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Old 03-06-2014, 08:57 AM
 
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I must say I was really surprised with Ecuador.
Argentina... well, I didn't watch the game but I don't think they took it too seriously.
France convinced me. Great game. And Chile was able to play Germamy face-to-face, but, Germany is too... Germany.
Now I'm even more convinced Chile will get out of group stage and the Netherlands will get kicked out.
Portugal is a great doubt for me. And Spain... well, it was a friendly and I wouldn't be bothered if Italy had won. After all, when we used to took friendlies seriously was when we got kicked out at Quarter finals. Now that we don't take friendlies seriously we reach Finals.
I don't even count on England. Even Costa Rica can beat them. They certainly are the weakest European side along with Greece, Bosnia and Switzerland.
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Old 03-06-2014, 02:10 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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Do not agree . Chile was impressive against Germany, and Brazil won 5-0!!! against southafrica!
Ecuador showed a lot of character by being down 3-0 and managing to turn it around and ending up 4-3.
Paraguay lost to Costa Rica
Venezuela lost to Honduras
Ecuador narrowly beat Australia after being down 3-0
Chile lost to Germany
Uruguay failed to beat Austria
Argentina failed to beat Romania
Colombia failed to beat Tunesia

I'd say that was a pretty bad round Not that I put too much stock in friendlies but come on. How do you expect the world to believe these teams deserve to be in the WC when they struggle to beat even the weakest teams in the WC (Australia, Costa Rica, Honduras) and teams that failed to qualify in the first place? Brazil and Chile were the only ones that got a respectable result (there's no shame in losing to Germany).

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As for the Netherlands, we lost to France 2-0 yesterday. We had gone unbeaten for 17 games before that but our media are now convinced that we'll embarrass ourselves at the WC

All credit to France because they fully deserved the win. They dominated the game from the 30th minute (or so) on. Although we didn't field our strongest team (4 debutants, no Robben, Van Persie had the flu, Strootman left the field injured in the first half, Sneijder out of shape), I still expected more from this team and I think we all did.

I do hope this result will bring the French team into an even more positive flow (after their impressive 3-0 WCQ win against Ukraine) because I have rooted for France for a long time. I really think they could get far this WC, esp. considering their relatively easy path to the finals. Somehow I doubt Spain, Germany, Brazil and Argentina will all get to the SF because every WC has some surprises. Let's hope France will cause a surprise this time
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Old 03-06-2014, 02:24 PM
 
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The kits for the World Cup have begun to trickle out. Some of my favorites are Croatia (both home and away, Belgium (both home and away), Portugal home, France away, Brazil away and Russia away.

I am surprised how well Puma will be represented at the World Cup - Ghana, Cameroon, Switzerland, Italy, Chile, Uruguay, Ivory Coast and Algeria will all be wearing kits made by them.
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Old 03-06-2014, 02:40 PM
 
Location: IL
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The kits for the World Cup have begun to trickle out. Some of my favorites are Croatia (both home and away, Belgium (both home and away), Portugal home, France away, Brazil away and Russia away.

I am surprised how well Puma will be represented at the World Cup - Ghana, Cameroon, Switzerland, Italy, Chile, Uruguay, Ivory Coast and Algeria will all be wearing kits made by them.
The US jerseys could be worn to church without anyone knowing it is a jersey...
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Old 03-06-2014, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Sudcaroland
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Germany!
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:03 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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The kits for the World Cup have begun to trickle out. Some of my favorites are Croatia (both home and away, Belgium (both home and away), Portugal home, France away, Brazil away and Russia away.

I am surprised how well Puma will be represented at the World Cup - Ghana, Cameroon, Switzerland, Italy, Chile, Uruguay, Ivory Coast and Algeria will all be wearing kits made by them.
We have gone all retro with our kit. I love it



There are no names on the back, just numbers (in white). I'm not sure it will stay like that though. I read the shorts are supposed to be white as well but apparently there was a FIFA ruling that the colour of the shorts and socks has to match the shirt
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:06 PM
 
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I have a strange feeling that it won't be brazil, spain or germany.

I'm going with argentina...and i'll pull for england...just because i feel sorry for them a lot. they should win it again at least..

as always my teams...any african squad, and the us of a...won't be doing much.

as for ghana vs us...i have to go with ghana just because i know how much a world cup would mean to africa.

not that it wouldn't mean anything to the u.s....but the u.s has so much going for it. it doesn't need it as much as africa does. but that's irrelevant because it ain't happening either way.
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:30 PM
 
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The US jerseys could be worn to church without anyone knowing it is a jersey...
The US needs to redesign their badge, and badly.
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Miami,FL
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Chile was unlucky 2 lose against Germany. Dominated the game from start to finish. They just couldn't put there chances away. Typical of both teams really. Chile always create plenty of chances but there finishing is still lacking. Germany is the opposite they often score when u least expect it. However in the end a 1-0 loss in germany is hardly a bad result. If this was 2 legged tie would be 50-50 who goes though.
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:58 AM
 
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germany is a machine. it's hard to hate them if you like good football but hard to love them if you're not german. i hate how much i love them lol
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