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FIFA World Cups
This thread starts at the run-up stages to the 2014 Football World Cup with, as seems to be customary, controversy surrounding the event.

Will the stadiums be ready in Brazil? Will the Brazilian zest for fun win out over public concern over the cost over-runs and the resulting unrest?

Meanwhile, accusations continue regarding the allocation of the 2018 event to Qatar.

The UK Sunday Times (1st June)  claims to have several secret documents (millions - yes you read that correctly, millions), which are alleged to show that payments totalling US$5m were made in support of Qatar's  bid, suggesting bribery on a massive scale. Calls are being made to rerun the competition to host the event.

But is FIFA capable of making a credible decision? Maybe they could decide that the Antarctic would be a good venue!

Oh yes, there is that other little matter - who is going to win the World Cup?

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Sepp Blatter to travel to Women's World Cup final

According to a press conference I just watched, this is not confirmed yet.

It raises some speculative thoughts about possible conversations the FBI might want to have should he fly through a US airport.

In a way I hope not because the Woman's World Cup is a major tournament and it would be a shame of attention was distracted from it.

Incidentally, for those that have not habitually followed the woman's game, the standard there is very high. Admittedly it is not quite as fast as the man's game, but the skill level is very high and the games are well worth watching.

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The United States beat Germany, 2-1. There is a God, and He's American!

And to think that Rj doubts our greatness.

Obama will win a third term.

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In a way I hope not because the Woman's World Cup is a major tournament and it would be a shame if attention was distracted from it.

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The women's World Cup of Soccer is underway in Canada, not that you'd know it from the sports pages. Team USA played the Australians who didn't have very friendly things to say about us after the game... which, we did win, 3-1, not that you'd know from the sports pages on Yahoo...
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Most Americans just don't care about soccer... It's dull! (Just like most Brits don't care about American football: It's dull, and violent... So, the violent part must be your problem. You're used to dull! Or do y'all just like running back and forth over grass?)
The Mexicans have a different perspective: Without severed heads and mutilated torsos, it's not really a sport, is it? :)

Perhaps that explains Mexico's poor showing...
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There have been suspicions of this, but now Blatter has seemingly confirmed his wish to try for re-election

Sepp Blatter: Fifa president says he did not resign].

He seems determined not to leave himself any dignity in this sorry corruption-ridden business called FIFA.

So we are in for more of the saga.


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OakdaleFTL is largely wrong about European football not being popular. While there's an element of truth in that claim, soccer for youngsters is growing wildly, and downline that means much more interest in professional football. My grandsons played soccer in Michigan and do here in Tennessee, too.

If somebody had shown me a soccer ball when I was a child, I wouldn't have known what it was. Not so today.

University soccer is common and professional teams are widespread.

Check this out.
https://www.google.com/search?client=opera&q=soccer+in+tennessee&sourceid=opera&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

Do a state search for soccer in any state, and you'll find the same interest. Montana?
https://www.google.com/search?client=opera&q=soccer+montana&sourceid=opera&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
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and violent...

The reason why no one cares about American "football" it's exactly because it's the only game where the sissies who plays it wears helmets and so many protections that makes them look as monkeys.
Probably most not even needs to wear it to look the same way.
A matter of attitude.

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I'd love to see Mr. Belfrager in one of these.

Probably most not even needs to wear it to look the same way.


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I played Rugby and Boxing at my school times dear jimbro, your "football" doesn't impresses me.
A matter of attitude.

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It doesn't impress me, either. I've never been a fan and never will. The same goes for your football. I prefer sports with a higher level of violence.

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Ahh Nascar, where Americans shows they can't even drive cars turning always just to the left side.
I hear people enjoys to go there and eat hot dogs while watching the worst pilots in the world. They find it very American.
A matter of attitude.

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I'd love to see you pilot one of those cars, sir. When I watch a race I munch on a Francesinha.

BTW, not all races are on "round" tracks. This weekend's race is on a road course.

The round courses are exciting for somebody who doesn't drive fast. I went around the Daytonna track at 160 MPH some years back.

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On occasion (*), I've sat in front of a telly to watch an American Football game but I've never lasted more than 10 minutes.

A couple of quotes from this link:

"Football combines the worst two things about America: violence punctuated by committee meetings.
-George Will"


and

"As David Biderman pointed out in a fascinating article in the Wall Street Journal in 2010, although the typical NFL game lasts more than three hours, only 6 percent of the total--eleven minutes--is actually spent playing with the ball and attempting to move it forward. The other 94 percent of the time is spent sitting, standing around, and talking about playing rather than actually playing."

In some respects it's a bit like American TV - perpetually waiting for something to happen.

(*) probably 3 or 4 times.

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Most sports seem boring or pointless unless you are at least somewhat of a student of the game being played.   :knight:  :cheers:
James J

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Hockey is nice.

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As we speak, two talented teams are playing soccer in Canada.

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And two in Mexico.

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Hockey is nice.



Tarnasky - 19 teams in 14 years! Difficult to keep friends in such a sport?

Otherwise:

Glad for England - sorry for Canada.

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For the uninitiated:



... and not a crash helmet in sight!

The last try is quite something.


Mod edit: Fixed URL (hopefully the right one)
  • Last Edit: 2015-06-28, 17:27:51 by Luxor

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"Page not found"

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"Page not found"

Try it now. Though as it's on the BBC, I don't know if you can view it.
The start and end to every story is the same. But what comes in between you have yourself to blame.

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Thanks, Luxor. I can get to it now.

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Thanks, Luxor. I can get to it now.

For the uninitiated:

... and not a crash helmet in sight!

The last try is quite something.

Mod edit: Fixed URL (hopefully the right one)


Hockey is more dangerous.


But see this.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/article-2408067/Rugbys-ticking-timebomb-Fears-grow-evidence-links-brain-damage-dementia-increasing-number-head-injuries-suffered-players.html
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It depends on whether you're Japanese or English. We may need an Indifferent thread.

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Well it seems that congratulations are in order for the American Ladies who beat Japan in the Final to becopme World Champions for the third time.

Those American gentlemen who gather here might like to ask their SWMBOs what it's all about.

In the play-off for 3rd place England beat Germany. I'd ask my SWMBO about that but she's Danish so it wouldn't help.