db11
The Road to Brazil is over. Now it's real.

The Belgium/U.S. closed door scrimmage set for June 12th has been cancelled by Belgium coach Marc Wilmots over traffic concerns. Yes, traffic concerns that Belgium's 32-mile trek to the U.S.'s base could take up to FIVE hours...on a holiday no less!
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I just read that 10,000 protesters are prepared to march on the World Cup Stadium in Sao Paulo if the government doesn't pass a low income housing resolution by next week.

Am I the only one that thinks this could end up in such a disaster that the Olympics gets taken away?
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db11
dawgstyle wrote:
I just read that 10,000 protesters are prepared to march on the World Cup Stadium in Sao Paulo if the government doesn't pass a low income housing resolution by next week.

Am I the only one that thinks this could end up in such a disaster that the Olympics gets taken away?


That would be nice, but it won't happen. These massive bodies (FIFA and IOC) are too stubborn (and too powerful). Plus, with the Olympics, the focus will be more on Rio, than the country at-large. It can be a little more "controlled," shall we say.

Both FIFA and the IOC are in dire need of reform. The scope/expectation of these events needs to be scaled back (not every one needs to be Beijing in '08). Give them to the places that have the best infrastructure and existing facilities already in place (AKA the anti-Sochi). The bubble will eventually burst if they don't.

The problem is money talks and the only countries whose money is talking right now are the ones who have no problem spending freely...i.e. Russia, Qatar, etc. You know, places where democracy and reform don't exactly run wild.

You know there's issues when Oslo can't convince its citizens to support a Winter Olympics bid. Oslo. Norway. The cradle of winter sport. *shakes head*
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db11 wrote:
dawgstyle wrote:
I just read that 10,000 protesters are prepared to march on the World Cup Stadium in Sao Paulo if the government doesn't pass a low income housing resolution by next week.

Am I the only one that thinks this could end up in such a disaster that the Olympics gets taken away?


That would be nice, but it won't happen. These massive bodies (FIFA and IOC) are too stubborn (and too powerful). Plus, with the Olympics, the focus will be more on Rio, than the country at-large. It can be a little more "controlled," shall we say.

Both FIFA and the IOC are in dire need of reform. The scope/expectation of these events needs to be scaled back (not every one needs to be Beijing in '08). Give them to the places that have the best infrastructure and existing facilities already in place (AKA the anti-Sochi). The bubble will eventually burst if they don't.

The problem is money talks and the only countries whose money is talking right now are the ones who have no problem spending freely...i.e. Russia, Qatar, etc. You know, places where democracy and reform don't exactly run wild.

You know there's issues when Oslo can't convince its citizens to support a Winter Olympics bid. Oslo. Norway. The cradle of winter sport. *shakes head*

Regarding this point, here's an interesting article detailing how Los Angeles repurposed many of its existing facilities for the 1984 Olympics and came out ahead on the whole thing.
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Brazil and Croatia got things started today. Brazil won 3-1 after some predictably shaky reffing. Croatia's lone goal came off the foot of a Brazilian player.

Three matches tomorrow:
Mexico vs. Cameroon
Spain vs. Netherlands
Chile vs. Australia

The second is a rematch of the 2010 title game and should be a great one.
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db11
By all accounts, Brazil didn't look all that spectacular, but FIFA can't afford to have the Selecao exiting early...
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kenny78
What a marvelous flop by the Brazilian player. Dwyane Wade may have an opportunity to extend his athletic career.
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ranks39
Oribe Peralta slots one home off of a Gio dos Santos shot(saved). Cameroon lucky to not be down 2-0 or 3-0....AT LEAST. One of Gio Dos Santos' goals that were waved off was good(if not both). 1-0 Mexico somewhere around the 70th minute.
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ranks39
Mexico sees off Cameroon 1-0. Brazil and Mexico top that group, Brazil ahead on goal differential with Cameroon in 3rd and Croatia at the bottom, on goal differential.
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db11
Unfortunately, because of yesterday's shenanigans every questionable call is going to be magnified. The inefficient way soccer has their officiating set up is always gonna lead to a lot of 50/50 calls...and nearly all of them have been wrong thus far.

Cameroon was horrible. Their heads are still back in Cameroon trying to get more bonus money, methinks.

Mexico looked dangerous offensively and shaky at the back. So, in other words, they looked like Mexico.
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ranks39
Spain goes up 1-0 in the 27th on a Xabi Alonso PK. Diego Costa works into the box and seemed to slip and tripped a little bit over the trailing leg of a Dutch defender. VERY SOFT penalty in my opinion. Not a flop, he just kind of tripped.
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ranks39
Diego Costa getting booed every time he touches the ball(presumably by the Brazilian fans). Quite funny, for anyone who may not know, he is Brazilian-born but holds Spanish citizenship and chose Spain over Brazil.
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ranks39
Robin Van Persie scores for the Netherlands! Chips it over Casillas.....1-1 1st half.
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ranks39
Arjen Robben gives the Dutch a lead on the reigning World Cup Champs! 2-1 60-something minute.
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ranks39
Wow, Wesley Sneijder delivers a free kick, and it is knocked in by the Dutch. Spain's GK(Casillas) should have done better. 3-1 Dutch....wow.
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