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Old 06-16-2010, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Cook County
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I am curious if anyone knows what the pctg. of teams that score first went on to win the match. My guess is that it's something approaching 75 to 80%. I saw a stat on Brazil that their all-time record when scoring first was something like 74 - 2 - 1.
I know the USA has NEVER won a game when they have not scored the first goal in the WC, they have played to a draw, but thats the best result they have had.
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Old 06-17-2010, 01:11 PM
 
Location: NYC & NJ
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ARG and Germany looking in good form. Unfortunately they will probably clash at the qtr-final stage. However, Arg defense looks as nervous as their offense looks confident.

What happened to Spain? Iniesta kept threading passes, but Villa wasted a few and then Torres came on looking positively geriatric. I know he's coming back from injury, but his first touch every single time was so awful I almost cringed.

SA's tournament looks to be over after a surprising draw against Mex and then a 3-0 drubbing at the hands (feet?) of Uruguay. They are almost out, and would be the first host nation in the history of the World Cup to fail to make the second round. If the home crowd put away their horns for a minute and actually cheered their team on, they might have gotten the same momentum/home advantage that has frequently propelled home teams to excel themselves.
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Old 06-17-2010, 02:16 PM
 
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The 2010 Soccer World Cup has begun.
Who will be the Champion??
Brazil, Italy or Argentina...

Too broad a generalization, but I'm running with that for now...I'm waiting to be surprised this year
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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A.B.E. Anybody but England.
And what about Englis Team?? What is happening?
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:46 PM
 
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The 2010 Soccer World Cup has begun.
Who will be the Champion??
Argentina.
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:53 PM
 
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And what about Englis Team?? What is happening?
Ha! They couldn't score a goal tonight.
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Old 06-19-2010, 08:08 AM
 
Location: The world, where will fate take me this time?
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Either Brazil or Mexico =D hehe
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Old 06-19-2010, 10:08 AM
 
Location: TX
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Ghana = disappointing. So many chances, poor/sloppy finishes. Either they have very poor aim or they took themselves too seriously to take the game seriously. Germany will whoop them and advance, along with Serbia who will get over Australia. This will be the first World Cup since '86 with no African teams advancing. A double shame given that it's on African soil. FIFA ought to take away one spot from CAF and give it either to South America or CONCACAF.
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Old 06-19-2010, 05:44 PM
 
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what was disappointing about Ghana vs Australia, was that red card.

Seriously his arms were down. Penalty, yes. Sending off Harry Kewell? NO.

It is frustrating that at this level, refs can make decisions on the spot without any review -- and kill a country's chance.

And while I'm venting, I love football (soccer) but rolling around on the ground after every knock ... seriously harden the f up!
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Old 06-19-2010, 07:26 PM
 
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
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Ozgal, man, I feel for you, but honestly, you stop the ball from going in the net on the goal line...it will always be a red card. Remember that red card in the box is not given only for "voluntarity" but also for "gravity" of foul. On the goal line...that's just as bad as it gets. Unlucky situation and Australia reacted well, matter of fact they never seemed to be playing in ten.

I feel your pain, but I don't think there a lot ot diving in that game, both teams played pretty hard, especially at midfield. It was a well fought game and unfortunately might have cause elimination for both teams.
They should mix them. Ghana has better quality and technique but is a mess organization-wise and has no mifielder able to think and "see" the development of the game. Australia has less individual talent but they always fight and they are much "wiser" from a footbal point of view, organized and well put on the pitch.
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