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Just a quick update to squee over yesterday's consolation final, which just may have been the match of the tournament. It helps of course that Germany won, but it was more than that. With nothing to lose, the two teams both played aggressively, with back-and-forth action that had me enthralled.
details under the cut )

So now its on to the big game. I think Spain is vulnerable because of their inability to score a lot of goals, meaning the other team will always be hanging around. And the Oranje have always looked to be one of the best teams at this tournament, even if they haven't quite clicked yet. I'm thinking this one may well be a 1-1 tie through over-time, and it might well come down to penalty kicks. I'm hoping the Dutch will pull through.
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I didn't update for the last day of the round of 16, mainly because I didn't have much to say. The two teams who were expected to go through did, but not in a fashion that earned them much credit in my books.

But now things are really heating up again, and Friday gave us the ultimate 'upset' - world #1 Brazil was beaten in the quarter-finals, joining a string of top ranked teams that have gone home already. details under the cut )

Pretty soon, another giant will fall as Argentina and Germany face off. My head says the former will win, but my heart yearns for Germany to pull through. They've got a lot of young players and I'm hoping they'll be quick enough to expose weaknesses in the Argentinian defense. Can't wait!
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First off, thank you to [livejournal.com profile] tyffi, [livejournal.com profile] duskwillow, [livejournal.com profile] tallihensia, [livejournal.com profile] twinsarein and [livejournal.com profile] tasabian for the lovely profile gifts. I now have 5 footballs, matching the number of goals in the England-Germany match. (I wonder if I'll now get a sixth from an England supporter, for reasons that will be very obvious to anyone who even casually is following the Cup.)

details under the cut )
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Wow, what a great day of play at the World Cup! I'm sorry for all the American fans but I couldn't help but be thrilled that Ghana made it through.

details under the cut )
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Friday turned out to be a disappointing day at the World Cup, especially considering that the top 3 teams in the world were playing. But that's sometime how it goes if teams don't need to do much in order to advance, making me appreciate the earlier play of Argentina and the Netherlands all the more.

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But now the playoff brackets are set and the real nail biting can begin. The US plays Ghana today (@2:30 EST) in what I think will be a very entertaining match. The US must consider itself lucky to have escaped Germany in the draw, and will have visions of making it to the semi-finals. On the other hand, Ghana is the lone African nation left in the tournament and should effectively have home field advantage - never to be underestimated in a football match.

The other match has Uruguay going up against Korea in what is expected to be an easy win for the South American team. Don't expect a lot of goals in this one.

playoff bracket )
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Wow! Things have become really busy at the World Cup, and several giants have already seen the door. Just one more day of group play to come, and then the round of 16 starts up on Saturday. Good times ahead, at least for a mostly neutral watcher.

more under the cut )
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No surprises as the 3rd round of group play began in groups A and B. The teams we expected to see win and advance to the round of 16 did so. And a one-time favourite that looked on the verge of self destruction succumbed, to the grief of some and the amusement of others.

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The second round of group play ended with quite a bang - the fans of both Portugal and Spain must be in seventh heaven! Can't wait for the 3rd set of games to begin in a few hours. There's a lot still on the line - only two teams (Cameroon and North Korea) have been mathematically eliminated.

details under the cut )
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The Samba Kings ruled the pitch and served warning to the rest of the contenders. While the African teams have largely been a disappointment, and the European teams have yet to show their best, the South American teams look formidable.
daily update under the cut )
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The play at the World Cup has been pretty much all over the place. In the last few days, we've seen teams display valour in defeat or when fighting their way back for a tie. We've also seen teams in disarray, whose dreams of a World Cup are rapidly diminishing. And alas we've seen all too much inconsistent and downright horrific officiating. Although we've seen a few flashes of brilliance from the favourites, the World Cup still looks like a wide open competition.
update under the cut )
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Yay! After a week of mostly sluggish play, today was the day the World Cup really heated up. It seems that Germany isn't the only team interested in winning this thing!

daily update under the cut )
Adopt one today!
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To start, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] tyffi for pointing me to this ridiculously fun and catchy video about the World Cup from the German POV. Besides having the nicest hotel and the biggest bus, Germany were also far and away the most impressive team in the first set of games. Here's hoping some of the other powerhouses wake up!



daily update under the cut )
Adopt one today!
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World #1 Brazil versus North Korea - should be a goal scoring bonanza, right? I wish!

World Cup update )
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First off, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ctbn60 for sprucing up my Zenyatta icon, in honour of her historic win yesterday. It's based on a pic I took at the 2008 Breeders Cup, after her win in the Ladies Classic. I was just leaving and saw a professional photographer waiting along a path with equipment at the ready. He advised me that Zenyatta would be passing by any second now, and sure enough, there she was. As you can see, she was still full of energy and fire even after spread eagling the field.

Zenyatta at the 2008 Breeders Cup

I love the picture because it gives a great view of Zenyatta's very elegant head. Alas, its not well framed and her groom has his tongue sticking out, so it doesn't exactly wind up in the photography hall of fame! Many thanks to ctbn60 for editting out the distracting bits.

Now back to our regularly scheduled World Cup update )
jlvsclrk: (Zenyatta by ctbn60)
But first, the amazing Zenyatta going for a modern day record of 17 straight wins. Watch and marvel!



and now for the World Cup )
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Is it just my imagination, or do the crowds at the matches sound like a swarm of bees? Very strange!
daily update under the cut - feel free to ignore )
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Being Canadian, football (soccer in the US and Canada) isn't exactly in my blood - my favorite team sports are American football and, of course, hockey. But the World Cup is something I've always enjoyed immensely. The joy of yet again not qualifying for the World Cup final is that I can pretty much pick and choose which teams to support. England is my default team followed by Germany, but I reserve the right to change my allegiance as the tournament goes on based on quality of play.



daily update under the cut - mostly for my amusement )

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