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the world cup

jpsksjpsks Member
edited June 2010 in The Pub (Off Topic)
so who here will be watching the worldcup ?
i might go to the local british pub to watch the usa england game here in california
the rest of the games i will probably have to watch in spanish
its no fun when ireland isnt it it
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  • cstokes4cstokes4 Member, Moderator
    I think ESPN is having extensive coverage of it, so no need to watch it in Espanol.

    Of course my two favorites are the USA and Germany.

    Should be an interesting first round!
  • jpsksjpsks Member
    yep cstokes .
    i only have normal tv so the spanish channels will be showing it
    dunno if abc will be showing it .
    is pieter going ? ha
  • cstokes4cstokes4 Member, Moderator
    Pieter will probably be wearing ear plugs, all those people blowing those stupid plastic horns.
  • cstokes4cstokes4 Member, Moderator
    Haha, I doubt he will share!!!
  • It's absolutely ok without Ireland and I'll watch every match I can. Especially looking forward traditional English flop and North Korea's suprising succes.
  • Im going to stay drunk throughout the tournament, less painful that way.

    If anyone wants to smash a few pubs up let me know.
  • When is the USA game?
  • apap Member
    I dont think we have a excellent team this year , but i can assure you its still very hard to beat us.
    sorry guys :)
  • apap Member
    @stinkboto
    12-06-2010
  • cstokes4cstokes4 Member, Moderator
    We shall see, AP, we shall see...
  • thanks ap
  • apap Member
    Hehehe i am just messing with you guys.
    I know we have some great teams in the competition :)
  • I watched a rather interesting documentary called The Power of the Game the other night - directed by Michael Apted, no less. It followed the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaigns for three countries (Iran, South Africa and the USA) and discussed various social and political issues concerning each country.

    The USA portions were quite eye-opening. I'd known before that football wasn't particularly popular in the States but they coach was basically saying that the entire sport is on a knife-edge every time the World Cup comes around and that failure to qualify for the tournament could well be a death blow.

    Their biggest rival is of course Mexico. Although the home qualifying game against them could have sold out a 90,000 seat stadium in California, the problem was that 60-70,000 of the audience would have been Mexican ! So they made the decision to move the game to a 24,000 seat stadium in Ohio where they still only managed to scrape a 50/50 split.

    I remember being in Chicago when the final of the 1998 World Cup was on. In order to watch it I ended up having to get a cab six miles to an Irish bar in a suburb where I watched it in the company of about half a dozen other punters only a couple of whom seemed remotely interested in the game.
  • hell yeah. thats going to be awesome. all ready stocking up on beer, cant wait for it to start. Im rooting for Germany of course, but I doubt they will win. Its about the only time where being drunk all the time isnt accepted, its requested.
  • Germany always have a chance, its in them to win.

    As an Englishman theres only one team I want to see win, but even our eternal optimism is wearing thin. Always in with a chance but the thing with England is no one who has followed them for years would be surprised if they beat Brazil or Argentina, but equally we wouldn't be surprised if a side from the local pub beat them.
  • I'm looking forward to it. I would have to pick Spain or Brasil to win. Of course you can never write off Germany or Argentina or even England. I think Ivory Coast will do pretty well also.
  • I'll watch faithfully. I'm just bummed that ESPN has the coverage. Bad announcers (Though they do have Martin Tyler this year). Horrible in-studio features like "Can America win it all?" (C'mon, really).

    I see a Brazil triumph with Argentina having an outside chance.
  • I reckon England do have a chance this year. It's going to be a lot harder now though without Rio Ferdinand, who has been ruled out through injury. We should definately win our group, if we can't beat USA ( sorry guys), Algeria, and Slovenia there is something wrong. We will get to the Semi's at least I reckon.

    Stefan
  • I'm sorry if I sound negative but I'm fed up with World Cup Soccer. For the past 4 years, that was all that counted in this doomed country. Millions and millions of taxpayers money was wasted on stadions which will never be of any use again. It will go to ruins like everything else in Africa. The first team which arrived was robbed of R160,000 the day after they landed. I hope and pray that all visitors will be safe because our police are useless. With over 10,000 of them in jail (I'm serious, no joking) and the rest corrupt to the core, I'm really worried about what will happen in the next 30 days. With a president who are married to 3 wifes with 21 children, who was up for rape and corruption, who can't even read fluently and can hard write, you can't expect much. Pray, please pray for your teams and countrymen who are here today.
    They are in serious danger.
  • bobbob Member
    I guess that might be the one way that america could win it all. Wonder if E.S.P.n. will point that out. Seriously though I agree with Pieter and hope that nothing too terrible happens.
  • The TV promotion for the world cup in the uk has been facinating. We get shown beautiful landscapes of South Africa with a SA PR woman saying how great it is to visit and a tame uk commentator, shit scared of being branded a racist, saying how safe it is.

    On the smaller channels, we get investigative journalists, who dont care a toss about being politicallt correct, going into SA under cover, risking their lives and showing on film what it is really like. Showing black refugees from surrounding countries being rounded up and being burnt or clubbed to death by black South Africans because they might steal their jobs. Interviewing victims of gang rape in the townships who are two frightened to report it to the police because their relatives will be killed ( and the police ignore it anyway)
    Showing the government destroying whole townships near the road and rail routes because they dont want visitors to the World Cup to see how people really live.
    Dont know about the rest of the world, but there is no excuse for anyone in the uk not knowing what to expect !.
  • Sounds like 1936.
  • Smoking vultures brains? According tho the SA wildlife organisations and the uk media, South african practioners of "muti magic" are doing this to see the results of the world cup games BEFORE they happen and then betting heavily on them.
    The mind boggles !!!
  • Obviously I will follow the game, thinking about goin to London visiting my old man watching some footy :)
  • cstokes4cstokes4 Member, Moderator
    I just read an article about a couple idiots in Liverpool burning the US flag.

    Karma?
  • London JackLondon Jack Member
    edited June 2010 PM
    Thats really silly. I know how pissed off I feel when Muslims march through the centre of London and burn the Union Jack.
  • I haven't heard about the burning of a USA flag in Liverpool, but I guess it's connected to the ongoing dispute between Liverpool FC supporters and the club's American owners. The more extreme of the LFC supporters have a group and hold demonstrations. I see them on the news and down to a man they are barely-articulate morons who embarrass our city. Most Liverpool supporters would not condone their actions in burning an American flag.
  • cstokes4cstokes4 Member, Moderator
    @ohare:

    That is the exact scenario.

    I know that these idiots are usually a very small group and sadly embarrass the rest of the population. I think it's a bit of a stretch to burn a flag over their disdain for the ownership, but as you said, they are barely articulate morons.
  • Ten soccer hooligans from Argentinia were caught on the Johannesburg airport and deported. Police had information that they came to SA to cause trouble.
  • edited June 2010 PM
    Everything is going according to plan. A Portugese TV team were robbed at gunpoint in their hotel room in Johannesburg.
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