Ode to the beautiful game... (Soccer)

Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by Buzz, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. alexikeguchi

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    Those were some great matches over the past few days, with a fantastic level of intensity and crowd excitement. I especially enjoyed Cameroon/Senegal, Portugal/Sweden, and France/Ukraine which went down to the wire. So nice to see the French fans enthusiastically supporting their team in that amazing comeback.
     
  2. NeilJLeonard

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    It is now official: http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/20...9_1_orlando-city-lions-expansion-team-usl-pro

    Please note that Mr Garber also did everything but announce a team in Miami, as per the headline, this is, after all, an article from a South Florida newspaper - formerly the Ft Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. The Miami team will come to pass in due time. The Orlando Lions, however, will take the field in 2015.

    NJL
     
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  3. alexikeguchi

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    Glad to see Mexico confirm their qualification with an away win as well. Like the French, they really have too much talent not to play in the WC finals. Hopefully, the players continue to respond favorably to this latest coaching change.
     
  4. Buzz

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    And Uruguay makes 32.... :cheer2:
     
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    Very sad news today about the death of Bill Foulkes. He was one of the few Manchester United 'Busby Babes' to survive the 1958 Munich Air Disaster. He was also the only player apart from Bobby Charlton, whose career spanned the entire period from the Munich Air Disaster to the European Cup win in 1968. He scored the goal that enabled Manchester United to beat Real Madrid in the semi-final and which got them to the 1968 final against Benfica. Manchester United won the final 4-1 on an emotional night which brought the story of Manchester United's 10 year recovery from the Munich Air Disaster full circle. Matt Busby, himself, was almost killed in the Munich Air Disaster. He was so badly injured that he twice received the last rites and spent 9 weeks in hospital. The true extent of the disaster was kept from him whilst he recovered. He later said that when he was eventually told, he felt like quitting. However, he returned to rebuild the side (which ultimately included Denis Law and George Best, as well as Foulkes and Charlton), which culminated in the 1968 European Cup triumph. The scenes at end of the final when the players embrace Busby were simply incredible. It was more than a sporting event - a story of a journey back from hell and a fitting tribute to all those who died

    RIP Bill - a truly great man
     
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  7. Buzz

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    R.I.P. Bill. Gone but certainly never to be forgotten.
     
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    I hadn't known about that tragedy, reminiscent of the 1961 US figure skating team. :(
     
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    My boys are doing better in Europe than they are at home. I guess 5-0 against Leverkusen will have to do for now. :hat1:
     
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    Announcement before the 1st of the year. Maybe at the MLS championship game? The proposed stadium in Port-of-Miami/Watson Island, I've never heard any part of this place or any part of the port ever referred to as "the docks", is a great big maybe. It is one of 30 locations that are being explored. I love it. It could be one of the most unique locations anywhere. The one drawback is access is provided by one bridge and a soon to be opened billion dollar tunnel. Traffic getting there and leaving will be a nightmare.
     
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  14. Buzz

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    Why do I hear the Twilight Zone's theme playing in my ears?! Yet another loss for my boys and now they are ninth. So glad I wasn't able to watch. :(
     
  15. Buzz

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    French-Algerian footballer Zahir Belounis has been allowed to return to France from Qatar. He was forbidden to leave because of a dispute with his former club over money.
    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/25209879
     
  16. alexikeguchi

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    Congrats, Oleada, your team got a pretty good draw. USA was not so lucky, but there aren't any really easy groups. CONMEBOL looks like they will do well.

    Group A: Brazil/Croatia/Mexico/Cameroon, Brazil/Croatia is opening match
    Group B: Spain/Netherlands/Chile/Australia
    Group C: Colombia/Greece/Cote d'Ivoire/Japan
    Group D: Uruguay/Costa Rica/England/Italy
    Group E: Switzerland/Ecuador/France/Honduras
    Group F: Argentina/Bosnia/Iran/Nigeria
    Group G: Germany/Portugal/USA/Ghana (will be hard for USA to win any games let alone advance)
    Group H: Belgium/Algeria/Russia/SKorea
     
  17. Buzz

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    So much for my dream of the USA making it to the semis this time around. :(
     
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    Best case for USMNT..... Take revenge on Ghana win 3-0. Win a hard fought match with Portugal 3-2 and eek out a late draw against Germany 1-1 USAMNT wins group on goal differential

    More likely 2-1 over Ghana 2-2 draw with Portugal and 0-3 loss to the Germans and who knows if that will be good enough to move on
     
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    :cheer2:

    Don't **** this up, boys.
     
  20. Buzz

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    Here are my predictions as to who will make the next round: (all in the name of fun of course. LOL )

    Group A: Brazil & Mexico
    Group B: Spain & Netherlands
    Group C: Japan & Ivory Coast
    Group D: Italy & Uruguay
    Group E: France & Switzerland
    Group F: Argentina & Nigeria
    Group G: Germany & Ghana (sorry USA)
    Group H: Belgium & S. Korea
     
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  21. alexikeguchi

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    I agree with most of yours, Buzz, but I think S American teams will step it up. Colombia for sure should advance, probably as the group winner, and Chile is coming on strong and could surprise Spain and/or Netherlands. I picked:

    A: Brazil, Mexico
    B: Chile, Spain (Netherlands was awful in Euro Cup, Spain looked a little played out by Confederations Cup)
    C: Colombia, Japan (Ivory Coast is aging)
    D: Italy, Uruguay
    E: France, Ecuador
    F: Argentina (duh), Nigeria
    G: Germany, Portugal
    H: Belgium, Russia

    Final four will be Brazil v Argentina and Germany v Chile, Brazil over Germany in the final... you heard it here first.
     
  22. Buzz

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    Oh dear god not another loss! :wuzrobbed
     
  23. NeilJLeonard

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    It happened Saturday, was one of the best ever, and not a peep or a post here: Sporting Kansas City defeated Real Salt Lake to win the 18th (I think) MLS Cup. Game tied 1-1 after 90 minutes and another 30 minutes of extra time, KC won in the 10th round of PKs to win it's 2nd league championship. Well done SKC!

    Team Beckham is still looking for a permanent home. It has narrowed the field of possibilities from 30 to 3. All 3 are either in downtown Miami, as MLS demands, or close enough to be acceptable. The most beguiling location is actually east of downtown on Dodge Island's Port of Miami, just about due east of The Heat's home at the AAA Arena. It is across the narrowest part of Biscayne Bay and the Intercoastal from downtown with a remarkable view of downtown. A decently designed building could give Mr Beckham's team one of the outstanding locations for a sports arena in North America, or anywhere else for all of that.

    The Miami-Dade County Commissioners will be voting on this on Tuesday. It is understood that Beckham & Cohorts must pay for this themselves. There is no $$$ coming from any political entity in the State of Florida. Becks has said that the financing is already in place. All that is needed is formal political acceptance.

    NJL (...please say tuned...I'm sure there is more to follow....including the Ft Lauderdale Strikers possibly getting a pretty neat new home, too....:eek:..)
     
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  24. Buzz

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    Congrats to Sporting Kansas :cheer2: With both my teams sucking of late, it kinda took the air out of my balloon a bit.
     
  25. Buzz

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    Phew! Man U beat Ashton Villa 3-0! :cheer2: But Arsenal is still in the lead with Liverpool hot on their heals.

    A fifth construction worker has died while working on the stadiums for next year's tournament. The worker is described as 35 and he fell from the roof.
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/14/world/americas/brazil-accident/
     
  26. Buzz

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    I am beginning to Think the USA being in the "group of death" may not be sure a bad thing. After all, to actually ever challenge for the title they will have to play and beat the big boys. The only way to truly know just how ready they are is to see if they survive group G. And believe it or not I RRREALLY want them too sooooo badly!
     
  27. Buzz

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    Sorry for not being so quick with the news and plates of late.... So it s better late than never. :lol: Some VERY :watch: matches on that list.

    The CL draw was done cople days ago and here is how the teams match up:

    Man U v Olympiakos
    Man City v Braca
    Chelsea v Galatasaray
    Bayern v Arsenal
    Dortmund v Zenit
    AC Milan v Atletico
    PSG v Leverkusen
    Real v Schalke
     
  28. NeilJLeonard

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    Who dat?
     
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