OT: World Cup Day 2 Open Thread

Submitted by Wolverine In Iowa on June 13th, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Mexico v. Cameroon 11:00am CDT

Spain v. Netherlands 2:00pm CDT

Chile v. Australia 5:00pm CDT



June 13th, 2014 at 11:26 AM ^

Chile's a quality team, a lot better than their FIFA ranking They've been really good the last year, had draws in Spain and Brazil and whipped England in London, finished qualifying with five wins a draw, mostly against teams that qualified for the WC.


June 13th, 2014 at 11:32 AM ^

I never understood the hate.

I mean, I get that if you don't like a sport you don't like a sport—I myself have never been big into Cricket.  But it makes no sense to go into a thread and downvote it/troll just because you don't like it.  If anything by wasting their time complaining about the sport, they're validating it.

Kermits Blue Key

June 13th, 2014 at 12:25 PM ^

To be fair, maize-blue was a bad ass football player in high school who taunted the soccer players at his school, so we should probably show some respect. I mean, it's not like my 10 year-old nephew could just throw on some pads and play football - oh wait, he does....


June 13th, 2014 at 11:35 AM ^

I'm going to Ghana to work at a hospital for a couple months next week, but not flying over until Friday.  I wish it was a few days earlier, because I'd love to watch the US-Ghana game over there.


June 13th, 2014 at 11:39 AM ^

I know soccer is probably the most corrupt sport in the world but I'm really hoping this WC isn't surrounded by controversy 


Yesterday was not a good start.


June 13th, 2014 at 12:04 PM ^

The Mexican Federation has apparently sold more tickets than any country other than Brazil. They've got pretty loud fan support.


June 13th, 2014 at 12:14 PM ^

Would like to see that offside call again. Looked like his head might have been just past the last defender. Still, Mexico is bossing this game right now.


June 13th, 2014 at 12:24 PM ^

I love these two announcers I'm not really sure what the play by play mans name is but the color guy is Alejandro Moreno, can't wait till sombody scores a goal should be fun.


June 13th, 2014 at 12:44 PM ^

It wasn't on the corner kick, it was on the header that was the initial touch after the corner (you can't be offside on a corner because all players are behind the ball when the corner was played).

t looked like dos Santos was just past the last defender when the ball was headed. You basically can't have any part of your body that can legally play the ball past the body of the last defender.

Mr. Yost

June 13th, 2014 at 12:38 PM ^

This match is a million times better than the match yesterday.

The heavy rain adds another element as well.

But if you don't care who wins, this is pretty exciting soccer. Which is good, because the next match is probably going two teams holding onto the ball for minutes at a time.

Mr. Yost

June 13th, 2014 at 12:52 PM ^

Could you imagine trying to see if the ball cross the goalline from 35-40 yards away?

That's pretty much what you're asking.

I mentioned this to a co-worker today. Imagine if the NBA was officiated with just 1 official. That's 5 on 5 and a playing surface that is considerably smaller.

I understand you have linesmen, but that's not enough, they're too far away too.

ESPECIALLY for the World Cup, it makes no sense. They bring in extra officials/umpires for the NFL and MLB playoffs...it's the World Cup, put at least one more guy ON the field out there.

Hell, I could argue that you should put 3 more guys out there and split the field into quarters.


June 13th, 2014 at 1:06 PM ^

Agree.  But soccer is such a purist sport.  They won't change anything at this point.  It's almost like wrong calls are just a part of the game that people want.  Very different from the more American sports where we seem to try more to get calls correct, especially calls that are difficult for the official to judge/see or are crazy important.