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PostSubject: World Cup 2014   Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:11 pm

I figured what with board members being from various countries and all, it would be fun to discuss the World Cup here.

For example, the BBC had this to say about the US-Ghana game today: The US erupted in celebration as football fans across the country celebrated a last-gasp win against the team's World Cup nemesis, Ghana.  I love the use of the word "nemesis" here!  And I've seen it used in the same context on other sites.  I was able to watch the second half and it was a really good game.

Since the US is in Group G along with Germany--the Group of Death--I hope a certain someone in that country will contribute her thoughts!   Very Happy 

And regarding the first match...  Sorry, England!  But congrats to Germany and Netherlands.  Um...where is Canada???

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PostSubject: Re: World Cup 2014   Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:00 am

Well, congrats to USA on their win.
 
Apart from your own national teams...  Who are you - however laconically - supporting??
 
This household has picked a name from the proverbial hat and is (when and if, if and when England go out... Shocked ) gently going to cheer for Brave Little Belgium.

I also felt a gentle tug of warmth at seeing Mexico make a good show against Brazil - 'cos our boys visit Mexico as their Winter resort of choice, huh?

 
[Otherwise I am generally on side of whoever is the underdog]
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PostSubject: Re: World Cup 2014   Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:07 am

Well, we (the Dutch) made it through to the next round after being both Spain (5-1) and Australia (3-2). I haven't watch any games yet but then I don't have to because I live across a pub and according to the noise I hear coming from the pub, I know who scored.  Very Happy 
Like Calico, I'm also rooting a bit for Belgium.
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PostSubject: Re: World Cup 2014   Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:14 am

I haven't been able to watch many games but the ones I have seen have been really good.  

Sorry for England but hoping the US can advance after today's game.  The US-Portugal match was great to watch and I'm sure the US-Germany one will be, too.  Go USA!   Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: World Cup 2014   Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:00 pm

Here's what I found on my FB page this morning. Looks like the Belgians are ready.  Very Happy


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PostSubject: Re: World Cup 2014   Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:51 am

Sorry Ghis - I've only just found this. I must apologize for having been very sporadic in my visits to the site of late. I get distracted from things I'd rather be doing (like coming here) far too often.

The World Cup - That's all there is to see or hear over here. Flags on cars and outside houses, appointments and meetings and everything rescheduled to fit in with matches and the local newspaper came over to interview my family and myself on the England/German rivalry that has peppered football history ever since that fateful day in 1966.  soccer  soccer  soccer  They even took a picture.  lol2 

Needless to say there is a big brouhaha about the whole thing especially as the Germans are doing rather well. Despite that the majority of people here seem to think that the Netherlands will win. I have no idea and have not been following closely - my children are, very kindly, doing that for me. My excitement over football is definitely confined to watching my own offspring race around the pitch chasing a ball and I keep the thought to myself that, if they just gave everyone a ball, they wouldn't need to fight over the one. Surely FIFA could afford it. Don't worry - my kids keep telling me I'm not funny too.

Good luck to all those still in the running...and when is ASJ on the tely again.  panda 
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PostSubject: Re: World Cup 2014   Sat Jul 05, 2014 3:57 pm

WE MADE IT TO THE SEMI-FINALS!!!!

 excited  excited  excited  excited  excited  excited  excited  excited  excited  excited  excited  excited 

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PostSubject: Re: World Cup 2014   Sun Jul 06, 2014 12:34 am

Congratulations Radiogaga. congrats You're through. My kids are going crazy because they are too. What do you say to a Dutch-German final?  two thumbs 

Meanwhile how am I ever gonna get them to bed on time on a school night?  scratch confused No 

And there's no getting away from football is there?! I'm even talking about it here and to my horror I have enough football knowledge that I know that the goalie who did such sterling goal-saving for the Dutch plays for Newcastle United which should offer some comfort to the Brits.  Shocked 

I need rescuing. Help!!!!  soccer brb
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PostSubject: Re: World Cup 2014   Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:55 am

I haven't had enough time lately to post here or even watch the games (sadly) but I do want to say I enjoyed your rueful comments, Allegra.  Good luck to Germany today!  And good luck to Netherlands tomorrow, Radiogaga!

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PostSubject: Re: World Cup 2014   Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:25 pm

I watched sports commentators on Belgian, English, German and Dutch tv and EVERYONE is in shock - Brasil got slaughtered by the Germans. It was painful to watch the second half at some point because the Brasilian fans were cheering for the Germans.

Fingers crossed for the Dutch tomorrow.

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PostSubject: Re: World Cup 2014   Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:11 pm


I watched Wednesday's game... So sorry, Radiogaga80; I was rooting for The Netherlands! They played well although I do think Argentina played a tiny bit better in terms of possessing the ball more. However, I definitely think penalty kicks are not the way to decide who wins a soccer match.

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PostSubject: Re: World Cup 2014   Sun Jul 13, 2014 3:25 pm

Well done, Germany! congrats  Allegra, is the celebratory noise keeping you up?!  Maybe in a week or so things will go back to normal.  In the meantime, enjoy!

 soccer soccer soccer 

And also congrats to The Netherlands on their 3rd place showing.  Not quite the same as being in the final but at least they didn't lose two in a row.   two thumbs 

Now I can ignore soccer for another four years!   lol2

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PostSubject: Re: World Cup 2014   Sun Jul 13, 2014 3:44 pm

Congrats to Germany!

Did you really let your youngest stay up that late to watch the final game, Allegra? Good luck Monday morning waking up your boys!

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PostSubject: Re: World Cup 2014   Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:53 am

I was texting with a friend in Germany whose nerves were shattered by the time, somewhere during the second half.
She said it looked like New Year's Eve when the match was over - cars honking, fireworks...  Very Happy 

The dutch team appreciated that third place was a good spot (before the World Cup, everyone thought they wouldn't survive the group stages) but they were disappointed because they felt they belonged in the finale. They won 7 games in a row and lost on penalty shootouts, so I have to agree.

 soccer 

Oh well, that's over. On to the next big event: the new Doctor Who episodes!  Very Happy 
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PostSubject: Re: World Cup 2014   Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:55 pm

My goodness! Thank the heavens above that it's all over.    :hotsmiley: After the absolute trouncing of those poor brazilians excitement was at fever pitch (forgive the pun) for the rest of the week over here. I won't complain though because at least, after a depressingly long dry spell, a bunny hopped around the goal posts and invited me to play in the monthly challenge.  excited 

I mean, there really hasn't been anything else going on. It's been quite mad.  soccer 

And yes, Penski, even my youngest stayed up to watch and celebrate afterwards - something to do with sounding car horns around town and fireworks from which I disassociated myself entirely. It was all very exciting. congrats 

Today... Getting up for school? Oh dear...  We'd better not go into that...  lol2   

But what a World Cup. It's been fun and we were as surprised as anyone to have made it all the way.

Big huge congratulations to the Dutch and Radiogaga. See you in 2018 for the next round I hope.
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