Word for the wise, you might want to avoid MGoBlog during the 2010 World Cup.
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Those chicks are hot!!! And I have something in common with them... They like the movies with very few, if any guys too.
Skip the World Baseball BS 'cause I will chat that up like no ones business.
i guess i'll have to be wary of that and the 2018 winter olympics
i challenge anyone here on their knowledge of the beautiful game. tis my first love and i'm always up to discuss anything related to it.
brodie, i am jealous that you're in london only b/c of this regardless of the fact that my team is in the northwest and can't stop winning.
I live blocks away from Emirates... but I never go. I've mentioned this before, but I randomly pulled Queen's Park Rangers out of my ass and I stick with them.
yeah i bet that's sweet even though the gunners blow this year. for the most part i dont like any of the london teams cept for west ham and also fulham just cause of their equal opportunity program that they give americans.
Well, a drunk Gunners fan did once buy me a Big Mac... so I'm down.
I also like the equal opportunity programs... but if you force me to pick a Premiership side, I'm picking Aston Villa.
Italians flopped more frequently with less cause than any other team in the World Cup last go around. No? Stupid mazerati. Thinks he's a car.
Portugal is the worst team on the planet in that regard. Floppers, cheaters, and serial whiners. See their game against the Dutch at WC 2006. What a joke.
italian is the worse. they get the strangest calls too. see there euro cup final qualifying game against scotland...
i wish the worlds game was less boring
Spain the early favourite?
Aren't they now on 29 games unbeaten?
I think either Spain or Argentina will win 2010. I am not sure anyone in the world can mark Lionel Messi. That guy is unbelievable. I think the only way to stop him is for a team to deliberately injure him like Pele in 1966 or Maradona in 1990.
We must also consider that the tournament will be played in South Africa, meaning some extreme heat could really hinder some of the more moderate-climate teams, like England, which in turn would also favor the southern European and South American squads.
Do we know if Scolari is going back to the Brazil team? I wouldn't count them out. But for now, my money's on Spain.
...I wouldn't be surprised if they change out and have Scolari take over if Brazil doesn't win the Copa America this year (I'm assuming it's played this year).
Winter in South Africa is during June, July and August.
During winter the temperatures look like they are in the 50s and 60s Fahrenheit. The weather will not be a factor the way it has been at every World Cup since 1978 (Argentina). That is good - Paul Scholes' red face, and the stories of Ronald Koeman losing 15 pounds of water weight during WC 94 made me wonder why they were playing daytime games (I learned that TV was the answer).
I wasn't sure about that-- I was working under the assumption that it's always hot in South Africa, no matter what season.
Although I like what Cappello has done with England so far, and I can see them making a deep run, I cannot see them winning the whole thing. Just too many bad international results this decade to give me any confidence. And they got blanked by Spain last week 2-0.
in possession the way Latin teams are. They lose the ball and then run around for minutes trying to get it back like in the EPL (think against Brazil in 2002).
Plus the team is getting old. Lampard, Gerrard, Becks, Terry, Rio are on the wrong side of 30. Rooney is a red card waiting to happen. Scholes is badly missed. A$hley Cole is a petulant baby. I think Ashley Young and Abonglahor (sp?) should play more.
Their best chance to succeed in 2010 is to play for penalty kicks, which is just a weak way to play but part of the game (but we should know better than have Sepp Blatter fix the problems in soccer, like no instant replay).
I think you hit the nail on the head, England is wildly inconsistent and making a serious Cup run is probably too much to ask. But they have a nice foundation and I'm sure they'll reach that level in due time (Haven't people been saying that for 40 some years now?)
re england: capello is a great coach but england wont get past the quarters. besides rooney they don't have great forwards and they lack depth and quality at GK. david james is far too inconsistent, robert green and paul robinson still haven't proven themselves at the international level.
they basically have to rely on a solid midfield and defense (although Terry is arguably the most overrated player in the world) and pray that somebody besides rooney or gerrard will get them goals.
it's the usual suspects in terms of WC contenders. brazil, argentina, and spain now that they are actually performing in competitions. italy and france are ageing, more so italy, and i don't see either side doing as well as past tournaments.
my prediction is that in South Africa, the U.S. has 2002 experience and gets relatively far. all the african teams will do well now that they're playing in their own backyard for once. but i still see argentina or brazil taking it all.
J. Bornstein shut him down when the US played them last summer.
Do they have a chance? Do they have a team? I'm Lithuanian but know zero about soccer (sorry, futbol).
Actually they do according to Fifa they are tied for first in their group with serbia 5 points up on 3rd place france so they are going pretty well if they can keep it up.
ok, so talking WC. does that mean you're going to put your $$$ on lithuania?
No to qualify isn't that what he meant by had a chance because that is a pretty good accolimpishment for your country if they do.
Wait til they have to actually play France and not just beat up on the Faroe Islands and Austria.
Do you have any Russian family? Because they're up and comers.
At least we have basketball!
Turbo and Brodie I agree with you guys about England, I don't seem them making a significant run this time around. I think at this time Spain is the team to beat. Only once the groups are announced we will have a good picture. Hopefully US is not in a hard group like last time.
I'll be in Barcelona in late May. As of now I'm planning on going to the Barcelona vs. Osasuna at Camp Nou. It's the first time I'll be in Europe and the time we're in Barca just happened to intersect with a home game. It appears like there's plenty of tickets still available on their website, but they don't open to the public until April....
Anyone been to a big time soccer game in Europe? What's scalping like over there? If I wasn't able to get tickets would I still be able to find a way into the stadium?
rarely sells out, except for the Real Madrid clash. You shouldn't have a problem getting walk-up tickets, especially with a "lower-profile" match like Osasuna.
i was in heulva last year...sat front row when they placed barca. almost got kicked in the face with an errant eto shot
I'm going to the Derby County vs Man United game today. Come on you Rams!!
I've never been to a game without having a ticket, so I wouldn't know about scalping but the biggest game I've been to (Carling Cup, QPR vs Villa) there didn't seem like much going on.