LTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 51 Posted (2 years 12 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4567 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.
LXA333 From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 266 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (2 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4509 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).
Derico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4233 posts, RR: 13 Reply 2, posted (2 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4506 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.
My internet was not shut down, the internet has shut me down
aviationmaster From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 2464 posts, RR: 38 Reply 3, posted (2 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4502 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!
LTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 51 Reply 4, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4432 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.
Longhornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3094 posts, RR: 48 Reply 5, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4418 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.
bookishaviator From Australia, joined Jun 2009, 233 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4397 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.
When I die, when I die, I'll rot. But when I live, when I live, I'll give it all I've got.
GrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2513 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4387 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!
MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10243 posts, RR: 40 Reply 8, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4367 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.
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.
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
aviationmaster From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 2464 posts, RR: 38 Reply 10, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4310 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.
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.
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).
LTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 51 Reply 12, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4218 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.
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.
Alias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2643 posts, RR: 2 Reply 14, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day ago) and read 4149 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.
It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems with just potatoes.
Centre From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 421 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (2 years 12 months 19 hours ago) and read 4123 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.
CPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5745 posts, RR: 4 Reply 17, posted (2 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4010 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:
Thomas Sørensen (Stoke City) (currently injured), Stephan Andersen (Brøndby IF), Jesper Christiansen (FC København) (have only played 2-3 games this spring)
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)
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)
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).
LTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 51 Reply 19, posted (2 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3960 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.
Longhornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3094 posts, RR: 48 Reply 22, posted (2 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3858 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.
propilot83 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 545 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (2 years 11 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3846 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.