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Old 04-24-2014, 07:43 PM   #1
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FIFA World Cup 2014 - Are U Ready to Samba?

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Site> http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/

Grupo da Morte > http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/groups/...945/index.html

Viewing most games at home, but for sure will be in Newark, NJ for June 22 - USA v. Porkchops Already have a bet made w/ my Porkchop friend.

With the Americans having the worst travel schedule, plus in this group, it'll be a huge accomplishment if they make it out. But I think they will
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Old 04-24-2014, 10:04 PM   #2
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Hmmmm..... Opening with Ghana, grudge match....

I'd imagine 15 or so days out that the Klinsmann thread will get going on WC matters, maybe as soon as Country Rosters are identified.

Being ein halb Deutsch, I got choices in Group G!

I do know Pitbull's song SUX!!!
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:15 PM   #3
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Will the stadiums be ready ?...j.f.
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Old 04-29-2014, 02:32 PM   #4
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Will the stadiums be ready ?...j.f.
It sounds like the World Cup facilities will be OK. But the Olympics facilities seem to be a mess, worst ever according to the IOC.
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:39 AM   #5
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It sounds like the World Cup facilities will be OK. But the Olympics facilities seem to be a mess, worst ever according to the IOC.
There's a lot of fighting between the unions (sindicatos), the construction companies and everyone else holding out their hands demanding a piece of the pie.

Raise your hand if you didn't see this coming.

I"ll be in Manaus in about 2 months and I'll be interested to see if there's been any overall noticeable changes there in the last 11 years. Manaus is a host city and while the stadium looks nice- at least in this photo:



...the rest of the city looks more like this:



Broken sidewalks, fairly crowded, hot, humid....but, it has a pretty cool vib. It is the largest city in the Amazon at well over 1.5 million people.
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I"ll be in Manaus in about 2 months and I'll be interested to see if there's been any overall noticeable changes there in the last 11 years.
Too bad you're going to miss the Big Show when it's town, last Match up there is 25 June with Honduras and the Swiss. I'm thinking the boys from Hondo will be better acclimated....
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can`t wait for this party to start .......


Argentino hasta la muerte .... Messi has to win one - why not this one !

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I think it's a good sign that Argentina didn't select Carlos Tevez, who's a great player. It means that they finally understand which players make them a better team, as opposed to a more talented team which doesn't function well.
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An ESPN guy who's in Portugal for the Champions League final was analyzing the World Cup. He was talking about Portugal, since they play the US.

He said that Brazil would not be a neutral venue for Portugal. He said that it would be like an away game. IOW, that Brazilian fans would be cheering against Portugal, despite the historical ties between the countries.

Anyone know anything about that? I was surprised.
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An ESPN guy who's in Portugal for the Champions League final was analyzing the World Cup. He was talking about Portugal, since they play the US.

He said that Brazil would not be a neutral venue for Portugal. He said that it would be like an away game. IOW, that Brazilian fans would be cheering against Portugal, despite the historical ties between the countries.

Anyone know anything about that? I was surprised.
i have tons of friends from both brazil and portugal, speak portuguese, etc. it's anecdotal i know but it does seem that fans from both countries actively root against each other, i don't know if it's to the extent that it would be like an away game for portugual, but it's definitely true to some extent. they both seem to dislike the 'boasting' from the other side. nothing as bad as the animosity brazilians (in my experience) have towards argentina though lol (speaking of course of soccer, not in general)
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i have tons of friends from both brazil and portugal, speak portuguese, etc. it's anecdotal i know but it does seem that fans from both countries actively root against each other, i don't know if it's to the extent that it would be like an away game for portugual, but it's definitely true to some extent. they both seem to dislike the 'boasting' from the other side. nothing as bad as the animosity brazilians (in my experience) have towards argentina though lol (speaking of course of soccer, not in general)
Thanks, Campari. This is the first I'd heard of it. Brazil-Argentina, on the hand... man, I hope they end up against each other.

How screwed up is Italy wrt to racism? I know they're dealing with a flood of illegal immigrants from Africa. Naturally, there will be tensions.

But yesterday Mario Balotelli was racially abused by his own fans as Italy began its world Cup training camp in Florence. That's really fucked up.
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I'm watching one of the ESPN documentaries on the US training camp. And Jurgen Klinsmann just rejected every national team clothing outfit that had red in it. Superstition? Or does he think he looks ugly in red?
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Thanks, Campari. This is the first I'd heard of it. Brazil-Argentina, on the hand... man, I hope they end up against each other.

How screwed up is Italy wrt to racism? I know they're dealing with a flood of illegal immigrants from Africa. Naturally, there will be tensions.

But yesterday Mario Balotelli was racially abused by his own fans as Italy began its world Cup training camp in Florence. That's really fucked up.
Balotelli told his team mates it only happens in Rome and Florence apparently
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I like the Fightin' Tablecloths shirt, always have.
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