World Cup Day 4

Submitted by MGoBender on June 14th, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Italy and Paraguay going at it right now.

The Italians already looking for Oscar bids....


Earlier the Dutch picked up an expected win, 2-0.  And Japan gave us our first real upset, beating Eto'o and Cameroon.



June 14th, 2010 at 2:44 PM ^

45 degrees, raining heavily, and a little windy.  The Azurri are dominating possession, but with these conditions anything could happen.  I'd love to see Paraguay pull off the monumental upset.

lexus larry

June 14th, 2010 at 3:16 PM ^

The impact of various altitudes, the fact that it's kinda fall-type weather (note the parkas and long sleeved shirts during the Nats game)...let alone, as Brian pointed out, plenty of emptiness in the (admittedly) smallish stadiums. Doesn't seem to be a place where the home (home continent, anyway) teams have a large pool of deep-pocketed fans. And the international visitors (other continents) have a pretty hellish situation trying to get to/from the stadiums to their transportation (or so I've read).

And I'm not gonna complain about the vuvuzelas...I like the silliness of the I mistaken that those damn things have been around, even during the Cup events at the Silverdome?


June 14th, 2010 at 5:05 PM ^

the fact that it's kinda fall-type weather (note the parkas and long sleeved shirts during the Nats game)

Well, it should be fall-type weather shouldn't it?  South Africa is in the southern hemisphere, so it's essentially late fall, early winter there.  That said, I have no idea what the climate is typically supposed to be like in South Africa in June since the the Atlantic and Indian oceans probably play just as big a role in the weather there as the Earth's obliquity to the sun.


June 14th, 2010 at 2:57 PM ^

I'm watching Italy-Paraguay right now too, and it's looking to be one of the more exciting games so far. 

Is anyone else disappointed in the quality of the announcers for these games? I remember the people who did the opener were especially bad. My biggest complaint is that they don't get excited about anything. I expect soccer to have really loud announcers yelling at every "GOOOOOOOLLLLL." Get me some Gus Johnson in here, please.


June 14th, 2010 at 4:01 PM ^

Definately more entertaining, especially if you understand some Spanish.  I feel like the Spanish announcers are hired for how long they can shout GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And after the Italians scored the announcer started singing a little in Italian.


June 14th, 2010 at 3:04 PM ^

They're, for the most part, English announcers.  One (maybe two?) Americans.  They've been solid if you ask me.  Martin Tyler is world class.  Efan 'something' - the color commentator of this game - I really like.  I also think Derek Rae is excellent.

You'll need to check out Telemundo for the GOOOOOLLLL calls.


June 14th, 2010 at 3:13 PM ^

and then a great goal by Paraguay.  #5 for Italy - why didn't you jump to head the ball out?  Paraguay will play with all kinds of confidence now.

Italy really hasn't had many great scoring chances.  No one on their team really worries me either if I'm defending them.  Go Paraguay.


June 14th, 2010 at 3:19 PM ^

italy had their first guy who looked like he was shot within 1 minute ....

paraguay played really solid, defensive football and were rewarded with that sick header

that goal should force italy to open the game up in the second half, hopefully creating a higher tempo game


June 14th, 2010 at 3:26 PM ^

Italy is completely dominating possession but can't seem to finish on the offensive end. Paraguay got rewarded for their defense with that great set piece. I expect Italy to come out and put in 2 with how much they were in Paraguays half in the first...


June 14th, 2010 at 3:31 PM ^

Italy's missing Pirlo, who does a great job unlocking defenses by sitting deep and spraying the ball around. Without him, they're like a stylish version of England, pushing the ball wide and trying to get on crosses.


Wow, they're subbing Buffon!

Pai Mei

June 14th, 2010 at 4:28 PM ^

He was cut because of disagreement with his coach. Some say he left on his own terms though.

I'm not sure if Subotić  would have ever been found if it was'nt for the U.S youth system. Rossi's parents put in Parma youth system. This is happens alot in soccer though, look at the French team.


June 14th, 2010 at 4:53 PM ^

France actually loses far more homegrown talent to other countries (usually African ones) than it gains from foreign-born players.  Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto'o were born in Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon, respectively, but both grew up in France and learned to play soccer there.  Can you imagine how devastating the French team would have been in '06 with those two up front to go with Zidane, Henry, Ribéry, et al?


June 14th, 2010 at 5:08 PM ^

Only Malouda (French Guyana) and Evra (Senegal, but moved to France at age 6) and a backup goalie on the current squad weren't actually born in France.  I think most people just don't associate a bunch of black dudes, many with African sounding names, with being "French."  The US team has guys like Holden and Feilhaber who were similarly born abroad, but they seem to blend in and we aren't as surprised to learn that guys with names like Onyewu and Edu are just regular, boring Americans.


June 14th, 2010 at 5:25 PM ^

France is probably just a little ahead of the curve.  European countries in general are becoming more racially-mixed and there are a growing number of players of color all over the continent.  England has nearly as many black players but for some reason this gets less mention.


June 14th, 2010 at 4:02 PM ^

You think he owed the US something? So much so that he should have played for them even though neither of his parents are American and he wasn't even born here? I think it's a noble sentiment when people who were arguably rescued by the US want to represent us in sports, but I don't think they're required to do so.  Everybody's experience as an immigrant/refugee here is different. 

And while I can't say I didn't take a small amount of joy when Rossi was left out of the Italian team, I don't really blame him for the decision. His parents are Italian, he grew up watching Italian soccer with his Dad and started playing there at a young age.  We're also not particularly good at soccer. Re: Subotic, you may remember a lot of weirdly public criticism of him from the U20 coach at the time.  And then he wasn't selected for the U20 World Cup squad for specious reasons.  Either way, there's no way Subotic's choice to play for Serbia is "worse" than Rossi's similar decision.    

Pai Mei

June 14th, 2010 at 4:36 PM ^

Rossi never showed any interest in playing for the U.S. Subotić did and found his way in Europe because of it. I agree with you though that most National teams in Europe are better. Is Serbia? Debatable


June 14th, 2010 at 3:49 PM ^

Man, I don't care what the announcers are talking about or if they get excited or's really worth it to hear them say British things like "the world champions are in a spot of bother here."

STW P. Brabbs

June 14th, 2010 at 6:02 PM ^

I'll be rooting for Japan to lose the rest of their matches.  That was a truly pathetic diplay of flailing and diving, exacerbated by a referee who seemed determined to make every call in Japan's favor.  For a culture that purportedly puts a high premium on honor, the Japanese were truly disgraceful.  They made Drogba look like Jim Brown. 

Not to say that Cameroon don't take the blame for the loss - they had a poor performance, even though that laser at the end of the game would have been the goal of the tournament so far. 


June 14th, 2010 at 6:26 PM ^

Man Italy seemed to be dominating the game, only to come out with a tie. They better step it up and Buffon better be alright to come back.

Not impressed. I hope this was the wake-up call.