The 2014 FIFA World Cup is starting. Since we have a hockey thread, how about a soccer thread and an opening video.
Well, ol' Klinnsi has pretty much conceded this is time for experimenting and getting the younger guys some experience... We couldn't have drawn a more difficult group.
Oh well, it's Deutschaland über alles for me.
Any thoughts on whether or not this WC (and upcoming Olympics) are going to be FUBAR?
And we will also have gifs of these overpaid grown men acting like babies.
Like every other sport, football is massively over-politicized and corporate now (and yes, FIFA sucks). Sadly it's a bit of Brasil's fault as well. They put in a bid to host the World Cup and knew exactly what they were getting into. They're not stupid, they know the costs and they know they didn't have the right number of stadiums. They knew they were going to upset people. Brasil is not some economic powerhouse, so it was always going to be painfully expensive. I imagine like the Olympics and negative stuff will be cleansed from broadcasts and it'll all appear as a normal World Cup.
I'll watch it, since I enjoy "soccer" and international competitions. For me, since I started watching around World Cup 1998 this is the first time that most of the players are new to me. We've had a huge retirement of the "old guard" that I've been so used to watching. I'm curious to learn a lot of new names.
The first game will be interesting since it's a rematch of the World Cup Final from 2010. I think the US will do what it usually does - okay, but nothing spectacular. My hope is with Germany as they launched a great young, reimagined team in 2010 and most of those guys are still kicking copious amounts of ass. Britain will be painful to watch as always (home of the best league but their national team has been impotent for decades). France will either do pretty well or fail miserably (it seems they have to do one or another).
The usual amazing teams will do their thing: Brasil, Italy, Uruguay, Argentina etc.
Should be interesting.
2010's Germany team was fantastic...and I think they have some killer talent. The US team is good, but we don't have the extreme talent needed to push us to the top. I'd love to see us luck out and punch above our weight though. Portugal actually struggled to qualify (only saved by a final hat-trick by Ronaldo). But as with all soccer games, if we luck out and go 11 v. 10 maybe we can get a bit further up. Germany just has the brutal talent we lack currently.
Thought this was awesome!!
edit: more up to date link.
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Love when World Cup comes around. 2 weeks vacation coming up for me, and many matches will be viewed.
Growing up in the UK/Spain and being in Spain for 1982 cup, sealed the deal on my love for the game.
It should be a fun World Cup.
Brazil will be under huge pressure, and I wouldn't be surprised if they fall out after the group stage. I watched their last two friendlies and that good ol' Brazil is gone.
Germany as always will be a top contender. You can never rule them out. They have won it w worse team. Same goes for Italy. Always sloppy in qualifiers, struggle in group stage, then explode in knock outs. It wont be pretty, but it will bring results.
This will be the only tournament in last 25yrs that I don't expect anything from African nations. There are some great players (Eto, Drogba, Yaya Toure) but very bad team work. If Ghana wasn't in such a hard group , but there is no passing by Ger, Por and USA.
As usual I expect England to be a flop. Same goes for Oranje. I wouldn't be surprised if Argentina and France mess up. Holland, France and Argentina have always had great players, but internal feuds would stop them from making any kind of result.
As for suprises, I expect a lot from Belgium, Uruguay, Ecuador and Swiss. Im hoping my home country of Bosnia, makes a push pass group stage.
My prediction by groups:
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"Your pants too tight,your wheels too bright"
I'll watch and cheer for the US, but don't expect them to advance past the first round.
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The NFL's 153 page bid specifications call for minimum sized seats, 3 golf courses nearby, two top quality bowling lanes for an event they do, ATM's that accept the NFL's preferred cards, a familiarization trip for about 180 people to inspect the region before the game, et al:
No one can really say if it's worth it or not.
Interesting to see so many people rooting for Germany. Is it simply because they're good? I became their fan in 1990 while in elementary school, partly because I thought their jerseys looked cool.
My brother's a die-hard Brazil fan but I'm pretty sure it's only cuz of their history. I even bought him a Brazilian soccer jersey while I was in Barcelona that he's never worn. /CSB
I bet the media will also turn a blind eye to the massive garbage islands that are floating off the coast:
If it were up to me only current first world countries with current infrastructure that could handle a WC or Olympics already would get a bid. I've been to former Olympic winter villages and the last time anyone used the facilities was the last day of their Olympics.
Brazil just spent $900M for a $300M stadium in a city that doesn't have a pro soccer team...and as of last week...it's still not 100% complete. It doesn't get any worse than that.
Take away the bribes and corruption and maybe only 6-7 countries in the world could/would get a WC. And that would be fine.