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World Cup 2010 - The Pre-Inauguration Thread  
User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Posted (4 years 4 months 1 day ago) and read 5749 times:

I thought that since we're less than 2 weeks away from the inauguration, we'd start the first thread dedicated to the World Cup and any news prior to the inauguration.

Let me start with Germany, according to news sources, Joachim Löw has announced that he made a decision on who will be our number 1 goalie, as well as who will replace Michael Ballack as captain. However, the decision won't be public until Wednesday at earliest. Many people think that Manuel Neuer will be the favourite for the number 1, and it is obvious, because Löw never really appreciated Tim Wiese, and Hans-Jörg Butt, who has been the most constant goalie in the Bundesliga season, only has small chances. Personally, as Neuer isn't very constant in his performances, hope that Butt will be number 1, and Wiese number 2, though I wouldn't object to Wiese as number 1 and Butt as number 2, because both have extensive international experience, something that Manuel Neuer doesn't have. As for the casting for captain, the main candidates are Bastian Schweinsteiger (who is my personal favourite for the position), Phillipp Lahm and Miroslav Klose.

News from Paraguay: Anyone remember the incident, where Paraguayan national player Salvador Cabañas was shot in the head? He miraculously survived the headshot, and has been in rehab, even running training with the ball again. In a video I've seen, the only problems he has are with keeping focus cognitively and with some other cognitive issues on his left side, but his motorics are pretty much fully restored, and he has finally gone home to Paraguay. He won't go to the World Cup, but I'm sure that for all Paraguayans, it is great to see "Chava" pretty much fully healed. The doctors don't even rule out that he can eventually resume playing football again, so eventually he could return to the pitch one day.

Feel free to contribute to this thread. Even if this becomes a semi-monopoly of the usual suspects (because we German members do post a lot about football   ), feel free to contribute to the thread.

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User currently offlineLXA333 From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 23 hours ago) and read 5691 times:

The germans are not the same as they used to be. That bayern team is partially an example, but maybe the attitudes will change. Muller and Badstuber need to be more aggresive and accurate with their crosses. Schweinsteiger is definitely playing very well right now, also im sure the experience from the past will play a role.

On other hand some other news- England and USA will choose their last 23 by the end of this week or early next week I hear.

England just had a somewhat decent game,3-1 vs Mexico at Wembley. Why I say decent is, because even though England won the players werent that much in control for most of the time, just the height advantage helped for 2 of those goals. Some of Englands more important players werent on the field though such as Lampard, Terry and Ashley Cole (Chelsea fan here, if not obvious yet).



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User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4306 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 22 hours ago) and read 5688 times:

I have news:

I probably will not watch the tournament, except for the inauguration of South Africa's WC and their game of course.

Beyond that, I'm not interested in watching a team that has an offensive powerhouse of Messi, Milito, Higuain, Palermo and Agüero struggle to pull of a tie against footalll superpower's Greece and South Korea, after they have dazzled the world in the last 12 to 24 months in the four of the world's toughest leagues (Spain, England, Italy, Argentina).

I'm not that into self-inflicted misery.

Good luck to all 31 TEAMS, but unless I have a chance of winning, I'm not interested in what the other teams do.



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User currently offlineaviationmaster From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 2481 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 22 hours ago) and read 5684 times:

Thankfully, this time round, Switzerland was speared from the goalie discussion and Diego Benaglio is the clear number 1. As for the rest of the positions, there shouldn't be any big changes in the coming weeks leading up to the first game against Spain. With the players nominated, Hitzfeld has gone for a mix of older and experienced players (Barnetta, Frei, Grichting, Huggel, Inler) combined with some young newcomers (Shaqiri, Schwegler).

Quoting LTU932 (Thread starter):
Joachim Löw has announced that he made a decision on who will be our number 1 goalie

If Löw plays the safe card, then he'll most likely chose Hans-Jörg Butt as the starting goalie. The only reason I can come up with as to why he may go with Manuel Neuer, is because he is one for the "Zukunft", and if Adler wouldn't have been injured, he would have gone with a young keeper anyways; but then again the World Cup isn't the right place for experiments.  
Quoting LTU932 (Thread starter):
He won't go to the World Cup, but I'm sure that for all Paraguayans, it is great to see "Chava" pretty much fully healed.

This is really great news!

Quoting LXA333 (Reply 1):
The germans are not the same as they used to be.

The German team has matured a lot since 2005. Over the course of the past five years, the Germans have grown into an experienced and confident squad, fielding many players who have gained immense experience on an international level but are still relatively young (Schweinsteiger, Lahm, Podolski, etc.). While certain players who were nominated for the World Cup didn't have a convincing season, I'm quite sure they'll be ready just in time for their first World Cup game. As we all know, Germany is THE "Turniermannschaft".  
Quoting LXA333 (Reply 1):
England just had a somewhat decent game,3-1 vs Mexico at Wembley.

I somehow was left with the impression that England didn't give their full 100%. They played when they had to and left the rest up to the Mexican team. And the third England goal was a beautiful goal!


User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5614 times:

Quoting aviationmaster (Reply 3):
If Löw plays the safe card, then he'll most likely chose Hans-Jörg Butt as the starting goalie. The only reason I can come up with as to why he may go with Manuel Neuer, is because he is one for the "Zukunft", and if Adler wouldn't have been injured, he would have gone with a young keeper anyways; but then again the World Cup isn't the right place for experiments.

Doubtful unless today or in the next days, we get a surprise. Löw has always preferred Adler and Neuer over anybody else since Robert Enke's suicide. Wiese doesn't feel appreciated by Löw (which nowadays, I've come to understand), Butt was pretty much a surprise that he was nominated in the first place, and although I prefer Butt or Wiese as main goalie, it's more likely that he'll make the experiment with Neuer.

Anyway, further bad news: During a testmatch against the FC Südtirol, a team that recently got promoted to the Serie C1 in Italy (now called Lega Pro Prima Divisione), Christian Träsch suffered an ankle injury, which puts him out for six weeks. However, Löw doesn't want to nominate anyone further for the moment, although he does have to cut his squad from currently 25 to 23 by June 1st.

[Edited 2010-05-26 00:08:36]

User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3299 posts, RR: 44
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5600 times:

The United States looked terrible today, suffering a 4-2 defeat at home to the Czech Republic. The game doesn't matter, but it did certainly open up some question marks surrounding the team. It is worth noting many of the expected starters like Donovan, Howard, Bocanegra, and Dempsey were not playing, but there were still many issues on the field.

Oguchi Onyewu is not 100%. You could tell in the way he moved around the pitch, how he wasn't able (didn't want to) get to the centering pass that led to the Czech Republic's first goal. He looked really tired after 65 minutes, when he was substituted.

Generally, the defense was not good. Poor decisions galore.

We're in trouble if Howard gets hurt. Guzan looked pretty poor tonight.

I'm actually worried about our fitness. Hopefully once the final 23 get cemented, we'll look better against Turkey on Saturday, but by the end of the game, many of our players were a lot more exhausted than I would've expected. Doesn't bode well if we want to make any sort of a run.

Despite that, I was impressed with the play of Herculez Gomez, and hope he gets a spot on the final 23.

I can't wait!

17 days!

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlinebookishaviator From Australia, joined Jun 2009, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5579 times:

Quoting LXA333 (Reply 1):
The germans are not the same as they used to be.

Perhaps, but they will of course still kick Australia's backside. An absolutely woeful display from us the other day against New Zealand. If that's the way we're playing a couple of weeks out from the World Cup, then we have absolutely no hope of emulating the relative success of 2006... something which football in this country could really benefit from again. Oh well.



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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2825 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5569 times:

JP Morgan predicted a final England vs Spain. Do you foresee the same?

They are two great teams, with superb individualities and great coaches. But I don't know if they can do it. I don't know why, but I think Brazil might go to the final. They don't have a sexy team per se (at least not compared to previous years), but it's a team that can go far.

I still have doubts about Argentina. Not only they don't have a great manager, but they lack good midfields and a solid defence. But they clearly have the most terrifying forwards of the tournament!

Quoting aviationmaster (Reply 3):
As we all know, Germany is THE "Turniermannschaft"

They are indeed.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10899 posts, RR: 37
Reply 8, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5549 times:

I am only sorry that A.S. Monaco will not be in the World Cup as their own country.

There are teams qualified that are not half as good as A.S. Monaco.

My own prediction is that Italy (la squadra azzura) will be in the final and will hopefully be the winner.

Forza Italia!

As for Germany, I only wish Lufthansa would have taken paying passengers on their A380 inaugural flight First to Fly the LH A380 to Johannesburg carrying the German team to the World Cup. If it was a small plane, it would be OK but the Big Bus has two deck they could have put all the VIPs and guests upstaris with the "normal people" on the lower deck. Could have made a great charity flight.



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User currently offlineCamiloA380 From Sweden, joined Feb 2008, 486 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5531 times:

I heard Mexico have lots of friendly soccer games left, no doubt they will be really tierd at the start of WC.

CamiloA380  



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User currently offlineaviationmaster From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 2481 posts, RR: 34
Reply 10, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5492 times:

Switzerland began training in the mountain resort of Crans Montana yesterday. They're training in the mountains to get used to high altitude conditions that they may encounter while playing in South Africa. It also seems as if Hitzfeld will be using the following starters in the first game against Spain:

GK: Diego Benaglio
DF: Stephan Lichsteiner, Stéphane Grichting, Philippe Senderos, Reto Ziegler
MF: Valon Behrami, Benjamin Huggel, Gökhan Inler, Tranquillo Barnetta
FW: Alex Frei, Blaise NKufo

Quoting CamiloA380 (Reply 9):
I heard Mexico have lots of friendly soccer games left, no doubt they will be really tierd at the start of WC.

Also Chile is playing many friendly games, but I don't think either teams they will be all that tired. The coaches are probably testing two different starting formations per game. It will be interesting to see if the extensive testing will infuence their performance at the World Cup. For example Switzerland is playing only two friendly games (Costa Rica, Italy) before they fly off to South Africa.

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 5):
The United States looked terrible today, suffering a 4-2 defeat at home to the Czech Republic.

It seems as if the US isn't the only World Cup participant are struggling with their form at the moment.

Greece 2-2 North Korea
Cameroon 0-0 Georgia
Nigeria 0-0 Saudi Arabia
Portugal 0-0 Cape Verde Islands

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 7):
JP Morgan predicted a final England vs Spain. Do you foresee the same?

I think both teams will do great in South Africa, but I don't see them reaching the final. This is the first World Cup where I don't really see a clear favourite. Of course on paper teams like Spain, England, Brazil, Germany or Italy are the big favourites to win the tournament, but this time around, many of the groups seem to be very balanced and I won't be surprised if we get to see some big upsets in the course of the tournament.

Eight years ago, France were the big favourites to defend their World Cup title and they were eliminated in the first round without having scored a single goal. IMO Spain will either perform as expected or disappoint badly.

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 7):
I think Brazil might go to the final.

Brazil's situation is interesting. This is one of the few tournaments where they have an excellent defense to complement their great offensive power. You said it best yourself:

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 7):
They don't have a sexy team per se (at least not compared to previous years), but it's a team that can go far.

  

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 7):
Not only they don't have a great manager, but they lack good midfielders and a solid defence. But they clearly have the most terrifying forwards of the tournament!

Argentina is too vulnerable IMO. All a team has to do is to control and shut down Messi and Argentina's midfield so that their forwards don't get any usable chances to score - in other words, do something similar to what Inter did to Barcelona and Bayern. Of course its easier said than done, but nonetheless, any team with a good understanding of tactics and discipline will be able to do this.


User currently offlineaviationmaster From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 2481 posts, RR: 34
Reply 11, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5442 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 4):
Anyway, further bad news:

It seems as if the "Verletzungspech" is now also affecting the Swiss team.   Marco Streller has just been ruled out of the World Cup due to an injury. Possible replacements are Albert Bunjaku (1. FC Nürnberg) and U-17 World Champion Nassim Ben Khalifa (Grasshopper-Club Zürich).

[Edited 2010-05-26 12:03:48]

User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5400 times:

Quoting bookishaviator (Reply 6):
Perhaps, but they will of course still kick Australia's backside. An absolutely woeful display from us the other day against New Zealand. If that's the way we're playing a couple of weeks out from the World Cup, then we have absolutely no hope of emulating the relative success of 2006... something which football in this country could really benefit from again. Oh well.

If you want my opinion on this, Australia has potential. They've shown it in the last World Cup, because they were screwed by the referee, who gave a penalty for Italy after a clear dive.

That being said, they're the weakest of the three German opponents. Serbia is also quite hard, but IMO the hardest team in our group is Ghana.

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 7):
I still have doubts about Argentina. Not only they don't have a great manager, but they lack good midfields and a solid defence. But they clearly have the most terrifying forwards of the tournament!

Argentina was pretty damn lucky they made it directly to the World Cup in the first place. They were somewhat on track with Basile, but after heavy criticism and the loss against Chile and manager Marcelo Bielsa (a victory that became the turning point for Chile on the way to their deserved qualification), he resigned, and Mr Grondona (the boss of the AFA, Argentina's FA) decided, after first rumours were reported, that Maradona become the new manager. Maradona has failed in his previous two attempts as manager. He has a decent team, but apart from his incompetence, Argentina's undoing will be the constant changes in the team. AFAIK, Maradona has nominated a total of over 100 players in his tenure, hardly something to build a potential World Champion.


User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 13, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5392 times:

http://www.mopo.de/2010/20100526/wm2...0/perfekt_lahm_neuer_kapitaen.html (German only)

Hamburg newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost (or short Mopo) reports that according to their information, Phillipp Lahm is the new captain of the Nationalmannschaft. If the report from the Mopo is true, then congratulations to Lahm. He was my second choice for the spot, as I preferred Schweinsteiger for it, but nevertheless, I'm sure Phillipp Lahm will be up for the task.


User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5331 times:

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 5):
The United States looked terrible today, suffering a 4-2 defeat at home to the Czech Republic.

It could have been worse. We could have drawn with the Cape Verde Islands.

I'm not too concerned with last night's performance. I figured we were screwed at left fullback unless we could play Bocanegra there, so us get abused repeatedly on that side wasn't a big surprise. I just wanted to see if we could count on Gooch in the middle. As he gains fitness he should be able to go the full 90 minutes, allowing Bocanegra to play on that left side.

Besides that, it's tough to be concerned about a result in which Donovan and Dempsey didn't play.

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 5):
Despite that, I was impressed with the play of Herculez Gomez, and hope he gets a spot on the final 23.

This could be important. We need someone to step up and take the role that Charlie Davies played last summer. Perhaps Gomez will be the man to do so.



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User currently offlineCentre From Canada, joined Mar 2010, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5305 times:

Quoting LXA333 (Reply 1):
The germans are not the same as they used to be. T

Yet, my loyalty to them will never change....LET THE MACHINE ROLE... With them you are not watching a game, you are watching Art in the making.

Quoting aviationmaster (Reply 3):
he German team has matured a lot since 2005. Over the course of the past five years, the Germans have grown into an experienced and confident squad, fielding many players who have gained immense experience on an international level but are still relatively young (Schweinsteiger, Lahm, Podolski, etc.). While certain players who were nominated for the World Cup didn't have a convincing season, I'm quite sure they'll be ready just in time for their first World Cup game. As we all know, Germany is THE "Turniermannschaft".

That's the SPIRIT you won't find in any other team... It's the SCHOOL

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 8):
My own prediction is that Italy (la squadra azzura) will be in the final and will hopefully be the winner.

Forza Italia!

SORRY... NOT a Fan at all  

[Edited 2010-05-26 22:40:49]


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User currently offlineaviationmaster From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 2481 posts, RR: 34
Reply 16, posted (4 years 3 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5250 times:

Hitzfeld has called up 1. FC Nürnberg's top scorer of the 09/10 season, Albert Bunjaku, to replace injured striker Marco Streller.

Quoting Centre (Reply 15):
SORRY... NOT a Fan at all

Neither am I. Italy winning the World Cup in 06 was enough for the next 30 years.  
Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 14):
This could be important. We need someone to step up and take the role that Charlie Davies played last summer. Perhaps Gomez will be the man to do so.

It seems as if Gomez will be going to South Africa as part of the US Team.


User currently onlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6001 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5192 times:

As usual, the Danish head coach has made sure to keep his friends close and any potential rivals far from a starting spot. He completely ignored Mads Junker who has scored more goals in the Dutch Eredivisie in the past season, than any of the strikers on the national team combined. Coupled with that, he has chosen players who are quite frankly unwanted in their respective clubs or have only played a handful of games this spring.

So, our squad for the three World Cup games we get to play before going home, are as follows:
Goalkeepers:
Thomas Sørensen (Stoke City) (currently injured), Stephan Andersen (Brøndby IF), Jesper Christiansen (FC København) (have only played 2-3 games this spring)

Defense:
William Kvist (FC København), Lars Jacobsen (Blackburn), Simon Kjær (Palermo) (managed to get himself injured in last nights friendly game, waiting for a scan today to see what the news is), Per Krøldrup (Fiorentina), Daniel Agger (Liverpool), Patrick Mtiliga (Malaga), Simon Poulsen (AZ Alkmaar)

Midfielders:
Martin Jørgensen (AGF), Christian Poulsen (Juventus), Daniel Jensen (Werder Bremen), Jakob Poulsen (AGF), Dennis Rommedahl (Ajax), Jesper Grønkjær (FC København), Thomas Kahlenberg (Wolfsburg), Thomas Enevoldsen (Groningen), Christian Eriksen (Ajax), Mikkel Beckmann (Randers)

Offense:
Jon Dahl Tomasson (Feyenoord) (8 goals in the past season), Søren Larsen (Duisburg, leased from Toulouse who have put him up for free transfer - minor injuries as well), Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal) (quite frankly the only really dangeous offensive player we have).


User currently offlineAlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1817 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5177 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 12):
Serbia is also quite hard, but IMO the hardest team in our group is Ghana.

Why do you think so? We have better players, plus coach. Btw, the coach of Ghana is Serb too.

I cant wait to see Serbia finally beating Germany! Our team in 2006 world cup was not as efficient as this one.


User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 19, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5142 times:

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 18):
Why do you think so? We have better players, plus coach. Btw, the coach of Ghana is Serb too.

I do not deny that Serbia is one of the hardest teams around, but I feel that at that time, Ghana was potentially stronger to me because not only they have international experience, but also because of the U20 World Champions they would inevitably nominate. That being said, Michael Essien missing this World Cup could change things for Ghana.


User currently offlineCentre From Canada, joined Mar 2010, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5101 times:

Quoting aviationmaster (Reply 16):
Italy winning the World Cup in 06 was enough for the next 30 years.

   Don't get me started.... I don't wanna get banned from A.net.
Poor Zidane!!!!



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User currently offlineFatmirJusufi From Albania, joined Jan 2009, 2441 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5076 times:

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 18):
I cant wait to see Serbia finally beating Germany!

In your wet dreams!  Not only because I do support Deutschland but Serbia doesn't have enough capacity playing in such great events. Remember your match against the Netherlands in EURO 2000?!

  

Quoting aviationmaster (Reply 16):
Hitzfeld has called up 1. FC Nürnberg's top scorer of the 09/10 season, Albert Bunjaku, to replace injured striker Marco Streller.

Great news indeed.  

Come on, Deutschland.  



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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3299 posts, RR: 44
Reply 22, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5040 times:

The United States fought back from a 1-0 deficit in the first half to take a 2-1 victory over Turkey. Altidore scored off a nice ball from Donovan in the 57' and in the 75th, Dempsey fought through a defender to score off the keeper, on another nice ball from Donovan.

My overall impressions:

I was impressed with all three substitutes, but especially Jose Torres. He brought some nice ball handling and much needed energy to the team.

The defense is still giving up too much space in the back third of the pitch. Turkey could've easily had 3 goals, if it weren't for a nice play from Onyewu, some great saves from Howard, or some shots that should've been on target. Nevertheless, they looked mediocre at times. They did play better in the second half, though.

Overall, a good win over a quality opponent in Turkey. This is exactly what the US needed before shipping off to South Africa, and will give them some confidence going into the World Cup.

Hopefully, their success today will continue into their final friendly in preparation for the World Cup, against Australia on June 5th.

Go USA!!!!

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlinepropilot83 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 598 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5028 times:

I know Obama is traveling to Asia and Australia with his wife and children in June 2010. I kind of guessed if he was going to host the opening ceremony for the US soccer team in South Africa, but I guess hes not going there. But however, Vice President Biden will be traveling to Egypt, Kenya, and South Africa, so Biden will be hosting the opening ceremony of the US soccer team at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. I can only imagine how strict the security measures will be in place in that region. South Africa is a great geographical destination and location on this planet. Located nearly at the bottom of the Southern Hemisphere near the South Pole. Interesting to know that it will be winter there and summer here in the U.S. Cape Town International Airport has gone through many renovations at its airport according to the ACSA Airports Company South Africa. South Africa is a really beautiful place to visit, I've never been there yet, however in the future, I am hoping I can get a chance to visit this beautiful country before I leave this planet forever. Cape Point in South Africa is a great beautiful sight of its rich ocean waters where the Atlantic and Indian Ocean meet. False Bay is located south of Cape Town. Beautiful canyons and mountains really make South Africa shine. Awesome, looking forward to watching some of the games on ESPN. Go South Africa!!! They also have one of the deepest mines in the world, looking for tons of gold down there in Johannesburg.

User currently offlinekiwiinoz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5010 times:

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 18):
I cant wait to see Serbia finally beating Germany!

Well if they can't beat New Zealand this might be very difficult


25 Post contains images shamrock604 : Go England!!! Yes, you saw that right, and Irishman cheering for England! I thought that since we Irish have a new sporting nemesis, France, i'd suppo
26 theredbaron : I will be very happy if Mexico wins ONE match in the WC. But after seeing their last 5 games... I think we will NOT. TRB
27 YVRLTN : Hmm, unconvincing win against Japan. Positive is perhaps it has confirmed that Heskey & Bent should stay at home. England should easily get out o
28 Post contains images Longhornmaniac : Signed, Landon Donovan and Co.
29 Post contains images Alias1024 : I agree that Torres looked good. Hopefully he gets another chance in the Australia match to cement a starting role. If it wasn't obvious to Bob Bradl
30 LTU932 : More injury news for Germany: Heiko Westermann has suffered a fracture in his ankle and will be out. Now rumours are underway as to whether Löw will
31 Post contains images aviationmaster : So strong that they beat Japanese without having to score a single goal. England may have the best league, world class players and an excellent coach
32 Post contains images LTU932 : Maybe, though remember that despite injuries, we also won Euro '96.
33 Post contains images flanker : LETS START A PETITION TO BRING BACK THE GREATEST MATCH BALLS EVER MADE!! THE GAME IS SO BORING WITH THESE HORRIBLE DESIGNS.... AFTER 1998 IT JUST WENT
34 Post contains images shamrock604 : Yes, im afraid my post was written before the Japan match. I must review my opinions in the light of this game. Of course, with my own national team
35 Post contains images YVRLTN : Who are not Rooney & co Sorry, but the USA are the underdogs vs England. But we know what will happen. England will have a magnificent group stag
36 Post contains links LTU932 : http://www.sport1.de/de/fussball/fussball_dfbteam/newspage_243909.html Just hours before Joachim Löw announces the final squad, Tim Wiese goes to Ger
37 MadameConcorde : The Italian team as representing a country. Not individual players. Forza Italia!
38 Post contains images Arsenal@LHR : In the qualification campaign yes but the friendlies against Mexico/Japan tell a different story. The same problems of ball retention and lacking att
39 Post contains images CPH-R : Hm, interesting. I have a feeling that the UK squad might be just about the only one where all the players are playing in the domestic league
40 LTU932 : The offical squad going to South Africa for Germany is out. Löw chose to send Andreas Beck back home.
41 david_itl : That England squad does not totally inspire me with confidence. Defence: There are 2 centre-halves that are known to have the type of injuries that ca
42 Arsenal@LHR : It could have been different if David Beckham wasn't injured, and whether or not having a 100% home based squad is a good or bad thing remains to be
43 Alias1024 : Who would you leave behind then?
44 BlueElephant : Germany. Ballack is out.
45 Post contains images newark777 : I find it hilarious that Giuseppe Rossi got left off the Italian squad. Kid ran off to Italy as opposed to being a probably starter for the US, and no
46 david_itl : From what I put: Ferdinand/King -> Baines Wright-Phillips -> Johnson Barry -> Walcott Carrick -> Bent One less midfielder for one more st
47 LTU932 : They left out the kid that did most of the goals for Italy in the Confed Cup last year? Damn.
48 aviationmaster : Switzerland lost their friendly game against Costa Rica last night. The match once again showed that the two biggest points of concern remain the team
49 Post contains images bookishaviator : A better display from Australia last night against Denmark, but still completely lacking inspiration (although, sure, it was only a friendly). I think
50 newark777 : How long have the current teams been able to play with this new controversial ball?
51 Post contains images aviationmaster : I think the ball was introduced in many European leagues during the second half of the season. By far the best looking football of all time.
52 Post contains images flanker : I really cant stand not only the design, but the materials that are used for the balls now a days. You really cant beat the triad panels!!!!!
53 mke717spotter : Well Poland isn't going to the World Cup, but they played against Serbia (who is going) today and came away with a 0-0 tie. I suppose that's an accept
54 CPH-R : 'twas indeed a snooze-fest, I gave up about halfway through. Unless we see some nature-defying improvement over the coming weeks, the Danish team wil
55 Post contains images LTU932 : The only halfway decent ball that existed after Tricolore was Europass. For me, it's because the design reminds me a lot of the original Telstar.
56 flanker : Yeah but those panels are still crap and so is the material, although I was pleased to see the resemblance. You know which balls i REALLY cant stand,
57 marcus : Next friendly match between Mexico and Italy is to start in less that one hour.....and me here stuck at work in a conference call......
58 LTU932 : I was also stuck at work when Germany won 3:1 against Bosnia.
59 aviationmaster : Germany just showed why they have good chances of winning the Cup this year. Impressive performance by them tonight.
60 marcus : Mexico 2, Italy 1...overall a good game but Italy did not show more desire to win the game.
61 Post contains links BlueElephant : For anyone in the DC area....These guys got permission to view the world cup at Dupont Circle! http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...le/2010/06/03/AR
62 MadameConcorde : This is a very good idea. Free for all I hope. Paris will most probably have a giant screen with live casts on the Place de l'Hotel de Ville as every
63 Post contains images AlexEU : Thats a trick. Serbs also lost against NZ 0-1. It has been done on purpose. It is a warm-up, plus we want Germans to think that we are weaker Same as
64 GrahamHill : Spain struggled to win against South Korea. 1-0, with a late goal from Navas. I have not seen the match, but the result is not very reassuring for a p
65 david_itl : so Ferdinand is out of the cup after a tackle by "Ivanhoe". Replaced by Michael Dawson. New England captain - Gerrard.
66 Post contains images YVRLTN : Hope he plays with Terry - great season for Spurs, Ledley was looking rather leaden ( ) footed aganist Mexico.
67 Post contains links andz : This site has the best calendar of events for the world cup: mouse over a date, a team or a venue to see all the activities for that name. If you mous
68 flanker : If you guys check out the official FIFA site, they have an awesome banner on the bottom of the page that you can go and click on which would take you
69 Post contains images aviationmaster : The French suffered a humiliating 0-1 loss against China yesterday. Switzerland will face Italy in Geneva tonight. Hopp Schwiiz! That calendar is fant
70 mke717spotter : The US beat Australia 3-1, I didn't watch the game but I guess a win is a win, right?
71 Alias1024 : Edson Buddle with two goals. WTF??? After the last few friendlies the strike force doesn't look like such a big issue. Gotta get the defense cleaned
72 LTU932 : For all people living in Germany, you can also buy the special edition of Kicker for the WM. It's a bit out of date with regards to the squads listed
73 Post contains images BR076 : Netherlands beats Hungary with 6 -1 but we lost our star player Arjan Robben with a probably nasty Hamstring Injury We are doomed
74 BA6590 : I'm an England fan, but I love the Dutch team. He is having a scan tomorrow but things don't look too promising. Really thought holland would go far
75 styles9002 : I watched the match and it looked like it was being played on a high school pitch. There was a nice view of what appeared to be some marshes or wetla
76 Post contains links andz : Not quite. No need to be so condescending, if they felt the pitch wasn't up to scratch they should have said so before the game. http://en.wikipedia.
77 bookishaviator : Well, these matches are friendlies, so they're more about assessing team form leading up to the 'real' football. Our form has been shocking. The US r
78 Post contains images Longhornmaniac : Well with all due respect, the Australians have already complained about it as their practice facility. While I'm sure it is fine for most things, it
79 CPH-R : Don't worry, you're pretty much insured at least one point, courtesy of our incompetent national coach. Our offensive is toothless (Bendtner is still
80 Post contains links AirTran737 : A friendly match between North Korea and Nigeria ended up in a stampede today at a non FIFA stadium. Not what the host nation wanted before this whole
81 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : From the BBC article, access to the game was free and the stadium was overcrowded. This can explain why the stampede happened. They took way too many
82 Post contains images Alias1024 :
83 Post contains images MadameConcorde : I have a question. How will the attendance be at the 2010 World Cup? I am not sure how many football fans worldwide can afford the price tag for the t
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