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Old 07-02-2014, 04:23 PM   #181
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Interesting and I think a bit unusual that all 8 of the group winners won their first knockout match. Was hoping that USA being last would break the string. They did have some excellent play, of course especially Tim Howard, but as the commentators said, not enough technically top-notch players to maintain possession to set up good shots like Belgium did the entire game.
Guess I'll root for Germany now - we lived there when the 1998 World Cup was going on (and Juergen Klinsmann was a player for Germany!). I must say that World Cup fever here in the USA is much stronger than in previous years, but nothing compared to European countries. Virtually no work gets done there for the two weeks of group play.
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They do this sort of comparison at club level all the time and the wealthiest clubs are sometimes hugely embarrassed in a knock-out competition such as the FA Cup when they get eliminated by a team where the whole team cost less than any one of their players.

Back in 2012 Manchester City won the premier league by spending huge amounts of money to buy the players and hire the manager to do the job, spending $1.5 Billion on players. (A few years earlier Chelsea had done the same thing)

Maybe we need the Money Ball man of futball/soccer to make an appearance. :-)
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Maybe we need the Money Ball man of futball/soccer to make an appearance. :-)
He will most likely be a Russian oligarch!!
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Well, it's not quite the way we normally spend Independence day, but there should be a good game between France and Germany today. While Germany and a few other countries have been getting a lot of press, the French team seems determined to make up for the previous embarrassment.

FWIW, the French did help out with the Revolution, albeit it was in their interest to stick it to the English.
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Now the quarterfinals. My heart is hoping they lead to Brazil / Germany and Argentina / Costa Rica, although I suspect Netherlands will be in the final.
Me, too.
Anyone who has ever seen Brazil/Germany might agree it's the most entertainment you can get from a futebol game.
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The France / Germany game was dull, dull, dull. I hope Brazil / Columbia is better.
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Ja, Ja, Oui, Oui!! The French did not turn up. Maybe too much Bordeaux last night?
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Hey, it's futbol. Whaddya expect?
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Hey, it's futbol. Whaddya expect?
I didn't expect them to revert to trench warfare. The last time they met in a World Cup semi-final in 1982 it produced one of the most notorious fouls ever and the game ended up 5-4 in Germany's favor.

German goal keeper Schumacher’s shoulder charge on Battiston was so severe that, to this day, he has a cracked vertebra and damaged teeth. It became known as the Tragedy of Seville, with Schumacher, staggeringly, not even booked for the foul by the referee. Battiston was unconscious for 30 minutes.


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Very much enjoyed the Brazil Columbia match, much more passion and action. Brazil Germany should be a good game.
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Very much enjoyed the Brazil Columbia match, much more passion and action. Brazil Germany should be a good game.
Yes. Well played, although the Spanish referee was not very good. Colombia showed their inexperience with too many good opportunities lost by offside calls. Nonetheless I bet the boys are received as champions when they return home.
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How come the Belgium team that played Argentina today could not have been the one that played the USA a few days ago?
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How come the Belgium team that played Argentina today could not have been the one that played the USA a few days ago?
If the USA team had played like the Argentina team played today, Belgium's play against USA would have looked quite different.
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If the USA team had played like the Argentina team played today, Belgium's play against USA would have looked quite different.


Yes. For all the hype, a contending team does not win only 1 out of four games. And they don't give up a last second goal to pull a tie from the jaws of victory. That said, they fought well and we did not see the USA team tank and get taken to the cleaners like certain other countries whose names I won't mention.

Brazil vs. Germany. Should be interesting to say the least.
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I enjoyed the match this morning and thought both teams stepped up the quality of play. Argentina is playing very well and will be hard to beat.

Injuries and new yellow card rules are taking their toll. Even so, Brazil Germany looks like a great pair-up.
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How come the Belgium team that played Argentina today could not have been the one that played the USA a few days ago?
The stronger team, Argentina, dictated much of the game today. In ten matches it would win 9 against Belgium.

If the US could hold the ball and attack consistently, it would win maybe 2 or 3 games out of ten.

Where is Messi on the US team? Does the US have a target player like him?
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Where is Messi on the US team? Does the US have a target player like him?
There is not enough money in USA domestic soccer or the structure to develop players like they do in Europe. Most of the top stars in the world play in Europe and they often join clubs at age 12-14, then leave school and become full time pros at age 18, and the most successful earn huge amounts of money.

Below is a listing of the top 25 most valuable players in the world and they all play for European clubs, and 11 of those clubs are in the English Premier League.

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1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina) — $272-317 million
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Portugal) — $144-167 million
3. Luis Suarez (Liverpool, Uruguay) — $134-156 million
4. Eden Hazard (Chelsea, Belgium) — $103-120 million
5. Neymar (Barcelona, Brazil) — $86-99 million
6. Paul Pogba (Juventus, France) — $83-96 million
7. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid, Wales) — $80-92 million
8. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal, Germany) — $67-78 million
9. Edinson Cavani (PSG, Uruguay) — $65-76 million
10. Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich, Germany) — $64-74 million
11. Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid, Spain) — $64-74 million
12. Oscar (Chelsea, Brazil) — $63-$72 million
13. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, Argentina) — $62-72 million
14. Isco (Real Madrid, Spain) — $56-65 million
15. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool, England) — $53-61 million
16. Ross Barkley (Everton, England) — $50-58 million
17. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich, Germany) — $50-$58 million
18. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United, England) — $50-58 million
19. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool, England) — $50-58 million
20. Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, Spain) — $50-58 million
21. Mario Balotelli (AC Milan, Italy) — $48-56 million
22. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea, Belgium) — $48-56 million
23. Juan Mata (Manchester United, Spain) — $47-54 million
24. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona, Spain) — $47-54 million
25. James Rodriguez (Monaco, Colombia) — $47-54 million




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Wow. This is a crushing defeat for Brasil. But the Germans are happy!

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Wow. This is a crushing defeat for Brasil.
I think I saw where you first posted "a cursing defeat for Brasil." I'll bet a bazillion Brazilians are doing just that.
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