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05-27-2010, 02:27 PM
Just a few quick notes:

1) Maradonna vows to run naked through Buenos Aires if Argentina wins the WC.
2) Netherlands beat Mexico 2-1 in a friendly
3) Czech Republic beat the US 4-2 in a friendly
4) France beat Costa Rica 2-1
5) Turkey beat Northern Ireland 2-0 in a friendly neither are in the WC
6) Matches on for tonight are: Uruguay vs Israel, Chile vs Zambia
#3 = The USA used this as a way to determine how to cut the squad from 30 to 23 players. Consequently most of the "name" players -Donovan, Dempsey, etc - were not even in uniform for this game. Bob Bradley also played a few players out of position to see if they'd perform acceptably as an emergency fill in if needed. Some interesting decisions were made in selecting the 23 man roster that will go to SA:

Brian Ching, a mainstay during qualifying, was not chosen. Findley was chosen in his place to add speed to the front line and Gomez & Buddle because of their current scoring form in the Mexican League League & MLS respectively. Most of the other choices were expected, IMO. Even Gooch's selection after coming of a knee injury 7 months ago.

Here is the roster as presented on ESPN yesterday:


#5 = The USA plays Turkey in Philly Saturday Evening. The players used in that match will give us a very good indication of Team USA's starting 11 & their replacements/substitutions. They fly to SA on Sunday. Their next game is another friendly against Australia on June 5th, which will undoubtedly show the chosen 11 for when the USA opens WC play against England on June 12th.

The big dance is about to begin...;) Let the good times roll!!.....:D

NJL (we'll see if the much maligned Bob Bradley has done well or not...if this squad carries us out of group play, he's done well....not doing so will be seen as an abject failure by many...:)...)

05-27-2010, 10:57 PM
Michael Essien is out of the WC !!! :eek: He sustained a knee injury in January and has failed to recover. Good luck to him and hope he makes a full recovery. But this is terrible news for Ghana.

05-28-2010, 02:46 AM
South African opera star Siphiwo Ntshebe who was supposed to perform at the World Cup opening ceremonies has died from meningitis. He was 34. R.I.P.

05-28-2010, 04:33 AM
According to a survey, men really do only have one thing on their minds and that is; FOOTBALL! :rofl:


05-28-2010, 01:19 PM
awww.... Turkey has beens snubbed again by Europe. The 2016 European Cup will be in France.

05-28-2010, 04:52 PM
Phillip Lahm will be the German national team captain.

05-28-2010, 04:53 PM
South African opera star Siphiwo Ntshebe who was supposed to perform at the World Cup opening ceremonies has died from meningitis. He was 34. R.I.P.

My gosh, just saw this, this is horrible!:(

05-29-2010, 05:34 PM
Samuel Eto'o has threatened to walk away from his national squad just two weeks from the WC. Former national team member Roger Milla has questioned Eto'o's commitment to the national side as well as his discipline. Eto'o is already Camaroon's top scorer of all time and has bagged a total of 44 goals for his country.


05-29-2010, 10:53 PM
Phillip Lahm will be the German national team captain.

:D Love him, he just seems so nice.

05-30-2010, 06:54 AM
Here are a couple of fun to read articles I found. The first compares North American league sports and European league football (soccer). The second article is an endorsement of the Qatar bid for the 2022 WC. I sympathize with the Qatar bid but it is a conservative Islamic society, while footie fans are know alcohol consumption and being scantily clad. Those two cultures just do not go together very well at all.



05-30-2010, 01:27 PM
There are a few players who are stepping forward to criticize the quality of the adidas football to be used during the tournament. They call it something you would find in a supermarket.


05-30-2010, 07:58 PM
USA 2 v 1 Turkey

USA continues to experiment. The 1st half was bad. Turkey owned it as team USA ran around like a bunch of chickens w/their heads chopped off. They were fortunate that Turkey only got 1 goal. The 2nd half was much better as the USA played like a team & worked 2 goals for a very nice come from behind win.

Today, Sunday, the USA travels to SA. Their next game is another friendly Saturday against Australia. Then they open play against England on the 12th.


05-30-2010, 09:23 PM
Congratulations to the US on the win. I hope they carry this momentum into the WC and do CONCACAF proud. :)

Here are some other scores from yesterday:

England 2 - Japan 1
Belarus 1 - South Korea 0
Mexico 5 - Gambia 1
Paraguay 2 - Ivory Coast 2
New Zealand 1 - Serbia 0
Spain 3 - Saudi Arabia 2
Germany 3 - Hungary 0
Slovakia 1 - Cameroon 1


06-01-2010, 03:05 PM
Theo Walcott (ENG), Jonathan Dos Santos (Mex), Benni McCarthy (RSA) are some of the well known names not included in their respected WC final team roster.

06-02-2010, 02:18 AM
Portugal beat Cameroon 3-1. Cameroon was reduced to 10 men when Samuel Eto'o was sent off.

Netherlands beat Ghana 4-1. The Dutch were without Arjen Robben while Ghana was without injured Michael Essien.