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Postby CielOnTap on Sat Jul 05, 2014 1:30 pm

Neymar has a fractured vertabra as a result of the behind strike from the opposing player. The injury will keep Neymar out of any remaining World Cup matches.
http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/28173132
Let's see what FIFA does as a result of the physical strike.

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Argentina 1, Belgium 0 as one of the matches for the day ends.
Netherlands will play against Costa Rica in about 2 hours' time.

Update: 0-0 in the second game; Netherlands win with penalty kicks, 4 against 3 by Costa Rica. Commentators are marvelling on Dutch coach's switching goalkeepers for the penalty kicks--and the move worked! Also that both teams seemed to be trying to score after the 80th minute of the game but failing. Lots of interesting places that the ball bobbles against!

Netherlands will play against Argentina in a semi-final match.
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:11 pm

In sum, FIFA is going by the rules and cannot do anything about the Columbian player who struck Brazilian Neymar.
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=7/news=disciplinary-update-on-matters-relating-to-brazil-colombia-match-2401371.html

If the referee had shown a card on the Columbian player, that would have led to another outcome.

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Tomorrow at 5pm, Brazil will be playing against Germany. I'm certain sports bars and restaurants will be drawing workers inside to watch the semi-final rather than going home on commuter buses and trains.
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby alohasand on Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:03 pm

Sad score, 7 Germany to 1 for Brazil. What happened yesterday? On the other hand, fans of team Brazil can be pleased that their team made it to the semi-finals. One of the top 4 teams in World Cup-that's worth a cheer and maybe a beer.
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby southernfry on Sat Jul 12, 2014 2:58 pm

Brazil will still be trying to make sense of its semifinal implosion on Saturday when the team faces the Netherlands in the third-place match at the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia. The hosts were embarrassed by Germany, 7-1, in Tuesday's semifinal as the Germans scored five times in the span of 18 minutes in the first half on their way to the dominant win.

http://www.tsn.ca/soccer/story/?id=457031

Consolation Match - Tough call. Brazil will be looking to redeem themselves after that bad loss and the Netherlands need to prove they are still a top team. I wouldn't bet on this one, but someone may win or lose a ton given the high stakes of the match.

Final - Argentina and Germany, Brazil fans hate the rivals Argentina, but not a fan of the Germans either. I will go out on a limb and take Germany to win.
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby keychain on Sat Jul 12, 2014 6:54 pm

World Cup: Netherlands 3, Brazil 0
Netherlands scores 2 in first 16 minutes


http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/brazil2 ... -1.2705278

OUCH.

Brazil is having a bad week, this loss has to hurt. Adding insult to injury is for the Brazilian fans tomorrow with the final and have to pray they are
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:56 am

http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/brazil/rio-de-janeiro/rio-de-janeiro
The weather today for Rio de Janeiro, the city for the final match, is 29C and feeling like 34C, plus the high humidity. Southern Ontario is within a couple of degrees of that weather too.
There will be a pre-game closing ceremony of about 20 minutes, so make sure you get to the stadium or viewing area or tv in time.
4pm local time, the game will be on for Germany and Argentina.

If you'd like some souvenirs of World Cup, have a look at the FIFA online shop for shirts, art, wall decals and exclusive items. The Brazil All in One Rhythm shirts look great for summer.
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby mousepad on Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:45 pm

It doesn't get much closer then this. 1-0 and Germany wins the cup, but it came down to the last minutes for that win. Argentina played it's heart out and it shows on the faces of their players.

Congrats to Germany on its 4th FIFA Cup.

Germany were crowned world champions for the fourth time after a stunning extra-time strike by substitute Mario Gotze secured a 1-0 victory over Argentina.

After 113 goalless minutes in the World Cup final, Gotze -- a second-half substitute for Miroslav Klose -- controlled Andre Schurrle's left-wing cross beautifully on his chest before volleying past Sergio Romero.


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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:27 pm

I latched onto the TV about 26 minutes into the final game, having forgotten the time difference. I could not understand why both teams seemed to rally for about 10min at each other's goals then lapse into boring passing plays in the first half of the game. Given the overhead camera angles, it was apparent the German team kept setting up the ball the same way almost everytime unless a player got a foot on a loose ball and weakly struck the ball in the direction of the goaltender.

Second half was trying. It seemed Argentina was just not into the game. Germany kept trying. I had hoped both teams' coaches would remove their star players off the field at the start of second half and put some of the reserve players to a) give them a chance in the game and 2) take any pressure off the stars for carrying their teams onwards.

The German goal was a goal but it was not a good goal. It was a chance goal. The announcer has said a prior 10 minutes or so "what used to be said at the schoolyard: next goal wins." Very clever remark as Germany scored afterwards.
Argentina had too much riding on the extra time free kick sent over the goal by Messi. I felt he should have been off after 45 minutes.
(Pope Francis was not thrilled with the Argentine loss. http://www.ansa.it/english/news/vatican/2014/07/14/pope-not-happy-about-argentinas-loss_f166b395-615b-4364-a158-bf4dad38c0a6.html He did see the benefit of global football.)

While I had missed the closing ceremony show before the game, I did see some VIPs at the Maracana stadium. German taxpayers had their Chancellor Merkel and President Klaus representing them. Brazilian President Dilma Roussoff was by FIFA President Sepp Blatter's side during the awards and medal presentations (I don't understand why the teams had to hike up the stands to the VIP section for the awards. Everyone should have been at centre field, so the teams did not have to walk past groping fans and Brazilian security in suits trying to keep spectators in their rows. It was awkward television and the camera person probably had a difficult time with the stairs and following the players.

Was anyone else thinking about stadium safety when the German team was jumping on the viewing platform after they got their medals? The floor and acrylic railing panels all moved noticeably.

The Argentine team conveyed a sense of loss on the field but just as much a sense of wanting to be away from the world as eyes avoided cameras and some team players took off their silver medals.

Emirates as sponsor for this World Cup is a keen marketer-Dubai is hosting the 2022 World Cup. There is an airline hub waiting to greet tourists from their wide body planes. Did you notice that Emirates sponsored the Brazilian travel pages on the FIFA World Cup site?

CBC crew had a good credit video-the studio team thanked their technical crews then the video changed to aerial shots of Brazil: over the beach in Rio, over macaws flying above a forest, Maracana stadium at night during the final with the massive statue on one side of the frame. Great way to display the host country and CBC team members' names as a signoff. Not sure many of the soccer fans stayed tuned for Calgary Stampede coverage following the World Cup gold medal coverage...
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby pretzels on Tue Jul 15, 2014 10:02 pm

The World Cup is not over for some people in South America. There were protests/riots-a general step away from the concept of "fair play" that the tournament is supposed to ensure.
On Sunday, just hours before the final, anti-World Cup protesters handed out red “There will be no cup” stickers, like a clearance sale giveaway. The 250 or so protesters in Saens Peña park, less than a mile from Maracanã Stadium, were outnumbered by police and journalists. There were 24,000 police on duty throughout the city as Germany played Argentina for the final game, an overwhelming number, and many were heavily armed. Faced with the authorities’ onslaught, the protest movement wilted into a shadow of the mass demonstrations that shook the country last summer.

http://www.ibtimes.com/world-cup-protesters-beaten-submission-fizzle-out-brazils-national-team-1627636

The number of police seems not to have surfaced during soccer coverage.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina --
Riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a group of rock-throwing vandals who disturbed a rally by Argentines celebrating their team's gutsy performance in a 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup finals.

The shot at the title united Argentines otherwise exasperated by one of the world's highest inflation rates, an encroaching debt crisis and a corruption scandal that has penetrated deep into President Cristina Fernandez's inner circle.

Fernandez, whose approval rating has plunged in recent months, kept a low profile during the tournament. She declined an invitation to attend the final, preferring instead to rest ahead of a summit Tuesday, also in Brazil, with leaders from Brazil, Russia, India and China.

http://abc7.com/news/riot-rocks-buenos-aires-after-argentine-world-cup-loss/182946/
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby fishandchips on Fri Jul 18, 2014 3:04 pm

Some exciting matches were had to be seen. If Brazilians weren't keen on the tournament, the President must have had her reasons for taking on the challenge. She learned something. What will she get done so when 2016 Summer Games come to Brazil, the people won't be upset? And how about the transit and roads--have residents received compensation for having to shift from their homes (not just landlords getting money but the actual renters too).

Brazil in some way did get tourism exposure out of the Games if viewers visited the FIFA site and clicked on the tourism pages.

Won't forget the soggy players in the pouring rain playing in the first few days--how can referees see enough to make calls?
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