Who are ya? (The new football thread)

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Caissa

Canada was rather lucky to escape with 3 points. They continue to playy like they did in that game and I doubt they will make it past the quarter-finals.

NorthReport

Go Japan as they win 1-0 on a penalty just like Canada

Great game.

NorthReport

Christine Sinclair says Canada dominated China in tournament opener

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/soccer/Sinclair+says+Canada+domina...

Caissa

Is she smoking crack?

NorthReport

Vive La France! 

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

FIFA and the United States: the Russian Connection.

George Wright wrote:
Since Sepp Blatter resigned, a situation has been created where the United States-dictated Anglo-American/UEFA alliance will attempt to gain control of FIFA; although that alliance will face strong opposition from pro-Blatter national associations. (Europeans controlled FIFA from its founding, in 1904 to 1974). If the West does gain control, the vote on Russia hosting the World Cup will be re-opened, obviously pressed by constant anti-Russian/Putin propaganda derived from on-going United States and Swiss investigations and indictments. If a pro-West dominated FIFA is unable to strip the World Cup from Russia, there will be a vigorous effort by United States and British politicians for a boycott. What is certain is that the United States will do whatever it has to prevent the World Cup being held in Russia.

Furthermore, getting rid of Blatter will not end corruption in FIFA. And if the Anglo-American/UEFA alliance gains control of FIFA, it would control the distribution of revenues, particularly to national associations that do not follow the United States’ policy dictates, and, the selection of the host nation's for future World Cups. In fact, if this occurred the Global South and Russian football associations might break from FIFA and establish a parallel football federation. Regardless, whatever purging and re-organization of FIFA occurs, FIFA can not be restructured into a transparent-corruption free body as long as it operates in the United States-dominated neoliberal world-capitalist political economy.

The corruption that is also rank in the NCAA, in the IOC, etc. is impossible to get rid of and will worsen under US dictat.

NorthReport

Go Norway!

NorthReport

Nice goal China with few minutes left in the game! 

 

Christine Sinclair, er Canada was lucky to beat them in the opening. 

NorthReport

Go Canada go!  Smile

NorthReport

Thailand leading 3-1 with 10 min left

and then

Christine Sinclair, er....Canada plays New Zealand

 

NorthReport

Weather delay at Commonwealth Statium. They have taken the players off the field but left the spectators in the stands.

Seems a bit bizarre - if this is a lightening storm, will the fans be safe?

NorthReport

It is a thunderstom delay but they have now asked the fans to go to the concourse. This may be delayed for hours.  Better to be safe! 

bekayne

USA 0-0 with Sweden. Australia beats Nigeria 2-0. So there's a chance both Sweden and Nigeria could fail to advance. Group Of Death indeed.

NorthReport

Isn't Russia hosting in 2018?

Where is the Russian team?

bekayne

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2015/06/12/fifa-more-o...

Germany and Argentina are No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, in the latest FIFA world men’s soccer rankings. Now imagine if FIFA rigged the World Cup draw so that those two soccer titans met not in the semifinals or final, but prematurely in the quarterfinals.

They’d never be that dumb, right? But FIFA sure has no problem doing it in the Women’s World Cup, where making sure the stadiums are filled takes precedence over ensuring any sort of compelling competition.

 

bekayne

NorthReport wrote:

Isn't Russia hosting in 2018?

Where is the Russian team?

They lost out to Germany in qualifying

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_FIFA_Women%27s_World_Cup_qualificatio...

bekayne

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/soccer/an-oral-history/article2491...

Canada’s national women’s team was to play the United States there in the Olympic semi-final that evening.

It was a big game, but there was no good reason for it to feel charged. The Canadians had not beaten their greatest rivals in 11 years of competition. They had looked intermittently overmatched at London 2012, but had been fortunate in their draw. At least, to that point.

Nonetheless, the lead-up to that contest felt special. Everyone who was there – including me – remembers it that way. You just knew. Those are the words the Canadian players use to describe it. This is the story of that game, seen through their eyes.

It would not be a great victory. In the end, it was something more complicated and lasting. It was to be perhaps the most mythic, vexing and binding sporting loss in our country’s history.

 

bekayne

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/article-3122972/Why-trying-belittle-wom...

They dug up a new species of dinosaur on a beach in South Wales last week. Then, when the women’s World Cup kicked off in Canada, they unearthed a few hundred thousand more.

The misogynists and the fools came crashing through England’s hedgerows like a herd of T-rex that hadn’t been fed for a while. Some of the reaction to the start of a football tournament eagerly awaited by so many was sad, ignorant, arrogant and really rather stupid.

 

NorthReport

Speaking of Canada, are they expecting to score more than one goal this tournament?  Just askin' 

Caissa

There is always penalty kicks.

NorthReport

Laughing

NorthReport

Finally, finally, it looks like Canada has come alive - at least for now!   Smile

(maybe I spoke too soon)

I did.  Frown

If they now hold Netherlands to a tie Canada apparently wins their Group.

 

Well Canadian men, and when are you going to qualify, eh! Wink

Caissa

Nice first goal, rotten clearance leading to the tieing goal. They are lucky the Netherlands were pleased with a tie.

NorthReport

I know it's almost over but is  the Brazil vs Australia game available to be watched someone on TV or the 'net?

NorthReport

Australia scores

NorthReport

Go Canada Go!  Smile 

NorthReport

Whew, but they did it. Smile

 

NorthReport

Zero-zero at half time but Norway looks to be dominating.

Who do we want to win as Canada plays the winner on Saturday?

 

bekayne

NorthReport wrote:

Zero-zero at half time but Norway looks to be dominating.

Who do we want to win as Canada plays the winner on Saturday?

 

England wins 2-1

NorthReport

Viva Colombia! Wink

NorthReport

The last time these 2 teams played a Colombian player sucker-punched Wambach  Laughing

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCMyvd12i3o

NorthReport

Well that didn't take long - Gloria Holliday of the USA is out for the next match.   Laughing

NorthReport

Is the only reason Canada is playing is that they are the host nation and they get a bye?

NorthReport

2 US players now out of the next match. Keep it up dummies.  Laughing

NorthReport

Now Colombia goalie red-carded. WTF? Laughing

NorthReport

That's it - it was a matter of time

US scores

NorthReport

What Canadian players already have a yellow card?

NorthReport

BuzzFeed Sports ✔@BuzzFeedSports

#ENG just scored an own goal in stoppage time. They lose in the most heartbreaking way imaginable.

5:49 PM - 1 Jul 2015

 

 

NorthReport

You have to really feel for Laura Bassett. Hopefully she immediately gets lots of support, doesn't watch the news, and shuts down her social media sites.

Caissa

I was getting all set for extra time. Interesting WW II matchups.

Third Place Game: England vs. Germany

Final: US vs Japan.

Caissa

I was getting all set for extra time. Interesting WW II matchups.

Third Place Game: England vs. Germany

Final: US vs Japan.

bekayne

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_spot/2015/07/06/women_s_world_cup_final_r...

Fox's coverage of yesterday's 5-2 United States win over Japan in the women's World Cup final was the most-watched single-network soccer broadcast ever in the United States, Fox said Monday, with 25.4 million viewers estimated to have seen the game on the channel. The soccer match that previously held the record for highest total viewership in the United States was the 2014 men's World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, whose estimated audience including both ABC and Univision broadcasts was 26.5 million. The Spanish-language broadcast of USA-Japan was on Telemundo—which announced this afternoon that an estimated 1.3 million people watched its coverage of the final, putting the estimated audience for the match at a total of 26.7 million. Thus it was, by a bald eagle's nose, the most-watched soccer competition ever broadcast in the United States, an event whose numbers are in the neighborhood of the largest-ever audiences for NBA and collegebasketball games. 

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Quote:
The [current - ikosmos] Ukranian government has chosen to betray and to trash some of the noblest aspects of Ukraine’s history: the symbol of Ukraine’s past and currently betrayed heroism is in the famous World War II “Match of Death.On August 9, 1942, Ukraine’s world-famous soccer team was held prisoner by the Nazis. They were promised that if they defeated the Nazi team in a soccer match, they would be given their freedom. The Ukrainian team, the “FC Start” local soccer team then played in a contest with the Nazi team, “FLAKELF” the Nazi air defense artillery team. The Ukranian soccer team won the match, defeating the Nazis 5 to 3. The Germans then hanged every member of the victorious Ukranian soccer team, as punishment for humiliating Germany in so great a defeat. Those Ukranian soccer players were not naïve. They knew that their Nazi opponents would not honor the promise to spare their lives. They fought to victory to prove that the Nazis were not invincible, even in soccer, the most popular sport in Europe. The Nazi humiliation was a symbol of the ultimate Nazi defeat by the Soviet army.

 

anti-Nazi Resolutions at the UN, etc.

NorthReport
Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

You've posted in this thread and also the hockey thread in the last hour.

Do other men actually competing give you a vicarious thrill??  Why not tell us about the sport that YOU competed in today?  Good Lord, this isn't even in CANADA.

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