I haven't been able to watch any of the weekday games because of work. Today should be good. I'm rooting for Argentina and Paraguay
This is maaaaybe premature there, ESPN. Maryland #1 FWIW.
and not find soccer on. now it's finally begun.
Muller with the header. 1-0 Germany.
Argentina just looks sluggish
Germany already up 1-0 on a header by Mueller.
ja ist guten
Is it just me or do I actually hear more crowd than vuvuzelas?
Edit: Oh and YEAAA GERMANY!!!
It does seem quieter than usual.
The Aregentines look sluggish and chippy. They gotta get it together
on Germany's goal.
live streams on univision
Who's calling the game on UNI? The GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL guy? Or the Gol gol gol Golasshole asshole asshole guy?
Should have finished that. Argentina is in real trouble. Can't go down 2 to Germany
I'd love to hear Ray Hudson doing the color for this game. He usually creams his pants for Argentina. He'd be bitching up a storm right now.
Dicaprio with a WVU hat? Is he an alum or what?
Half the team was offsides, hahaha.
The German defense looks very strong.
Great play on the ground by Mueller, beautiful pass by Podolski, nice finish by Klose.
EDIT: 3-0, Friedrich with the goal. Congrats on his first international goal.
Well, we're looking at another ten year run of filthy-good German teams, it seems. Besides Poldi, Schweinsteiger, and Klose -- whom it seems Müller and Özil won't have any trouble replacing -- this entire team's basically coming back for the next eight years.
Podolski and Schweinsteiger are both only 25, so it isn't like they need replacing anytime too soon. Incredible how much really young talent they have. Considering they've finished 2nd, 3rd, and now at least in the top 4 over the last three World Cups while also playing in the Euro 2008 final, we could be looking at an amazing run over a 15-20 year period.
....other teams are already evaluating the strengths in the German football system, particularly their developmental system. By comparison it seems as though the English youth development system has declined precipitously since the days of Beckham and his peers.
I think part of this is due to the debt-backed illusion of wealth held by most top EPL teams. Why go to the time and effort of organizing a top youth system when your pockets are deep enough to just go buy top talent developed elsewhere on the world market? I think we are seeing the negative outcome of this trend manifest itself in England's performance at this WC.
England are as good as they've always been. In the last forty years they've made the semi-finals of a major tournament twice (with one of those coming at Euro 1996 in England). In that time they've failed to qualify for the European Championships 4 times out of 10 (including as recently as 2008). They've also missed out on 3 of the last 11 World Cups. They have been about as likely to not qualify as they have been to make even the quarterfinals (they've finished in the top-eight 8 times). In the same time span, the Germans have made the semi-finals of a major tournament 14 times, making the finals 11 times and winning 5 times.
I think this current England side has been woefully mismanaged, but to act like the EPL and its big influx of cash is ruining English football ignores the actual record the English have had for quite some time.
UPDATE: Here is the list of countries that have done as much or more than England at major tournaments in terms of making it past the quarterfinals over the last 40 years:
Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Italy, France, Netherlands, Uruguay, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Czechoslovakia (twice unifed and twice more as Czech Republic), Yugoslavia (once unified and once more for Croatia), Denmark, Turkey, Soviet Union (twice as USSR and once as Russia), Poland, and you could make a case for Greece who only made it past the quarterfinals once but did win Euro 2004 when they did so.
I just had a discussion yesterday about how the USMNT could surpass than England in the next 10 years. I was called crazy, foolsih, etc.. but I think England is overrated (what an original opinion!) and that if the US continues on their upward trajectory and find an elite forward or two, we're on par with England.
We've equalled their performance at two of the last three World Cups (quarterfinals in 2002 and Round of 16 this year) and just drew in our only competitive match in recent years while we won the group we shared with them. We aren't among the world's elite yet, but neither are England, and while they are fielding an aging team we certainly appear to be on the rise.
Maybe. Or maybe they get old and turn into Italy and France.
That loud "BANG!" you just heard was the roof caving in on Argentina.
Germany is the only team I have left to root for so I am satisfied with their game against Argentina despite really wanting to see Argentina go far as well. How can you root against Maradona and Messi?
of the south american presence in the semis, they all have crashed in spectacular fashion (despite Uruguay's limping advancement)
Yeah it's amazing the first round of elimination it was all about the Euros falling and now in these quarterfinals it's all about the South Americans struggling.
The "Guays" are the only hope now for South America. If Spain wins then there are three European teams in and only one South American.
reminds me of this. The little turk with the mullet even looks like and Argie.
This is embarrassing for Argentina. Nice finish by Klose again.
MIROSLAV KLOSE IS A ROBOT
Roboklose.... doesn't roll off the tongue as well as Robohenne...
My God this Germany!
Argentina's getting their butts beat so bad, they may not be able to sit down on the flight home.
How can one be considered the best player in the world and not even score a goal in the World Cup?
Gotta agree with you....even C Ronaldo scored one
While I will say it is somewhat dissatisfying to not see Messi score a goal, he played well throughout the World Cup even without a goal. Setting up opportunities for other teammates to score and moving the ball, he excelled. Maybe next World Cup eh?
would you say rooney (0) is worse than, say, gyan (3) or drogba (1)?
problem was argentina was unable to start any offense outside of their main guy. ghana has been able to, england could not. etc.
Not saying Messi or Rooney are bad players. They obviously are excellent players for their club teams. But if a player wants to carry around the tag "best player in the world " then he needs to do it on this stage as well.
There are plenty of great players who don't score goals. A good pass that results in a goal is just a good. On top of that, there are plenty of the worlds best players who don't get to play in a world cup, or play for smaller countries. Also, grouping Messi and Rooney together as disappointing in this tournament is absurd. Where Rooney was awful and couldn't make a 5 yard pass Messi was fantastic and set up the majority of his teams goals and was a threat in every game. Messi had a great world cup despite not scoring, Rooney was simply awful.
that he didnt score a goal. i watched their group stage games, and he played like one of the best players in the world. the title "best player" in the world is subjective and temporary. he had a lot of shots on goal, but not really many good scoring chances. longer-type shots. i think the asset that puts him the small group of "best players" in the world, is his foot work; the dribbling ability to break down defenses and set up scoring chances for his teammates. his passing is phenomenal, the touch he gets on the ball to fit it into gaps is fun to watch. most top players can finish a play, but the ability to set up that play takes more talent in most circumstances. i remember watching his as a sub in last world cup and was looking forward to his play in this world cup. its disappointing that he didnt score a goal, but i never felt disappointed while watching him.
...Messi was a huge part of Barcelona's Sextuple winning season in 2008-09:
One other item that baffled me was the tactical decision to put Messi in midfield. I think he would have been able to finish at least one, possibly two of his chances if he had been playing up front with Tevez. I believe Maradona is going to get an earful about this positioning from the Argentinian press.
i was pulling for argentina, and am disappointed in their effort today. they never looked like they were in the game as a team; disoriented- not marking, porous defense, mental lethargy in general. the header at 3' set the tone. germany played a great game with stout defense, touch possession, good runs and brilliant plays, but as important was that looked like a team. i mean who doesn't love to watch messi dance around the pitch with the ball glued to his foot? but i also love to watch teams like germany and the netherlands who play possesion, tactics and as a team.
the only silver lining for me was watching maradona's ego and in his $3k melt into reality as germany scored goals 2,3 and 4. he was an incredibly special player in his day, but his arrogance is annoying. to use a german term and mgoblog fav...it feels like schadenfreude.
How long before Maradona is fired?
....Germany played like the Wehrmacht steamrolled France and the Low Countries in 1940.
Just a pure, fantastic engine of destruction out there today.
This concludes your culturally insensitive World Cup simile for the day, thanks for reading!
Die Mannschaft, die Mannschaft, die Mannschaft!
Argentina had the better of most of the game, but the Germans made the absolute most of their chances because they played much better as a team. Attackers found open teammates in front of the goal for easy strikes.
In WC play, with national teams thrown together with only limited practices, a group that plays well together has an especially big advantage. Gotta like Germany's chances right now.
Huge day for Spain, great chance to make their first World Cup Semi-Final. Having been eliminated at this stage to Belgium and South Korea (Brazil too, in controversial circumstances) in the past it'll be interesting to see if they can finally make it happen.
Villa won the penalty. That was essentially the same as slowing up for an over thrown ball to draw pass interference.
Yes! This game just became a classic.
Wow, what a series of events! This is excitment at its finest.
So much for this being the "boring" game...
whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa you can't buy a damn penalty these days!
The consistent pressure and organization from Paraguay has been very impressive. I'll be excited to see the stats, but I don't think I've seen a team put in this much running the entire tournament.
Is it just me or is Paraguay moving to a bomb it down field offense while Spain is starting to finally pass well? It makes me think Spain is just waiting to strike.
What an impressive run by Iniesta, good too see he's to his best.
Casillas is man of the match for me.
ARGH! Wasted chance of Paraguay.
It boggles my mind how much people hate on soccer.
This game was looking like a lesson in how a 0-0 can be fantastic, but now it's just exploded.
Wow, Ramos just got kicked hard. His face looked bad.
That hurt just watching it.
Great Quarter-finals, really picked the tournament up.
My money is on Germany.
They've looked like the best team in the tournament, and Spain has been stumbling so far, but I still think Span will beat them. Xavi-Busquets-Alonso should be able to handle Ozil-Khedira-Schwienstieger. Germany are really going to miss Muller, he would have been going at Capdevilla, Spain's worst defender. It'll be interesting to see how the Germans play if they don't get an early goal and are struggling for possession.