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    FIFA World Cup thread

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    Spain:
    Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina, David de Gea

    Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Raul Albiol, Javi Martinez, Jordi Alba, Cesar Azpilicueta, Juanfran Torres

    Koke, Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas, Santi Cazorla, Pedro Rodriguez, Juan Mata, David Silva

    Fernando Torres, David Villa, Diego Costa

    France:
    Mickaël Landreau (SC Bastia)
    Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur FC)
    Steve Mandanda (Olympique de Marseille)

    Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United FC)
    Lucas Digne (Paris Saint-Germain)
    Patrice Evra (Manchester United FC)
    Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal FC)
    Eliaquim Mangala (FC Porto)
    Bacary Sagna (Arsenal FC)
    Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool FC)
    Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid CF)

    Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint-Germain)
    Clément Grenier (Olympique Lyonnais)
    Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain)
    Rio Mavuba (Lille OSC)
    Paul Pogba (Juventus FC)
    Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United FC)
    Mathieu Valbuena (Olympique de Marseille)

    Karim Benzema (Real Madrid CF)
    Olivier Giroud (Arsenal FC)
    Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad)
    Loïc Rémy (Newcastle United FC)
    Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern Munchen)

    Uruguay:
    Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray/TUR), Martín Silva (Vasco Da Gama/BRA), Rodrigo Munoz (Libertad/PAR)

    Egidio Arevalo Rios (Morelia/MEX), Walter Gargano (Parma/ITA), Diego Perez (Bologna/ITA), Alvaro Gonzalez (Lazio/ITA), Alvaro Pereira (San Pablo/BRA), Cristian Rodríguez (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Gaston Ramirez (Southampton/ENG), Nicolas Lodeiro (Botafogo/BRA)

    Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Martin Caceres (Juventus/ITA), Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica/POR), Jorge Fucile (Porto/POR), Sebastian Coates (Nacional/URU)

    Luis Suarez (Liverpool/ENG), Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Diego Forlan (Cerezo Osaka/JPN), Cristian Stuani (Espanyol/ESP, Abel Hernandez (Palermo/ITA)

    Italy:
    Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain).

    Ignazio Abate (AC Milan), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Torino), Mattia De Sciglio (AC Milan), Gabriel Paletta (Parma).

    Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain), Marco Parolo (Parma), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain).

    Mario Balotelli (AC Milan), Antonio Cassano (Parma), Alessio Cerci (Torino), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli)

    Cote D'Ivoire:
    Boubacar Barry (Lokeren), Sylvain Gbohouo (Séwé Sport) ,Sayouba Mandé (Stabaek),

    Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro (Toulouse), Serge Aurier (Toulouse), Sol Bamba (Trabzonspor), Arthur Boka (VfB Stuttgart), Constant Djakpa ( Eintracht Frankfurt), Kolo Touré (Liverpool), Ousmane Viera (Caykur Rizespor), Didier Zokora (Trabzonspor),

    Mathis Bolly (Fortuna Düsseldorf), Serey Die( Basel), Ismaël Diomande (Saint-Etienne), Max Gradel (Saint-Etienne), Cheick Tioté (Newcastle), Yaya Touré (Manchester City), Didier Ya Konan (Hannover 96).

    Wilfried Bony (Swansea), Didier Drogba (Galatasaray) , Gervinho (AS Roma), Salomon Kalou (Lille), Giovanni Sio (Basel)

    Belgium:
    Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (Hoffenheim), Silvio Proto (Anderlecht)

    Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid), Laurent Ciman (Standard Liege), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit St Petersburg), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munich), Anthony Vanden Borre (Anderlecht), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)

    Nacer Chadli (Tottenham), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham), Steven Defour (Porto), Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Kevin Mirallas (Everton), Divock Origi (Lille), Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg)

    Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Dries Mertens (Napoli)

    Brazil:
    Julio Cesar (Toronto FC)
    Jefferson (Botafogo)
    Victor (Atletico Mineiro)

    Dani Alves (FC Barcelona)
    Dante (Bayern München)
    David Luiz (Chelsea)
    Henrique (Napoli)
    Maicon (AS Roma)
    Marcelo (Real Madrid)
    Maxwell (PSG)
    Thiago Silva (PSG)

    Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk)
    Fernandinho (Manchester City)
    Hernanes (Inter Milan)
    Luiz Gustavo (VfL Wolfsburg)
    Oscar (Chelsea)
    Paulinho (Tottenham)
    Ramires (Chelsea)
    Willian (Chelsea)

    Fred (Fluminense)
    Hulk (Zenit)
    Jo (Atletico Mineiro)
    Neymar (FC Barcelona)

    Chile:
    Claudio Bravo (Real Sociedad)
    Johnny Herrera (Universidad de Chile)
    Cristopher Toselli (Universidad Catolica)

    Gary Medel (Cardiff)
    Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham)
    Jose Rojas (Universidad de Chile)
    Eugenio Mena (Santos)
    Mauricio Isla (Juventus)

    Jorge Valdivia (Palmeiras)
    Felipe Gutierrez (Twente)
    Jose Pedro Fuenzalida (Colo Colo)
    Francisco Silva (Osasuna)
    Arturo Vidal (Juventus)
    Charles Aranguiz (Internacional)
    Marcelo Diaz (Basel)
    Carlos Carmona (Atalanta)
    Miiko Albornoz (Malmö)

    Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona)
    Esteban Paredes (Colo Colo)
    Eduardo Vargas (Valencia)
    Jean Beausejour (Wigan)
    Mauricio Pinilla (Cagliari)
    Fabian Orellana (Celta)

    Netherlands/Holland:
    Jasper Cillessen (Ajax)
    Tim Krul (Newcastle)
    Michel Vorm (Swansea)

    Daley Blind (Ajax)
    Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord)
    Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord)
    Terence Kongolo (Feyenoord)
    Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord)
    Paul Verhaegh (Augsburg)
    Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa)
    Joel Veltman (Ajax)

    Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord)
    Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea)
    Nigel de Jong (AC Milan)
    Leroy Fer (Norwich)
    Arjen Robben (Bayern München)
    Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray)
    Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven)

    Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven)
    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke)
    Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce)
    Jeremain Lens (Kiovan Dinamo)
    Robin van Persie (Manchester U)

    Germany:
    Manuel Neuer, Bayern München
    Roman Weidenfeller, Borussia Dortmund
    Ron-Robert Zieler, Hannover

    Jerome Boateng, Bayern München
    Kevin Grosskreutz, Borussia Dortmund
    Erik Durm, Borussia Dortmund
    Benedikt Höwedes, Schalke
    Mats Hummels, Borussia Dortmund
    Per Mertesacker, Arsenal
    Philipp Lahm, Bayern München

    Julian Draxler, Schalke
    Matthias Ginter, Freiburg
    Mario Götze, Bayern München
    Christoph Kramer, Borussia Mönchengladbach
    Sami Khedira, Real Madrid
    Toni Kroos, Bayern München
    Mesut Özil, Arsenal
    Marco Reus, Borussia Dortmund
    Bastian Schweinsteiger, Bayern München

    Miroslav Klose, Lazio
    Andre Schürrle, Chelsea
    Lukas Podolski, Arsenal
    Thomas Müller, Bayern München
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    I'll start off the discussion with a question: who are your favorites/darkhorses to win it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conesy View Post
    I'll start off the discussion with a question: who are your favorites/darkhorses to win it?
    I would say your usual traditional countries, Brazil as hosts, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Argentina. I personally find picking a darkhorse hard as I guess it always depends on what you would classify it as, a rather unknown, a country that is usually always up there but never actually wins. Either way, I would go with France given their recent results, Belgium I think will be very interesting to follow, I have hopes Russia can do something, just not at the expense of the Belgians.

    Of course, if you wish to believe some English magic stars, they will win based on random events that happened in 1966. Since Austria won Eurovision in both '66 and '14, Fulham was relegated, somebody won the FA Cup down 0-2, all means England will win this year.

    Im really interested to see how B&H does, if Mexico will keep on their struggles and as always, I love watching the African countries. Maybe its just because I only see them once every four years but one of them always seems to do very well and makes for some great football.

    Since you asked the question Conesy, how is the coverage in the States and any opinions on the squad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkovs View Post

    Since you asked the question Conesy, how is the coverage in the States and any opinions on the squad?
    Right now, the vast majority of coverage focuses on Landon Donovan not being selected/how unimpressive we've been in our warmup matches
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    It was ridiculous choice by Klinsmann to not pick Donovan! USA has no chances now, he's that crucial player. For me favorites are Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Spain. I see Belgium, Portugal, Netherlands and Uruguay as darkhorses. Any South American team can surprise in their own continent likes of Colombia and Chile.
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    Personally, I see Belgium as the darkhorse to go far and possible win it
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    I'd say that we'll see some of the traditional powerhouses winning the cup with at least one major dissapointment. In group A, Brazil is certain and I expect (as well as cheer) for Croatia to get its revenge on Mexico for the defeat in 2002. and qualify for the knockout stage. Spain and Netherlands are fixes from the group B. Brazil and whomever play Croatia goes to the quarterfinals. Group C is ridiculously composed and is thus completely open. I'll nominate Ivory Coast and Japan for the next stage. England and Italy will pass through group D and make short work of their opponents from group C.

    France and Switzerland are going to win the group E and fight against Argentina and Iran from the group F. Argentina and whomever plays Iran go to the quarterfinals. Germany and Portugal are clear favourites to win the group G and are likely to face the other two Europeans from group H, Belgium and Russia. So, there should be six European teams and Brazil and Argentina in quarterfinals. After that, anything is possible except for someone new winning the World Cup.

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    I can see the usual favorites and many dark horses. Very difficult not to pick Brasil at home but tremendous pressure on them. I see them in final vs one of these: Argentina, Germany, Spain, Italy. The usual powerhouse and most experienced teams.

    For the rest, climate(very hot and humid should help South American and Africans), team spirit,
    day form, superstars, start in the tournament. etc.. will decide .

    Group A: Kind of Group of death. Brasil and Croatia, Mexico!
    B: Spain, Holland
    C: Colombia, Ivory Coast
    D: Italy,Uruguay(Suarez and Cavani a deadly combination)
    E: Switzerland, France. We are top seeded thus favorite according to Deschamps, the French
    coach. Wants to take some pressure away of his star ensemble.

    Watched England-Ecuador(2:2) yesterday as South Americans are in Swiss group and they look like
    a very good team. Not for nothing are they qualified. The Brits run out of gas in the second
    probably because of Miami climate. Good idea to have a game in more or less same climatic
    conditions.

    Ecuador-Switzerland the opener for the Swiss will decide the fate of both. A win and a point vs
    France plus a must win vs Honduras.

    F: Argentina, Nigeria
    G: Germany,Portugal
    H: Belgium. Russia


    I'll follow the Swiss NATI of course. These are our players:


    Switzerland World Cup Squad

    Coach: Ottmar Hitzfeld (Ger)

    Pos Player Club

    GK Diego Benaglio, VFL Wolfsburg(Ger)
    GK Roman Buerki, Grasshoppers Zürich (Swiss)
    GK Yann Sommer, FC 1894 Basel(Swiss)
    DEF Johan Djourou, Hamburg SV (Ger)
    DEF Michael Lang, Grasshopper Zürich (Swiss)
    DEF Stephan Lichtsteiner, Juventus FC (Italy)
    DEF Ricardo Rodriguez, VFL Wolfsburg (Ger)
    DEF Fabian Schaer, FC 1894 Basel(Swiss)
    DEF Philippe Senderos, Valencia CF (Spain)
    DEF Steve von Bergen, BSC Young Boys Bern(Swiss)
    DEF Reto Ziegler, US Sassuolo (Italy)
    MID Tranquillo Barnetta, Eintracht Frankfurt (Ger)
    MID Valon Behrami, SSC Napoli (Italy)
    MID Blerim Dzemaili, SSC Napoli (Italy)
    MID Gelson Fernandes, SC Freiburg (Ger)
    MID Goekhan Inler, SSC Napoli (Italy) captain
    MID Xherdan Shaqiri, FC Bayern Munich (Ger)
    MID Valentin Stocker, FC 1894 Basel(Swiss)
    ATT Josip Drmic , FC Nuremberg (Ger)
    ATT Mario Gavranovic, FC Zurich (Swiss)
    ATT Admir Mehmedi, SC Freiburg (Ger)
    ATT Haris Seferovic, Real Sociedad San Sebastian (Spain)
    ATT Granit Xhaka, Borussia Monchengladbach (Ger)

    As you can see contrary to ice hockey there are lots of foreign names mostly from ex Yugoslav
    Republic. This is due to strong refugee waves of the Balkan wars. unfortunately for Ice hockey
    most choose football or other sports for cultural and economic reasons probably.


    Gavranovic,Xhaka,Inler,Seferovic,Rodriguez,Drmic are all born in Switzerland:
    Senderos has a Serbian mother and Spanisch father, born in Geneva
    Mehmedi,Dzemaili born in Macedonia came to Switzerland with 2 respective 4 years of age.

    Behrami born in Kosovo, refugee with 5 years of age in Ticino.
    Shaquiri, born in Kosovo, starts in Augst(Basel) with 4 years old his footbal carreer.
    Djourou born in Ivory Coast. In CH since age of 2.
    Fernandes,Cabo Verde, immigrated with 5 years of age to regroup with father working for FC Sion.

    The footbal Nati, more than the ice hockey Nati reflect the true face of Swiss society.

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    Given that current status of hockey in Balkan countries Swiss hockey team is not at loss because of lack of immigrants. After all, from substantial Croatian community in Switzerland that predates Yugoslav wars, only Bezina reached the national team level. Kostović was close but eventually had to settle with playing for the Croatian national team.

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    Groups D and G are Groups of Death to me. Italy, England or Uruguay, any of them can go far from that group. Also Germany, Portugal and USA are hard to match. Underdogs USA can surprise anyone, unless they don't have country's historical top scorer Donovan there. Belgium have easyehh group so they can go far. Even match graph is on they're side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikke View Post
    Also Germany, Portugal and USA are hard to match. Underdogs USA can surprise anyone, unless they don't have country's historical top scorer Donovan there.
    The fact that Ghana is in the US's group poses problems, both on the pitch and psychologically; Ghana has knocked us out over the last couple World Cups. And nope, we have no Landon Donovan this time around.
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    Group H prediction:

    Belgium
    Algeria
    Russia
    Korea

    Feghouli, Brahimi and Mahrez have been very hot this season, Bentaleb has come through nicely at tottenham plus our strikers Soudani, Slimani and Ghilas are all on form, our weakness is defence and goalie.

    Algeria are going into this with a 3-1 over armenia and 2-1 win over romania, russia have lost their captain for the tournament and have a couple other injury worries, i think algeria will come out the group behind belgium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hockey_Algeria View Post
    Group H prediction:

    Belgium
    Algeria
    Russia
    Korea

    Feghouli, Brahimi and Mahrez have been very hot this season, Bentaleb has come through nicely at tottenham plus our strikers Soudani, Slimani and Ghilas are all on form, our weakness is defence and goalie.

    Algeria are going into this with a 3-1 over armenia and 2-1 win over romania, russia have lost their captain for the tournament and have a couple other injury worries, i think algeria will come out the group behind belgium.
    Armenia & Romania?
    I think you meant Russia and Korea, no?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz View Post
    Armenia & Romania?
    I think you meant Russia and Korea, no?
    no we beat armenia and romania in our warm up games, i think we'll beat russia and korea and lose to belgium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hockey_Algeria View Post
    no we beat armenia and romania in our warm up games, i think we'll beat russia and korea and lose to belgium.
    Ok, my apologies, I mis-read your post...
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    So, I have Brazilian neighbors, and I'll let you guys know how rowdy they get. Seriously, I can hear them from about five houses down the street; they're my very own scoring update.
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    Alright, here we go, holiday during the Summer, nothing better. :)

    Come on Croatia!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkovs View Post
    Alright, here we go, holiday during the Summer, nothing better. :)

    Come on Croatia!
    1-1 at the half.
    Brazil scored both goals, an own goal early on and the equalizer at around the 30 minute mark.
    The Brazilians, no doubt shocked at being behind, took the play to Croatia and were eventually rewarded.
    Apparently it was the first ever own goal allowed by Brazil in 98 lifetime World Cup matches.

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    Brazil 2-1 in the 70th minute on a rather dubious penalty...I think the Japanese ref was duped. to be honest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heatleysucks View Post
    Brazil 2-1 in the 70th minute on a rather dubious penalty...I think the Japanese ref was duped. to be honest.
    Yeah, I thought it was a horrible call, its really moments like that I wish calls like that could be reviewed or another judge would step up. Brazil will go through this group but they look uninspiring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkovs View Post
    Yeah, I thought it was a horrible call, its really moments like that I wish calls like that could be reviewed or another judge would step up. Brazil will go through this group but they look uninspiring.
    I thought also on Brazil's third goal in stoppage time the Croatian player who was dispossessed of the ball which led to that goal was fouled on the play.
    Unfortunately that penalty tainted what was otherwise a reasonably good game by Mr. Nishimura.
    I do wish every World Cup match could be officiated by Pierluigi Collina, considered the best ref of his era by many.
    Unfortunately he is retired now but any game he worked seemed to be devoid of controversy such as what we saw today.

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    Haha what an amazing half from the officials.

    With that, I can not tell if Mexico is back to somewhat normal or Cameron is just terrible. Im leaning towards a little bit of both but Cameron plays with no type of structure. Those two goals called back, the first one...ok, I could somewhat understand, but what was suppose to be the call on the second one. Mexico needs to learn how to mark on corners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkovs View Post
    Yeah, I thought it was a horrible call, its really moments like that I wish calls like that could be reviewed or another judge would step up. Brazil will go through this group but they look uninspiring.
    One day after this devastating loss as a Croat I must say that it's very obvious that the referee had a mission of bringing victory to Brazil. Mistakes he made were all in favor of Brazil (ridiculous penalty, canceled Croatian goal after "foul" on goalkeeper, direct red card for disgusting neymar when he elbowed Modrić in the face - it was not accidentally, he looked where Modrić's head is moments before and then made the kick). It's obvious that Brazil had to win the opener because of the whole situation with protests and etc. Who cares for little Croatia.

    Asside from all that Croatia made some mistakes; our coach with selection of players, some of them were lost on the pitch. Too bad to start the tournament like this, it really pisses me off. But everything is still open, I can only hope that our players won't be too devastated after this undeserved lost and theft and that they can bounce back against Cameroon.
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    What a goal from RVP and such a wonderful pass, if the Dutch can start connecting a little more often on their crosses, they will get some more unless the Spanish defence shapes up.

    Once again, Im not at all happy with that penalty, this better not become the theme but so far, 3/3 officials.

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    Ahahahha Spain.

    Side note, if the Croatian goal yesterday was called off, why wasnt the Dutch 3rd, despite me cheering for Holland, lets have some consistency.

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    Raise your hand if you thought the Dutch were going to score 5 goals on Spain
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conesy View Post
    Raise your hand if you thought the Dutch were going to score 5 goals on Spain
    Did Spain concede 5 in the entire tournament in 2010?
    Has there ever been a more inauspicious beginning to a title defense by any reigning World Champion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heatleysucks View Post
    Did Spain concede 5 in the entire tournament in 2010?
    Has there ever been a more inauspicious beginning to a title defense by any reigning World Champion?
    Nope, they conceded 2 the entire tournament in 2010
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heatleysucks View Post
    Did Spain concede 5 in the entire tournament in 2010?
    Has there ever been a more inauspicious beginning to a title defense by any reigning World Champion?
    Nope, they only conceded twice, not a single goal against in the knock-out phase. Its actually Spain second most goals conceded in a match since 1950 when Brazil put up 6 on them.

    No on your second point, countries have lost in their opening match after winning the title the WC before, but the worst defeat was only by a single goal, Italy conceded the most by giving up 3 goals to Sweden in 1950. I guess the only thing slightly close would be in 1934 when Uruguay refused to take part after winning.

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    Ohh wow, Costa Rice taking down Uruguay, really shaking up Group D and perhaps that +2 GD will come in very good handy later. On a selfish note, Uruguay losing kept me off the board in prediction game. :(

    Really excited for the late matches, needs England/Italy draw and most excited for Côte d'Ivoire over Japan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkovs View Post
    Ohh wow, Costa Rice taking down Uruguay, really shaking up Group D and perhaps that +2 GD will come in very good handy later. On a selfish note, Uruguay losing kept me off the board in prediction game. :(
    The second half was a catastrophe for Uruguay...three goals conceded, no points taken and a player sent off.
    Diego Forlan, the Golden Ball winner in 2010, was substituted after a lackluster performance.
    The game should serve as a warning to others in the group not to take the Costa Ricans lightly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heatleysucks View Post
    The game should serve as a warning to others in the group not to take the Costa Ricans lightly.
    Team USA kinda learned that during CONCACAF qualifying. Really though, this shakes everything up in the group, if not the entire tournament, because it proves that you have all four teams who could advance.
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    Wooo Côte d'Ivoire!! I was really starting to get worried about them, kept on getting all these pretty good chances but just zero finish. Then, Drogba comes on and they are off to the races. Have to give it to CIV fans as well, they added a great touch to the match.

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    So excited for today to get started, France is back in action and hopefully they have a much better showing and they dont break my heart again.

    With that, cant wait to see Bosnia, hope they can knock off Argentina.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkovs View Post
    So excited for today to get started, France is back in action and hopefully they have a much better showing and they dont break my heart again.

    With that, cant wait to see Bosnia, hope they can knock off Argentina.
    Bosnia&Herzegovina - that's country's name and not all players are from Bosnian part, there are some from Herzegovina. I'm sure that they can do some great things on this tournament ince they have pretty easy group but I'm not sure that they can upset Argentina. I predict easy win for them, their attack is just too strong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pršljen View Post
    Bosnia&Herzegovina - that's country's name and not all players are from Bosnian part, there are some from Herzegovina. I'm sure that they can do some great things on this tournament ince they have pretty easy group but I'm not sure that they can upset Argentina. I predict easy win for them, their attack is just too strong.
    My apologies then, and thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkovs View Post
    Wooo Côte d'Ivoire!! I was really starting to get worried about them, kept on getting all these pretty good chances but just zero finish. Then, Drogba comes on and they are off to the races. Have to give it to CIV fans as well, they added a great touch to the match.
    My dad's jumped on the Ivorian bandwagon as a result of that game, haha
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    Honduras is a **** joke, start giving these clowns red cards for the amount of diving and play acting.

    You dead Palacios, never knew Pogba touching your leg means you need a stretcher.

    Quote Originally Posted by Conesy View Post
    My dad's jumped on the Ivorian bandwagon as a result of that game, haha
    Haha I dont blame him, one of my favourite matches to watch so far.

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    I'm surprised nobody has mentioned it yet-how about Switzerland? That was one heck of a finish!
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    Woooooo 1-0 Benz!!!!!!

    So long Palacios! Honduras rightfully down to 10.

    Quote Originally Posted by Conesy View Post
    I'm surprised nobody has mentioned it yet-how about Switzerland? That was one heck of a finish!
    Im mad at the Swiss, I had that match at a 1-1 draw and they decided to score with what, 10 seconds left. haha No, I was pretty disappointed in them, I thought they were rather sloppy at times, however, that was probably the greatest 5 minutes to end a match. Besides some terrible officials, this WC has been amazing so far.

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    Woooo 2-0 what a beautiful goal from Benz!!! And finally the new toy for FIFA pays off, they kept showing us their goal line technology for no reason and this time it was.

    But please, stop hitting the post.

    Ohh nevermind, own goal Valladares. Benzema will have to wait to add another.

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    Woooo Benz, 3-0!!!! He is having himself a great start to this tournament and a wonderful set piece.

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    Bravo France, great start.

    Without getting expectations too high, I thought France looked wonderful, passing was crisp, their movement and creativity was great. From the set piece, changed things up which was nice to see, need to finish a little better, not to pick on Matuidi, but he was wasteful at times and moving forwards, needs to bury his chances. But a very good start.

    With that, I really hope the Swiss and Ecuador beat the shit out of Honduras, truly the most disgusting team in a very long time, never seen a country play so dirty. Would love to know how they made it out of CONCACAF.

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    The Nati had a great second time with strong possession although with little scoring chances. The
    Swiss could have been leading earlier if the ref did not cancel a legal onside goal.(one more
    big mistake in this WC).
    The last minutes were epic and Behrami was the man of the match imo. His recuperation inside the
    box nulling a great chance for Ecuador was world class, so was his following run forward and I have to say the ref deciding to let the advantage on the foul he is receiving was great referring this time. A perfect combination of three more passes sealed the scores with seconds in OT.
    Ecuador showed to be the difficult team to move I was expecting.
    Honduras are hooligans dressed as football players and except physical qualities showed their
    technical limits. They have a great GK though.

    Benzema in absolute great shape. French played with an agreeable 18 degree temperature.

    ALL of Spain receiving a cold shower. Starting with the TV commentators.

    Cheers to Costa Rica. Surprise for me.

    Croatian must feel real pissed like Swiss at the last hockey WC vs USA. But yes Brazil
    somehow must get through at least to semi, otherwise we will have a revolution there.

    France-Switzerland in Salvador de Bahia, a tropical meeting next friday. I would sign a draw both hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkovs View Post
    With that, I really hope the Swiss and Ecuador beat the shit out of Honduras, truly the most disgusting team in a very long time, never seen a country play so dirty. Would love to know how they made it out of CONCACAF.
    As a Canadian, believe me, there is nothing more miserable than to watch Canada play an away match against these dirt bags.
    I know Canada is way down the rankings in FIFA (110th, tied with Bahrain...yikes) and quite frankly, we're not very good and therefore won't garner a whole lot of respect.
    But God Almighty, I can't believe the way Canada gets hosed by the CONCACAF refs...or maybe I shouldn't be.
    Every dive or feigned injury is rewarded with a free kick or a yellow card or even sometimes a red.
    Canada gets absolutely no breaks down there but given the murderous hostility of a typical Central American crowd, I suppose I can't blame the ref for kowtowing to the host team...he's probably fearing for his life.

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    Thanks Heatleysucks, that explains alot of their play acting early on in the match which I am very grateful Sandro Ricci fell for none of it. I would not be surprised by Canada or anybody else getting a lack of calls in their favour, one of the commentators brought up their highest murder rate stat.

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    Now Im even more mad at you Switzerland, I would of had the most perfect prediction day, all winners and all scores correct and you had to ruin it by scoring that winner. haha :(

    On a serious note, I thought that was a solid first showing from BiH, created some nice chances, did a decent job at slowing down Argentina. A bit unlucky but I look forward to seeing them again against Nigeria.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkovs View Post
    Would love to know how they made it out of CONCACAF.
    You have all the small islands (Ex. Barbados, Guadeloupe) to beat up on. In general, CONCACAF qualifying tends to be a bit of a bloodbath.
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