Getting Emotional!… World Cup Quarterfinals :0

Hello there!!

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How is your World Cup going?… Mine is a bit too emotional

We are in quarterfinals!! Yeyyy, mix emotions, first this is the stage when things gets  better and more nerve-racking than the round of 16, but also the feeling that this will be over soon starts to grow… Nooooo.

We had two days without World Cup, and I couldn’t remember what I used to watch before started, and you got that emptiness feeling… I know I am so dramatic but it’s all good, every four years I can be as dramatic as I want to, it’s the fricking World Cup! 😉

So yes, my prediction skills are not that accurate haha I kind of suck at it, but hey some teams were a complete surprise!

Thanks you Spain, Italy and Portugal for ruin my predictions, but I was happy that the USA messed up with what I have thought, yeah I didn’t see them coming alive of that group but good that they did, it didn’t last that long though but it was fun for sure!!

And of course I am more than happy that Costa Rica was beyond all predictions, they redefine the phrase “Anything can happen” and I couldn’t be more happy for them! Central America love

Yes I didn’t learn the lesson, it’s so much fun to make predictions, think about possibilities and get them right or realizing that you were completely wrong!

Since the Internet is open and free I will give you my Quarterfinals predictions!!

Today’s matches:

The European clasico, I think France have looked more steady, some good matches, a bit of struggle vs Nigeria in RD of 16 but nothing major, on the other hand, I think Germany is always a favorite, but as usual they started great and then it was more like going downhill, but they are Germany, last match vs Algeria oh boy they suffered much more than expected and were close to say good-bye, but after that if they don’t come up with full determination and game they are going to make me look bad haha. Only because I think they cannot play worst than their last match I will give them the lead in this Europe head to head!

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Later today it’s a South America Samba vs Cumbia, let’s see who will have the last dance.  We all saw the incredible pressure on the Brazilian team, they were so close to be out of this World Cup vs Chile, those penalties were a manicure in the making, I felt bad for them and their tears, the tension and pressure of being the host team and five time World Champions is kind of too much, but it is what it is I guess. They haven’t shown much game, but to be honest the Jogo Bonito was gone long time ago, I’ve been listened to the same complain since like two or something World Cups ago, I do agree that this team aside from Neymar don’t have anyone else that can step up, like other Brazilian teams had in the past. Anyhow I still believe that now it’s a matter of just get the result that’s why I give them the win. But I wouldn’t be surprise if Colombia knock them out :0, they have played the best football, very entertaining, happy and proposing in attack, I really like how they have played so far, I guess they have nothing to lose and all to win so, they might.  I will be happy to see them dance again, by far best celebration!!

As you can see my heart is a bit divided, I don’t know, it will be heartbreaking to see Brazil with all that have happened previous to the tournament and the whole country expecting them to advance, and not making it to the final, that would be hard to watch. But you have Colombia and they WC journey have been a fun and full of hope and football… Even though I picked Brazil, I will leave this to the Football gods hehe

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Tomorrow we will have the second part of the Quarterfinals!

Argentina have been Messi and that’s it. They wouldn’t be in this stage if it wasn’t for him, they have a very good team but they have not shown what they can do, their last match was also bordering the drama, until Di Maria who I think aside from Messi is the one that has tried at least to do something in this tournament, the rest very intermittent. But they should advance, Belgium is not easy if you don’t agree ask Tim Howard and his 16  saves, they tried vs the USA and they couldn’t open the score as many times as they tried, but definitely there is a lot of potential and young and talented players, so this should be an interesting match.

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Last match is The Netherlands vs Costa Rica, this is kind of David vs Goliath, The super Orange team, playing not their usual style but a more fast and result oriented one, taking advantage of the speed and talent of their best men on the pitch, Robben, Van Persie and Sneijder. Although is fair to say that Robben can add professional actor to his talents and resume, my God, it’s like if he is really trying to win the fricking Oscar or something, I won’t even talk much, I think he takes away the beauty if this sport with those actions when he doesn’t need them, he is very good and one of the best player we have seen. The team suffered a lot with Mexico, but in theory they should go through.

I would be sooooo soooo happy if Costa Rica can pull this one off, come on Ticos, Pura Vida! I have faith that they would be the surprise of this World Cup, I mean they are not matter what happen in this match, they are by far one of the best stories in this World Cup, and one of the most inspiring, but it would be so nice to see them advancing to SEMIFINALS! Big deal people, big deal :0 !!!

I know I messed up the Quaterfinal thing in the chart below it should read Quarterfinals,  I blame my emotional connection to this match hahaha

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That’s how things are set up in this quarterfinals, I am nervous I won’t lie, I have many picks in this quarters that my heart is all over the place… I think the only easy one for my heart is Argentina- Belgium, sorry Belgium but this are things of the heart 🙂

Thank you for reading! I hope you have made your picks and good luck!! Let the nail biting begins hahaha

If you want to share your predictions or picks feel free to do it, we can compare or discuss opinions, or things of the heart ;)… Enjoy this matches and moments because we are getting close to the final oiii.

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Besitos!

Pictures, I made them in Photoshop (not a master piece but hey they do the job!), I use the icons from http://flagspictures.org, gif from Google I don’t know who own it.

 

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World Cup tales!… Surprises, dancing and goals!!

Hola!

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Day 8 of the World Cup is over.  Can we please agree that it feels like is going too fast??… It might be the schedule, its perfect don’t get me wrong, I don’t have to wake up early morning to watch games like last World Cup, but  it feels the day  just flies away,  maybe watching this type of quality football makes the day go even faster.

This is a great World Cup so far, these teams are playing at a high level, the style of game from most team is about proposing, creating and attacking which leave us with lots of goals and very exciting matches! I remember last World Cup I even said that the group stage was usually a bit boring and that things get better in the knock out stages, but not the case of this WC, it has been so different, a great tournament so far, emotional games, surprises all over the places and a very entertaining tournament.

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Many things had happens, some still sensitive to talk about, yes I am looking at you Spain…. Can you believe it? I felt so bad for them, the first team to say good-bye to the World Cup, the defending Champions left the throne for someone else to take the reign. I Still can’t believe it but well let’s talk about it later when emotions are under control hehe… Hey they have been or were the best of the World for the past years, they re-defined the way football is play now and are the most successful national team of our generation, football soccer fans around the world,  we are totally allowed to feel the pain too.

I felt we went from day 2 to day 8 in a blink,  so I won’t do a day by day recap, review or look back whatever you want to call it, too many days and too few non football hours hehehe

First round of matches is over for all teams, so let’s recap or look back to some of the best shocking or more memorable moments… oiii

We covered day 2 and Spain debacle, yes it got worst by now let’s move on, we got a few more surprises during  first round of matches, here are some;

Colombia

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It is true that group C is not as difficult as other groups might be, but as we have seeing in this World Cup anything can happen…

Congrats to Colombia, after 16 years  they are back in a World Cup with a team full of young players most of them playing at an international level and so far so good! Not only their first result beating Greece,  but also what they did today, it’s incredible, the way they are playing is very inspiring and very good, still some things to fix, but overall a great  and very promising performance something to look forward. What I love the most is the happiness they provide to the tournament, the dancing, best celebration in this World Cup by far!!

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Keep dancing Colombia!!

The other teams in group C, also have played their first and second round matches too, Ivory Coast is one team with Didier Drogba and another one without him, the bad news for them is that he cannot play  all 90 minutes, he’s been getting in on second half, and even though he injects some energy to the team  sometimes it’s not enough, Yaya Toure is another star in this team but hasn’t shine the way a lot of people expected. I still think they can get out of the group stage, let’s see…

Uruguay

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Big surprise on day three, when they were defeated by Costa Rica, the Central America team which in theory is less competitive, and they were the great surprise of that day, wining and playing good football, they not only took the three-point from Uruguay but also they made them look bad, slow and without ideas. Who would have thought Costa Rica would be at the Top of the table after their first game, I think no one, with all the respect their deserve, but Uruguay even though is not the same team that it was four years ago when they  finish in fourth place in 2010 World Cup, are still a good team and with quality players, yes Luis Suarez didn’t play first match but they had Cavani and Forlan and other good players. Costa Rica from CONCACAF which for many have not the same quality, well guess what it might be true but they played with no fear and went for it.

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The good news for Uruguay, Luis Suarez is back and he showed it today in their second match vs England, he scored two goals and left the England team with very slim chances to advance to the next stage, an England team that was very promising in their first game vs Italy, yes they lost because Italy has a legend that controls Italy’s destiny Pirlo, he is just amazing at 35 years old, he is like a wine the older the better he gets, but the feelings left from the England team were very positive, today they couldn’t stop Uruguay and heir star Luis Suarez, the only good note for England was Wayne Rooney scoring his first goal in a World Cup. Let’s see if they can pull out a miracle, mates let’s start to pray? maybe that could help ;/

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Italy still have to play their second match vs Costa Rica, we have yet to see if Los Ticos can hold on and at least get a tie, Gigi Buffon didn’t play the first match due to an ankle injury, but maybe he’ll be back for this one… It should be an interesting match, I still think Italy is the strongest in this group and one of the stronger in this tournament, playing not the usual catenaccio but a surprising kind of offensive good football. Very entertaining.

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And this is how group D is unfolding… Let’s move on to more surprises.

France

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France in group E, Benzema was a goal machine he officially had two in his tally, but it could have been three if the goal line technology wouldn’t have shown us that the second goal was a rebound from the keeper. Good for Benzema he didn’t score as much as he would have wanted toward the end of Real Madrid’s season and some were starting to question him. Best way to answer is always with goals!

Portugal

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Germany vs Portugal in group G, oh my God, if we were surprise by the 5-1 that Spain got, this match was another surprise, less shocking but still surprising, Portugal actually started well, Critiano Ronaldo had two good chances in the first minutes, but then Germany started to level things out, and then the worst happened to Portugal, Pepe was sent-off with a red card, and left not only a bad image if this is possible I mean is Pepe, his reputation precedes him… We can argue that Muller felt very easy, that he didn’t headbutt him that hard, and that it should have been a yellow card, but it’s a World Cup and some referees won’t let these type of action go away so easy, my two cents, he should have known better, he is an elite type of player, so a red is a red, and he left his team in an awful condition, Portugal lost all the control, couldn’t find a way, Cristiano who many say is not at his best, looked desperate and couldn’t find options either and they had their worst lost in the history of the World Cup

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Germany , on the other hand so far is one if not the best overall team in the tournament, they looked good as a team, collectively, the style of play was also good and they have Muller in great condition, scored the first hat-trick of the World Cup. And to think that some people didn’t consider then  as contenders, well so far they have proved them wrong. It’s early but they looked good. Something to say though  is that they have won their last four opening game scoring 4+ goals, and still they haven’t won the title in the last three World Cups.

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 USA USA USA

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Last but no least team USA beat their nemesis, the team that sent them home the last two World Cups, Ghana. The U.S scored the fastest goal so far, Dempsey in less than 30 seconds, it was either at the 30 or 29 second mark, some mix information hehe. But that was fast, they suffered more than expected tho but at the 86th minute John Brooks scored the 2-1 for the red, white and blue, and they finally were able to defeat Ghana in a World Cup and on top of that they got the three precious points specially in a tough group like this one, the group of death… Well they are very alive, and in a country where soccer is not as big as it is in other places it was impressive to see the support and all the craziness that went after Brooks’ goal,  it was great, there are so many videos on vine, instagram and twitter that you think; Is it real that they don’t care much about football? It didn’t  look that way on the videos and many pictures. Anyhow things are changing and there are a lot of football soccer supporters, which is great because that match  was emotionally amazing!!

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Other first round of matches notes;

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  • Argentina is not in a difficult group but, they looked nervous and  they didn’t have an easy win, the expectation of this match were so high everyone wanted to see Messi in the mythical Maracana, and I think at the end the expectations were higher than what we saw on the pitch. Messi is under a lot of pressure, but he scored his first goal in this World Cup and his second in all World Cups, and everyone breathe again… hehe
  • Belgium is supposed to be the revelation of this tournament, they suffered more than expected too but at the end  they still can give the surprise, lot’s of well-known players even the substitutes can make the difference.
  • Russia’s head coach Fabio Capello  has the best salary, they say 22 millions ;0… oiiiii so they better get out of the group stage, just saying!
  • Iran vs Nigeria was the only boring game so far, I mean some other matches maybe had some boring lapses but this one was painfully boring, sorry for both teams, hopefully they will do better in the next match.

Some injuries news;

  • Coentrao  from Portugal will miss the rest of the World Cup due to an injury.
  • Altidore got injure in the USA vs Ghana match and he’ll miss next match, and it’s not sure when if he will be back.
  • Dempsey broke his nose in the same USA match but he is expected to play with or without a mask.

I know I am probably missing so many more things and important moments, but this is already the longest post in this blog hahah so I don’t want to make it more impossible to read.

If you make it  here give your self a round of applauses!! You are amazing 😉 … I will try to make the next recap shorter, but in my defense so many good things and surprises are happening that it’s hard to make things shorter, or maybe it’s just me, I can let things goo…. Well it is what it is, I have to take some “to the point” classes.

Thanks for reading, I really appreciated and if you want to leave a comment, if you agree or disagree with something or just want to say something feel free to do it in the comment area.

This World Cup not only is giving us good surprises but also, good laugh, I leave you with some of the funniest one…

Besitos!

Pictures thanks to  first worldsoccertalk.com, rest to FIFA.com, ESPN.com… Funny pictures random from twitter and ESPN.com