This needs a thread
There's just a few hours remaining until Ghana face Portugal in one last bid to progress to the next round of the World Cup, but over the past few days, the team has been thrown into chaos. The disputes reached a head this morning, when coach Kwesi Appiah announced that Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntarihad been sacked.
BREAK: #GHA coach Kwesi Appiah confirms sacking Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari from team camp.— Gary Al-Smith (@garyalsmith) June 26, 2014
Turns out this is about a year old, but it showed up in my facebook today and gave me a pretty hearty laugh.
Jason Sudeikis plays the stereotypical American football coach, out of his element, perfectly.
Given that this blog has a pretty big cross-section of football fandom (obviously) and soccer followers as well, and the timing with the World Cup coverage, I thought this would be worth sharing for a quick laugh for everyone.
Congrats to the CONCACAF region. Raise your hand if you had 3 teams with a chance to win their group going into the last pairing of group play. If not for a goal in the last 10 seconds (ARRGHHH) the 1st, 2nd, and 4th place team from our region would currently have 19 out of a possible 21 points.
Mexico has gone from a disjointed team the U.S. gifted into the tournament with a meaningless goal late in its own last qualifying match (that meant zero for the U.S. other than pride) to a team that gave Brazil a great battle on its own turf (probably one of the best goaltending performances I've ever seen) and convincingly beat a very good Croatia.
Costa Rica has been the Cinderella of the tournament, taking out 2 champion level countries, and already advancing through- and barring a massive goal surge by Italy or Uruguay will win their group. Probably one of the most attractive levels of play in this tournament thus far.
U.S. had a mighty struggle with Ghana but found a way, and certainly deserved a win vs Portugal and sat seconds away for locking up a spot into the next round.
Even our buds down in Honduras - after running through a buzz saw in France, struggling after losing a man, put in a solid 2nd match.
So for the Rodney Dangerfield of regions, 2 out of 16 slots are guaranteed with a 3rd potentially Thursday. Not too shabby and it would be nice to see this continue in years ahead to raise the profile of the region.
"The fact is that the Magnus Effect can change sign," Bush says. "People don't generally appreciate that fact." Given an absolutely smooth ball, the direction of the curve may reverse: The same kicking motion will not produce a shot or pass curving in a right-to-left direction, but in a left-to-right direction.
Why is this? Bush says it is due to the way the surface of the ball creates motion at the "boundary layer" between the spinning ball and the air. The rougher the ball, the easier it is to create the textbook version of the Magnus Effect, with a "positive" sign: The ball curves in the expected direction."
So this is what Jozy's capable of. I must confess I didn't think very highly of him as of late, was wondering why he was up front and Klins had so much faith in him.