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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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

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Dramaaaaa!! Who will survive… Brazil is waiting!!

Hello y’all!!

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Some people have asked me since I am Latin living in the U.S, and it is well known that most Hispanic channels here have this great among of soap operas or as we call them novelas, and they have asked me if I watch them, and I always says no, I watch a lot of sports and some series… But now that I think about it, I really don’t miss the drama of a novela, I get plenty of that just  by watching Football soccer lol!!

Most leagues are on breaks due to the World Cup qualifications, this is almost done, we are almost ready to find out who will be at the best and most important scenario of this sport! We are in the last run of the Qualifiers and this is getting sooo dramatic!!

Las Friday was surprising and crazy… see I don’t need more drama… And I didn’t even need to look across the pond in our side we have more drama than what we have expected…

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First this dates of games, the ones played last Friday and the ones schedule for today are very important in the aspiration of all the teams playing the Hexagonal, for some this is a chance to still have options and for some others is a chance to almost if not seal their ticket direct to Brazil 2014, so yes the pressure is high which means that it can go either way sometimes and it can produce incredible surprises in a good and for some in a worst way, if not you can ask Chepo de la Torre, former Mexican national coach…

I’m going to talk a bit about the surprises because they just took today’s game to another level of drama and emotions.

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First the USA faced Costa Rica as visitors, the Ticos wanted some kind of revenge for the last game they played in U.S soil under the snow, which in their opinion was not fair and should have been cancelled, and if you add that they were second in the qualification board just under the U.S this meant that a win for then will put them on top and closer to Brazil… The USA had a 13th wining streak before this game and I think everyone was a little overconfident that wining in Costa Rica land was going to be difficult but doable…

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In this game as in many others probably,  nothing is certain until the balls starts to roll and until the last whistle is blow, so the surprise was not only the final result, but the poor performance the bars and starts showed at the beginning of the game, they were down 2-0 early, then after a penalty they were able to reduce the distance to be 2-1 and then we saw a little bit of what they are used to do, moving the ball, controlling it and having more options, it looked like they were closer to tied the game but Costa Rica was all heart, determination and effectiveness, one counterattack and they made it 3-1 which was practically over for the U.S team. It was a surprise because we expected a more balance game from the U.S, and they have shown a different style of playing, 13th victories in a row, the three goals felt a lot for what they have had been doing the past months, but all credit to Los Ticos, they play with their hearts, they had great elements to control the game and they were very effective!  They finish on top of the qualification and today they might be getting their ticket to Brazil soon… (Can I join them? pretty please??)

 mexhon1_crop_650x440After that set back for the USA we heard about the big surprise of that day, I mean it is big not only for what it meant that day but what it means today to, Mexico was playing Honduras in the Azteca stadium, which was full capacity and that stadium have been a forte for the Mexican team, wining there has been practically impossible for many teams, and it’s one of the strength for Mexico, so of course we all expected that they will get a victory or at least some point there in their home, Mexico has been struggling the whole WC Qualifications, I never understood how they didn’t let go Chepo de La Torre sooner, I think they waited too much and let’s see if they wont have to pay the price for that.

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Everything started somehow normal for the Mexicans, they got up 1-0 which we thought everything is going according to the book, but then they complicated themselves, and Honduras played a good game and made what everyone thought was impossible in three minutes they changed everything and went from a 1-0 down to a 2-1 up, and voila you have what the media called an Aztecazo which means the biggest surprise, it doesn’t happen very often and for sure it happened in the worst time for the Mexican Team, that result sent them to the fourth position which means they will have to play with an European country for a spot in Brazil, if they remain in that position but they can face the worst scenario too which means no World Cup at all… Something that for Mexico will be an epic failure…

At the end Chepo was fired, my only thought was “finally”, I think they hold up to him for too long and he never found a way to really take the team back to their usual being, Mexico has been one if not the top team in the region, so for them being in this dangerous position is more than surprising is just a real drama, not only for the player, the media and the national team organization but for a whole country that live this sport with their hearts and love their national team with pure love…

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Now in a couple of minutes they have to play as visitors vrs the USA, with a new head coach Luis Fernando Tena, for them it’s simple they need to win, but the U.S also needs to win to get closer to be mathematical qualified for Brazil, so this game it is going to be interesting, a bit nerve racking for Mexico and excited for all… So we will be watching the game with an eye in the other results and by the end of the night we will know if the drama will  be less or if it can become a nightmare for some teams…

So let’s see what will happen, for sure it’s going to be entertaining…

Thanks for reading and let know what you think??

Besitos!

Pictures founded in Google.com and concacaf.com

Who will find Gold Today!! USA or Panama?

Hello hello!!

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Gold Cup Final!!! Yes the scenario is ready in the “Windy City” Chicago!… The protagonist are already warming up at this moment, it is all set people, the Gold Cup final is here and about to kick off!!

I am exited, you know, I love Football and this has been a fun, painful (when my Selecta got eliminated) but overall a very entertaining, surprising at time (Yes Mexico is not in the final… in case you were wondering), but a fun tournament to watch!!

So now the last two teams standing, I have to say it, the best teams so far in the tournament!!

FINAL

The United State of America (USA or USMNT)

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What I think could be the key for the Red, White and Blue:

  • Velocity and ball movement.
  • Landon Donovan has made a difference in this team.
  • Attention on their defense.
  • Confident, they have played like they know they can win, and that it’s a burst of confident, you know what they said, you got to believe it to make it happen!

Panama

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And their key to stop the USA possible party

  • Definitely a very  well organize defense.
  • Take advantage of their body strength and their counterattack.
  • Effectiveness, they did it vs Mexico, had five chances and scored two goals!
  • The passion they have to overcome the underdog label.

Here I go, ready to jump into the pool, my prediction: USA 3-1 Panama…. might the forces be with the best one or well with the one that scores more goals!! 🙂

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As we mentioned on last post Jurgen Klinsmann was ejected during the Semifinal game vs Honduras and was waiting to hear from CONCACAF, well the answer came back a bit later than expected, but I think it was not a good answer for him, all coaches want to be there in the Pitch supporting and moving their puzzle during a Final, but he will have to do it a bit far away from the bench and the field.

Pictures thanks to Google images, @JeffreyCarlisle Espn journalist on twitter, and @LuisOmarTapia Commentator for Univision (He is one of the best!!) twitter account!