half. The US defense just broke down in the 2nd due
69 AAce24 : Our defense needs some serious work. Great performance nonetheless, but it's a shame to blow this one away.
70 Mir : Seemed like 40 of the 45 minutes were spent in the US end. Can't win that way... -Mir
71 PPVRA : The US played a good game in the first half, we completely stunk. Second half was enough to turn the game around but I wasn't particularly impressed.
72 Dahawaiian : Much better effort by the US the last three games. It is definitely something to build on for the WC. Ultimately, the US needs better talent to consis
73 Post contains links FXramper : They still played a hell of a tournament. Next up, Grenada in the Gold Cup. I like our chances overall in the upcoming GC. http://www.goldcup.org/pag
74 RayChuang : Brazil came within one half of the biggest upset loss on international-level soccer since England lost to the USA 1-0 in the 1950 World Cup.
75 LTU932 : Too bad though, though I predicted that Brazil would win. One of the highlights was Donovan's goal in the 28th minute. A perfectly executed counterat
76 Alias1024 : Congrats to Brazil. They played a hell of a second half. I saw a very encouraging sign after the match if you are a fan of the Americans. They stayed
77 LTU932 : One thing is for sure, when that match is played in the Azteca, the Mexicans will most likely play to not lose, because of all the problems since the
78 Elite : Congratulations to Brazil for winning, but congratulations to the Americans for making it that far... a victory for USA soccer nonetheless.
79 GrahamHill : Indeed. Nobody really watches here because noboday really cares. It's really a useless competition. I totally agree. This is extremely annoying and F
80 LTU932 : Forget FIFA. Blatter has been so supportive of South Africa, that the Vuvuzela's won't be banned, but it's use rather encouraged. Unless South Africa
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