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    Quote Originally Posted by Lara View Post
    Wow that went down to the wire! US tied, Panama scored again to take the lead and it looked like Mexico was out...until the US came back in the final minutes and scored not once but twice. Heartbreaking for Panama.

    Mexico still didn't play like they deserved to be even in the playoffs. New Zealand probably does have a decent chance, they shouldn't be intimidated for sure.
    This is a link to a thread on BigSoccer dot com. It is a replay of the final couple of minutes of the USA v Panama as shown on a split screen of that game and the Mexico loss to CR on one of the Mexican TV channels. It is in Spanish, but there is a rough translation in the thread. It is hilarious......

    http://www.bigsoccer.com/community/t...hread.1995506/

    The Mexican commentator says it all.....

    NJL (Watched it live on English language BEin....2 goals in added time in the 92nd and 93rd minutes....unbelievable ending)
    Last edited by NeilJLeonard; 10-16-2013 at 04:02 PM.

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    This is the direct YouTube link - I was at the commentary! (But he did tell it like it is...)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz1Xh...ature=youtu.be

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lara View Post
    This is the direct YouTube link - I was at the commentary! (But he did tell it like it is...)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz1Xh...ature=youtu.be
    Did he ever! If Mexico plays New Zealand like they played CR last night then NZ has a very good chance of going to Brazil next year.

    NJL

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    Thanks for the links! There was a bit on CNN showing Mexico fans chanting "USA! USA!" and "God Bless America!". Hehehe here is what the headlines in Mexican papers looks like.
    http://www.theprovince.com/news/worl...229/story.html

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    FIFA apparently changed the rules on how teams are seeded in the WC last month. Now the seedings are based on FIFA's ranking alone which according to this article could possibly see some of the top teams facing each other in the first round. We shall have to wait and see.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sport...ticle14885546/

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    Here are the top seeds for next year's World Cup:

    1. Brazil
    2. Spain
    3. Germany
    4. Argentina
    5. Columbia
    6. Belgium
    7. Switzerland
    8. Uruguay

    http://www.espn.co.uk/football/sport/story/248425.html

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    Somebody decided to have some fun at the US expense and tried to figure out the different groupings the US might be part off. This commentator thinks it is a distinct possibility that the US may finish the 2014 WC without even a single point. I beg to differ but then again it isn't hard to find people who know more than me so we will have to wait and see. In the meantime the article below makes entertaining reading.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/2014-wo...0471--sow.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    Here are the top seeds for next year's World Cup:

    1. Brazil
    2. Spain
    3. Germany
    4. Argentina
    5. Columbia
    6. Belgium
    7. Switzerland
    8. Uruguay

    http://www.espn.co.uk/football/sport/story/248425.html
    It's spelled ColOmbia

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    Here are the top seeds for next year's World Cup:

    1. Brazil
    2. Spain
    3. Germany
    4. Argentina
    5. Columbia
    6. Belgium
    7. Switzerland
    8. Uruguay

    http://www.espn.co.uk/football/sport/story/248425.html
    Uruguay still have to qualify however - though they are the favourites against Jordan

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    Lovely goals by Arsenal against Norwich! Shame the match was online-only, suspect NBC should have shown it instead of United (sorry Buzz).

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    As an Arsenal fan, I agree Lara! At least we now have the option of choosing which match to follow, plus you can switch if your original choice is dull. There were so many highlights in that match, but my favorite moment was Ramsey's Maradona followed by back heel pass.

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    I only actually got to see the first half of the game because the station lost the feed for the 2nd half. Meanwhile in the Bundesliga there is a bit of an uproar over a "ghost goal". Leverkusen scored after someone headed the ball at the goal and it passed through a hole in the side of the net. I have never heard of thus before.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/24589671

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil-Galad View Post
    Also, my country needs a decent defense as soon as possible. When I started watching football, Germany always had an excellent defense and scored goals on set-pieces. Granted, they were also really boring. These days we score tons of beautiful goals, have tons of great attacking midfielders - but the defense is awful, and I can't remember the last time we scored a goal after a corner.
    Totally agree! Seems one can't have it all ... prefer it this way, though.
    At least as long "we" still score one more than the other guys ...
    May "the Rumpel" never come back ....!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    I only actually got to see the first half of the game because the station lost the feed for the 2nd half. Meanwhile in the Bundesliga there is a bit of an uproar over a "ghost goal". Leverkusen scored after someone headed the ball at the goal and it passed through a hole in the side of the net. I have never heard of thus before.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/24589671
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=y...e_gdata_player

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    The UEFA Playoff Draw:
    Portugal vs Sweden
    Ukraine vs France
    Greece vs Romania
    Iceland vs Croatia

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    Poor Iceland!

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    Some big money Indian investors are busy setting up a Super League Football tournament modelled after their Premier League Cricket tournament. They have signed some big names from the past and are hoping to start it up early next year. The idea has met with mixed reaction from Indian fans because some would like a lot more invested in the local game. But others think it is a good start. We shall see. India in so many ways is one of the last countries to be conquered by football so it would be nice to see any kind of progress.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/s...w/24451118.cms

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    Is India big on any sport besides cricket I wonder?

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    The answer to that I am afraid is nope. But these investors seems to think there is room for a 2nd sport. The problem is some critics believe it is all going to be about the spectacle rather than the sport of football itself and therefore do little to further the game in India. But I am very curious and maybe just maybe it is a step in the right direction.

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