Colombia v. Greece, 11:00am CDT
Uruguay v. Costa Rica, 2:00pm CDT
England v. Italy, 5:00pm CDT
Cote d'Ivoire v. Japan, 8:00pm CDT
Full day of games - let's hope they're as fun as yesterday's were.
Group C is going to be the most interesting group IMO. 4 teams that all have a legit shot to get out. None of the teams are elite, but lots to watch in those matches. I think Ivory Coast will finally get out of their group though.
Group D will be fun as all. Not sure why the England-Italy and Uruguay-Costa Rica match times were not switched. Makes much more sense to get max European and South/Central American TV sets tuned in.
All the Manaus games were moved to later times in hopes it would be cooler.
So Italy and England shouldn't be playing in Manaus. Weird, JMO
Japan is an interesting team. Keisuke Honda might be the best free kick taker in the whole cup (You could easily argue Ronaldo or Messi, too). He get's ridiculous spin on his free kicks and converts them at a ridiculous rate.
Greece on the other hand, well, they are the (old) Wisconsin Bball team. Horrible, no fun, fouling soccer.
Folran is beast at free kicks too.
For whatever reason I want England to lose more badly than I usually do.
Bitter over the way Cornwallis treated prisoners during the revolutionary war
Yeah. And fuck that Benedict Arnold guy too. He can suck it.
That makes things interesting.
I was living there during the '94 WC, which turned out to be so catastrophic for them.
So sad when Falcao went down last July...
Hope today is as great as yesterday. I cant remember a WC being so open in terms of play - it is still early but usually you see teams play so conservative and try to play "Greece" or "Italy pre2010" all game, unless they are named Brazil or Argentina. It's been wide open every game thus far. Keep doing this!
Time for the screaming of the national anthems
Go Kings, go! 2 Cups in 3 years!
Best way to win it, on home ice in OT. Seeing the Cup won gets me every time. Even as a non-Kings fan, it brought a tear to my eye.
Also, that's a damn nice team LA has put together. Kopitar reminds me so much of my favorite human, Hank Zetterberg. Quick is amazing, Williams is a playoff machine, Gaborik is sweet, Doughty is a beast, it goes on and on. And of course Dustin Brown only the 2nd American captain to hoist the Cup.
...players. I went to a few Stanley Cup Wings games in late '90's...and have to say the crowd at Staples was so electric I thought I was back watching hockey in the Midwest...not LA. Kings fans are definitely a little different than your typical LA sports fans.
Fugly goal, but deserved by Colombia
First goal of the day Columbiia 1-0. The ball was cutback through the box well and then the soft shot gets deflected by a Greek player.
That celebration made me a Colombia fan.
Columbia definitely looking more dangerous than Greece, even before the goal they had a few nice developments. Greece's packing in isn't working at all.
Colombia is a country
Columbia is a clothing line
That was quick!
USA, The Dutch, and England are the teams I cheer for, yesterday's game for the Dutch was amazing!
But only bad at defense
Colombians are getting after it...
For Azzurri, no Buffon or De Scaglio. Sirigu starts in his place.
I considered changing my prediction (1-1), but I believe that the Italian GK situation will have no impact on the game.
The dropoff from Buffon to Sirigu shouldn't be that bad. He was goalkeeper of the year in France two years in a row.
I'm more concerned with our attack having Balotelli and Rossi. I wanted to see Domenico Berardi on this team if they can't get anything going.
Yesterday someone mentioned that "O-Ay-AAAHHH" (with the WC logo) intro and outro they keep doing and now I notice it every time. It's BEYOND annoying at this point and we're only on day 3.
Good on that Greek dude for saying there was no contact.
Colombia scores in stoppage time, 3-0 over Greece.
That's what truly bothers me about flopping. The Greek guy just lay there whining about the non-call while the Colombian dude took off with the ball, and a few seconds later, goal. Get up and go help your team out, sissy pants.
Rest of the group is cake
¡¡Viva, selección cafetera!!
Stuck at an airport so I couldn't watch the Colombia vs Greece match. How was the officiating? The US's only referee was the referee for that game. How was he?
I think he let them play, I had no problem with him.
...but they really squeaked into the WC this year. Finished 5th in CONMEBOL and had to win play-in matches to punch their ticket. If memory serves I think they are a bit long in the tooth...
Navas picked the right direction, got away with creeping off the line but it was almost a perfect penalty from Cavani.
He may or may not have gotten away with coming off the line. It's similar to advantage - if the goalie leaves early but the penalty is scored anyway, the infraction is ignored.
Didn't the nab a keeper for coming off early in the last WC? Or maybe it was '06.
They did in the Women's World Cup in 2011... They got Hope Solo on a PK which she originally saved, but the Costa Rican keeper's movement was much more obvious than Solo's yet he didn't get called.
The theatrics in this match are unbearable.
I think it's time to clean up the house and light the grill and get ready for the final two matches.
Watching these grown men flop around and cry is annoying. Just play the game. It's been in every match, but this one has been out of control this first half.
Hopefully they chill with the rolling around next half.
See that penalty for Uruguay was earned but Costa Rica should have had at least one also with all that grabbing going on.
Brilliant save is right. Awesome recovery.
Wonder if Uruguay are just saving Suarez in this one to make sure he's fitter for the Italy and England matches, where they'll release a front line of Cavani-Suarez-Forlan.
With all of the talk about the US possibly getting the opportunity to host in 2022 because of the Qatar situation, what would everyone think the sites and host cities would be?
Could AA handle hotels, local transportation, etc??
They'll want grass fields if at all possible, and in the US it ought to be possible to find 12 stadiums with grass.
I'm going with these...
Wow. Next to nothing to in the Midwest. Surprised Chicago is not on there.
Denver or Kansas City is also possible, maybe taking the place of one of Seattle/Portland.
I'm so sick of commentators bitching about officiating. It's almost as bad as players' histrionics after being fouled.
Costa Rica deserved one they were getting so close.
Told ya: they old
Costa Rica takes the lead.
Wow. I predicted that Costa Rica would shock someone, but I thought it'd be England.
This World Cup thingy is fun to watch.
Don't lay down now! Are the Ticos really that tough??
....see if he can make magic happen.
Joel Campbell is doing work.
Must really be injured. Doubt we see him all tournament unless they get out of the group.
Great match for Costa Rica...very happy for a CONCACAF member
I don't want us to get the first goal off a penalty Monday night. Hasn't gone well for Spain or Uruguay.
So far in the WC goals on every game and no draws, very entertaining thus far.
GO CONCACAF BROS! Go Ticos!
You've got to be kidding me. Borges? Lol.
...is still unemployed.
A top team in the world...DISMANTLED.
For the second day in a row
Costa Rica actually has over a million more people than Uruguay.
A lot more people in a smaller space. 220 per sq/mi vs. 49 per sq/mi.
I haven't been able to watch everything, but except for the first 1/2 of the 2nd half of the Brazil game, it has been extremely entertaining. I would not have guessed that Costa Rica would have dominated the second half like it did.
Really other than the entire first match it's been a great tournament.
That said, I can't overlook some of the AWFUL calls (or non-calls) we've had in just 3 days.
Today has been a LOT better. But the first 3 games all had horrible calls that completely change the game. Which in soccer is huge because it changes how both teams have to play.
Even if the "right" team won, you're messing with goal differential.
Costa Rica making up for my other nationality, Poland, not qualifying. Wow, what a win that was.
I already called my relatives and they were going crazy over that win. This soccer thing is pretty fun.
Can't wait for this England-Italty match.
You are looking live.........at a future prison.
Andrea Pirlo of Italy looks to be AT LEAST 50 years old. Also, I'm pretty sure he played Desmond on Lost.
Not Penny's Boat.
Goal Italy! Nice screen by Pirlo.
That would make Tom Izzo proud.
Goooooooool!!!!!! Let's go UK!
Scotland and Ireland have their own teams.
He's Irish or Scottish and he's proud of a fellow UK country. Like saying "Let's go B1G" during bowl season or in the NCAA Tournament.
And! tie game... This was looking like the most boring game so far.
In 2 minutes...
Beautiful play both ways.
Daaaamn, that looked like a hockey play.
That looked like Kevin Ware the way everyone was huddled around.
Let's see if this match follows form of the second scorer winning.
Oh the irony, the injured guy was England's physiotherapist.
That was a double foul...basketball/American football style.
Enthralling half of football. Sensational.
Have been so tight and shiny this world cup.
I see a bunch of days with 4 games in one day.
|Thu 6/12||3:30 p.m.||ESPN||Brazil vs. Croatia||A||Sao Paulo||1|
|Fri 6/13||11:30 a.m.||ESPN2||Mexico vs. Cameroon||A||Natal||2|
|2:30 p.m.||ESPN||Spain vs. Netherlands||B||Salvador||3|
|5:30 p.m.||ESPN2||Chile vs. Australia||B||Cuiaba||4|
|Sat 6/14||11:30 a.m.||ABC||Colombia vs. Greece||C||Belo Horizonte||5|
|2:30 p.m.||ABC||Uruguay vs. Costa Rica||D||Fortaleza||7|
|5:30 p.m.||ESPN||England vs. Italy||D||Manaus||8|
|8:30 p.m.||ESPN||Ivory Coast vs. Japan||C||Recife||6|
|Sun 6/15||11:30 a.m.||ABC||Switzerland vs. Ecuador||E||Brasilia||9|
|2:30 p.m.||ABC||France vs. Honduras||E||Porto Alegre||10|
|5:30 p.m.||ESPN||Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina||F||Rio de Janeiro||11|
|Mon 6/16||11:30 a.m.||ESPN||Germany vs. Portugal||G||Salvador||13|
|2:30 p.m.||ESPN||Iran vs. Nigeria||F||Curitiba||12|
|5:30 p.m.||ESPN||Ghana vs. United States||G||Natal||14|
|Tue 6/17||11:30 a.m.||ESPN||Belgium vs. Algeria||H||Belo Horizonte||15|
|2:30 p.m.||ESPN||Brazil vs. Mexico||A||Fortaleza||17|
|5:30 p.m.||ESPN||Russia vs. South Korea||H||Cuiaba||16|
|Wed 6/18||11:30 a.m.||ESPN||Australia vs. Netherlands||B||Porto Alegre||20|
|2:30 p.m.||ESPN||Spain vs. Chile||B||Rio de Janeiro||19|
|5:30 p.m.||ESPN||Cameroon vs. Croatia||A||Manaus||18|
|Thu 6/19||11:30 a.m.||ESPN||Colombia vs. Ivory Coast||C||Brasilia||21|
|2:30 p.m.||ESPN||Uruguay vs. England||D||Sao Paulo||23|
|5:30 p.m.||ESPN||Japan vs. Greece||C||Natal||22|
|Fri 6/20||11:30 a.m.||ESPN||Italy vs. Costa Rica||D||Recife||24|
|2:30 p.m.||ESPN||Switzerland vs. France||E||Salvador||25|
|5:30 p.m.||ESPN||Honduras vs. Ecuador||E||Curitiba||26|
|Sat 6/21||11:30 a.m.||ESPN||Argentina vs. Iran||F||Belo Horizonte||27|
|2:30 p.m.||ESPN||Germany vs. Ghana||G||Fortaleza||29|
|5:30 p.m.||ESPN||Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina||F||Cuiaba||28|
|Sun 6/22||11:30 a.m.||ABC||Belgium vs. Russia||H||Rio de Janeiro||31|
|2:30 p.m.||ABC||South Korea vs. Algeria||H||Porto Alegre||32|
|5:30 p.m.||ESPN||United States vs. Portugal||G||Manaus||30|
|Mon 6/23||11:30 a.m.||ESPN||Netherlands vs. Chile||B||Sao Paulo||36|
|11:30 a.m.||ESPN2||Australia vs. Spain||B||Curitiba||35|
|3:30 p.m.||ESPN||Croatia vs. Mexico||A||Recife||34|
|3:30 p.m.||ESPN2||Cameroon vs. Brazil||A||Brasilia||33|
|Tue 6/24||11:30 a.m.||ESPN||Italy vs. Uruguay||D||Natal||39|
|11:30 a.m.||ESPN2||Costa Rica vs. England||D||Belo Horizonte||40|
|3:30 p.m.||ESPN||Japan vs. Colombia||C||Cuiaba||37|
|3:30 p.m.||ESPN2||Greece vs. Ivory Coast||C||Fortaleza||38|
|Wed 6/25||11:30 a.m.||ESPN||Nigeria vs. Argentina||F||Porto Alegre||43|
|11:30 a.m.||ESPN2||Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran||F||Salvador||44|
|3:30 p.m.||ESPN||Ecuador vs. France||E||Rio de Janeiro||42|
|3:30 p.m.||ESPN2||Honduras vs. Switzerland||E||Manaus||41|
|Thu 6/26||11:30 a.m.||ESPN||United States vs. Germany||G||Recife||45|
|11:30 a.m.||ESPN2||Portugal vs. Ghana||G||Brasilia||46|
|3:30 p.m.||ESPN||South Korea vs. Belgium||H||Sao Paulo||47|
|3:30 p.m.||ESPN2||Algeria vs. Russia||H||Curitiba||48|
I heard them say it's the longest day. Looks like it is.
There's 4 other days when there's 4 games (the last day of each group) but the games are played concurrently so there's only 2 time slots. This is only day with 4 games consecutively.
There's a clear interest in this game. You can hear both the slight bias and the English pessimism.
and Steve McMannaman.
You'll find Ian roots just as hard if not more for the American side, as he did at South Africa. Most of his recent career has been working for ESPN and living part time in America. Unfortunatley because NBCSN took the Premier League away he's a brilliant, familiar voice to soccer fans without much work except for friendlies and the World Cup.
Steve McMannaman played for Liverpool/England but spent a number of years in Spain, still has a home there. I find him genuinely entertaining and he just likes watching good soccer.
I think to understand their pessimistic nature toward the England team and thes competitions, you truely have to be English.
Isn't it time for England to just start throwing balls into the box and at the goal? Clearly they can't break down Italy when they keep so many back.
Well right now their accuracy on passes, shots and crosses is AWFUL
True, but that comment came before that. But seriously, they aren't throwing anybody forward aggressively.
How can such a football-crazed nation continue to play so badly?
Don't follow it that close, but I've heard it argued that because the English Premier League take so many of the top players from outside England, that they don't develop their own players nearly as much.
If it's true that EPL teams have more foreign players than teams in other top leagues it's because the English developmental system is so poor.
Foreign players are happy to play in Serie A and the Bundesliga, too. Why don't they have the same problem?
have "non-homegrown" player restrictions. EPL has no such restrictions, so very few of England top youth players get to play top flight football, essentially stuck on the reserve squad of a big club or play at a lower division club either on contract or loan.
Think of it as being a great American baseball player but never getting to play in the Major Leagues because its full of guys from Cuba, Venezuela etc. You just wouldn't develop as well or as quickly.
England actually do have a homegrown limit. At least 8 players in the 25-man squad have to be 'home-grown', as defined by the Premier League.
This was to enable the 'home grown' rule to be enacted, whereby the League would also from 2010 require at least 8 of the named 25 man squad to be made up of 'home-grown players', defined as a player who:
irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to The Football Association or the Welsh Football Association for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21)
Watching English fall apart.
The funniest/saddest part is that they totally expected it.
Omg Pirlo and the crossbar he looks like a hobo, a very good one at soccer.
Was incredible. It deserved to go in.
Ian and Steve...are going to get HAMMERED within the hour.
I want to party with those guys tonight, they completely lost their composure watching England fall apart at the end with poor play and fatigue.
England being England.
Actually though they had a lot of good chances but finishing was lackluster. Pirlo is freaking ridiculous. Today has not been as excellent as yesterday but still loving the goals everywhere.
for the 4th game. Sweet.
BTW, just picked up my Lindy's. When do we get a thread to make fun of it?
Anyone else see the person holding a Michigan flag around midfield at the Japan/CIV game just now?
Get outta here! Really?
Japan are pretty talented, decent ball control.
No, what time was it?
A block M? Or a state flag?
I'm hoping for the latter; it'd be more surreal.
And I'm going to a quarterfinal match...
I'll bring it.
Japan has been playing a bit too tentatively for a bit, but CIV just absolutely turned it on the past couple of minutes since Drogba subbed in.
However, I don't know how much of an emotional leader Donovan is/was...seems to me that Bradley will have that affect in 8 years if he's on the team (doubtful), not Donovan.
He didn't score, but he has inspired the troops.
The time wasting at the end was disgraceful.
Clock stops in the last 5 minutes of the game and in extra time.
I'm not even going to complain about that one because soccer could EASILY solve that problem.
The only one that matters, the one in the referee's head.
He's supposed to add on time whenever there's an injury or any time wasting, and he's supposed to add more time to the time he's already posted as extra time if it happens in extra time.
That he didn't tonight, that's a disgrace. But the instructions to officials are clear.
Refs were much better today after a tough start to the tournament.
I'm still going to stay up and watch all the post day coverage...I'm absolutely obsessed with the WC. I've watched everything...may as well wear it out now, have 4 years to "recover."
Wait till Brazil plays again. Then it'll be questionable calls again.
Has anybody else looked at the "tactical cam" that's one of the channels at ESPN3?
They have a camera mounted high behind one of the goals, with a wide view showing the entire field. You can't see how the players are going about their technical business but it's much better for seeing how plays develop. And ambient noise, no announcers. It's really interesting for games like Italy/England where both teams try to hold their shape--you could see how Italy went about isolating Baines and why it was working so well. I may go back and watch some of Brazil/Croatia that way.
and they replied with a form letter "apologizing for the inconvenience."
I don't think they're used to people liking their work.