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    World Cup Soccer Thread

    Anyone watching the USA-Turkey prelim game? What a magnificent goal by Fabian Johnson. The pass by Michael Bradley right on the money and hit the top of his foot in stride.

    USA 1 Turkey 0, 1st half

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    Here is the goal by Fabian Johnson, note the pass by Bradley right on the money:

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=110...goryid=2378529

    Now 2-0 USA as Clint Dempsey has also scored.

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    Anyone else here disappointed Canada has not been to a World Cup since 1986...????
    It's such a shame considering our G-8 status and being a country of immigration..
    Had they participated this year I would be in Brasil as of this moment..
    Guess i'll keep my hopes up for Russia 2018..

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    its sad for Canada we have hockey !! we did won the olympic game better than noting
    i can't wait !!! FIFA WORLD CUP I'm a huge soccer fan !!! i'll be in Spain watching some game... maybe the last week in brazil its my dream to watch a fifa world cup game in brazil finally its coming


    my team

    -Spain
    -brazil
    -Argentina
    -portugal
    -russia
    -France

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    Ghanan Witch Doctor Puts Hex On Ronaldo

    Look for Ronaldo to tear his anterior cruciate ligament in the next week, as a spell has been cast upon him by a Ghanan witch doctor:

    http://www.espnfc.com/story/1863620

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    Ronaldo and Reus will probably miss the group stage, so USA have a chance to get to the second stage.

    My prediction:

    1- Argentina
    2- Brazil
    3- Spain
    4- Germany

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    My prediction- Italy over Brazil in the final.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe.t View Post
    My prediction- Italy over Brazil in the final.
    Tough one Joe.t...I pray we get a Brazil vs Italy final...but Italy is going to have a tough time even getting through Group "D" against England and Uruguay...referred to the Group of Death....

    Italy vs England is on June 14th...in the heart of the Amazon....in Manaus....The loser, if there is one, will get fed to the piranhas by the media.....

    In any event...a European nation has never won a World Cup on South American Holy Ground...and history will likely repeat itself.
    As much as I hate to go with any of the following countries...as a betting man....it looks like either Brazil, Argentina or Uruguay will take it this year....

    For those who are interested in the rankings and a roadmap to the World Cup final, here are the links to reference

    http://www.fifa.com/worldranking/ran...e_associations

    http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/index.html

    http://www.bloomberg.com/visual-data/world-cup/#0,0,-1

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    Germany and Spain and Argentina all have better teams than Italy, one of those 3 will play Brazil in the final.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EagerBeaver View Post
    Germany and Spain and Argentina all have better teams than Italy, one of those 3 will play Brazil in the final.
    Fully concur...However, I do not see Germany making it to the Finals as they are short on quickness and their ability to finish, and their defense is lead-footed.

    As far as Italy goes they have awesome players up front (if they play the right players). However, they have major issues in the back as the defense is very slow footed...they will get burned against the quick and skillfull teams that can finish.

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    Spain is finished IMO.
    Find what you love, and let it kill you...

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    Great links Sharkman Thx..

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    Current World Rankings

    It's interesting to see the USA ranked ahead of such stellar sides as France and Netherlands, yet behind the likes of Belgium:

    1 Spain 1485 0 Equal
    2 Germany 1300 0 Equal
    3 Brazil 1242 1 Up
    4 Portugal 1189 -1 Down
    5 Argentina 1175 2 Up
    6 Switzerland1149 2 Up
    7 Uruguay 1147 -1 Down
    8 Colombia 1137 -3 Down
    9 Italy 1104 0 Equal
    10 England 1090 1 Up
    11 Belgium 1074 1 Up
    12 Greece 1064 -2 Down
    13 USA 1035 1 Up
    14 Chile 1026 -1 Down
    15 Netherlands 981 0 Equal
    16 Ukraine 915 1 Up
    17 France 913 -1 Down
    18 Croatia 903 2 Up
    19 Russia 893 -1 Down
    20 Mexico 882 -1 Down
    21 Bosnia and Herzegovina 873 4 Up
    22 Algeria 858 3 Up
    23 Denmark 809 0 Equal
    23 Côte d'Ivoire 809 -2 Down
    25 Slovenia 800 4 Up
    26 Ecuador 791 2 Up
    27 Scotland 786 -5 Down
    28 Costa Rica 762 6 Up
    29 Romania 761 3 Up
    30 Serbia 745 0

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    U.S is in a tough group with Portugal and Germany and Ghana is not going to be easy . G group is going to be a blood bath.Also group D is going to be tough with Uruguay England and Italy. Group B easy guess Spain and Netherland will finish that order. A group is not going to be easy to call because Cameroun , Mexico and Croatia are the same strength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EagerBeaver View Post
    It's interesting to see the USA ranked ahead of such stellar sides as France and Netherlands, yet behind the likes of Belgium
    World ranking doesn't mean anything in soccer as it counts friendly matches.

    And btw, Belgium has a very strong team this year, way stronger than USA.
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