Wednesday, July 05, 2006

world cup minute

So Germany lost to Italy, and France is set to play Portugal soon. I think its time to review what we've all seen, not so much in highligts but through emotions. I came into this world cup following the U.S. squad like I never have before. If you head over to and go to the U.S. section they can keep you daily up to speed. Well, to say the U.S. was disappointing is an understatement, but I think I damned myself ahead of time because I was too optimistic about the situation.

With that said the game of the tournament for me was Trinidad & Tobago vs. Sweeden. Shaka Hislop was a freakin beast in goal. Other good games were Germany's 3-0 routing of Costa Rica, Australia's comeback win, and of course Argentina vs. Mexico.

As a U.S. fan all we really have is Brian McBride playing bloddy versus Italy, and Clint Dempsey drilling the ball into Ghana's net. More memorable though were Kohler's early strike, Claudio sending one off the side post, Eddie Johnson sitting on the bench against Italy, Bruce Arena holding up his arms for the millionth time to contest a bad call, Cladio giving up the ball like a kid in a U-8 league in suburban Indiana, and Landon Donovan not taking the wide open lane and shooting in the final minutes of Ghana.

In four more years I'll be glued to the TV again, and hopefully the U.S. will show up in South Africa. For the moment lets just hope Portugal can win it all, and become the first team outside of the powerhouses to do so.


At 7/05/2006 11:59 PM, Blogger Jeff BBz said...

well that portugal thing ain't gonna happen now. Let's go France!

At 7/06/2006 4:01 PM, Blogger adam said...

yup, c.ronaldo looked like the only person playing for portugal, and half the time he was diving. with a name like zidane who outside of italy wouldn't want france to win.

At 7/10/2006 5:58 PM, Blogger jonny said...

i've never seen a team dominate a soccer match like france did yesterday and yet still find a way to self-implode and go home second best. why sub out henry late in the game? and what was zidane thinking with that headbutt? yeah, he was frustrated that his team couldn't get the job done even though they were clearly the better team, but he needed to be there for his team in the shootout. (regardless, it was still probably one of the raddest things i've seen in sports history!)

and speaking of shootouts. fie on them, i say fie! they should have just quit for the day and picked it up again with a new match on tuesday or something. deciding a game like this on penalty kicks is ridiculous. give me another match fifa!


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