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    Quote Originally Posted by alexikeguchi View Post
    That was a fantastic match. I don't think Atletico deserved to lose by such a margin, but they just ran out of gas after using up their substitutions too early.
    I agree, not the best football but a very exciting game, and Simeone admitted it was a mistake Diego Costa, who was injured just a week ago, started playing. Atlético players were physically very limited, when the third Real Madrid goal some of them barely could walk.

    Their fans were great, as usual, even if the disappointment was heartbreaking, since it was similar as how the lost their first Champion final forty years ago, with the other team scoring over the 90 minutes.

    Quote Originally Posted by alexikeguchi View Post
    I love how Casillas planted a huge kiss on Ramos's cheek for saving his a** after his awful mistake in the first half allowed Atletico's goal.
    That was great , Casillas told Sergio Ramos he was the "freakin boss", I guess he was imagining his mistake was going to be in all the Madrid newspapers frontpage. And when they arrived to Madrid he conceded to Sergio Ramos, who is the second captain, the honor of presenting the trophy and dressing Cibeles fountain with the Madrid scarf.

    Some fun videos:

    Xabi Alonso jumping to the field to celebrate Bale´s goal

    The usual suspects (Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Pepe) and some friends invanding Ancelotti press meeting. Some kisses too.
    Last edited by sweetsparky; 05-25-2014 at 09:08 PM.
    Zorry my english, I´m a verrrrrry rude spaÑish

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    There were more protests against the cost of putting on WC in Brazil. Protesters believe the money would have been better spent on social programs.
    http://sports.nationalpost.com/2014/...et-by-protest/

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    Expired food has been found in hotels in Rio which are going to be hosting the English and Italian national teams.

    The warning is the second setback for the preparations in less than 24 hours after hotels where England’s World Cup squad and Italy’s team are due to stay faced fines after out of date food was found. Officials who raided the five-star Royal Tulip Hotel in Rio de Janeiro confiscated 700g of butter, 400g of Parma ham and nearly 1.2kg of salmon past its sell-by date.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/foo...host-city.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    There were more protests against the cost of putting on WC in Brazil. Protesters believe the money would have been better spent on social programs.
    http://sports.nationalpost.com/2014/...et-by-protest/
    The main problem (in my view) were the non fulfilled promises.

    We were promised that, at cities that already had stadiums, the renovations/re-building were not to be paid with public money, but with the teams that owned the stadiums own resources, and that the government was to fund and make sure to finish some pretty big (and very necessary) infra-structure projects, such as airports, roads and city mobility projects (proper public transportation, better streets, etc.).
    They had seven (!!!!) years to do things and almost nothing is truly complete. What will be complete, will be so at the very last minute. And that includes the stadiums (which ended up having public money into them).
    Bad management, deviated money, general corruption, people pointing fingers instead of actually solving problems and Brazil's very typical lack of "planning ahead" skills are to blame for this mess.

    Most of us thought, when the WC was given to us in 2007, that there was no way we could mess up that. "It's OUR sport!"
    But now the time has come and we have very little to show.
    I don't agree with the nature of the protests now (what is attacking the Brazilian team bus going to solve?), but I do agree that the tax payers' money would have been put to much better use on NOT building stadiums.
    Lead me not into temptation. I can find it, and eat it, all by myself.

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    Australia arrived in Brazil yesterday. Their first match will be against Chile on June 13th.
    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/0...0E904920140529

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    Spain named their national team, Diego Costa is still on. Stacked roster for sure!
    https://twitter.com/SeFutbol/status/...372928/photo/1
    Last edited by Lara; 05-31-2014 at 04:32 PM.

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    "The Devil is joining in, and that's never a good sign." Phil Liggett

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    The English MNT is in Miami to play a couple of friendliest before flying out to Brazil. Their first match is against Italy on the 14th.
    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/27653878

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    The US men's team will play Turkey in a friendly today before heading to Brazil where they will play Ghana on the 16th.
    http://www.ny1.com/content/news/2095...square-sendoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garden Kitty View Post
    FIFA can't even clean up their own act, no wonder they're doing a lousy cleaning up football.

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    Brazil's Itaquerao stadium is still not finished yet.
    http://blogs.marketwatch.com/themarg...-10-days-left/

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    Falcao has not recovered in time and wont be in Brazil
    Adelina Sotnikova is the 2014 Olympic champion!

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    An interview with the Brazilian president Bout the WC.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/wo...w.html?hp&_r=0

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    There is a transit strike on in Brazil's largest city São Paulo just one week before the start of the WC.

    http://read.thestar.com/?origref=htt...0691ef010002c8

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    I find it mildly amusing that a witch doctor has claimed responsibility for Cristiano Ronaldo's injury... lol.

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    Everyone has now named their final 23 man squad for the tournament and here is that complete list.
    http://www.theguardian.com/football/...up-squads-2014

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    Should we open a new thread for the WC?

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    The US beat both Nigeria and Turkey by the same 2-1 margin and are now off to Brazil where they open against Ghana. Good luck to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    The US beat both Nigeria and Turkey by the same 2-1 margin and are now off to Brazil where they open against Ghana. Good luck to them.
    That Nigeria game should have been 2-0, as the late PK they got was a completely bogus call. And the return of Jozy Altidore's game bodes well for the start of the WC for the USA.

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