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The 2014 World Cup started this morning.



Twelve stadiums will host 64 football matches during the month long World Cup tournament in Brazil.
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Fly around the stadiums with Google Earth.




I think I like Shakira's 2010 Waka Waka more.


Where is Syphin when you need him?

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Group A:Brazil, Cameroon, Mexico, Croatia
Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia
Group C: Colombia, Greece, Côte d'Ivoire, Japan
Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy
Group E: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras
Group F: Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria
Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA
Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, Korea Republic
Beefyfife
Yeah, being in the group of Death sucks. I'm hoping the US and Japan reach the quarterfinals. If the US wins their first game, they have a chance to get out of their group!
Syphin
Thanks for opening this thread Doc =D.

I haven't watched the opening ceremony or first match yet, will have to wait for the replay.

In the mean time, highlights from the 2010 FIFA World Cup - South Africa:

Fun
That penalty was a disgrace, Brazil were always going to get a free ride out of the group stage but that was disgusting.
Fun
Darkshaunz wrote:
That own goal was pretty hilarious, mostly because that guy is going to cop so much shit for it forever.


He will, but he won't care and neither will Brazilians. Ask Diego Maradona if he regrets his 'hand of God' in winning the '86 Cup.

It's a sad state of affairs, and tarnishing an otherwise excellent sport. Until they start aggressively banning players for doing it in match review or something, then absolutely nothing will change.
Darkshaunz
Well it's not just just the FIFA officials, it's also about professional football club culture in general.

A lot of players are told that they are expected to take a dive for the team/penalty chance if the challenge provides reasonable grounds for a case of limpy legs.

You can have the instant replays or slow-mo, but it's still the ref on the field that calls the shots. Lots of things can look like a challenge gone wrong in the penalty box.

So instead of acknowledging this flaw in refereeing, most teams just game the system. Which is unfortunate, but it makes total sense if all the other teams have a similar dive culture.
Fun
Darkshaunz wrote:
Well it's not just just the FIFA officials, it's also about professional football club culture in general.

A lot of players are told that they are expected to take a dive for the team/penalty chance if the challenge provides reasonable grounds for a case of limpy legs.

You can have the instant replays or slow-mo, but it's still the ref on the field that calls the shots. Lots of things can look like a challenge gone wrong in the penalty box.

So instead of acknowledging this flaw in refereeing, most teams just game the system. Which is unfortunate, but it makes total sense if all the other teams have a similar dive culture.


That's spot on, and the players really have no shame regarding it as long as they get the win.

Brazil's newest wunderkind, Neymar, is one of the worst culprits of diving in the Spanish La Liga. He is outrageously talented, but unscrupulous in his efforts to cheat.

Jiminy
Video ref in the penalty box. All penalties must be reviewed. Especially in the world cup.

And a red card should only be for the game it was awarded in.

1 bad decision in soccer literally changes the outcome of the whole world cup, ala Australia/Italy in 2006.

Which is pretty much why i don't like the sport much. It's simply not fair, which makes it a bad game.
Darkshaunz
Jiminy wrote:
Video ref in the penalty box. All penalties must be reviewed. Especially in the world cup.


FIFA agrees with you.

Except they've agreed with your views for many years in the past - and have systematically ensured that nothing is done on that front.

It would not surprise me if they said something about "fairer play and more steps towards electronic refereeing" in the run up to this World Cup. They do this every time.
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