Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7791 posts, RR: 22 Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2223 times:
The second round looks very tantalising, there should some cracking games in there. The quarter finals is where the big teams will meet and this is where i think we can predict who really will be world champions.
B737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2195 times:
Wow, Germany has a real good chance to make it to the final when looking at these facts.
Beat Paraguay tomorrow, beat Mexico after that (gonna be hard, though) and then beat either Sweden or Turkey. Final against Brazil or England !
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 55 Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2191 times:
RogueTrader, I'm getting the impression that you are fully in the swing of this World Cup lark. Not so long ago you were asking detailed questions about the
sport, and now you have all the swagger and omniscience of the rest of us.
What goes on? Are you now a fully-fledged footie fanatic, or are you doing the girlie thing of pretending you know what's going on and hoping you aren't found out?
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
RogueTrader From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2176 times:
are you doing the girlie thing of pretending you know what's going on and hoping you aren't found out
Yes, this is exactly what I'm doing.
B737-700, its not Mexico that Germany will have to worry about, its the USA. Which, I freely admit, will be a difficult battle for the bravehearted, defiant, mighty American freedom fighters.
Major cities in Texas are approaching 40% hispanic (mostly Mexican), with San Antonio well over that amount. So, the local conflict for RogueTrader will be outstanding.
Actually, I now consider this a win/win situation for the USA. A loss to Mexico might be just the kind of embarassing blow and wake up call that makes America pour about $70 billion dollars in government subsidies to the US soccer program.
Cx340 From Mexico, joined Sep 2000, 609 posts, RR: 4 Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2156 times:
I don't know about Rouge in the US, but here in Mexico, it is as always a national event of the greatest importance. The country was paralized last thursday morning with the game, and I'm sure nobody will sleep this Sunday/Monday. People finally believe in this team.
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 55 Reply 16, posted (11 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2144 times:
Cx340, As far as Mexico is concerned, I wouldn't expect anything else. I was just wondering whether playing against their neighbours might have piqued some interest in the US.
I watched Mexico play Italy, and I couldn't quite believe that it was the same abject, unskilled, disorganised rabble that I had watched England destroy in a friendly about a year ago. Then they were dreadful, yesterday they were wonderful. There aren't many teams who can hold 60% possession (even before the farcical last five minutes) against the Italians. The goal was sublime, and came after a passing move of about 20 taking over a minute.
As you might guess, I thought they were great!
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
Cx340 From Mexico, joined Sep 2000, 609 posts, RR: 4 Reply 17, posted (11 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2136 times:
What a difference does a change in coaching, a few players but most of all MENTALITY make, doesn't it? That friendly against England was dreadful, and the score should have been twice as high!! I don't know what will happen to the "Tricolor" as we affectionately call the team, but I am happy whatever comes because of their attitude and skills so far, and I'm sure most Mexicans will agree with me on this. I have never seen a Mexican team so willing to go forward and to overcome any challenge that the game puts in front of them, and that makes me proud enough, but lets hope they win again, and something tells me they will.
RogueTrader From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 22, posted (11 years 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2106 times:
So, RT, has the impending clash with the neighbours evoked any additional interest over there?
Its starting to take up time in the tv news and there was a big local tv news story about it last night. Still, it is mostly the foreigners that are leading the interest in the sports bars, which is ok because we need someone around to explain what the hell is going on. Really, though, I'd say the interest is still only moderate. But look at it this way: if only 10% of America is interested, thats 28 million. Most people I talk to are aware of it and some others are actively interested in it. A few years ago, no one, and I mean no one, would even be aware that the World Cup is going on.
And have you been getting up to watch the games
Yes for the US games and for France v. Glorious Denmark - some of the others I catch bits and pieces of since my drinking problem keeps me up at all the criminal hours anyway. Actually, I've used the games as an excuse to not only nurture my out-of-control drinking problem, but also to hide from my so-called 'girlfriend' who spends most of her time trying to heckle me into slavery. They also re-broadcast the US games during normal hours.
Cx340, I hate to look too far ahead, but if your boys knock Germany out, they'll be our friends forever
I've told you a thousand times, its the USA you are hoping for here, not Mexico. The illustrious American freedom fighters will succeed in their noble fight for mastery of this foreign sport and liberate it from the control of the overseas imperialist oppressors.
AM744 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 1692 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (11 years 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2101 times:
Mexico vs. USA. A though battle. Let's hope Mexico wins, but I tell you it will be really, really hard. I would have prefered Portugal, as weird as it sounds. The US play with a different style and that is sometimes harmful to Mexico. Anyway, good goalkeepers on both sides don't you guys think.
RogueTrader From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (11 years 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2096 times:
I'm very excited that the USA is playing Mexico. People from elsewhere may not believe this - but there is no rivalry in any sport between Mexico and the US whatsoever. There is no regular sports competition between the USA and Mexico that I know of. It would be really good to have some sports competition between the two countries and it would have other non-sports related benefits as well.
25 Ghost77: Hello Everyone, Well I´m another Mexican in the forum so I stand for Mexico!! But It could be a very tought game!!!! As AM744 said, the US got a diff
26 Banco: Ah, RogueTrader, it is the job of girlfriends to heckle you into slavery. It is what they do. Mind you, my girlfriend is a sports nut, who like me was
27 Arsenal@LHR: Like Poland, i think stagefright got to the americans.