World Cup Poll

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  1. I'm a conservative and I like soccer

    43.6%
  2. I'm a conservative and I don't like soccer

    25.5%
  3. I'm a liberal and I like soccer

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  4. I'm a liberal and I don't like soccer

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    Utimately though, these guys have to have some kind of emotional connection to the USA, we dont want a bunch of mercenaries who have the talent but no heart.
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    Recruiting talk . . . Sweet!

    He is what he is and that's a World Soccer HOFer. Plus, I think he likes coaching us. I think, being in his shoes, it was probably a real pain in the arse to coach the Germans. Muschamp knows a thing or two about that kind of pressure. And, frankly, being HC at UF is probably a vacation compared to coach of the German national team.
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    I would think the lifetime commitment would scare that type off. I'm guessing it's a similar pitch to the "you can play right away" argument in college football in most cases.
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    No worries. It's a pretty sensitive topic to tie Germans to intentionally selecting certain ethnic bloodlines.
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    My son is nuts for soccer ever since he moved overseas and became engaged to an English girl. Subsequently, I've learned a bit about the game, so as to be able to converse on a subject so dear to his heart. His team is Liverpool. Still a loyal Gator, and still a fan of football (our kind.)
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    That will do it :)
    They take their soccer pretty serious
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    Gotta admit, I watched futbol for 20 minutes longer yesterday than I had my entire life. Jumped of the couch hollering 'goal' on the header. My wife was all state in MD where she grew up. She's now hooked on the other football after being with a gator for 20+ years!
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    Viva Espana!

    Spain v. Chile, today at 3:00 pm.

    Coach Klinsmann says Altidore might be ready to go v. Portugal on Sunday. Let us hope so.
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    Just heard that Ronaldo left practice w/ice on knee. I figured hed be spent. Coming off very long season.
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    Bump.

    Reigning champ, España, out after loss to Chile, 2-1, who advances to 2nd round along with Holland (the Netherlands), after they beat Austrailia 3-2.

    So, what happened to the Champs? This Spain team afterall, wasn't some fly by night flash in the pan that fluked into a World Cup Championship in 2010--rather they amassed an incredibly consistent run of dominance from 2007 through 2013. This was a team that has been largely regarded as the greatest team ever, and universally acclaimed as at least one of the best ever. And the core was largely still there: Iker Casillas, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, David Villa, Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres, Sergio Ramos, Cesc Fabregas, Gerard Pique--really the only consistent contributor who was no longer there, that I can think of, was Carles Puyol (36 y/o, just retired in May of this year due to health and age--his body was breaking down on him, just had major surgery, etc...).

    IMO, it was a combination of age--many of those players are in their 30's--including Xavi, Iker, Iniesta and Ramos-- and the heat and humidity of Brazil amplifying the effects of age. They generally looked slower than usual. Certainly Chile and Holland looked great--but I'm not sure the way the Spanish played, they wouldn't have lost to a pile of other teams (not taking anything away from Holland or Chile, nor making any excuses--just saying I'm reluctant to read greatness into Chile and Holland, based on their games against Spain).

    That said, hat's off to both Holland and Chile--both teams played excellently against Spain, and both looked fairly impressive against a tough Aussie squad, as well (again, no excuses, and no intent to take anything away from either Holland or Chile; just reluctance to read too much into early/outward appearances).

    IOW: Chile and Holland came to play the way you're supposed to, in a World Cup; Spain, did not appear to (and maybe that was expressly due to Holland and Chile being great).

    Anyway--it was a great run, and a privilege to watch them play. Hopefully they can make at least one more great tournament run (not World Cup--that's too far off, as Xavi, Iker, and a few others will surely be long gone by then).

    Today feature's an intriguing match between Uruguay and England. Essentially an elimination game, as loser goes home, though a tie would keep both teams alive--regardless of what happens tomorrow between Italy and Costa Rica (if both games wind up in a draw, and Uruguay beats Italy, and England beats Costa Rica in 3rd round, every team in that group would have 4 points, and the 2 teams that advance would be determined by goal differential; if Eng/Uru tie, and either Ita. or CR win, winner clinches, and loser would be in a three way race with Uru. and Eng., going into 3rd round).

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    Correction to last paragraph above: loser (England) doesn't necessarily go home.

    England's only chance: If Italy beats Costa Rica tomorrow, then Uruguay next week (ITA=9 pts), and England beats Costa Rica next week, then CR, URU, and ENG would all end up with 3 pts each, so it would go to goal diff'l to decide who advances with ITA.

    If CR ties or beats ITA tomorrow, Engl is eliminated, because the winner of URU/ITA next week (or tie), plus CR, would have more points than England could get by beating CR next week. (and if Italy and Costa Rica tie tomorrow, then at least 2 teams would have 4 pts--more than Eng. could get by winning next week).
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    England will probably need to win by 5-6 goals even if Italy helps them out. They're screwed.
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    England's flat lining...:(

    Costa Rica up 1-0 at half, over Italy.

    Arriba, Ticos! :D
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    I can't wait for football season to start
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    Its right after Futebol season.
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    Muschamp better win this year. My guess is he'll go 8-4 and we'll be stuck with him for another year.
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    do not give a damn about European futebol- I find it boring
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    What an original opinion, thanks for sharing.
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    such sarcasm:p

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